CSA Policies & FAQs

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique model of local agriculture in which a community and farmer develop a direct and close relationship with one another. In doing so, CSA participants are able to insert themselves back into the food system and share in both the risk and the rewards that farmers face each and every season – and it’s one of the main reasons we refer to our participants as “shareholders.” CSA shareholders invest in a portion of the season’s harvest at the beginning of the year; their investment helps provide their farmer with the support to invest in the seeds, fertility, and equipment needed for the coming growing season. In return, the farm provides a healthy bounty of produce to their shareholders throughout the season.

There are many forms of CSA programs: some are exclusively delivery-based where members pick up or receive a box from a distribution site; others invite shareholders to the farm to pick up their vegetables in-person, directly from the farmers. Regardless of each CSA’s structure, the core tenets remain consistent: shareholders receive delicious local food, cultivate a closer relationship with their farmer, develop familiarity with how their food is grown, and become connected to the seasonality of their region.  

Oxbow is not only a farm; it’s a nonprofit organization that recognizes each integral part needed to build a thriving and sustainable ecosystem. Oxbow grows food and native plants, restores and maintains the land, and educates people about nature and farming so that the cycle can continue, generation after generation. Learn more about Oxbow’s work and mission.

Oxbow is committed to connecting our Shareholders to the land and to the people who care for it. Our goal is to grow a strong community around our CSA program, and by sharing our farm with you, cultivate passionate land stewards and advocates for local agriculture.

Oxbow’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and Member Program are two of the many ways that you can support Oxbow’s work and mission. What’s the difference between the two programs? 

CSA Shareholders

Shareholders make an up-front investment that supports our farmers in all aspects of the growing seasons. In return, shareholders receive a weekly “share” of produce through one (or all!) of our three seasonal CSA program options—6 weeks in the spring, 20 weeks in the summer, and 6 weeks in the late fall.

Oxbow Members

Members support all areas of Oxbow’s work. Membership is valid for 365 days, during which members have access to a host of benefits including event invitations, special Member Days, program discounts, and more. If you’re not able to come out to Oxbow frequently or don’t need your fridge stocked with a weekly haul of veggies, then becoming a member is a great way to show your support of our work and mission!

Oxbow Members get a 10% discount on CSA shares and a 10% discount at the Farm Stand.

The Spring and Late Fall CSA seasons are similar to many “traditional” CSA programs, where Shareholders receive a pre-packed box of fresh produce each week in exchange for an up-front payment. There are fewer spots available for these programs because production levels are lower in the darker, cooler months. To ensure that there is enough produce for all, Shareholders get to choose from one of three pre-packed box options each week.

The Main Season CSA has a Market Style structure. Instead of curating a box for you, you get to shop during on-farm pickup or at our farmers market booth each week and get exactly what you want! You start the season with a $600 credit. We track your purchases and note your balance, so you always know what you’ve spent. There’s no need to show up every week to shop!

Main Season Shareholders who pick up at the Farm Stand will also have access to our U-Pick fields as well as Partner Products like local honey, organic fruit, and mushrooms.

Oxbow’s Market Style CSA puts Shareholders in control of exactly what produce—and how much—they take home each week. Shareholders have the flexibility to choose the produce that their household will most enjoy in the quantity they want every week. Boxes are not pre-packed; instead, you shop for what you want, and we deduct your total from your balance. We track your purchases so you always know what you’ve spent. Our Market Style CSA is designed to give you more of what you will use, encouraging less food waste and offering more flexibility to work with your weekly produce needs.

During the Main Season, Shareholders have the freedom to shop at any or all of our pickup times and locations:

Oxbow Farm Stand
Wednesdays 3pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm
Sundays 10am-4pm

Issaquah Farmers Market
Saturdays 9am-2pm through 9/24/22

Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sundays 10am-3pm through 9/25/22

Spring & Late Fall
Each Friday prior to pickup, we will email you as soon as our farmers have finished their weekly report on what’s happening in the fields. You will receive a link to a form with 3 box choices and make your selection by Sunday night at 11:59pm. Our farmers will pack the delicious produce of your choosing, and have it fresh and ready for Wednesday pickup. 

