We now have a Community-Supported Agriculture opportunity!! The Marsteller Market has reached out to Overlea and offered shares of the farm’s produce next year! There limited shares available for Overlea, so it’s first-come-first-served.
Please see the FAQs below, but basically CSA means that you can pay a flat rate for access to the best-picks of produce for 2017 from Marsteller, which has proven quality and freshness. They will hand-deliver these veggies to Overlea every week!
What is CSA or Community Supported Agriculture?
CSA means bypassing the grocery store and paying a farmer in advance for a “share” of the coming year’s harvest. Farmers need liquidity just like any other business, and CSAs allow citizens who support their work to gain an active role in farming, while getting the first picks for fresh produce when the harvest comes.
What do I get?
“Shares” come in different sizes. Each contains different produce as it comes into season.
– “Full Share” is 6-8 items
– “Half Share” is 3-5 items
– Additionally, when the farm has extra, you get extra! Last year’s share came with periodic free items; for example, sauce tomatoes, pick-your-own raspberries, and extra dozens of eggs, pasture-raised, freshly-butchered meats, etc.
Who are these farmers, anyway? Are they local?
Marsteller Market is a 6-generation farm in Freeland, MD. Two women, a mother and daughter, plus their band of merry helpers (husbands, kids, etc.) make all of this bounty possible. The farm uses NO CHEMICALS whatsoever on their produce, which is nearly unheard of.
How often do I get my goodies?
For 18 weeks starting in June, your produce will be lovingly deposited at the Natural History Society parking lot by the farmers. On weeks when we have our Farmer’s Market, you’ll pick up there. On the off-weeks, the farmer will special-deliver your fresh produce on Saturday mornings.
Brass Tacks.. what’s 18 weeks of chemical-free groceries cost?
Full CSA shares cost $525 (Appropriate for splitting between 2 families or for a family of 3 or more)
Half CSA shares cost $350 (Appropriate for a couple or those with small kids)
If you’re interested, you can reach out directly to Marsteller Market by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or respond to this email with questions or comments.
Please see the attached flyer for more details: