JOIN OUR CSA in 2021!
ENROLLMENT BEGINS FEBRUARY 2021
some details below may be subject to change prior to enrollment
What is Community Supported Agriculture (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.
About Dark Wood Farm:
Dark Wood Farm has been owned and operated by Annie Woods since 2014. The farm is located in Northern Kentucky, within a short drive of Cincinnati, OH.
We grow more than 60 types of vegetables and herbs on less than 3 acres of land, split between two fields. All produce is grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, according to natural and organic growing principles.
Annie and a small crew of 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 rotating a diverse set of crops through our fields from year-to-year.
What our CSA members receive:
- A weekly share of freshly-harvested, hand-picked produce
- A weekly e-newsletter with recipe ideas and news from the farm
- The option to purchase add-ons like eggs and coffee from other local farms and producers
- Invitations to on-farm events (when social gatherings are safe)
- Main Season: May 11 – July 27 + August 17 – November 2
- Late Season: November 9 – January 4
- Main Season (24 weekly shares): $600
- Late Season (5 LARGE bi-weekly shares): $200
You are not required to participate in both the Main Season and Late Season. You may sign up for either or both.
A $300 deposit is required to hold your spot in the Main Season, with full payment due by April 30, 2021.
Late Season memberships must be paid in full and are open until we hit capacity, or October 31, 2021 at the latest.
Please note – We sold out of all shares early in 2020 and built a substantial wait list once we hit capacity, so we encourage you to sign up ASAP in 2021.
We understand that many people are experiencing financial burdens due to the pandemic, and we are willing to work with you on a feasible payment plan for your membership. Please contact us to discuss options.
Choose a neighborhood location (normally the porch of one of our CSA members), and pick up on Tuesday afternoons.
- Petersburg, KY (on the farm at Lawrenceburg Ferry Rd)
- Union, KY (five minutes from Ryle High School on Sedco Dr)
- Crestview Hills/Fort Mitchell/Lakeside Park, KY (Bellemonte Av off of Dixie Hwy)
- Covington/Wallace Woods, KY (near Maryland Av and E 21st St)
- Downtown/Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH (Takeaway Deli & Grocery)
- Northside, Cincinnati, OH (Growing Trade Pet & Plant)
Exact addresses will be disclosed once you enroll.
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 leave the tote and ice pack to be re-used later, and bring your own bags or cooler for transporting your vegetables home.
We are partnering with other local farms and food producers to offer optional additions to your weekly veggie share.
- EGGS: fresh eggs from Lancaster Farm in Petersburg, KY
- COFFEE: whole bean blends locally roasted in Burlington, KY
- PLUS MORE to-be-announced
Send us an email from our CONTACT PAGE if you need more details.
Read on for answers to common questions about the CSA:
How big are the shares?
For the spring/summer and summer/fall sessions, you can expect 7-9 different vegetables in your share each week, which is roughly enough for two people with plans to cook three times per week.
The fall/winter shares are larger, but distributed every other week. They normally contain 9-12 different types of vegetables.
Do you offer smaller or lager shares?
At this time, we do not offer different share sizes.
If you are concerned about the shares being too large for your household, you can ask a friend, neighbor, or family member to team up with you to split the share each week, or take turns picking up the share every other week.
If you are concerned that you will need more produce for your household, you may purchase two shares for double the produce each week.
What if I am going to be out of town on the regular pick-up day on Tuesday?
You are welcome to send a friend or family member to pick up your share. Alternatively, with two days advance notice via email or text, we can hold your share in refrigeration and you can schedule a contact-free pick-up on the farm later in the week. You may also choose to have your share held until the following CSA pick-up. While our fresh produce has excellent shelf life, we cannot guarantee the quality of the produce after one week in refrigeration if you choose this option.
What if I forget to pick up my CSA?
Given the perishable nature of fresh produce, you will forfeit your CSA share if you do not pick up your share within the specified pick-up time frame. This in normally a 3-4 hour window of time on Tuesday afternoons.
How has COVID-19 affected CSA pick-ups?
Our CSA model was set up as a contact-less pick-up system prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, so this system has remained robust throughout the pandemic. During the pandemic, we do ask that you wear a mask at your pick-up site, only handle your own share, send someone else to pick up your share if you are feeling unwell, and wait a safe 6 feet away if someone is picking up their share when your arrive.
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. We grow over 60 types of vegetables, but your share will typically including some seasonal root vegetables, tender salad greens, hardy cooking greens, herbs, and “fruits” which change from season-to-season from pea pods to zucchini, cucumber, green beans, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, okra, and winter squash.
The best way to get a sense of what we grow season-by-season is to check out the photos in the slideshow above, or check out the hashtag #darkwoodfarmcsa on Instagram.