What’s a CSA?
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” Customers invest in the farm by committing to buy a weekly box of produce for the season early in the year. Our CSA model here at Fifth Crow is that of a single-farm CSA; meaning we grow 100% of the food included in every share. Everything we produce is Certified Organic by CCOF. Our flowers are also Certified Bee Friendly and our poultry production is also Animal Welfare Approved.
By choosing to be a Fifth Crow CSA member, you are making a commitment to help support a small, sustainable, local business that feeds, clothes, and houses 30+ farmers and their families. In addition, the longer term commitment between farmer and customer leads to a more personal relationship and greater community building between producer and eater as well as between CSA members who share an interest in sustainable agriculture and good food.
Want to preserve the beauty of San Mateo’s Coastside? You can do it one bite at a time by forging a connection between your family and our sustainable, organic farm.
Where can I pick up my weekly box?
Click on a truck icon on the map below for details on a specific site. Click on the full screen icon in the top right to easily get directions to any site. (Out of our delivery area? Read below about ordering through Good Eggs!)
Wednesday pick-up options (not available for winter season): Castro (SF) Farmers’ Market 4pm – 8pm
Thursday pick-up options (some not available for winter): Hillsborough, San Carlos, Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, two sites in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, San Jose, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Davenport, Santa Cruz Westside, and at the farm in Pescadero (on farm pickups will automatically receive a $60 discount for the May-Nov. season & a $20 discount for the winter season). Pick up hours are 3pm – 8pm for most sites.
Saturday pick-up options (not available for winter season): San Mateo Farmers’ Market 9am – 1pm
Sunday pick-up options (not available for winter season): Inner Sunset (SF) Farmers’ Market 9am – 1pm, Campbell Farmers’ Market 9am – 2pm, and Palo Alto Farmers’ Market 9am – 2pm.
If there isn’t a site in your neighborhood, think about hosting. We need a minimum of 8 – 10 people to add your site as a delivery/pick-up location. Site hosts receive $200 off their May-Nov. season share & $100 off to host in the winter. If you can find 25 people or more to pick-up at your site you get an even larger discount (nearly a free share)!
May-Nov. CSA dates (2020 registration now open!)
As a CSA member you will receive a minimum $28 value box of produce however, the value often exceeds that. The season runs for 27 weeks starting the end of May. Delivery begins Sat. May 25th, Sun. May 26th, Wed. May 29th & Thursday May 30th (depending which pick-up location you choose) and ending the week of Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Thursday delivery will occur on the Tuesday prior to the holiday, Nov. 26th).
Early registration discount for returning members ends March 1, 2020
No Winter CSA in 2020
As a winter CSA member you will receive a minimum $26 value box of produce each week for 14 weeks. The season starts Thursday January 16th and ends on Thursday April 16th.
What’s in a CSA box?
Each box includes 6 – 10 items, rotating within our seasonally dependent crops:
- Baby head lettuce (varieties vary)
- A root crop (carrots, beets, turnips, radishes)
- A bag of pre-washed baby greens (baby arugula, baby kale, spring salad mix, mesclun salad mix, or spinach)
- Bunching greens (kales, rainbow chard, collards)
- A brassica (broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage)
- An allium (leeks, onions, shallots, spring onions, chives)
- Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, and from July-November apples from our 27-variety heirloom orchard, and pears when possible).
- An herb (dill, cilantro, basil, thyme, oregano, sage, etc.)
- PLUS another 1 – 3 seasonal items: summer squash, winter squash, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, tomatoes, baby artichokes, poblano or sweet peppers, green beans, cucumbers, and more…!
- You will also receive a pound of our heirloom dry beans monthly (7 bags total for May-Nov. & 4 bags for Jan-April)
How much does it cost?
A produce share is $756 for the 27 weeks from May-Nov. and $364 for the 14 weeks from Jan-April.
Sorry, we do not do partial shares, but you can split a share with as many people as you want.
Optional Fifth Crow Farm add-ons:
Full season eggs (27 weeks)*: A dozen eggs is $324 ($12/week), 1 1/2 dozen is $486 ($18/week) and 1/2 dozen is $162 ($6/week).
*We have a limited amount of full season egg shares
June-August eggs (14 weeks): A dozen eggs is $168 ($12/week), 1 1/2 dozen is $252 ($18/week) and 1/2 dozen is $84 ($6/week).
**Eggs not available in the winter**
Flower bouquets: A May-Nov. flower share is $300 ($15/week for 20 weeks from June- mid-October) and $165 for the winter share ($15/week for 11 weeks from Feb.- mid-April).
Optional add-ons from our Partner Farms:
*Add-on products from our Partner Farms are not Certified Organic.
We have partnerships with an apiarist, ranchers, and local herb growers to deliver other local, sustainable, and humanely raised products to your CSA pick up location. Robert MacKimmie of City Bees provides honey, Markegard Family Grass-Fed raises grass-fed beef, pork, and lamb, and Lauren & Finn of Steadfast Herbs grow and hand-make herbal medicines for your home apothecary.
Take a tasting tour of the Bay by trying a different honey each month. City Bees of San Francisco offers one-of-a-kind microclimate honeys from around the Bay (including hives in Fifth Crows’ orchards & cane berry field) where hills, valleys and their proximity to summer fog are as varied as the diversity of plants. This bounty of blossoming nectar sources creates rich and distinctive flavors of honey. City Bees’ hives are cared for using only organic methods to maintain colony health and vigor.
