5 Reasons to Join a CSA Program in 2017

The weather is beginning to break, and Spring is now upon us. “Soon we will be plowing the fields and preparing for the first batch of plants. As soon as the fields dry out, it won’t be long until we are in full swing working from sun up until sun down to produce the best crops we can for our CSA members,” says Greg Horner, Manager of Operations at Deep Run Farms.

community supported agriculture application for a CSA program in Hampstead, MD, Westminster, New Windsor, Eldersburg, Syksville, FInksburg, Pikesville, Owings MillsDeep Run Farms has been running a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program for customers in Carroll County and Baltimore County for several years now. “We’ve had a great response from people in the community,” says Greg, “I think people are tired of paying high prices for supermarket food, and feel better knowing exactly where their food comes from.” Many people are fed up with the less-than-fresh food and high prices that line supermarket aisles and, instead, are joining local community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs.

New Varieties of Crops for our 2017 CSA Members

A Community-Supported Agriculture program gives local residents the opportunity to purchase shares of Deep Run Farms crops and goods. Joining a CSA is growing in popularity as a way of bringing fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and other foods home, ending the dependence on nationally-run supermarkets. “This year we are trying several new varieties of crops – sweet lipstick style pepper, a new variety of tomato called Red Bounty, a new variety of early season white sweet corn, and a new type of cantaloupe that’s known for being ultra-sweet. Our CSA customers are going to have a great selection to choose from,” explained Greg. Many of these new varieties are grown specifically for CSA members.

Here are five reasons you should consider joining a CSA:

1. Support Your Community

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Greg Horner prepares the fields for planting.

When you purchase foods and goods at nationally-run supermarkets or online, your local community often won’t see much of a return on that purchase. On the other hand, food purchased from local farmers helps support local businesses and invigorates your community and state.

It’s a sad fact, but many local farms have been driven out of business by national food manufacturers that are able to produce low cost (and low quality) products at fast rates. The only way to ensure the survival of local farms that produce fresh and healthy foods is by supporting them through such programs as CSAs.

All of the vegetables that my CSA members receive are grown right here on our farm. I never purchase from other farms or at produce auction as, unfortunately, many other CSA programs or farm to home programs have been known to do.

2. Enjoy Fresh and Local Foods

CSA Baltimore, CSA Hampstead, CSA Westminster, CSA Frederick, CSA New Windsor, CSA Taneytown, CSA Pikeville, CSA Eldersburg, CSA Mt. Airy, CSA LittlestownFlip over the box of many pre-packaged meals and you’ll face a lengthy list of unreadable and unnecessary ingredients. The health problems caused by these preservatives and other ingredients are still largely unknown, but the rapidly rising national obesity rates should be one indicator of their effects.

Joining a CSA program allows you to enjoy fresh and local foods, without any concerns about their origins. By learning to cook with these fresh ingredients, you can supply your family with healthy and wholesome meals every day. You can also begin learning more about seasonal ingredients and how to use them properly. Canning or freezing any excess produce ensures a year-round supply of low cost, locally grown food.

Our CSA members are the first people who have access to the crops, and they get it even fresher than wholesale or farmers markets. All the vegetables you receive through your CSA membership are picked fresh, usually the same day!

3. Save More Money

Community Supported Agriculture | CSA Maryland | CSA Hampstead, Maryland | CSA Carroll County | CSA Baltimore County | CSA Westiminster, MDThe exact amount you can save by joining a CSA program depends on where you live and which shareholder options you select. However, considering the ever-rising costs of supermarket goods, your CSA shares ensure a steady supply of fresh food at a low cost.

Maximize your savings by never letting your CSA shares go to waste. This is done by making properly portioned foods for your family and by learning how to can and freeze any excess. Canning your leftover fruits and vegetables ensures you’ll have a year-round supply of wholesome ingredients to serve at the dinner table.

I make sure that my CSA members get their money’s worth, cheaper than they would if they purchased them at a grocery store, farmer’s market, or even at my own roadside stand.

