We invite you to share in the abundance at Dark Wood Farm by joining our 2017 CSA!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) involves members of the community buying a set number of “shares” of a farmer’s harvest at the beginning of the season, and subsequently receiving a portion of the harvest each week. It’s kind of like a magazine subscription, but instead you receive a share of ripe, delicious, seasonal vegetables each week.
Dark Wood Farm was established by Annie Woods in 2014, and is operated by Annie and her friend, Chris Pyper. The farm is located on leased land in Boone County, KY, less than 20 miles from Cincinnati, OH. This is our fourth growing season, and we grow more than 60 types of vegetables and herbs on a little more than one acre of land. All produce is grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, according to natural and organic growing principles. Annie, Chris, and their friends and family seed, plant, weed, and harvest everything by hand. We improve our soil by adding compost, mineral amendments, and growing cover crops. We manage pests, plant diseases, and extreme weather by using fabric row cover, planting beneficial crops to attract insect predators, and growing a wide diversity of crops.
What our CSA members receive:
- A weekly share of freshly-harvested, hand-picked produce. That’s enough produce for two adults with plans to cook a few times during the week
- A weekly e-newsletter with recipe ideas
- Invitations to on-farm events
You have two options for your CSA subscription –
- 24 weeks (mid-May thru October): $560
- 27 weeks (mid-May thru mid-November): $625
- Credit card payments incur a 3% fee
Choose a neighborhood location (normally the porch of one of our CSA members), and pick up on the day specified in the late afternoon/early evening.
- Crestview Hills/Fort Mitchell/Lakeside Park (Bellemonte Ave) – Thursday
- Park Hills (Altavia Ave) – Thursday
- Covington/Wallace Woods (Maryland Ave near 21st St) – Thursday
- Downtown Cincinnati/Over-The-Rhine (Allez Bakery, 1208 Main St) – Thursday
- Northside (Location TBD) – Thursday
- Burlington (Woolper Rd near KY-18) – Monday
- Union (Palestine Dr near Frogtown Rd)- Monday
- Florence (Location TBD)- Monday
- Petersburg (on the farm – Lawrenceburg Ferry Rd) – Monday
We aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible, so shares are packed in a reusable tote with an ice pack. We ask you to bring your own bags/cooler to transport your vegetables and leave your tote and ice pack to be re-used later.
Home delivery of your produce is available in certain locations for an additional $7/week. You do not need to be at home for your delivery. Please contact us to check if this option is available for your location.
We are partnering with other local farms and food producers to offer optional additions to your weekly veggie share. Once you sign up for the CSA, we will send you details and the price list for the following add-ons:
- Bread from Allez Bakery: sourdough loaf each week
- Eggs from Stone Fall Farm Organic Eggs: non-GMO and pasture-raised; dozen or half dozen each week
- Fruit from local farms: selection of seasonal fruit from local farms as available; organic and conventional
- Flowers from Dark Wood Farm: bouquet every other week mid-June to mid-October
- Coffee from Urbana Cafe: locally roasted single-origin beans and house blends every other week
How to enroll:
2017 shares are limited, so please email us from our CONTACT PAGE ASAP to reserve your space. Once your spot is confirmed, fill out the registration form and mail it to us with your payment.
Read on for answers to common questions about the CSA:
What if I don’t use a lot of produce each week?
Ask a friend, neighbor, or family member to team up with you. You can split your share each week, or take turns picking up the share every other week.
I eat A LOT of produce – what if I need a bigger share?
You may purchase two or more shares if you require more vegetables.
What if I am going to be out of town on the regular pick-up day?
You are welcome to send a friend or family member to pick up your share. With advance notice, we can hold your share in refrigeration and deliver it the following week.
What kind of produce can I expect in my share each week?
A Dark Wood Farm CSA share will introduce you to the wide variety of produce that can be grown in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region.
Each week, you will receive the season’s best produce. Spring shares will be heavier on greens, lettuce, spring root crops, and herbs. Summer shares will lean toward tomatoes, peppers, beans, potatoes, sweet corn, cucumbers, and zucchini. Fall shares will contain root crops, salad greens, hardy greens, and winter squash.
The line-up of veggies will change each week, but most weeks you will receive one or two bunches of fresh herbs (ex: cilantro, basil, thyme, sage, parsley), one bunch of root vegetables with their tops (ex: carrots, beets, turnips, radishes), one bunch of leafy cooking greens (ex: chard, kale, collards), salad greens (ex: head lettuce, bagged salad mix, arugula), a type of storage vegetable (ex: potatoes, onions, garlic, winter squash), one or more type of fruit (ex: tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, zucchini, peppers – yes, they are all technically fruit!), and one other miscellaneous item (ex: garlic scapes, okra, sugar snap peas, celery, green beans, radicchio). We grow lots of things that you can’t find at the grocery store, so expect to try some new-to-you vegetables.
Check out the photo slideshow above to see examples of our weekly CSA shares!