Make a commitment of $300 for the entire year to be used as credit toward all of their meat offerings. Your credit will not go away if you don’t get through it all within our CSA season and can also be used when you visit the Markegards at any of their farmers’ markets! Your orders will be delivered with your Fifth Crow CSA box. By making the commitment to the meat CSA you will have access to promotions, discounts and specialty items. You will be able to choose from all of the cuts of grass-fed lamb, grass-fed beef and pasture raised pork. To sign up for the meat share please go to www.markegardfamily.com
Stay balanced and healthier throughout the year, learn about plant medicine, and build a home apothecary! Steadfast Herbs grow and make their own herbal medicines right down the road from Fifth Crow Farm at Root Down Farm to provide preventative and holistic care. Your herbal share will be delivered along with your CSA produce once a month and will include tinctures, teas, salves and more along with information about the medicinal properties and uses of each remedy.
Perks of being a CSA member!
- Eat healthier with freshly harvested produce delivered close to your home
- Save money (we value CSA produce at a discount from our market prices)
- Get first priority to receiving our eggs and flower bouquets by adding them on to your produce share
- Discount prices for attending special on-farm events including you-pick berries & apple cider pressing
- Exclusive seasonal offers through our CSA webstand & access to our wholesale availability & prices for planning a special event
- Opportunity to try foods beyond what you may be familiar with including specialty produce that may never be available at our farmers’ market stall or seen in grocery stores
- Build real community with your farmer and neighbors
- Enjoy learning about your food and where it’s coming from
- Get fresher and higher quality food than you would at a grocery store!
- Keep your hard earned dollars in your hyper-local community
- Receive a weekly newsletter that includes fun facts about your food, preparation ideas and tips, farm happenings, and shared photos & recipes from fellow CSA members
- Develop a closer connection with where your food is coming from (true trace-ability)
Order our CSA shares through Good Eggs:
We are very happy to announce that we have partnered with Good Eggs to expand the range of where our CSA shares can be delivered from May-Nov.! Good Eggs is able to serve most homes in the Bay Area and throughout the peninsula. You can confirm whether this includes you by entering your zip code on their website. Good Eggs will delivery your CSA share directly to your home for a $10 delivery fee. However, if you’d like to purchase additional items from Fifth Crow or other great local food producers the fee is waived for any order above $60. Please note that we currently are only able to provide Good Eggs delivery of CSA shares on Thursdays and Good Eggs must receive all orders by the previous Monday at midnight. If you’re interested we strongly encourage you to go put in your order now (and consider subscribing!).
Use the link producer.goodeggs.com/fifthcrow to be guided directly to our Good Eggs Fifth Crow Farm page where you will automatically receive a $20 credit towards your first order (not available if you are already a Good Eggs customer). First, you have to select the day you’re shopping for (Thursday delivery) on the top right. Then you can select the CSA share to be placed in your basket and you will also be able to purchase additional Fifth Crow Farm goodies to be delivered along with your CSA. You can place a one-time CSA order, though if you’d like to ensure you get our CSA box every week we strongly encourage you to make it a subscription.
What if I take a vacation?
In order to consistently grow the produce for our customers we have to plan months in advance. For this reason and the complicated logistics, we do not refund boxes while you are on vacation. However, we offer options:
1. Find a neighbor or friend who will pick up your box in your stead (makes a great bonus for your house-sitter).
2. Give us a full week’s notice and you can cancel a box and pick up two boxes at a later date
3. With a full week’s notice we will donate your box to a local non-profit.
4. If you know your vacation dates at the time of registration, you can give us those and we will prorate your invoice accordingly. We allow up to 9 weeks to be prorated for the May-Nov. season and up to 3 weeks for the winter season. We must know the dates before payment is made and cannot change dates later. At the end of the online registration there will be a place to list those dates. You must then select the “Pay Offline via Invoice” payment option so we can manually adjust your invoice. We will e-mail you with your updated balance and payment instructions.
What is the pick-up etiquette?
Each pick-up site has specific hours for pick up. Farmers’ Market pick-ups happen during market hours; private site hours vary depending on the specific host but most pick-up hours are 3pm to 8pm. The site hosts are volunteers and are not paid. Please respect the hosts and only pick up during specified times. They are not required to make special accommodations if you can’t pick up your box or forget. Boxes that are not picked up during pick-up hours will not be available or held for later.
What are the advantages of a CSA?
- You’ll develop a closer connection with where your food is coming from (true trace-ability), and an opportunity to come see the farm and learn more about how food is grown organically, it’s challenges, seasonality etc. It’s a great learning opportunity, especially for kids.
- It’s an opportunity (to some a challenge) to try foods beyond what you may be familiar with. It’s also a great way to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and change your diet in a healthy way.
- You get freshly harvested produce delivered somewhere close to you without the need to go shop for it.
- It’s a great community building mechanism: meet other like-minded people in your own neighborhood as well as build personal relationships with us- the people growing your food.
- By choosing to be a Fifth Crow CSA member, you are making a commitment to help support a small, sustainable, local business that feeds, clothes, and houses 30+ farmers and their families.
Is this right for me?
A CSA can be a wonderful learning experience but, is it right for you? Before committing you should consider the following: Am I willing to try new things? Do I mind not being able to choose the items that go into my box every week? Can I use 6 – 10 vegetable items a week? Can I commit to picking up my weekly share during pick-up hours?
If a CSA share isn’t right for you there are still ways to support a local farm. Come to the farmers’ market! Choose locally produced food over imported items at your grocery store. Support organizations that help out small farms like CAFF, OFRF, and Wild Farm Alliance and teach your kids about where their food comes from!
Can I visit the farm?
We encourage and welcome your visits to the farm. We hold an annual Open House which is a great time to meet us, see the farm and meet fellow CSA members and Fifth Crow eaters.
Please feel free to email our CSA Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.