4. Support the Environment

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5. Connect Your Kids with Nature

Many children are disconnected from nature and know nothing about the farm-to-table process. Our CSA program gives their shareholders the opportunity to visit the farm on a weekly basis, the perfect opportunity for reconnecting your children with nature, and with the source of the food they eat. When kids are actively involved with growing the food that’s served at your dinner table, they’ll be all the more likely to eat healthier.

The fact is, fresh food just tastes better. That’s the comment I’ve heard every year I’ve run a CSA – people love how fresh the food is.

Looking for a local CSA in Maryland to join? Click here to contact Deep Run Farms. We’ll provide you with fresh, healthy food and get you involved in the farm-to-table process.

3 Facts about Community Supported Agriculture You Can’t Help But Love

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has actually been around for a good 25 years, but it’s been increasingly popular in recent years.

For those who don’t, a CSA is a popular way for people to buy seasonal, locally-grown produce directly from a local farmer. Think stocks, but instead of owning pieces of a company, consumer own pieces of the farm’s yield.

There are many things to love about CSAs!

Click here to apply for our Maryland CSA Program…

1. It’s All About Sharing

The farmer sells shares to the public, which is like a membership and usually includes a weekly box of vegetables, and sometimes fruits, during farming season. At Deep Run Farms, a full share is $500, with plans to run through the first week of October. If someone joins mid-July, the fees would be prorated. No one pays more per week just because they join late.

Community Supported Agriculture | CSA Maryland | CSA Hampstead, Maryland | CSA Carroll County | CSA Baltimore County | CSA Westiminster, MDSome members prefer a half share to a full share, which (as you might guess) is exactly half the amount that a full share is. Typically, a full share works for a family of five or six, while half shares are for three or four.

Of course, people can pair up on their own to split shares as well. Deep Run Farms charges less than other CSAs, so people should feel free to indulge.

Other CSAs come to Deep Run for some of the produce they don’t happen to grow. Deep Run rarely goes to other farms. It’s a small farm with low overhead and those savings are passed on to CSA members.

2. CSAs Support Local Farmers

With a CSA, farmers can market their products before growing and harvest season, giving them more time in the fields when those times come.

Farmers get paid in advance, giving them cash upfront to invest in the farm and its products.

Farmers get to know people and form community ties. They have the opportunity to thrive and grow.

3. CSAs Foster a Healthy Community

Members of CSAs get to eat super-fresh produce, packed with flavor and vitamins.

Members love to come and see what’s growing.

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Squash and cucumbers come later, as they move right on to the summer goodies: sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon. Tomatoes have been wildly popular. Everyone in the CSA gets excited about them, though watermelon and sweet corn are also favorites.

CSA members develop a friendly relationship with their farmer and other CSA members, get to try new produce, learn more about the ins and outs of farming, and expand their horizons.

Horner and his staff love the produce and the farm, but they also love the customers. Deep Run Farms CSA members are “really local, good people from all around the Hampstead area,” Horner says. They’re just so grateful to get such fresh food – always picked that day or the day before.

Shareholders get to visit the farm and see their food grow over time. Many really enjoy the feeling that it’s their farm. They love being part of the whole “shop local” movement.

“They come to watch me work. They come to pick out a pumpkin. It’s a community,” says Horner.

“I love to see everyone coming around as the weather gets warmer,” he says. “The pickup times this year are Sundays at 11 a.m. and then Tuesdays after 5:30 a.m. If you ever show up late and miss out, I just prorate your fees. You won’t pay for anything you didn’t get.”

“The local thing just works,” Horner adds. It’s the way life and shopping are supposed to be. “Who wants to drive 20 minutes away to pick up days-old produce from another state or country? It’s just not worth it.”

