Participating in our 2021 CSA
Thank you for your interest in East Brook Community Farm’s 2021 CSA! Our CSA members are the foundation of our farm. Member support ensures our viability from season to season, and creates lasting relationships that strengthen our community. In return, we provide our members with weekly or every-other-week shares of abundant vegetables, herbs, and flowers, which we grow with practices that go beyond organic standards.
Pandemic permitting, we will also host potlucks, tours, workshops and other events on the farm for our CSA members. Please let us know what you are interested in participating in, and we will see what we can set up!
Starting in 2021, our CSA is based on a sliding scale. When signing up for the CSA, each member must select:
Their sliding scale tier
Their pickup location
Their type of share
Please read on below to see options for each!
We recommend reading information about our sliding scale prior to signing up
(1) - Determine where you fall on our sliding scale
Starting in 2021, our CSA will be based on a sliding scale
A sliding scale is a payment model that asks CSA members to pay a price for their share that reflects their access to resources. Those who can are asked to pay a bit more for their share, so that members with fewer financial resources can pay a price that is more within their means. It's a form of mutual support between CSA members and farmers that makes sure that affordable, fresh, and nourishing food is accessible to everyone in our community!
We ask each CSA member to reflect on their access to financial resources to determine which of the following price tiers is appropriate for them. We provide some resources below to help guide CSA members toward their appropriate location on the sliding scale, but ultimately, each CSA member determines what price they are wholeheartedly willing and able to pay.
Any CSA member who is unsure what to pay, or who would prefer not to participate in our sliding scale is invited to pay the market rate of $30/week. If you have any questions about our sliding scale not answered on the website, you may email us!
Our sliding scale is outlined in the table below. If you need additional guidance in finding your appropriate location on the sliding scale, we suggest referring to these living wage calculations from MIT.
However, income alone does not completely reflect one’s financial status. Please also consider the following when deciding what you will pay on the sliding scale.
Consider paying a bit more for your share if you:
own the home you live in
own a second home
have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
have access to family money and resources in times of need
work part time by choice
have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) even if you are not currently exercising it
Consider paying a bit less for your share if you:
are supporting children or have other dependents
have significant debt
have medical expenses not covered by insurance
receive public assistance (such as SNAP, TANF or medicaid)
have immigration-related expenses
are an elder with limited financial support
are an unpaid community organizer
Once you have determined the appropriate rate to pay for your CSA on our sliding scale, continue scrolling down to choose the pickup location and season for your share!
This sliding scale is intended to be a guide and it invites each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and a deeper look at the privileges we carry. Please use the above guidelines when determining the appropriate price to pay for your share, but in the end, pay what you are wholeheartedly willing and able to pay. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like help navigating our sliding scale.
*We would like to express gratitude for all those who have implemented the sliding-scale model before us and inspired others to do so - these include but are not limited to Underground Alchemy, Soul Fire Farm, Little Red Bird Botanicals, and Rock Steady Farm*
(2) - Choose your pickup location
East Brook Community Farm
Pickup on Fridays, 12pm - dark
2253 County Highway 22, Walton, NY 13856
8-12 pre-boxed seasonal items. Farm pickup also includes pick your own herbs and flowers when available!
Farm pickup is a good option for folks who like to visit the farm and take the time to do some of their own harvesting.
Wild Common Wine in Andes
Pickup day and time TBA
49 Main St, Andes, NY 13731
8-12 pre-boxed seasonal items ready for pickup from Wild Common Wine in downtown Andes!
This is a good option for folks who might like to pick up a bottle of wine with their share.
Franklin Farmers Market
Pickup on Sundays, 10am - 2pm
15 Institute St, Franklin, NY 13775
Select any 10 items plus one herb from our abundant display at the Franklin Farmers Market! We recommend arriving early for the best selection.
This is a good option for folks who who prefer to pick their own items, as opposed to having them pre-boxed.
Full-season shares are not available for market pickup.
Walton Farmers Market
Pickup on Fridays, 10am - 2pm
Liberty St. and Delaware St, Walton, NY 13856
Select any 10 items plus one herb from our abundant display at the Walton Farmers Market! We recommend arriving early for the best selection.
This is a good option for folks who prefer to pick their own items, as opposed to having them pre boxed.
Full-season shares are not available for market pickup.
(3) - Choose what season you would like your share
All options are available as weekly shares, or every-other-week shares
Full Season Share
June 5th - November 12th 2021
(12 weeks for bi-weekly shares)
An entire growing season of veggies for folks who have produce at the center of their diet! The sliding scale price for this share runs $480-$960 (or $240-$480 for a bi-weekly share).
July - August 2021
(4 weeks for bi-weekly shares)
For folks who spend just the summer in Delaware County, we offer a summer share! The sliding scale price for this share ranges $180-$360 (or $80-$160 for a bi-weekly share).
August - September 2021
(4 weeks for bi-weekly shares)
For folks excited about the late summer vegetables we likely have in excess during August and September, like tomatoes, cucumbers and squash! The sliding scale price for this share ranges $160-$320 (or $80-160 for a bi-weekly share).
Full Franklin Market Share
(Franklin Farmers Market pickup)
May 30th - October 10th 2021
(10 weeks for bi-weekly shares)
A market share for the entire Franklin Farmers Market season! The sliding scale price for this share ranges from $420-$840 (or $200-$400 for a bi-weekly share).
Full Walton Market Share
(Walton Farmers Market pickup)
July - September 2021
(6 weeks for bi-weekly shares)
A market share for the entire Walton Farmers Market season! The sliding scale price for this share ranges from $260-$520 (or $120-$240 for a bi-weekly share).
Flexible Payment Options:
We accept SNAP/EBT and the FVRx Vegetable Prescription Program
In addition to pricing our CSA on a sliding scale, we also accept payment plans, work-trade, SNAP payments and FVRx Market Bucks as ways to make what we grow more accessible. We are committed to growing for everyone in the local community who wants to become a member, and feel that a CSA share cost shouldn’t be prohibitive to anyone who desires healthy, sustainable, local foods. If you are interested in work trade, payment plans, or if there are other ways we can make a share more accessible to you, please contact us!
Our Invitation for your Non-Financial Contribution
We invite all our CSA members to be involved in the farm beyond just picking up their CSA share! We want to offer CSA members opportunities to connect more deeply with the farm in ways that go beyond their financial support. Your involvement puts the Community in Community Supported Agriculture!
Ways of getting involved in the farm would typically include attending monthly work parties, and helping organize events like potlucks and workshops for CSA members. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has made organizing in-person events on the farm challenging. We are considering how we might safely begin to resume in-person events in 2021. We do anticipate being able to host farm tours for CSA members and other folks in the community, and may be able to host socially distanced work days!
There are also plenty of socially distanced ways to get involved! These could include working from home on our website, marketing, and other projects.
We're interested in hearing your ideas of how you would like to be involved in the farm, and what skills you are most interested in sharing. We encourage CSA members to contact us with your ideas for events you would like to see us host (in person or virtually) and other ways to get our members involved in the farm!