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Winter CSA Sign Up

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An up and down experience. First you see it. Then you don’t.


Will there be a winter CSA? Hopefully, enough people will sign up to guarantee delivery here in Howard County.

What am I talking about? A Winter CSA from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op. With delivery at MOM’s Jessup.

I have been hoping we would get a close site for the winter add on of my current CSA (through Sandy Spring). We were told we might get one, but Sandy Spring chose not to host for the winter. Most of our Sandy Spring sites are private homes, not businesses.

Our Columbia pick up point volunteered to host, but Sandy Spring decided not to participate, since Columbia was the only possible site. So, we were first encouraged, then disappointed.

Jessup is five miles further for me to drive, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to drive the extra. Lancaster Farm Fresh is moving possible sites into the MOM’s stores all across MD.

In the end, the great price for fresh organic food made my decision. When you figure the cost, compared to shopping for organic in the stores, the CSA is a bargain.

I really like how they are creating a mix and match package. The basic veggies. Meat, chicken, eggs, butter, milk, yogurt, bread, tofu, seitan, cheese, vegan burger, and pantry items.

Pick what you want. Even if it is only the basic share of 5-8 veggies. I have to give them credit for making it easier for people to customize their food service.

I love the chicken option for the winter. Not just whole birds but different cuts of chicken.


Although I do enjoy roasting these chickens.

I hope the weather cooperates for the winter. At least MOM’s is on a major road right off the interstate.

Looking forward to a winter of eating mostly local, organic food.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

7 responses »

  1. AWESOME!!! Those chickens look great!

  2. Do you know what the pick-up day would be at MOM’s in Jessup? I haven’t been able to find that info online. I hadn’t heard about this option before. I’m now thinking about it as an addition to my Zahradka Winter CSA share!

  3. The LFFC site says they haven’t determined pick up days yet. Until they know how many sites in which states are a go.

    I am thinking it will be Saturday because that is what they were originally projecting for next year, but who knows.

    I am hoping for during the week, but Saturday will work too.

    I love the options, like the chicken, yogurt, butter and the bread. And, the pantry surprise. Hoping for honey, maple syrup, and jam.

  4. It’s funny. I have mixed feelings on this, and you’d think I’d be all gung ho. Right now, a few weeks after our last Fall CSA, my fridge has the remaining few hardy items (beets and carrots), the Strategic Winter Squash Reserve is overflowing, and the freezers are full.
    My farmers emailed us offering home delivery this week of a mix of fresh greens and storage crops, but honestly I need to stop getting more in and start working on what we’ve got. We eat at home 20 times a week but still there is plenty left to put up.
    Perhaps if I knew we’d have a winter share I would get a smaller summer/fall share so there would be less to put up, I don’t know.

  5. It seems that MOM’s in Jessup has been dropped from the options for pick-up location.

    • I went on line today at LFFC, and it is still there. Haven’t gotten an email saying we have been canceled. Tomorrow is the final sign up day.

      I will email them again to see the status.


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