Contact Deep Run Farms today if you want to learn more about our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

3 Ways to Eat Local (With a Recipe!)

Deep Run Farms 2015 CSAWith fresh fruits and veggies in abundance this time of year, summer is the perfect time to explore the concept of eating local. Once something done out of necessity before refrigerated trucks and pre-packaged convenience foods, the idea of eating local puts an emphasis on procuring your food from within roughly 100 miles of your home.

Buying food that is grown near your home is not only a great way to be energy conscience and support local farmers, it is also a wonderful way to ensure you are eating fresh, seasonal foods!

Although sustainable, local farming has been steadily growing in popularity, it can still be a little overwhelming at first, especially if you are not used to it. But, don’t worry! Read below for three different ways you can get started and be sure to check out the very end for a delicious recipe utilizing fresh veggies from one of our recent weekly CSA harvests!

Eating Local Idea #1: Check out a Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Markets are an awesome, fun way to find fresh local produce, locally produced, honey, cheese and even meats in some cases. Often held weekly in many towns and cities, farmers’ markets are filled with different vendors from all around your area offering a wide variety of produce and other delicious goodies. Be sure to go early to have your pick of produce!

Eating Local Idea #2: Pay Closer Attention at Your Standard Grocery Store

Many big grocery chains are getting on the “local” bandwagon, thanks to increased demand by consumers. Keep your eyes open for signs that note where the produce or goods are from. Many supermarkets will have local tomatoes, corn and melons on sale during the summer months – and you can always ask the produce manager for assistance.

Eating Local Idea #3: Join a CSA

Deep Run Farms 2015 CSA-6Although we are biased, we think joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the best way to enjoy local produce. But, trust us, it’s with good reason! Here’s the skinny on a CSA: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” for purchase to the public. Usually the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included, such as meats, cheese, honey, etc. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (or bag or basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. CSAs are easy to join and quite inexpensive. And, since you will often receive a wide variety of veggies, they are a fun way to experiment with new recipes that you may never have otherwise tried. Bonus – you are supporting local farmers like us!

If you are interested in joining a CSA, we still have shares available and they are PRO-RATED! It’s a great time to join! Click here for more info!

And, as promised, here is a super yummy recipe for Noodles and Veggies with Peanut Sauce, adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen:

Eat Local in Maryland½ pound whole wheat pasta (or pasta of your choice – could even be made with Zoodles!)

¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos or Braggs’ Liquid Aminos)

¼ cup natural peanut butter

2 tbsp rice vinegar

1-2 tbsp sesame oil (I like 2 J)

1-2 tsp of Sriacha or other hot sauce

2 cups of veggies of your choice (I used broccoli because we had a ton, but red peppers, snap peas and cabbage would be delicious too (make sure you don’t cook those!))

Thinly sliced radishes and scallions for garnish

Cook your pasta as instructed.

Meanwhile, in a bowl big enough to hold all the noodles, mix together the Tamari or soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and Sriracha.

Heat the peanut butter in the microwave for a few seconds, and then whisk it into the sauce ingredients.

Add chopped broccoli to the pasta water for the last two minutes of cooking.

Drain pasta and add to the bowl with all of the sauce. Mix until everything is coated. Garnish with radishes and scallions.

Source: Kalyn’s Kitchen

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5 Reasons Why CSA Programs are Soaring

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Want to know where your food comes from? Participate in a local CSA!

In communities across the U.S., consumers are turning away from large chain grocers and are instead participating in local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. While CSAs in the U.S. aren’t yet officially tracked, a conservative count puts the total at around 6500. In 1986, there were only two. The increasing popularity of CSAs can be attributed to a variety of factors, including the sense of community they offer, knowing where one’s food comes from, and more. Here is some insight on why CSAs are quickly soaring in popularity.

They are Economical

The CSA model offers consumers the chance to purchase ‘crop shares’ from local farmers. By purchasing CSA shares, consumers receive regular deliveries of freshly grown produce and other items (depending on the particular CSA program) throughout the growing season.

