2013 Wellspring CSA Information and Registration
WE ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT OF WINTER SEASON SHARES!
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 SEASON WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.
What is CSA?
CSA (community supported agriculture) is a partnership between a farm and shareholders from the local community. Shareholders provide financial support to the farm by purchasing a produce share at the beginning of the growing season. In return, the farm provides fresh, locally-grown produce throughout the year. Shareholders of the farm have the satisfaction of knowing where their food comes from and the opportunity to enjoy delicious produce that is grown with great care. Wellspring was a pioneer of the CSA movement in Wisconsin, becoming an organic CSA in 1988.
As a shareholder, you receive 20 weeks of fresh produce beginning the 1st full week of June through the third week of October. Shareholders also receive a weekly e-newsletter containing information about what produce items are included in the box for that week, farm updates, helpful recipes, and storage tips. Wellspring also offers the option to extend your season with our Fall/Winter that runs through the first week of December.
How does it work?
Before the beginning of each growing season, a CSA shareholder purchases a “share” of the season’s harvest. The price of the share reflects the revenues needed to cover the expenses of operating the farm for that year and the value of the produce we expect to offer. Your share dollars help provide a stable revenue source that allows us to concentrate on growing a wide variety of crops to ensure a good harvest. By collecting payment early in the season, it gives CSA farmers the funds to order seed, purchase compost, repair equipment, and get the produce growing so that it is ready by June.
Once the season starts, CSA shareholders pick up their weekly share boxes either at a drop-site or here at the farm. We offer both Full and Half Shares All weekly boxes are the same size; the Full Share is delivered every week and the Half Share every other week. Generally speaking, our Full Share should satisfy the produce needs of the average family or an individual/couple who regularly cooks at home. Our Half Share is better suited to individuals, couples or those families who eat out several times a week. For those interested in getting their hands dirty, the Community Share option is a Full Share of produce offered at a discounted price in exchange for working two 4-hour shifts at the farm during the season. There is also a Worker Share option which is a Full Share of produce in exchange for four hours of on-farm work every Wednesday during the season (Limited availability, please email Will at email@example.com if interested). We love to have people help out and connect to our crew and Wellspring! It’s a great way for you to see the farm, meet the farmers and other shareholders, and take part in the harvest.
See the Sign Up page for more specific information on drop-sites and prices.
What do I get?
All of our vegetables are USDA certified organic and grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
Below is a sampling of some of the items we aim to include in the shares throughout the season. Please remember that each year’s weather can be drastically different, so contents may vary. For a better idea of when during the season you can expect to see these items in your box, check out our 2013 CSA Brochure.
Arugula, rhubarb, pac choi, collards, asian greens, head lettuce, salad mix, kale, radishes, scallions, spinach, swiss chard, strawberries
Broccoli, purple and green cabbage, eggplant, fennel, green beans, yellow beans, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes
Beets, carrots, radishes, garlic, leeks, onions, potatoes, parsnips, turnips
Cucumbers, summer squash, winter squash, melons
Cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet basil, thyme, marjoram
There are various farm events, classes, and activities for shareholders and their families throughout the season.
The Garden Prep Event May 18th kicks off the season. We celebrate Ralph Bronner’s birthday and the Newburg Fireman’s Picnic with a free event on Sunday, June 2. The Taste of Wellspring (Sunday, July 21) will be a special celebration of our 30th anniversary and features the talent of area chefs using Wellspring produce.
AGRI-Culture Fest is a two day festival held on the farm in October with live music, hay rides, pumpkin carving, workshops, local food vendors, and other events throughout the Newburg community all celebrating the culture of agriculture!- a great time for families and it is free to attend! See our Events page for more information.
2013 Winter Shares
Sorry! 2013 Winter Shares are all sold out!
The Winter Share provides a great way to eat locally and organically even later in the season! This share is larger than the regular season box and will consist of various storage crops like carrots, potatoes, beets, parsnips, winter squash, cold hearty greens, broccoli, onions and much more! Boxes will be delivered every other week beginning October 24th and ending December 5th (4 boxes total). Possible pickup locations will be a bit different from the summer season drop sites. Winter share delivery will NOT be available at TOSA market, or Java Dock in Port Washington, but we’ve added the Port Washington Winter Farmers Market as a winter share SATURDAY pickup location.
Sorry, flower shares are sold out!
New for the 2013 Season, enjoy fresh cut organic flowers from our gardens. This is a 10-week share, which starts July 3rd and concludes September 5th. Flower Shares are only available to regular CSA members. In other words, you cannot register for just a flower share. There are three share options; descriptions and prices are listed below. Flower shares will be delivered with produce boxes or can be picked up at the farm. Delivery is only available at certain pickup sites: Newburg (on the farm), Cedarburg (Weeds), Port Washington (Java Dock), West Bend (Settler’s Park Market) and at the TOSA Farmers’ Market.
Flowers will be selected each week based on which varieties are ready to be harvested. Throughout the season, you can expect to see: Rudebeckia, scabiosa, snapdragons, zinnias, sunflowers, gomphrena and other assorted blooms!
U-Pick : Shareholders who pick up at Wellspring will have the option to pick their own handful of flowers. Scissors will be available, bring your own jar of water for transporting flowers. Half share members who would still like to take advantage of the U-pick option may pick two handfuls or flowers every other week when they pick up. Cost: $60/ season
Growers Bunch: Each week receive a large bunch of seasonal flowers and foliage. A great option for those who like to create their own flower arrangements. Cost: $80/ season
Hand-Tied Bouquet: Each week receive a seasonal, hand-tied bouquet that is ready to be displayed in you home or business! Cost: $100/ season
Sign Up for the CSA Program!