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CommunitySupported Agriculture

Featuring four local farms in Nevada County:

       Feeding Crane Farm

       Bluebird Farm

       Starbright Acres Farm

       First Rain Farm
 

When you purchase a share in our community supported agriculture program (CSA) you are supporting your farmers by providing up front capital for the start of the season. As your farmers, we then provide you with a seasonally changing box of the freshest produce each week! Learn more about each of the participating farms below. To read more about First Rain Farm, click on the "Our Story" tab at the top of the page.

When you become a member of our Collaborative CSA, you gain access to our unique gourmet add-on options of flower bouquets, microgreens, bread, mushrooms and canned goods! You also receive weekly e-newsletters that share stories from the farm, updates, and curated recipes using produce from that week's box. We also will have regular pop-up sales of eggs and other goodies at your pick up sites. This is not your average CSA share!

This year we are offering two CSA box sizes for you to choose from. Our regular box is a beautiful variety of seasonal staple items (like salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions), choice fruit, and specialty items (like asparagus, tomatillos, and habanada snacking peppers) for you to play with in the kitchen. Our small box is a subset of our regular box that focuses on staple items for everyday cooking and eating.

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An example of a regular box

CSA Details

 Duration: June 5th-October 23rd 2024 (21 weeks)

 Cost: Regular box: $672 ($32/week) 

          Small box: $525 ($25/week)

 Pick-up: Wednesdays between 3:30-7pm

 Contents: Over the course of the season you will receive over 40 different produce varieties, including fruit! 

Pick-up Options

1. First Rain Farm: 19832 Rector Rd, Nevada City

    or

2. Starbright Acres Farm: 12575 Polaris Dr, Grass Valley

  

Add-on Offerings

 Summer Flower Share: July-Sept (12 weeks) $303

 Sunflower Share: July-Sept (12 weeks) $184

 Microgreens: June-Oct (21 weeks) $159

 Mushrooms: June-Oct (21 weeks) $105

 Country Sourdough: June-Oct (21 weeks) $189

 Baker's Choice Sourdough: June-Oct (21 weeks) $231

 Canned Goods: June-Oct (5 months) $200 

How to Sign Up

Signing up is a two part process.

  1. Fill out and submit the CSA Sign-up form below with your name, phone number, email, and desired pick up location.

  2. Scroll down and select the items you want in your cart. Make sure you sign up for the correct CSA box (regular or small) and all the add-ons you want (there are multiple bread, flower, and microgreens offerings!) Go to checkout and fill in your information, review your order and then click "Place Order and Pay." Note: you will not pay during checkout. That will happen once you receive your Quickbooks invoice.

 

Once we receive your CSA registration form and your cart, we will send you an invoice through Quickbooks within a few days. 

Your subscription(s) will not be secure until payment is complete. 

Payment Options

You may pay on Quickbooks (our preferred method), by check, or cash (drop off at the farm).

*Please note that if you would like to pay with debit/credit there will be a processing fee added to your order. You must request this option directly.

If you are in a financial position that makes it difficult to pay all at once, please reach out to us about a payment plan. Email info.firstrainfarm@gmail.com for more information 

                                                          

Select your CSA box and Add-on items:

Find out more about the farms and add-ons below 

Feeding Crane Farm is operated by Antonio Garza, Daylin Wade, and a fabulous crew of hardworking folks who really make the magic happen. Antonio and Daylin are starting their 9th season of farming in Nevada County. Feeding Crane Farm is located at the base of Pilot Peak in Penn Valley on land that has been farmed organically for many years. We strive to grow our produce in a manner that maximizes nutrition for people while improving the health of the ecosystem in which we farm and providing a secure livelihood for ourselves and the people who work with us. We use an evolving array of organic practices to build soil, increase productivity, and increase the nutrient density of our produce.

 

We farm around 10 acres of a diverse mix of seasonal vegetables for the Collaborative CSA, Nevada City Saturday Farmers Market, Briar Patch and other local outlets. Among other items you will receive plentiful summer squash, juicy melons, succulent sweet corn, hearty winter squash, and sun-ripened tomatoes from us over the course of the CSA season. If our produce blows your mind you can always find more of that particular item at the Nevada City Farmers Market!

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Bluebird Farm specializes in high quality, nutrient dense, greens, culinary herbs, microgreens, fresh seasonal flowers and floral design. They are dedicated to using sustainable growing methods
to enhance the health of our land, build rich soil and provide the most delicious and beautiful food and flowers possible. Their veggies are certified organic by CCOF! Bluebird Farm is owned and operated by Malaika Bishop. Malaika has been active in the local farming and food movement for
over a decade and many of you might know her from her involvement with Sierra Harvest. Malaika is managing two farm locations, one on Cement Hill Road at the Jacobson Dude Ranch and the other at the former John Woolman School off Newtown Road. Bluebird Farm will be contributing regular salad offerings for the CSA as well as an assortment of other crops.

In addition to vegetables, Bluebird Farm is offering three add-on options: Summer Flowers, Sunflowers and Microgreens.