Although participating in a CSA carries the risk of not receiving a full share of food during drought seasons, in good growing seasons, a CSA can be a highly economical alternative to purchasing produce at large chain grocers. Not only are many CSA shares often economically priced, they also offer a high nutritional value by providing your family with freshly picked produce. Many CSA farmers offer several share options, including full shares, 1/2 shares, and 1/4 shares, to match the food needs of individual consumers.

CSAs Put a Face to Your Food

Increasingly, consumers want to know who is growing their food and how their food is being grown. These details are nearly impossible to obtain at large chain grocers where produce, meat, and other items are delivered from national and international locations and are processed by large manufacturers.

Participating in a local CSA ensures you will know who is growing your food and allows you to ask important questions of the farmer. These questions can include inquiring on which, if any, chemicals are used during the growing process or if the farmer utilizes organic growing practices. If a CSA offers meats to their shareholders, you can inquire on how the animals were raised and how they were slaughtered and processed.

They Support a Return to Local

Patronizing local businesses helps support your community’s local economy and also helps to support the income of local residents. Rather than funneling your money into a national chain store that likely won’t re-insert those funds back into your community, you can instead purchase a CSA share and experience the positive economic ripple effect that purchase will offer the local economy. A return to local also offers a de-centralized alternative to the national food system.

CSAs Offer a Sense of Community

In today’s disconnected and busy world, many consumers are searching for something more. CSAs may be soaring in popularity because of the sense of community they offer between growers and their shareholders. Not only will you learn more about the food growing process, you will also have a unique opportunity to connect and build relationships with farmers and other consumers in your community.

They Offer Valuable Food Growing Lessons

If asked, most youth and older individuals don’t know much about where food comes from and many people are now realizing how scary that lack of knowledge really is. Some parents are using their CSA share purchases as an opportunity to teach their children about real food and about the growing process. A few hours spent helping out at a CSA farm is an eye-opening and humbling experience for many consumers.

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Fresh produce and a connection to your food are just a few of the benefits that can come from a CSA share purchase.

Participating in a local CSA offers several benefits including supporting local farmers, knowing who is growing your food, and teaching your kids where food actually comes from. Research the available CSAs in your area and learn more about the benefits that each may offer.

Restaurant 101: The Benefits of Cooking with Local Foods

More and more restaurants are cooking with local ingredients, but why? What makes local ingredients so special? The truth is there are a number of benefits to using local foods in your restaurant. Whether you’re using locally raised beef or locally grown vegetables, it’s good for your business. The following are just a few of the benefits of cooking with local foods.

Freshness and Quality

When you order produce from across the country, you’re getting fruits and vegetables that were picked before they were ripe. When you buy local foods, you’re getting the freshest produce available. There are times when the produce you pick up at the local farmer’s market was harvested that morning. It doesn’t get any fresher than this. This means that your dishes are going to taste much better and your customers are definitely going to notice.

Eco-Friendly Option

Local foods allow your restaurant to create a smaller carbon footprint. This is because the foods you’re using are coming from local sources, rather than thousands of miles away. Some restaurants even grow fruits and vegetables in their own gardens, which greatly reduces the miles.

Inspires Creativity

When you’re working with local ingredients, you’re forced to create dishes based on what’s available. This means that you will change your menu on a regular basis and keep customers coming in to see what’s new. Customers will never feel like they’ve tried everything on your menu so there’s no chance that they’ll get bored.

Draws in More Customers

Local foods draw in more customers because more and more people are looking for ways to support local businesses, go green, and to eat the highest quality food. When you see a restaurant that claims to use local ingredients, there’s just something welcoming about it. It’s more like eating at a friend’s house than a restaurant.

Is Great for the Local Economy

Last, but not least, the simple act of using local ingredients can greatly boost the economy of your city. When you buy from farmers, they have more money to spend in local shops and those that work in local shops have more to spend at other shops and restaurants. It’s a wonderful circle that can build a wonderful community.

