Get to Know the Region’s Only Local Fruit Farm Share
Farm Founder Anne Geyer, members and others talk about the Agriberry Farm Fruit CSA.
What Are Farm Share Programs?
Sometimes called CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), farm share programs generally include farm-direct, pre-season purchase agreements between farmers and their customers. These programs enable farmers to raise vital cash during the non-harvest season, while farm members gain a deeper relationship with the farms they choose to support. Learn more about how the farm share program benefits members, the farm and the community-at-large.
Weekly Fruit Share Boxes from Agriberry Farm
With Agriberry Farm’s Fruit Share programs, members receive weekly pre-made boxes or “harvest shares,” of fresh, local fruit grown by Agriberry Farm and our Partner Farms.
Across the 20-week Summer Season or the Fall Season, weekly share boxes include as much diversity of flavor and texture as the mid-Atlantic region can offer. Some items with limited availability may only be included once, and some fruits–especially our berries–will be included frequently. Each week’s share box composition is determined by our harvests and that of our partner farms, and each share will feature berries grown by Agriberry Farm.
We vary the content our weekly boxes as much as possible, depending on what’s being harvested.
Part of being a Farm Share member involves embracing the challenges of seasonal eating, which can mean experiencing scarcity and abundance. These concepts have been lost from modern diets thanks to global sourcing of produce that used to only be available for limited periods of time.
Once the initial craving for a particular fruit has been satisfied and the novelty has worn off, receiving subsequent additional units of that fruit can provide the opportunity for preserving some for use later in the year, or for exploring new uses and recipes. Conversely, in some seasons, depending on prevailing weather conditions, members may not receive as much of a certain fruit or fruit type as they would wish.
Members Share the Risks and Rewards of Farming
The Geyers are a family of experienced, professional farmers, who know how to grow delicious, nutritious fruit. And, their Partner Farmers are equally skilled and careful. All local, field-grown produce, however, is subject to the effect of prevailing weather patterns and other growing localized conditions. These unpredictable elements can directly affect–both positively and negatively–the quality and quantity of the fruit available for a day, a week or for an entire season. Because our our harvest areas are localized to specific fields, the impact of weather is greatly magnified, versus large-scale (regional, national and international) production.
Bottom Line: Farm Share memberships are not a guaranteed purchase of a specific amount of fruit, but rather an investment in the farm and community. This complex, multi-faceted relationship is enjoyed each season by hundreds of area families, many of whom renew their membership year after year.