Main Season
During the Main Season, Shareholders will receive a veggie forecast in their Friday email with what to expect during the following week’s markets. We also post a list of projected veggies to our Farm Stand page each Friday afternoon. Forecasts are subject to change depending on weather, pests, and other farming factors. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding if our veggie forecasts change!

Spring
Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Garlic Scapes, Hearty Greens, Herbs, Lettuce, Radishes, Rhubarb, Salad Mix, Sugar Snap Peas, Daikon, Kohlrabi, Mint, Pac Choi, Fennel, “Grow your own garden” plant starts, and more.

Main Season
Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chicory, Cucumber, Fennel, Kale, Collards, Chard, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peppers, Radishes, Rhubarb, Salad Mix, Scallions, Spinach, Strawberries, Summer and Winter Squash, Turnips, Tomatoes, and whatever surprises our farmers have up their sleeves!

Late Fall
Celeriac, Cabbage, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Storage Roots, Winter Squash, Salad Greens, Hearty Greens, Kohlrabi, Radicchio, Daikon, Sweet Potatoes, and more.

Spring & Late Fall
Unfortunately, it’s too early (or past) the season for U-Pick in the spring and fall— savor the seasonal goodies that our farmers pick out for you each week!

Main Season
U-Pick is available when you pick up your share at the Farm Stand!

Veggies: Sugar snap peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes

Fruit and berries: Raspberries, apples, pears, plums, and grapes

Herbs: Cilantro, basil, dill, parsley

Flowers: Sunflowers, zinnia, marigolds, and more!

Pricing will be indicated at the Farm Stand and U-pick purchases will be subtracted from your account credit.

Please visit our U-Pick Page for important guidelines.


Picking Up Your Share

Spring & Late Fall

Oxbow Farm Stand
Wednesdays 3pm-7pm

 

Main Season

Oxbow Farm Stand
Wed**—Fri 3pm-7pm
Sat—Sun 10am-4pm
*On-farm U-Pick available, starting end of June/early July.
**Wednesdays off the best selection of of produce curated just for Shareholders

Issaquah Farmers Market
Saturdays 9am-2pm through 9/24/22

Mercer Island Farmers Market
Sundays 10am-3pm through 9/25/22

As a CSA Shareholder, you are welcome to bring friends and family to Oxbow when picking up your week’s share. Enjoy exploring the grounds and U-picking (when in season) with your group. We only ask that guests are respectful during their visit and meet the pickup etiquette expectations outlined in the Shareholder Agreement.

With the exception of registered service animals, pets of any kind are NOT permitted on the Oxbow property, including in the parking lot. We love dogs, but please leave your furry friends at home to ensure food safety and a positive experience for all visitors.

The health and safety of our Shareholders and our staff is Oxbow’s top priority. Currently, only one person may enter the Farm Stand to pick up at a time, and social distancing and wearing face coverings while indoors at Oxbow are required at this time. Please do not come to pick up your CSA if you are feeling sick. Let us know if you have any questions by emailing farmers@oxbow.org or click here to learn more about Oxbow’s health and safety practices on the farm.

Spring & Late Fall

If you know you will be unable to pick up your Share on a certain date, please contact us at farmers@oxbow.org as soon as possible to arrange for alternate pickup. We will do our best to accommodate with an appropriate amount of notice. 

If you forget to pick up your box, it will be donated to Oxbow’s partnering hunger relief organizations. We are committed to reducing food waste and ensuring that community members beyond our CSA have access to organic food. 

We are unable to offer refunds or credits for missed pickups.

Main Season

Our Market Style CSA is built for flexibility. If you’re unable to pick up your share one week, you won’t lose any credits—you can choose extra produce the next time you pick up. Just remember that spending around 30 dollars each week will help keep you on track for the entire season.