It’s easy to see that there are a number of wonderful benefits associated with using local foods. Whether you want to have a creative menu or want to help the local economy, local foods are a wonderful place to start. Best of all, you’re not limited to produce. You can find most of the foods you need locally, including flour, eggs, meat, produce, honey, and dairy products.

About the Author: Tommye Arnau loves to cook and enjoys using as much local food as possible to create his dishes. He also finds that local foods make for simpler recipes, which are easier to track in his restaurant pos system and storage fridges.

4 Benefits of Eating Locally

local produceFood is one of man’s basic needs. That’s why it’s important that we get proper nutrition by eating the right kinds of food. We need food as a source of sustenance so that we have the energy to work and tend to our day to day activities.

One of the best ways to get proper nutrition is to eat locally sourced foods. This way, you are assured that what you eat is safe and healthy. Unlike processed food, locally produced food is good for the body and they are likely free from chemicals that could harm us in the long run.

So why go for locally produced food? Here are four great benefits of eating locally:

  • Local produce is free from harmful chemicals. You are assured that locally produced food is free from Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs as well as other harmful chemicals like preservatives. Did you know that more than half of processed food contains genetic modifications? Not only that, processed food is also made with preservatives and other chemicals that may harm the body in the long run. Well this is done in order to improve the processed food’s texture and avoid spoilage, considering that such food products are manufactured to last a long time.
  • Local Produce in Carroll County, MarylandLocally produced food is healthier. Unlike processed food, local produce is healthier. Unlike processed food, you would know who grew local produce. These are people around your community, even people whom you may know. Local food producers and vendors give us fresh and healthy fruits, vegetables, crops, and other food products which are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. When we eat locally, we are able to take good care of our body because we eat fresh, healthy, and safe food products. This would help boost our immune system so that we can be resistant from diseases. A healthy body will bring us a lot of benefits too.
  • You would know the source of local produce. Another benefit of patronizing locally produced food is that you would know the source of your food products. In fact, you may even get in touch with local farmers and vendors to buy products or ask questions as to how your local produce was grown. These food producers undergo municipal, provincial and even federal legislation. This means that they have to follow rules and restrictions on the use of chemicals like pesticides which are harmful to our health. They also undergo regular inspection so that the welfare of consumers like us is protected.
  • Eating locally helps the environment. Buying locally sourced food also helps the environment. For one, it helps decrease the use of packaging like plastic and Styrofoam containers or trays. Such waste products are not good for the environment. In fact, when you buy local produce, you get to use recycled or reusable packages and containers. Just imagine how much waste products are reduced!

These are just four of the benefits of eating locally. So why not try locally sourced foods and reap its health benefits?

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Our Farming Outlook for 2012 | Wholesale Produce Maryland

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After a very warm Winter, and unusual weather in the Spring, Maryland farms face some considerable challenges. Deep Run Farms is taking steps to ensure a robust, high quality product for its CSA and wholesale produce customers.

Wholesale Produce Maryland, produce market Hampstead MD, produce market Carroll County, produce market Maryland, produce market Baltimore MD, produce market Westminster MD, New Windsor MD, Sykesville MD, Taneytown MD, Frederick MD, Hanover PA“The weather at the beginning of the season has been challenging,” explained Greg Horner, Operations Manager at Deep Run Farms (click here to read more “About Us”), taking a moment from planting more sweet corn, cantaloupe and watermelon over this Memorial Day weekend.

“It started with the mild weather we had over the winter. Usually there’s more of a freeze, and that cleans out the soil. This year, everyone in Maryland, and all over the East Coast, are going to have problems with insects and fungus that have survived the winter.”

Wholesale Produce Maryland, wholesale produce carroll county, cheap vegetables, produce wholesalers, wholesale fruit prices, wholesale produce companies, wholesale produce prices, wholesale vegetable prices“This just means that we’ve had to take further measures to protect our young crops.  Usually, these problems appear later in the season, when the plants are already established. Fortunately, we’ve been doing this for 35 years, and we know how to adapt to these kinds of conditions.”

