Community supported agriculture is stronger than ever. Several farms, including Cristoff's and Shared Acres, are offering CSA for the first time and others have expanded their programs; also new to our list is the Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Co-op. You can find Pennsylvania CSA farms at buylocalpa.org. You can search localharvest.org for others and for great information on eating local. For details, contact the farmers directly.
-- China Millman and Bob Batz Jr.
Blackberry Meadows Farm, Fawn
Basic share (for two adults and two children) for $485 and a "plus share" (double the food) for $800. Pick up at farm 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Weds. Half share is $280 picked up every other week. Limited pickups in Greenfield, Monroeville and Fox Chapel (basic share, $600; plus share, $1,000). At least a 20-week season, usually starting end of May.Certified organic. 724-226-3939; email@example.com; blackberrymeadows.com.
Cherry Valley Organics, near Burgettstown
$65 annual fee and $200 deposit provides farm with early-season revenue. Order vegetables, herbs and cut flowers a la carte from menu e-mailed weekly and invoiced monthly. Deliveries early April-Nov. Subscriptions available for cut flowers delivered biweekly, weekly or monthly for $50 to $400 (delivery fee waived for produce subscribers). Pickups in Bethel Park, Cherry Valley, Crafton, McMurray, Mt. Lebanon, Sewickley, and Squirrel Hill. Other spots will be considered. 724-777-0790; firstname.lastname@example.org; cherryvalleyorganics.com.
Churchview Farm, Baldwin Borough
New CSA already sold out (with 20-week share $425, $350 for half-shares, June-Nov.) churchviewfarmpgh.blogspot.com.
Cristoff's Farm, Bridgeville
$22 a week for 12-, 16- or 20-week plans (half subscriptions $12), mid-July-Nov., with on-farm pickup from 4-6 p.m. Tues. 412-221-9275. email@example.com.
Dillner Family Farm, West Deer
22-week season starts end of May. Large family share (three to five people) is $475, biweekly share is $300, and small family share (two to three people) is $300. Pickup sites include the farm, North Way Christian Community in Pine, Beechwood Farms in Fox Chapel, and homes in Mt. Lebanon, Sewickley, Regent Square/Squirrel Hill, Avalon, Cranberry, Franklin Park and Point Breeze. Uses sustainable practices. 724-444-6594; firstname.lastname@example.org; dillnerfamilyfarm.com.
Food From Earth CSA, Callensburg, Clarion County
Run by Amish Schmucker Family Farms. Shares include bread and eggs every other or each week and are available in three 12-week seasonal subscriptions, each $255/$275. Pick up at farm or in Clarion. Write 6983 Route 58, Emlenton, PA, 16373. 1-814-797-1808.
Goose Creek Gardens, Oakdale
Eight-week season of spring greens costs $160. Subscriptions closed for 2009 season. email@example.com; goosecreekgardens.com.
Harvest Valley Farms, Valencia
23 weeks starting end of May. Membership (eight produce items a week) costs $480 or $540 (nine items). Grows more than 60 varieties of produce on 132 acres using sustainable practices. Farm pickup or delivery to Highland Park, Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, Aspinwall and Carnegie Mellon University. 724-443-5869; firstname.lastname@example.org; harvestvalleyfarms.com.
Harvest View Farm & Market, Butler
New CSA: $480 full (weekly) share or $240 half (semi-weekly) share, picked up 2-7 p.m. Weds. at the farm (includes eggs, some cheese). 724-282-8038.
Local foods subscription company provides a la carte produce, meat and poultry, dairy and pantry items from farms and producers in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Many use organic, sustainable methods. Subscribers can order a spring weekly produce box ($14.50) or a weekly mixed produce box ($19.50). email@example.com; isidorefoods.com.
Kretschmann Farm, New Sewickley
25-week CSA starts early June. Small share $525, medium $625, and large $750. Delivers Tues.-Fri.to 30 locations. Produce is certified organic. 724-452-7189; firstname.lastname@example.org; kretschmannfarm.com.
