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2023 CSA on sale now!
We set up a page with GrownBy, a farmer-created cooperative, where you can sign up and pay for the CSA. You can also download the GrownBy app on to your phone from the app store, or bring payment to the farm.
You can download our 2023 CSA registration form here, or see the details below.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), is a partnership between farmers and their customers. When you purchase a CSA subscription, you connect with and support the farm by paying up front for produce you will receive throughout the season. This up front payment helps to cover the initial capital investment required of the farm each year, allowing the farm to focus on its operation and plan for the season.
Here at Massaro Community Farm our CSA plays an important role in realizing our mission: keep farming, feed people, build community. We believe everyone has a right to healthy food, regardless of income. In addition to our commitment to donating 10% of our annual harvest to local hunger relief organizations, we offer sliding scale pricing tiers and payment plans for our CSA to make it more widely accessible. See details below.
CSA start date is expected around June 13, 2023 depending on conditions. Exact start date will be confirmed and communicated by the first week of June.
We accept cash and check, plus payment with credit card, EBT and PayPal. Payment in full is requested for the CSA whenever possible, however we are happy to work with you on a payment plan to fit your needs. Automatic weekly or monthly payments are possible when you sign up and make payment online through our GrownBy page. You can also download our 2023 CSA registration form and mail it in or drop it off along with payment.
Sliding Scale Pricing
Sliding scale pricing engages the community in Community Supported Agriculture, allowing us to practice economic solidarity, providing mutual support for the cost of our programs. In this way we make our produce more accessible and help cover costs of operation. Choose the pricing tier that fits with your income and access to wealth, and help us create a more just, equitable food system. Many thanks to Soul Fire Farm, and Rock Steady Farm for their vision and leadership in advocating for equitable pricing models. Quick links to choose and purchase our CSA options on GrownBy:
On-farm CSA pickup options and pricing at Massaro
New Haven CSA pickup options and pricing at District
Market price: Our current standard price; seeking to balance community affordability and farm viability.
20-week summer CSA: $745 on-farm ($37.25/wk); $795 New Haven ($39.75/wk)
10-week flexible CSA: $405 on-farm ($40.50/wk); $440 New Haven ($44/wk)
Solidarity price: ~35% off our standard price; for those with lesser income or access to wealth. Limited availability.
20-week summer CSA: $485 on-farm & New Haven ($24.25/wk)
10-week flexible/half CSA: $265 on-farm & New Haven ($26.40/wk)
Supporter price: ~15% above our standard price; help create a more just, equitable food system by helping us cover the true costs of growing food and increase compensation for our farmers.
20-week summer CSA: $855 on-farm ($42.75/wk); $885 New Haven ($44.25)
10-week flexible CSA: $455 on-farm ($45.50/wk); $495 New Haven ($49.50)
Contributor price: ~35% above our standard price; covers the full difference between the solidarity and market prices, and shows your commitment to creating food equity in our community.
20-week summer CSA: $995 on-farm & New Haven ($49.75/wk)
10-week flexible/half CSA: $525 on-farm & New Haven ($52.50/wk)
Massaro Organic Egg add-on: get one dozen eggs each week with your produce.
20-week Eggs: $140 ($7/dozen)
10-week Eggs: $75 ($7.50/dozen)
15-Week Fruit Option from High Hill Orchard in Meriden: Beginning in early July, get one item of fruit each week with your produce. For example:
July: Blueberries (1 pint), or Peaches (2-2.5 lbs);
August: Peaches or Plums (2-2.5 lbs), Melons (3-4 lbs), Apples or Pears (3-4 lbs)
September/October: Paw Paws (1-2 lbs), Apples or Pears (3-4 lbs), Apple Cider (1/2 gallon)
On-Farm & New Haven pickup: $120 ($8/wk)
*Have questions or don’t see a CSA option that fits your needs? Email us to create a plan that works best for you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: currently on our GrownBy site our 10-week CSA options are limited to the market price and a $100 deposit. All 10-week CSA pricing tiers should be available there following a website update by the end of 2022. Until then, all pricing options are available purchase using our registration form and sending it by mail along with payment or dropping it off at the farm.
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About Our CSA
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a partnership between farmers and their customers. When you purchase a CSA subscription, you connect with and support the farm by paying up front for produce that you will then receive throughout the season. Learn more about how CSA subscriptions work through Local Harvest, who do a great job explaining this concept.
How the Massaro Farm CSA works: By purchasing a CSA subscription from us, you are helping to provide the working capital needed prior to the start of the season. In return, CSA subscribers receive our best quality, freshly-harvested, certified organic produce each week throughout the growing season.
Massaro promises 20 weeks of distribution, beginning in mid June and ending in October (exact dates vary each year based on seasonal fluctuations). Subscribers benefit knowing exactly where their produce is coming from while helping to lessen the environmental impact of our food system as a whole. Throughout the season, there will be some "U-Pick" crops that you can pick yourself, such as peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes and herbs. What makes the CSA at Massaro Community Farm truly special is the sense of community our members feel with each visit to the farm. Farming protects valuable farmland and provides an interesting glimpse into New England’s agrarian past.
We invite you to join us, eat well, share ideas, and make a friend!
Shared Risk & Reward
CSA subscribers naturally share in the risks and rewards associated with farming. Every year, some crops thrive while others struggle due to weather conditions, severe storms, pests, and plant diseases. We mitigate risks in many ways, most importantly by having a diverse crop plan of over 30 vegetables and hundreds of varieties.
“Shared risk” and “shared reward” are essential elements of any CSA. The farm can distribute tremendous bounty during a good growing year and may distribute less in a more difficult season. The community provides security that the farm may need to make it through a difficult growing season; the community benefits from knowing that the farm is secure and will remain viable in the community.
Thanks for taking the time to learn about our CSA at Massaro Community Farm, we hope you'll join us.