CSA & Winter Buying Club

We offer Traditional and Farmstand Share CSA and a Winter Buying Club.

Traditional and Farmstand CSA sign-up ends on June 1.

Winter Buying Club is a program you sign up to participate in, and we contact you by email when it begins in early winter. It runs week by week, there is no up-front payment, and you participate whenever you want. You can learn more details about each using these links.

CSA FAQTraditional CSAFarmstand Share CSAWinter Buying Club


Traditional CSA

Bahner Farm VegetablesAll shares include generous amounts of our delicious, organic, locally grown produce. We aim to provide our members with a minimum of 10% more produce than what they paid for, and they usually get much more! Answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.

• $100 reserves a share, with the remaining balance due by the first pick-up. Other payment schedules and options can be discussed if these options don’t work for you.

Shares are accompanied by newsletters with farm news, recipes, serving and storage suggestions. Please see our What can I expect in my CSA Share? page to get a detailed idea of what to expect in each share throughout the season.

Three Traditional CSA Options:

• Family Shares: Meant to feed four. Pick-up weekly from June 13th to October 10th. $525.00

• Standard Shares: Meant to feed two adults. Pick-up weekly from June 13th to October 10th. $315.00

• Summer shares: A short season share, meant to feed two. Pick-up weekly from June 27th to August 29th. $210.00

Early Bird Special: Get $10.00 off your share if you register and pay in full before February 15th

All shares include generous amounts of our delicious, organic, local produce. We aim to provide our members with a minimum of 10% more produce than what they paid for, and they usually get much more! $100 reserves a share, with the remaining balance due by the first pick-up. Other payment schedules and options can be discussed if these options don’t work for you.

Shares are accompanied by newsletters with farm news, recipes, serving and storage suggestions. Please see our What can I expect in my CSA Share? page to get a detailed idea of what to expect in each share throughout the season.

Please feel free to call us with any questions at (207) 342-2592 or email us at bahnerfarm@gmail.com

Sign Up for Traditional CSA here • Folks who work for Athena Health should Sign Up here.

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Farmstand Share CSA

Sign up and Pay by June 1st!

Bahner Farmstand in BelmontTraditional CSAs don’t work for everyone. A Farmstand CSA will allow you to get the same discount on your produce that is guaranteed to our traditional CSA customers, while providing the convenience of shopping in our farmstand when ever you want, and for whatever you want. With a Farmstand CSA, you pay $100.00 by May 1st to receive $110.00 worth of credit at our farmstand. You may buy as many shares as you think you will need, in $100.00 increments, and spend them throughout the growing season while our farmstand is open, from May through October.

Your purchase will support the farm in the same way as a traditional CSA, by helping us receive cash flow in the late winter and early spring when we need it most. In return, you get a 10% discount and our sincere gratitude!

How will it work?

1) Sign up for as many CSA shares as you think you will need. Each Farmstand CSA share ist $100.00, and will be worth $110.00 in farmstand purchases. Register and pay for your CSA shares by May 1st. (After May 1st, you can add to your CSA Share but you will not receive the additional 10%)

2) Shop at the farmstand and spend your credit! The farmstand is open from May through October. Each CSA member with farmstand credit will have a page in the CSA binder listing their credit, and will be responsible for adding purchases to that page to record their remaining credit. Easy Peasy!

Farmstand Share CSA Sign Up here. Folks who work for Athena Health should Sign Up here.

Call or email us with any questions at (207) 342-2592 or bahnerfarm@gmail.com

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Winter Buying Club

buyers-club-orderWant more local veggies this winter? Want to supplement your Winter CSA Share or just buy a few things when you need them? Our Winter Buying Club is just what you need.

No money up front! Beginning in November, weekly emails will prompt you to order what you need. Weekly pick-ups on the farm every Tuesday from 3:00-7:00 pm.

Veggies that will be available for the 2016-2017 Winter Buying Club:

Cabbage Potatoes Carrots Beets Winter Squash Onions Shallots Kohlrabi Turnips Daikon Radish Kale Spinach Salad Mix Baby Chard Pea Shoots Lettuce Sweet Potatoes Pumpkins

In addition, you will be able to purchase:

Back 40 Bakehouse Bread, Daisy Chain Farm Organic Eggs (When Available), The Milkhouse Milk and Yogurt

To join the Buying Club, email us bahnerfarm@gmail.com ! Be sure to include “Buying Club” in the subject line. Free to Join!

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Here are the most frequently asked questions about Traditional CSA, our crops, and how it all works.


