Community Supported Agriculture
Farm Share CSA
There is no better way to support the farming community, and your healthy eating habits, than purchasing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Box. When you purchase a CSA you are not only purchasing farm fresh produce, but you are also making a statement that you care about feeding your family certified organic, ecologically grown vegetables. You are declaring that you care about the sustainability of farm land in the Sammamish Valley.
Ecolibrium’s CSA runs for 20 weeks from mid-June through mid-November. Each week’s box will contain a selection of the freshest from the farm: classic favorites and specialty ingredients all picked at the peak moment of freshness. You will also receive a weekly email containing a recipe to learn how to use some of the more interesting items in your box. See sample recipes below.
As a CSA Member, you are at the heart of Ecolibrium’s community. It feels essential that we celebrate this connection, so on top of your delicious weekly yield - you will be invited to join all CSA Members for a Fall Harvest Party including a fantastic farm-to-table meal prepared by our in-house Culinary Team. Experience how the farm operates, meet your fellow shareholders, and enjoy a delicious late-summer evening meal on the farm.
Choose from our convenient pick-up locations including:
The Riveter Capitol Hill
The Riveter Fremont
The Riveter Bellevue
South 47 Farm Stand in Redmond
Looking for a shorter term commitment?
Snag a 5-week CSA variation and receive produce in either July, August or September!
Some CSA Favorites from 2018 to get you pumped…
SPRING: Swiss Chard, Radishes, Sugar Snap Peas, Sage, Mint, Chives, Green Beans
MID-SUMMER: Eggplant, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Tomatillos, Greens, Basil, Fennel
LATE SUMMER: Apples, Plums, Collard Greens, Peppers, Beans, Garlic, Fennel
FALL: Celeriac, Delicata Squash, Winter Squash, Turnips, Carrots, Lettuce, Potatoes, Herbs
What is included in my CSA box and can I customize it?
Each CSA box will include enough produce to feed a family of 2-3 people for a week (~$35 in value). The content will shift throughout the season giving you a chance to learn the seasonality of growing here in the PNW. We can not offer customization because we are bringing you the freshest from the field. If you love something, you will just have to come back for more next year!
What if I am out of town here and there throughout the summer?
Feel free to let us know and we can send your share along as a donation to one of our partner organizations - or let a friend know where to pick it up and share the wealth!
What if I am not sure what to do with the veggies one of the boxes?
We get it, seasonality means when we have carrots, we have lots of carrots. This is exactly why we created our Cooking with a CSA Class.
Will I know what we are getting each week?
Great question, YES! We will send a weekly email with a breakdown of what you will be receiving, along with a great recipe each week.
Can I get a refund mid-season?
No, we rely heavily on the early income to invest in seeds, staffing and everything that goes into growing your food for the season, so we are not able to provide refunds.
What if you have Crop Failure?
Interesting questions. Part of the beauty of growing a diverse vegetable garden is that while a particular crop may struggle this season, the rest of the field will be abundantly lush. So… we can confidently say that unless it snows in July… we will be able to satisfy your vegetable desires!
More information about CSAs here.
SAMPLE CSA RECIPE
1 lb tomatillos
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lime
2 bunches of cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
chili powder or flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Halve tomatillos. Halve peppers and remove seeds . Toss tomatillos, peppers, and garlic with half of the olive oil and a few pinches of salt. Arrange vegetables on a sheet tray and roast until tomatillos just begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Combine contents of tray in a food processor with cilantro, lime juice, and the rest of the oil. Season with salt, pepper, and chili, if using.
Serve over fried farm eggs or however you enjoy salsa.
No recipe is ever finished. Experimentation and improvisation is crucial. Have fun!