Now taking signups for our 2023 program!
Being a member of our CSA is a special commitment to eating healthy, nutrient dense food for people who appreciate the difference between high quality, fresh picked, heirloom flavors and what you can find in the grocery store. Our CSA is a unique offering in the Lynchburg area and by becoming a member of our program:
- You are supporting a family farm that cares about quality.
- You know that the produce you receive is always grown by our farm in a sustainable manner (no nasty chemicals on your food), no exceptions!
- You can source a large portion of your diet locally with add-on options for bread, chicken, and eggs.
- You may order additional items a la carte including vegetables, flowers, herbs, bread, live plants, and eggs. CSA members receive 10% off products produced on the farm when ordering online, and you can order items from other producers including stone-milled grains, garden seeds, and organic cheese from our website, or order meat products from Restoration Acres and pick them up when you get your CSA share.
Before joining, we ask that all members read the CSA details below. If you decide the CSA is right for you, click the button below to make your deposit!
Designed to provide a good variety of produce to a family of 4-5, though 2 vegetable enthusiasts could eat it up on their own. Includes 6-12 seasonal vegetables. You can expect to receive lots of greens in the spring and fall, and lots of tomatoes, peppers, and squash in the summer. Salad greens will be very consistent the entire season. Most shares include: an herb bunch, a salad green, a cooking green, a storage crop (i.e. onions, potatoes, winter squash), a root vegetable (i.e. radishes, carrots, beets, turnips), and variety of summer fruits (i.e. tomatoes, squash, beans, peas, okra, eggplant). We often will have a choice between two items (ex: parsley OR cilantro, kale OR Swiss chard), though this is on a first-come-first-serve basis and we cannot guarantee your first pick. Though you will not ever receive the exact same bag of vegetables in two consecutive weeks, we try to have some consistency so that members know what to expect and aren’t stuck with just unusual items they don’t know how to cook. $28 per week.
Members receive one loaf of bread (or bread item like packs of pita, bagels, pizza crust etc.) each week, baker’s choice. Our bread is made by hand using sourdough and a wood-fired oven. We source flour exclusively from Deep Roots Milling, who use a water-powered stone mill to grind regionally-grown grains.
Other ingredients are organic, locally sourced, or home-grown whenever possible. To give you an idea of what to expect, check out the “Bread” section of our online store. The bread share offering will rotate through almost the entire list at $8 per week, significantly lower than our retail price!
We are raising the bar on our flowers this year and hope you will consider bringing natural beauty into your home or business each week. We love growing flowers for their beauty but also to add diversity, habitat, soil carbon, and most importantly pollinator food to our farm ecosystem. We make Farm Bouquets, which are rustic yet bright and elegant! See bouquet photos here. Cost: $12/week.
Restoration Acres Farm Pastured Meat Share:
We love connecting with this farm which does a wonderful job producing healthy and delicious pasture-raised animal products. We have eaten for an entire week from one of their chickens, which are full of flavor and nutrients and make a delicious broth. This will be their third year as part of the CSA, check out their website for more information. NEW this year is a rotation in your share between chicken and sausage. We hope this change will provide your family with more diversity in their diet. Chickens and pigs are raised on pasture and fed non-GMO feed and moved daily to fresh grass. Cost: $475 for an alternating variety of one whole chicken, averaging 4.5 pounds, and sausage (one week’s share of sausage will consist of bulk and links). Price and availability are currently subject to change!
These eggs are laid by chickens raised on rich pasture and fed a non-GMO feed in addition to their foraged food. You can learn more about them here. Cost: $175 for one dozen eggs per week for 25 weeks. (Price and availability are currently subject to change!)
Weekly shares from 2022
2023 Program Dates and Pickup Locations:
The 2023 CSA program runs for 25 weeks from May 3– October 26, with 1 week vacation in the middle (Aug. 2). Pickup is either at Rookie’s ice cream in Forest (Wednesdays 3-6PM), the Boonsboro Rd Farm Truck (Wednesdays 4:30-5:30PM), the Flour District on Bedford Ave in Lynchburg (Wednesdays 4-5PM), or the Lynchburg Community Market (Thursdays 7AM-12PM).
When and where do I pick up?
Pickup is on Wednesday afternoons or Thursday mornings at one of three locations:
Rookie’s ice cream, located at 16129 Forest Rd in Forest. We are under the white tent in the parking lot on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 PM.
Restoration Acres Farm Truck at the Blickenstaff & Company Realtors building in front of the Boonsboro Shopping Center, 4923 Boonsboro Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24503, Wednesdays 4:30 to 5:30 PM. This site offers the most convenience, since you will stay in your car as you go through this local food drive-thru!
The Flour District located on Bedford Ave near Downtown Lynchburg is available as a NEW pickup location. Pickup will be on Wednesdays from 4 to 5PM.
Lynchburg Community Market downtown on Thursdays from 7AM to 12PM. Shares will be placed inside near the front door of the market.
If these times don’t fit your schedule, we will do our best to work with you! Please email us to see if we can work something out.
Is it every week?