Q. What does CSA stand for?
Q. What can I expect in my CSA Share?
Q. Do you have an example of a CSA sahre?
Q. Why Should I Join a CSA?
Q. Where do I pick up my share?
Q. What crops do you grow?


Q. What does CSA stand for?

A. Good Question. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

The idea is that members buy “shares” of the farm’s harvest – They pay the farmer a set price in the spring, and receive shares of produce throughout the year. The member looks forward to a season of the best selection of what the farmer has to offer, and the farmer, in turn, gets a little more financial security. The spring and early summer are financially the hardest times for a farm – all the money’s going out, and not much is coming in yet. Getting paid up front allows the farmer to start the season without going further into debt. The group of members becomes the farm’s community, and their support enables the farm to function smoothly, while rewarding the member with fresh, delicious, locally grown food.


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Q. Why Should I Join a CSA?

A. There are many reasons:
1. To introduce your family to its farm!

Our members often tell us that their children refer to vegetables from their CSA shares as veggies from “their” farm. This kind of relationship is one of the best things about a CSA. While picking up your shares from the farm, you will be able to see the farm in action, and watch it change throughout the season. Members can also join us for farm dinners and tours throughout the season.

2. Get introduced to new vegetables!

A lot of people have really enjoyed being introduced to some of our more unusual crops – or something they weren’t used to eating. Accompanying recipes and suggestions help to broaden your horizons.

3. Get the best of what the Farm has to offer!

Because our CSA customers pay upfront, they get the first and best of everything. Filling CSA shares comes before providing for the farm stand or farmers markets.4.

Get the most for your money!

We aim to provide our CSA members with a minimum of 10% more produce than what they paid for. Usually, the year-end total value of vegetables is closer to 25% more. It would take very extreme circumstances for us to not make that goal.

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Q. What can I expect in my CSA Share?

A. All of our CSA shares include a minimum of 10% more than what our members originally paid for… and usually their value is much greater. Beyond that, you can expect the freshest possible produce, certified organic and grown locally on our farm in Belmont, Maine. Our growing season CSA shares run from late spring to fall, so we have given you an example from each part of this season. These are just examples; we grow many crops that are not listed here, and the contents of each share change from week to week. Throughout the season, CSA members will receive up to 30 of our different vegetable crops. Please remember that shares and their contents can also change due to weather and other uncontrollable factors.

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Q.Do you have an example of CSA Share?

A. Actual Standard CSA Share examples from 2014:

(Family Sized shares are larger)

Tuesday, June 17th

1 bunch kale
1 head lettuce
1 bunch hakurei summer turnips
1 bunch radishes
1 head pac choi
1 bunch baby carrots
1 kohlrabi

 

Tuesday, July 8th

1 pint sugar snap peas
1 bunch swiss chard
½ lb beet greens
1 bunch garlic scapes
1/3 lb salad mix
1 bunch scallions
Small bag of basil

 

Tuesday, August 5th

1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 bunch onion
¼ lb basil
1 head lettuce
1 bunch carrots
1 pint blueberries
1 lb cucumbers
1 bunch parsley

Tuesday, September 16th

3 lbs tomatoes
1 lb potatoes
1 lb onions
2 lbs carrots
1 bunch chard
1 head lettuce
1 bunch parsley
½ lb leeks

Tuesday, October 1st

1 lb green tomatoes
1 bunch kale
1 lb onions
1.5 lb potatoes
2 lbs carrots
2 hot peppers
1 delicata winter squash
1 bunch fresh sage

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Q. Where do I pick up my CSA Share?

A. Our pickup locations:
1) Pick up on the farm, Wednesdays, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

2) Pick up at your Belfast area workplace… we will deliver to you if 3 or more employees sign up!

Current workplace deliveries include:

WCGH (Weds, 3:15 pm drop-off)
Athena Health (Weds, 2:45 pm drop-off)
MFT (Weds, 3:00 pm drop-off)

3) Pick up in downtown Belfast, Wednesdays, 3:00 to 5:30 pm

4) Pick-up in downtown Camden, Wednesdays, 4:00 pm

Please select your preference on your registration form.

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Q. What crops do you grow?

A. Crops we grow:

Salad Mix
Spinach
Head Lettuce
Chard
Kale
Cabbage
Kohlrabi
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Bok Choy
Scallions
Onions
Leeks
Garlic
Peas
Green Beans
Tomato
Peppers
Hot peppers
Eggplant
Summer squash (including zucchini)
Cucumbers
Winter squash
Melons
Pumpkins
Beets
Carrots
Radishes
Turnips
Fresh herbs (Dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, et c.)
Blueberries
Raspberries

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