Reviews for: One Acre Farm
By: Neil Paradise (Aug 12, 2012)
I've only been participating in One Acre Farm's CSA since the 2012 season, but I've really enjoyed the experience. Mike is fantastic and very friendly, and the pick up process on someone's front porch fun - as others have noted, you select your vegetables yourself, with no pre boxing involved. And the vegetables themselves have been incredible - they look beautiful (probably because Mike pre-washes them), are incredibly tasty, and each week's share has brought a good variety of things to cook with. The little touches are what really clinch the experience - things like a bag for pickup, a CSA focused and produced cookbook (which I've found quite useful), and even little touches like sending out a list of what businesses CSA members run in a non-obtrusive way. I've really enjoyed my experience and would highly recommend.
Wonderful CSA experience
By: antonia herzog (Feb 18, 2012)
This is a wonderful small personal CSA where you get to know the farmer, his family and all the other members.
We've known Michael Protas for a number of years and when he approached us about his newly formed CSA we were very excited to join and have never looked back. In fact we have had him use our porch in Capitol Hill for the drop off since the beginning.
Michael does everything he can to make this a positive experience for his members and is very open to feedback and new ideas always striving to make things better.
We highly recommend this CSA!
Like Christmas every Thursday!
By: Sarah Cissna (Jan 11, 2012)
My husband and I have been members of One Acre Farm since 2010 and have loved every minute! Farmer Mike's passion for farming is contagious, and we look forward to walking over to the pickup spot every Thursday. I've heard that other CSAs box up the produce for their members -- not so with One Acre Farm. Members walk up to the pickup, enjoy conversation with other members who are picking up, and weigh and select all of their own produce based on the guidelines each week. Spot a particularly lovely looking eggplant? It's yours! Know that you won't be able to use all of the potatoes you're allowed that week? Take only what you need!
We've loved the variety of veggies, especially learning more about leafy greens. And Farmer Mike knows his stuff -- it's fun to visit the actual farm and hear him talk about the machinery and how he cycles the crops through the fields. Finally, any extra produce each week is donated to a food bank in town.
It's a win-win-win-win for everyone involved -- we can't wait for the 2012 season to start!
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Sarah Cissna says: (Sep 12, 2012)
Update from the summer season: I just looked at the calendar and realized we're already half-way through September, which means we only have about 6 more weeks of "Veggies!" as my husband and I like to call it. It means saying farewell to tasty local produce and saying hello to tasteless grocery store veggies from who knows where. This summer has been great like the others -- I think our new veggie favorite is turnips like someone mentioned above -- terrific when roasted alongside some beets and carrots -- yum! And Farmer Mike continues to amaze. My 75-year old father grew up on a farm in Iowa, and Farmer Mike tolerates (maybe even enjoys?) his ramblings about farm life when we visit One Acre in person. Volunteering together to clean hundreds of pounds of garlic is a memory with my dad I will not soon forget. Thank you, Farmer Mike, for helping to make that happen. Enjoying the end of 2012 and looking forward to 2013! Sarah and Andy
We Love One Acre Farm
By: Julie Evans (Dec 6, 2011)
We've subscribed to One Acre Farm for 3 years now and will subscribe again. The produce tastes wonderful and is beautiful. I can either walk or drive to the pickup spot. Michael is conscientious (and friendly) and provides the best for his subscribers.
One acre farm is the best
By: Andrew Redd (Dec 6, 2011)
I have been a member of Michael's CSA farm-share for two years now and it has been fantastic both years. The CSA runs from the beginning of June or so to Thanksgiving. Each week we get a wide variety of veggies from the standards (potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash) and usually variety of either exoctic veggie or green (tomatillos, different lettuce greens, garlic rape etc). The amounts are significantly more than every other CSA I have heard about in the greater DC area. All of his food is organic and I have had to take up drying and freezing the produce because my wife and I can't eat all of the stuff we get. That being said multiple people in our group have families with kids and they seem to eat everything up nicely. Michael is a great guy and is happy to answer any question you may have about the farm and encourages people to come out and see the farm (and get your hands dirty if you want to). The pick up is at a house in Captiol hill but I know he also does some drop offs in Potomac if you live out in Montgomery county.