Summer Flowers:
Treat yourself or a loved one to a generous weekly bouquet of flowers during the summer months.

Flower share members will receive the best of what is in season from the 150 unique varieties of flowers growing in our ½ acre field; dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, snap dragons, marigolds, mums, lisianthus and so much more.
     $303 for 12 weeks (tax included)

Sunflower Share:
Get a fresh bunch of stunning sunnies every week for 12 weeks. The share includes your traditional sunflowers and some special varieties you have
probably never seen before procured from a hard-to-get specialty sunflower breeding programs!
     $184 for 12 weeks (tax included)

Microgreens Share:

We specialize in growing 4 varieties of nutrient-dense microgreens. Proven by research To have tons of potential health benefits including:

  • Boosts your immune system

  • Lowers inflammation

  • Can help contribute to weight loss

  • Can help reduce the risk of various chronic diseases

  • Improves gut health

  • Their vitamin and antioxidants levels are up to 40X higher than most mature greens

Sign up to get a weekly clamshell of delicious nutrient-dense microgreens! Your options are:       
    - Broccoli (light, juicy and delicately    flavored           packing a nutritional punch)
     - Sunflower shoots (substantial, crunchy, nutty          and delicious)
     - Pea shoots (sweet, crunchy, mild)
     - Crunchy micro mix (sunflower, pea and purple radish mix)
     $159 for 21 weeks

Pick up your flowers and microgreens Wednesdays with your veggie box at First Rain Farm or Starbright Acres Farm.

www.bluebirdfarm.net

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Starbright Acres Family Farm produces certified organic nutritious, delicious, planet friendly food for our local community. Ken & Aleta Barrett and their two children founded Starbright Acres Family Farm in 2010 with the concept of growing a commercially and financially viable quantity of produce in a semi-urban setting.  They now sell over $100,000 of certified organic produce per acre in cultivation. 90% is sold within 10 miles of the farm.  Starbright Farm also supports our local food network by hosting field trips, getting involved with local schools & agricultural programs, selling vegetable starts, and sharing farming knowledge with community members. Nutritious, delicious, planet friendly food - Eat right at Starbright!

Starbright also has a year-round farm store stocked with all sorts of goodies beyond what the CSA offers, including organic vegetable and flower starts in the Spring. If you choose Starbright as your pick up location, you get the added perk of perusing their store and bolstering your box with extra produce. A one stop shop!

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Add-on Offerings

We are thrilled to be partnering with these fellow local food purveyors to provide even more nourishment in your weekly box!

Grass Valley Mushrooms
Deer Creek Bakehouse
Sun & Cellar 
Bluebird Farm Microgreens and Flowers

Sign up for add-on subscriptions to these delectable offerings and pick them up with your veggie box- so easy! Read more about these options below. 

 

Grass Valley Mushrooms

Enhance your veggie-filled meals with Grass Valley Mushrooms' seasonally scrumptious mushrooms! Each week you will receive a bag of a rotating variety of cultivated mushrooms to play with in the kitchen. You may find in your bag: lion's mane, oyster varieties (blue pearl, black pearl, trumpet royal) chestnut, shiitake or other seasonal selections.  Perfect for families looking to incorporate more fungi into their meals or for mushroom-loving individuals!

Now under their new business "Grass Valley Mushrooms", Dylan and his team have been cultivating gourmet mushrooms in Nevada County for over 4 years. They are so excited to partner with the Collaborative CSA again to continue providiving delicious medicinal mushrooms to this community.

Feel free to email them at info@grassvalleymushrooms.com or follow them on Instagram @grassvalley_mushrooms to learn more!

$105 for 21 week season ($5/week)

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Deer Creek Bakehouse

At their Grass Valley sourdough micro-bakery, every loaf is hand-made using a naturally fermented leaven and only organic flours. As much as possible they source their grains locally, and strive to include only organic ingredients in their rotating breads. Choose between their signature rustic Sourdough Country loaf, or the weekly rotating Baker’s Choice specialty breads. Or both- these delicious fresh-baked loaves go quick! The specialty breads will include but are not limited to: rosemary & lemon, olives & herbs, miso & sesame whole wheat, and cinnamon raisin. Bread subscriptions last for 21 weeks.

$189 for Country Sourdough ($9/week)

$231 for Baker’s Choice ($11/week)

Limited spots available- don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

https://www.deercreekbakehouse.com/

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Photo: Bryce Winsor (@btwphotography)

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Sun & Cellar

Josh Rickett runs a full-scale cannery that specializes in preserving California heirloom produce. He prioritizes sourcing from Nevada County farms (like the ones in this CSA) to help build a thriving local food system. Using all organic ingredients, he showcases produce through traditional methods of preservation including pickles, ferments, jams, preserves and much more! Sign up for a monthly box of his flavor-packed preserved goods and enjoy local flavors from all the seasons!  Boxes are different each month and contain a curated assortment of four preserves; a sample box looking like:

      Meyer Lemon Curd
      Bread n Butter Pickles
      Fire-roasted Tomato Salsa
      Dilly Beans

Subscribe to elevate your plate!

$200 for 5 months ($40/month)

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