At Greensgrow, we make it our mission to provide an outstanding CSA that reflects the way people cook and eat. This means that in addition to a variety of vegetables and fruit, our CSA includes a protein share (don’t worry, we have vegan protein options too!) and sometimes also a locally produced cheese. We strive to include all of the items that you desire most, as well as something new, unusual or exciting that you may not have tried before. We operate a farmstand with produce, prepared foods, meats, dairy, and breads alongside the CSA pickup on site here, so that you can make Greensgrow a one-stop shop for your cooking needs. Each week also features guest vendors who are local food makers, and our farmstand is adjacent to our nursery and garden center, where we hold Saturday workshops that teach various craft and gardening skills. At our community kitchen just a few blocks away, we have cooking workshops on Saturdays following the pick up. Our farm is also our community, so bring the whole family and visit our chickens and Milkshake the Pig while you’re here, and don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.
The Greensgrow CSA model is unique because we operate a cooperative CSA, which means that we work with our own network of local farmers to provide the food for the CSA. Our network of farmers includes a range from generations-old established family farms in South Jersey, to fledgling co-ops of organic farmers in Lancaster County; but we shake hands with all of them and know how they grow. Although Greensgrow is an urban farm, we farm less than an acre, and in order to feed all of our families here in the heart of Philadelphia, we must partner with farmers who grow a variety of high quality foods or our members. We bring our region’s best from farms to your plate!
Furthermore, when you support Greensgrow you are supporting a triple bottom line organization that stands for social good. We are a non-profit organization, and when you spend your hard earned dollars on our CSA, you are supporting social entrepreneurship, jobs in our region, and a sustainable business model. Additionally you help to support our programs that provide fresh food at reduced costs for financially challenged families in Camden, West Philly, and right here in Kensington. We also donate food on a weekly basis to local soup kitchens and other non-profits that feed those who are hungry and in need.
Please understand that the CSA is a seasonal contract, so once you sign up, you are obligated to complete the season with Greensgrow. Farmers are growing crops for us with a certain number in mind, and the CSA model itself is built on the foundation of planning a whole growing season. Make sure you give it appropriate thought, because it is a binding contract, after all. If you are not big on cooking, start out with a half share, or just sample our farm stand to start, so you can make sure the choice is right for you.
If you have any questions: Call the CSA hotline at (215) 380-4355 or email email@example.com.