Yes, by joining you are committing to picking up your CSA share every week except for our one week break on August 2nd. We send an email reminder every Wednesday morning, and shares generally cannot be reclaimed if you forget to pick up. Please understand that CSA share is harvested the morning of pickup and will spoil if not claimed, therefore, we ask you to give advance notice if you are unable to claim it that week. If you forget to cancel one week, it is a great opportunity to invite a friend to try eating local produce by picking up your share in your place!
What is in the share?
The base CSA is our vegetable share, which includes over 50 unique items over the course of the season. Most weekly shares will include one of each of the following:
How do I pay?
Members receive electronic invoices that can be paid with ACH direct deposit (preferred), cash, check, or credit card. SNAP/EBT users may also use Community Market tokens to pay for their shares (you must pick up AT the market on Thursday to use this option).
At signup you can choose either to pay in full or in 6 monthly installments starting in late April. All members must place a $25 deposit to reserve their spot in the program; this is counted towards your overall payment for the CSA share.
What is a CSA?
Beginning in the 1990s, Community Supported Agriculture is a movement catalyzed by the alienation and lack of transparency in the industrial food system. Feeling a need to connect more deeply with local food production, members “join” a CSA program run by their local farm on a yearly basis. Members then receive a weekly box of delicious fresh produce straight from the farm!
Farming can be a tough, unpredictable job, and as a CSA member you bring us some stability. Up-front payment helps the farm cover early season costs like seed, tools, and pots. Having a dedicated customer base makes planning much easier on the farm and ensures that the farmer has an outlet for occasional bumper crops that may be hard to sell at market.
CSA has exploded across the country in recent years, and the reason for this is simple. Members love their CSA experience. By joining, you are committing to feeding your family the freshest food possible, every week! Members feel a sense of ownership over the growing process and get to know the farmers by picking up directly from them every week.
A core idea of CSA is that consumers are sharing in the inherent risks that come with natural farming. This means in the event of extreme crop loss, you could receive less than the value of the share. However, we have 8 years of CSA experience and are confident members will receive a diverse selection of quality produce every week. Our members have always received more than what they paid for, and most join again the following year because they loved it so much!
What makes the Great Day Gardens CSA unique?
The vegetable share is the core of our CSA, and includes only produce grown by us on our farm. Whereas some programs may offer lots of choice, we keep things simple by offering a “farmers choice” share for 25 weeks from May to October. Members must pick up every week, and are typically adventurous eaters who enjoy trying new foods. Many also like the fact that they can grab their share and dash, without having to make their own decisions about what to eat for the week.
Payment is either all up front or in monthly installments. With add-on options, we are also unique in that you can supply your family with a large portion of your diet through our CSA program. Our wood-fired sourdough breads are baked right on the farm using local ingredients, our bouquets are straight from the field, and we offer weekly chicken and egg shares from other farms who goes above and beyond to regenerate their land.
A Typical Share
- 1 herb bunch
- 1 cooking green (Chard, Kale, Cabbage, Collard Greens)
- 1 salad green (lettuce, spring mix, arugula)
- 1 storage crop (onion, garlic, winter squash)
- 1 root vegetable
- Variety of seasonal vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, beans, eggplants, etc.)
- Pictured right: a green share in late spring: Kale, leeks, cabbage, turnips, zucchini, kohlrabi, bulb fennel.
Do I get to choose what I get?
The CSA is 100% farmer’s choice. You get what you get, so be ready for some culinary improvisation! If choice is important to you, we suggest you order a la carte each week directly from our website.
What if I decide to end my CSA membership early?
No worries. If you have to end your membership early for any reason, we will refund you in full for the future shares you won’t be receiving.
Mutual Benefits and Shared Risk:
In addition to a heavy bag of our produce every week, members gain cooking inspiration, access to information such as our CSA guide and Vegetable Storage Guide, updates on our garden, and a sense of community by participating in our CSA program. Members also receive a coupon code for 10% off online orders of Great Day products from May to December of the year you are a member. Members are even welcome to schedule their own tour at the farm any time during the season. The mutual benefit comes as we form a network of supply and demand for local agriculture and together share the risks that small-scale farming can entail. Although this has never happened in 8 years of running our program, in a season of severe drought or storms the farm may not supply a full share every week. Excepting for the possibility of natural disasters, we will supply you above and beyond what you pay for!
CSA is not for everyone:
Some people join the CSA with good intentions, only to find out that they are too busy to cook the vegetables they receive every week, or they are uncomfortable with the changes and unpredictability of what comes in the bag. The earliest we are able to notify members of what will be in the bag that day is the morning of pick-up, when we send an email reminder. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions if you are thinking about signing up but aren’t sure if it will suit your lifestyle and personality. The CSA program does require you to commit to eating locally, which sometimes means you lose conveniences that the grocery store offers. The CSA is for those who enjoy the surprise factor of learning to use new foods, and not having to make decisions about what to buy. If you sign up and later find out the CSA does not fit your needs, we will give you a full refund for shares not yet delivered.
If vegetable choice is more important to you, we recommend ordering a la carte directly from our website each week.