What is the CSA Program?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food. Traditionally, CSA members invested in a farm during the winter and collected their produce shares weekly in the summer. The Food Bank of Delaware uses a modified CSA model to distribute fresh, locally-grown produce to everyone regardless of income.
By participating in the CSA program you become a community shareholder of a local produce farm. Shares are picked up weekly from several participating locations. The contents of your package will vary from week to week depending on what is in season. In addition to receiving farm fresh produce, some shareholders also receive tokens to be used around their local farmers market to purchase SNAP-approved items such as artisan bread, fresh eggs, local honey, homemade pasta and much more.
Our new and improved CSA program offers more payment options, more pickup locations, better quality produce and new student rates!
You simply reserve your share as you would a normal CSA. Each Sponsor share allows us to subsidize 2.5 shares for families in need. What a great gift of health and nutrition! Shares are no longer being sold for this season.
- Sponsor Shares are $500.00 for for the entire growing season (after the program begins, new members who sign up will receive a pro-rated price)
- Half shares are available for $250.00
- Flexible payment plans available; we can spread out the cost weekly or monthly.
- Special student rates available!
- A portion of your fee is a tax-deductible donation to the Food Bank ($100/full share; $50/half share)
- You receive a full or half share of produce each week.
- Shares are picked up weekly at the Cool Springs Farmers’ Market (Thursdays), the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark (Thursdays), the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford (Wednesdays) or the Downtown Dover Farmers Market (Wednesdays).
Where does the food come from? The fruits and vegetables are sourced from local farmers in and around Delaware.
What does my membership give me?
- High-quality, locally-grown produce at a great value!
- A huge variety of seasonal produce (at least 8 different fruit & vegetables/week).
- Recipe ideas for the food you receive.
- A direct connection with the farm and farmers growing your food.
- Special shareholder dinner for all members
The program already started, can I still join?
Yes, you can jump in anytime! We will pro-rate your membership costs.
I belong to a family in need, how does it work for me?
- A $20 deposit reserves your place in the program. It is refundable at the end of the season if no pickups are missed. Use your EBT card or cash to pay for your produce for only $10 / week.
- Simply pick up your produce every week at the Wilmington Farmers’ Market at Cool Springs Park or Downtown Dover Farmers’ Market
- Half shares are available for $5/week with a $10 deposit – a great affordable option for smaller households!
- Please review the entire member agreement here.
Community Shareholder Benefits:
- Each week you will receive a full share of locally-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables
- A full share is enough to feed a family of four for a week!
- Receive a huge variety of produce! At least 8 different items per week!
- When you receive your share you will also get tokens to purchase other items at the Market! Full shares will receive 5 tokens for every $10 spent. Half shares receive $2 for every $5 dollars spent.
- Weekly recipes and cooking demonstrations!
- Market entertainment and family activities
- Shareholder dinner
What kind of items can I expect to receive?
Shares will consist of 8-10 different items each week. Full shares generally run between 12-30lbs, depending on what is in season (lettuce weighs less than melons). Shares are generally lighter in the spring, heavier in midsummer and get somewhat lighter again in the fall. Here is what we try to include each week. Items will vary based on availability and season
- 1 bunch fresh herbs
- 1-2 bunch leafy greens (ex. Spring lettuce, Cabbage, Braising Greens)
- 2-3 types of fruit (ex. Berries, Apples, Peaches, Melons)
- 2-3 types of Vegetables (ex. Tomatoes, Peppers, Beans, Zucchini)
- 2-3 types of Root Vegetables (ex. Potatoes, Onions, Beets, Carrots)
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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This project was supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 11009115 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.