We are a King County farm located in beautiful Carnation, WA, just 25 miles east of Seattle. Oxbow’s address is 10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE.

  • Drive slowly (10 MPH) on all farm roads and watch for other guests.
  • Follow the signs directing you to the parking area.
  • Do not drive past the Farm Stand and into the Oxbow grounds unless you’ve been instructed to by Oxbow staff.


Payments and Policies

Spring & Late Fall

Investment in Oxbow’s Spring and Late Fall CSA options gives Shareholders 6 weeks of fresh organic vegetables, while also helping our farm purchase the materials, organic fertilizers, and equipment we need to farm each season. 

The total cost for the full 6-week season is $200, payable in one lump sum prior to the start of the season. Every week, our farmers will build your Share valued at around $25*.

*Our Late Fall program includes a Thanksgiving box (may include fruit and other goodies to help you prep your holiday meal) that is valued at $50. 

Main Season

Investment in Oxbow’s CSA gives Shareholders 20 weeks of fresh organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers, while also helping our farm purchase the seeds, organic fertilizers, and equipment we need to farm each season. 

The total cost for the full 20-week season is $600 (get $25 off when you sign up before February 18, 2022), payable in one lump sum* prior to the start of the season. 

*A payment plan is available—transaction fees apply. Please contact us directly to set up your payment plan:  farmers@oxbow.org.

Because our CSA is a free choice market-style program, Shareholders can use their account dollars at the rate they want throughout the course of the season. We recommend spending about $30-$40 each week to keep you on track over the course of the 20-week season. Produce items will be marked with pricing information at the Farm Stand.

If credits remain in your account at the end of the CSA season, it will be considered an investment in Oxbow’s work and mission. We are unable to roll credit over to the following year’s CSA. We’re happy to give you updates on your available CSA credit, just let us know. We’ll also be in touch with reminders throughout the season to help you stay on track.

Scholarships: We want our CSA to be accessible to as many people as possible. If CSA costs pose a hardship, please contact us for more information about our scholarship program.

A one-time payment is due in full at the time of signup. Payment by online credit card via our CSA sign-up page is preferred. Please contact us if you need to make alternate payment arrangements. Your Shareholder spot is secured at the time of payment. 

Payment plan: Contact us directly at farmers@oxbow.org to arrange for a payment plan–we are happy to accommodate. Please note that payment plans are not eligible for early bird discounts. Transaction fees apply.

Shareholder Agreement
Prior to the start of the season, we ask that all Shareholders sign a Shareholder Agreement. The document outlines basic expectations for both Shareholders and Oxbow related to U-pick, on-farm pickup, basic farm etiquette, etc. The Shareholder Agreement will be distributed to all CSA Shareholders via email and must be returned to us before the official start of the season. 

If you’re as passionate about vegetables as we are, it’s possible to spend your initial $600 before the end of the 20-week CSA season. Fear not! Credit can be added to your account at the following rate:

  • 60 credits for $50
  • 120 credits for $100

Please contact us directly to have additional credit applied to your account.

Sign-ups open to existing CSA Shareholders and Oxbow Members first. If you participated in our most recent season, you will get an email from us letting you know the week before sign-ups open to the public. 

If a season does not sell out to existing shareholders, it will then open to those on our email newsletter list. Join at the bottom of this page to be notified. 

Finally, if there are still open spots we will announce them via social media and on our website.

As a true Community Supported Agriculture program, our Shareholders partner with Oxbow farmers to share in both the risks and successes of a growing season. Shareholders provide critical funds to help our farmers purchase the seeds and equipment needed to start the season, long before the first crops appear in the fields. We plan our crops based on shareholder participation and commitment for the entire season and are unable to offer refunds past 5/10/22 for Spring, 6/21/22 for the Main Season, and 11/8/22 for Late Fall. We will review cancellation requests when extenuating circumstances arise.


Oxbow Members get 10% off all CSA shares!
Learn how to become a member and use your discount!