JOIN OUR CSA in 2022!

FALL SHARES ONLY

ENROLLMENT OPENS SOON!

 

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 a compact 1-acre footprint.  All produce is grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, according to natural and organic growing principles.

Annie, her partner Romain, 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:

  • Weekly and bi-weekly shares of freshly-harvested, hand-picked produce
  • An e-newsletter accompanying each share with recipe ideas and news from the farm
  • The option to purchase add-ons like mushrooms and eggs from other local farms and producers
  • Invitations to on-farm events

Dates:

  • Spring/Summer Season:
    • Closed for family leave – we’re having a baby!
  • Fall Season (12 shares total) including:
    • 8 regular weekly shares from September 13 – November 1
    • 4 large bi-weekly shares from November 8 – December 20

Cost: 

  • Spring/Summer Season:
    • Closed for family leave
  • Fall Season: $380
    • $100 deposit due at enrollment
    • $280 final payment due by August 31

Pick-up options:
Choose a neighborhood location (normally the porch of one of our CSA members), and pick up on Tuesday afternoons.

  • Brooksville, KY (on our farm)
  • Union, KY
  • Hebron, KY
  • Crestview Hills/Fort Mitchell/Lakeside Park, KY
  • Covington/Wallace Woods, KY
  • Downtown/Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH
  • Northside, Cincinnati, OH
  • Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, OH

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.


Add-on options:
We are partnering with other local farms and food producers to offer optional additions to your Fall Season veggie share. 

  • MUSHROOMS: grown on our farm
  • EGGS: raised locally if there is enough interest among our members
  • FRUIT: locally grown seasonal fall fruit

Questions?
Send us an email from our CONTACT PAGE if you need more details.


HOW TO ENROLL:

Enrollment will open soon and include –

  • Reading/signing our online member agreement
  • Online payment of your deposit to hold your spot
  • Enrollment will close when we fill all available spots; a wait list will be available after that time

Read on for answers to common questions about the CSA:

How big are the shares?
Regular weekly shares from September 13 – November 1 include 7-9 different vegetables, which is roughly enough for two people with plans to cook three times per week.

From November 8 – December 20, shares will be larger, but distributed every other week.  They normally contain 9-12 different types of vegetables, including several types of storage 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, either 3-7pm for Ohio pick-up locations or 4-8pm for Kentucky pick-up locations.

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 and can include zucchini, cucumber, 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.