“That’s why we scout the fields for problems every day, take preventative measures, and innovate – that’s how we’re going to provide our customers with a high quality crop, despite those challenges.”

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Deep Run Farms has been providing wholesale produce to customers in Maryland for 35 years (Click here to see our Wholesale Produce Price List)

Wholesale Produce Maryland, wholesale food suppliers Hampstead MD, wholesale food suppliers Carroll County, wholesale food suppliers Maryland, wholesale food suppliers Baltimore MD, Westminster MD, New Windsor MD, Sykesville MD, Taneytown MD, Frederick MD, Hanover PAWholesale produce customers demand very high quality fruits and vegetables, and Deep Run Farms takes steps to ensure that level of quality.

“We’re always looking for the best varieties of all of our crops.  We make sure to keep up with the latest hybrids and strains as they’re developed, and when we find one that has superior taste, we move on to that variety.  Our wholesale customers demand that,” said Greg, “We’ve seen improvements in strands of white corn, and we seek out hybrids with better taste and sugar content. We’re testing new varieties of tomatoes for better taste, larger size, and higher yield.”

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Deep Run Farms supplies wholesale produce to grocery stores, restaurants, and places like Carroll County Public Schools:

“They need large quantities of fruits and vegetables, of course, and we’re continuing to expand our acreage.  In the past year, we’ve grown from 235 to over 250 acres.  We have short season field corn planted on these new fields, we’ll harvest that in September, and then plant a cover crop, and those fields will be ready next year.”

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“As it stands this year,” said Greg, “we can easily do two to three hundred boxes of tomatoes a week, and 2000 dozen ears of sweet corn.”

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CLICK HERE to contact Deep Run Farms for more information about Wholesale Produce.

Check out this video, below, of Greg Horner and his buddy, “Jules”, preparing the fields for 2012…

More images of our spinach, chard, cabbage, and pepper fields: Wholesale Produce Maryland…

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Getting Ready for our 2012 Maryland CSA Program (with Greg Horner AND JULES!)

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At Deep Run Farms, we’re taking advantage of this great, warm weather, and have gotten an early start planting vegetables for our 2012 Maryland CSA program.

It’s only March, and we’ve already planted 2 acres of sweet corn, as well as onions, spinach and beets.  Today, Greg Horner, with the help of his trusty side-kick Jules, laid down white and black plastic to prepare the fields for more crops.

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White plastic keeps moisture in for cool weather crops

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Plastic helps keep the soil moist, with black plastic designed for warm season crops (tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon) and white plastic for cool season crops (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, beets, spinach, and potatoes).  For the first time this year, Deep Run Farms will be using green plastic for even greater heat retention than black plastic, which will be particularly beneficial to their cantaloupe and watermelon crop.

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Greg's buddy, Jules, helps him prepare the fields for planting

“We don’t expect weather like last year, but if there is, we’ll be ready…”

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Our pumpkin harvest was so robust, it was featured by the official blog of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  “In August, we were doing a thousand dozen sweet corn a day,” said Greg, “and new people were coming to us because their regular wholesale produce supplier didn’t have it.”

An early start to planting means Sweet Corn and other crops will be available sooner to our CSA and Wholesale customers…

Making local food work Eldersburg, Hampstead, Carroll County, vegetable delivery, Baltimore, Maryland, Littlestown, PA, Sykesville, Eldersburg, Mt. Airy, GermantownGreg continued, “We always try to take those kinds of measures, which is why I’m starting so early this year.  I saw that there was moisture in the soil, the temperature was up, meaning it was fit to plant, so we haven’t wasted any time.  We’re way ahead of last year, when we weren’t able to start until near the first of May.”

Our Maryland CSA customers will be seeing sweet corn earlier, and the fields will be ready and in optimal condition to produce crops early.  This year, we’re expanding our CSA program considerably, so there are still plenty of spots open.