Meadow Rock Farm & Gardens, Saxonburg
Basic share $490; semi-weekly half share $295 for 21 weeks; pickup Mon. at farm, Sat. at La Casa Narcisi Winery in West Deer. 724-360-3276; meadowrockfarmandgardens.org.
Misty Morning Farm, Cherry Tree, Indiana County
Not-for-profit farm offers both a meat and poultry and an organic vegetables and a fruit share (the latter is $250-$650), mid-June-Nov. Pick up at farm or Indiana and Murrysville. Meat CSA has a $200 membership fee, plus an annual fee of $500 (for a couple) to $900 (for a family). 724-349-2507 (produce) or 1-814-743-5959 (meat); email@example.com (produce) or firstname.lastname@example.org (meat); mistymorningfarm.org.
Nature's Bounty, Volant
First CSA offers flexible subscriptions of organic (but not certified) produce from $450 to the $1,500 "pantry stuffer." 724-946-8393.
Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Co-op
Represents a dozen-plus farms and producers; all organic or naturally raised; 20 weeks, June-Oct. Weds. drop-offs, 4-6 p.m., in Slippery Rock, Grove City and Franklin. Subscribers can pre-order "extras" including meats, cheeses, honey, fruit, etc. Full share, $410 (small family); small share, $240 (couple); egg share of one dozen per week for 20 weeks, $65. 724-735-4054; nwpagrowers.com.
Nu-Way Farm, Fredonia, Mercer County
$500 for weekly pickup, April-Nov.; 724-588-3376.
One Woman Farm, Richland
21-week subscriptions, vegetables, flowers and pastured eggs, mid-June-Nov.. 412-913-7709.
Penn's Corner Alliance
Cooperative of almost 20 southwestern Pennsylvania family farms offers 8-week cabin fever share mid-April-mid-June ($200), 22-week harvest share ($540) or get both for $720; all include eggs and mushrooms. Sustainably raised chicken share for the first time. Some products organic; all sustainably grown. Weekly pickups include Point Breeze, Oakdale, Highland Park, Lawrenceville, Whitehall, Mt. Lebanon, Green Tree and Indiana. 412-363-1971; pennscorner.com.
Pure Earth Organic Farm, Cambridge Springs, Crawford County
Now working with the Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Co-op. The "work for food option" CSA is still available (volunteer for at least five hours per week and receive a 14-week share July-Oct.). email@example.com; pureearthorganic.com; 1-814-967-4423.
Sarver's Hill Farm, Hempfield
20-week share is $470; 24 weeks is $560. Discounts available for signing up in March and volunteering. Pick up at farm, or in Plum/Monroeville and Regent Square. Products are certified organic. 724-834-2334; localharvest.org/farms/M3280.
Shared Acres, Clinton
Full share costs $300 per year. Pick up on farm. Products are organic, non-certified; farm is pursuing certification. 1-866-512-1452; localharvest.org/csa/M21452.
Three Sisters Farm, Sandy Lake, Mercer County
Delivers subscriptions ($11 a week for 10 spring weeks, $21 a week for next 16 weeks) to Hampton. 724-376-2797.
West Liberty Farm, DuBois, Clearfield County
Full 20-week share is $360. All vegetables are certified naturally grown; also sells pastured poultry. Delivery in the DuBois area. 1-814-371-1033; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wil-Den Family Farms, Jackson Center, Mercer County
Delivers pastured pork to New Castle, Valencia, Clarion, Sewickley and the Strip District. Customers pre-order in bulk and pay a la carte. 1-814-786-7438; email@example.com; wildenfamilyfarms.com.
Correction/Clarification: (Published Mar. 28, 2009) This list of CSA farms as originally published Mar. 26, 2009 gave an incorrect phone number for Nature???s Bounty in Volant. It is 724-946-8393.