Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Since 1997 we have provided a weekly summer share of certified organic vegetables to families from Bath to Old Orchard Beach. More than 15 years ago we added a winter share of traditional storage vegetables plus fresh vegetables from our sustainably heated greenhouses. We currently have a pickup at the farm in Freeport, as well as a very active group of Portland families who come to our pick up location at the Drummond Woodsum building in Portland to pick up their vegetables.
Laughing Stock Farm is a Year Round CSA Farm
We provide four seasons of fresh vegetables by offering both a Winter share, which is unique among local farms, and a Summer share. In our Winter share we distinguish ourselves by providing fresh, tender mesclun, arugula, baby kale, bok choi, baby spinach, hakurei turnips, and radishes from our own sustainably heated greenhouses, in addition to all our own traditional storage vegetables such as beets, cabbage, carrots, turnips, winter squash, parsnips, celeriac, potatoes, onions, and rutabaga. We also have various fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi available as “pick” choices at each pick up.
Please visit the “Winter CSA” link at left for more information.
So How Does It Work?
In the Summer, you either come to our farm in Freeport every week, or you can come to Drummond Woodsum (at the corner of Marginal Way and Preble Street) in Portland. We will have lots of vegetables ready for you to select, bag up, and take home. In the beginning of the season there are very few vegetables ready in the field, and so there are fewer choices. By early July there are a lot more choices, and by late July you will have many vegetable choices to customize your share.
From about mid July to the first frost you will also have the chance to cut a nice big bouquet of your own fresh flowers at the farm every week as part of your share. We do not sell a “flower share”, you get the flowers as part of your summer share.
In the Winter, the pick ups are twice a month. We select a list of dates to avoid holidays and school vacations, so they vary from year to year. Winter pick up is at Drummond Woodsum in the third floor elevator lobby, accessible from the parking garage, on Wednesday from 4 to 6:30pm and at the farm on Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 pm.
Please Remember, The “C” Stands For Community
When choosing a CSA plan please choose a family owned and operated CSA farm in your community. Family owned farms pay property taxes which literally support the community. Many Land Trust subsidized farms do not pay property taxes. Family owned farms make and sell farm products to make a living. Land Trust subsidized farms rely on tax deductible charitable contributions, grants, and tax exemptions to exist. Please support family owned farms. The only “sustainable” farming is self supporting family owned farming.