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Our 2012 CSA Program Featured in the Carroll County Times!

Sign up for a CSA Program in Maryland, Hampstead, Westminster, New Windsor, Taneytown, Frederick, Mt AiryDeep Run Farms’ 2012 Community Supported Agriculture program made the front page of the Sunday paper in the article “Time to Sign Up For ‘Farm Shares’ in CSA’s”

Greg Horner was interviewed by Carrie Ann Knauer on Tuesday, and the article featuring our 2012 CSA Program made the front page of the Sunday paper (click here to read the Carroll County Times article about our 2012 Community Supported Agriculture Program)!

CSA’s are becoming more and more popular in Maryland, and all over the country.  We’ve seen a lots of discussion and posts about CSA’s on Facebook and Twitter.  Community-Supported Agriculture programs give people the opportunity to be personally involved with their local farm, and gives people a chance to eat ultra-fresh fruits and vegetables.  CSA programs have a lot of appeal for people who care about their community and the quality of the food they eat.

The growing interest in CSA’s in Maryland has lead the Carroll County Times to feature this article on the front page of the Sunday edition of their paper, and to interview Greg for the April edition of The Advocate:

If it weren’t for his community supported agriculture customers, Greg Horner and his father would be laboring on their 120-acre vegetable farm by themselves from March to July before any money would be coming in to the farm to support their business.

But through their community supported agriculture system, Deep Run Farms in Hampstead sells “shares” of their farm during early spring, with customers paying for 20 weeks worth of vegetables upfront when they sign their contracts.

“We’re putting a lot of money out getting ready to plant stuff and produce stuff, and to have some money upfront to help offset that cost helps a lot,” Horner said. “I’m able to get labor in sooner because I have more money to pay them, and that helps me tremendously.”

CSA Maryland, wholesale vegetable prices, community supported agriculture Maryland, baltimore csa, csa store, consumer supported agricultureCSAs have been gaining in popularity over the past few years as more consumers make an effort to buy food locally. Localharvest.org, a website that aims to connect consumers with local farms, farmers markets and CSAs, boasts of more than 4,000 CSAs nationally, including more than 100 in Maryland.

Horner started his CSA last year after talking to some other farmers who ran CSAs that he knew through farmers markets.

“It’s just a new way to expand our customer base,” Horner said. “We’ve done the wholesale business for like 35 years, and when I decided to come back and work on the farm, it was just a way to expand and diversify.”

 

Go out and get a copy of this Sunday’s Carroll County Times and learn more about CSA programs in Maryland.  Then sign up for our 2012 Community-Supported Agriculture Program by filling out this online application… CLICK HERE!

Deep Run Farms Mentioned By USDA Blog for “Vibrant and Robust Pumpkin Harvest” | Community Supported Agriculture Maryland

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The USDA’s official blog featured Deep Run Farms’ pumpkin harvest as an example of a strong year for pumpkins, despite difficult weather and Hurricane Irene.  Click the following link to enroll in our CSA program for next year, and invest in a share of that harvest: COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE MARYLAND .

The dry, hot summer, followed by the intense rains of Hurricane Irene, presented some real challenges to farmers in 2011.  Deep Run Farms responded to those challenges like they always do, and provided a “vibrant and robust” crop, featured by the USDA as evidence that concerns about a pumpkin shortage were unfounded.

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“In October, with rumors of a pumpkin shortage swirling, we asked you again to snap a picture of your holiday pumpkin and send it to us via Twitter using the hashtag #MyPumpkin. The photos poured in and once more helped tell for us the story of a vibrant and robust pumpkin crop from coast to coast – with a lot of creativity and fun.”tell… the story of a vibrant and robust pumpkin crop from coast to coast – with a lot of creativity and fun” (USDA).

At Deep Run Farms, we take the extra steps with all of our crops to ensure a robust harvest. Enroll in our CSA program for next year and take part!

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