Best Farm Shares In Washington, D.C.

January 7, 2015 8:00 AM

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Farm shares are a great way to enjoy the resources of your local community. Having a farm share means that you own part of a farm, which means you are entitled to a certain amount of produce from that farm. By purchasing a farm share, you can enjoy fresh, local produce at a surprisingly low price. Here is a list of five great farms that offer shares to the residents of the Washington, D.C. area. Each one offers you the opportunity to receive a box of produce every week, for several months each year. Size of the share, delivery and pick-up options, cost and produce included vary depending on which farm you sign up with.

LittleFarmStand
P.O Box 677
Middleburg, VA 20118
www.LittleFarmStand.com

This farm offers shares with lots of options. Choose from small, medium and large baskets sizes depending on how big your household is. Also, you can pick from whatever the farm has each week to put in your box. Finally, LittleFarmStand offers free delivery to homes and offices within Washington, D.C. This farm share is too good to pass up! See its website to find details on how to sign up. The 2015 season starts in June and runs for about 22 weeks.

Earth Spring Farm 
366 Stought Road
Carlisle, PA 17015
(717) 805-7778
earthspringcsa.com

Earth Springs Farm offers a great farm share where you can choose to get just vegetables, or you can add on fruit, eggs, milk and cheese for an extra cost. This past season brought everything from radishes to eggplant to sweet potatoes to tomatoes. Choose from small or big boxes, depending on your preference. You will receive produce for 25 weeks, starting in May or June. Pick-up locations vary, so see the website for that information.

Clagett Farm
11904 Old Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(301) 646-0282
www.cbf.org

Clagett Farm offers a great farm share that runs from mid-May to mid-November. All the vegetables grown on the farm are organic, so you know you are getting the healthiest vegetables around. Clagett Farm also offers the unique option of receiving a free farm share in exchange for four hours of work on the farm. You can elect to do that every week, or just once in a while. It also offers opportunities for you to come and vist the farm, so you can see exactly where and what your farm share looks like.

Norman’s Farm
8028 Inverness Ridge Road
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 674-9929
www.normansfarmmarket.com

Norman’s Farm offers a lot of options, so you can personalize your farm share. You can elect to do a full 28-week share, a short share for just four weeks in May, or an early, mid or late share which are all eight weeks. Norman’s also allows shareholders to choose what produce goes into their box, and you can add on an egg share for an extra cost.

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Dragonfly Farms
Box 10
Mount Airy, MD 21771
(240) 353-8408
www.dffarms.com

This farm offers an easy, 20-week CSA which features boxes of fruits and vegetables. Most boxes include 7-10 items. You can also do a half share, where you receive a box every other week instead of every week. Dragonfly Farms has a wide variety of delivery locations, and you can opt in for a bread, cheese and egg share as well.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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