Local is best, but Fresh AND Local is even better!
Biodynamically grown vegetable shares are available for the 2018 season. Details are on our website at www.freshandlocalcsa.com
Fresh and Local CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project dedicated to serving as a model of sustainability while providing the freshest, most nutritious produce possible to households in the Shepherdstown area.
Our produce gets better and better every year because we are balancing our soil with minerals through The Albrecht Method and biology (compost).
Many are aware that the nutritional content of food has gone down drastically over the past few generations due to mineral depletion of the soil. We are happy to report that is not true for the food we grow. Why? Because rather than depleting essential soil minerals, we are building them up every year. Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Selenium, and Zinc, the intelligence mineral. They, and many trace elements, are all in our soil, abundant, biologically available, and in balance, and in the great food we grow as well
Our management methods are biodynamic, a holistic organic farming method developed in the 1920's with the goal of maximizing the flavor and nutrition in food. We are NOT Demeter or USDA certified, but we meet or surpass all standards. We are very happy to discuss why we are not certified with you. But, to be clear: we absolutely meet or exceed all all USDA organic certification requirements. Our food is GMO free.
Our CSA doesn't only grow food! We also grow new farmers! Each year we work with 2 or more interns from around the world and give them a chance to learn the skills necessary to operate their own farm or CSA in the future. Your subscription to our CSA supports this important educational effort. Please consider this: less than 1% of the US population is involved in farming. Only a fraction of that is involved in organic farming. Only a faction of that fraction is involved in biodynamic/nutritional farming. It is only through working with an experienced farmer that a young farmer will learn how to grow the wholesome food our children will need!!
We also provide public education events. In 2003 we hosted French Viticulturist and food qualtiy advocate, Nicolas Joly. In 2004 we are hosted such sustainable agriculture or local economy experts as Joel Salatin, Sally Fallon, Jerry Brunetti, Michael Shuman, Thomas Linzey and Michael Ableman for community discussions. We also host an internet discussion group on quality in food and farming. In 2005/2006 we hosted Les Blank, Michael Ableman, Sally Fallon (again!) and Farmer John! Last year we were showing the wonderful "How to Save the World" biodynamic farming film at area universities. In 2009 we were selected to host an heirloom vegetable field day for Seeds of Change. In 2010, we participated in panel discussions in D.C. for the documentary "DIRT!" We created and maintain The Biodynamics Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition Podcast at www.bdnow.org or through iTunes!
Internships are still available for the 2018 season.
Do you believe that "Food is the Best Medicine"? Then this is the farm you want your food from! We are a biodynamic "nutritionally dense," heirloom vegetable CSA that has specialized in producing the most nutritious food possible for over 10 years. To accomplish this, we incorporate the soil science of Michael Ableman, Rudolf Steiner, Albrecht, Reams and Weston A. Price. Our produce gets better tasting each year because we are building our soil w/ natural mineral powders, kelp & compost
Season: June through October
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 30
Share Prices: $600 CSA Season for a share in Shepherdstown
Work Req? No
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Schedule and Location:
Shepherdstown, WV Sundays 9am to 1pm
Nice place to shop, they have a large selection of farm-fresh herbs and spices: dried, packaged securely and shipped quickly, a free sample gift enclosed. Thank you! Charlotte Bell :-)
We've been participants in Allan and Maura Balliett's Fresh and Local CSA for almost 10 years. We stay with them because the food tastes great and because we know it is good food.... [more]
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Before we joined Fresh & Local CSA, we had no idea just how GOOD fresh veggies could taste. I once heard a CSA member said that once she had veggies grown by Farmer Allan and Maura, she felt she'd been robbed most of her life.... [more]
- Algonquian Squash
- Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce
- Amish Paste Tomato
- Amish Pie Squash
- Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry
- Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato
- Beaver Dam Pepper
- Boston Marrow Squash
- Bull Nose Large Bell pepper
- Burbank Tomato
- Chalk's Early Jewel Tomato
- Cherokee Purple Tomato
- Chiltepin Pepper
- Datil Pepper
- Djena Lee's Golden Girl Tomato
- Early Blood Turnip-Rooted Beet
- Fish Pepper
- German Pink Tomato
- Gilfeather Turnip
- Grandpa Admire's lettuce
- Green Striped Cushaw
- Hinkelhatz Hot Pepper
- Jimmy Nardello's Sweet Italian Frying pepper
- Livingston's Globe Tomato
- Livingston's Golden Queen Tomato
- New Mexican Native Chile Pepper
- Orange Oxheart Tomato
- Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter Tomato
- Red Fig tomato
- Sheboygan Tomato
- Sheepnose Pimiento
- Sibley Squash
- Speckled Lettuce
- Sudduth Strain Brandywine Tomato
- Tennis Ball Lettuce
- Valencia Tomato
- Wenk's Yellow Hot Pepper