Long Entry Farm

From our family's farm to your family's table

What's Sharin'

Long Entry Farm sharing the harvest via CSAs

Sign Up for our 2018 CSA!

In addition to our vegetable shares, we now also offer a LIMITED number of add-on shares for meat and flowers.  

MEAT:  Share includes 2-pounds of Timberdoodle meat for 5 weeks w/in the 15-week season. 
FLOWERS:  Share includes a bouquet of Lawton flowers for 5 weeks w/in the 15-week season.
 
Keep reading for full details, or click-print-fill-mail the form to sign up!          

FYI:  Out of loyalty, we always offer our past CSA holders first dibs, but we run a wait-list and will contact you if there is a spot available. Send us an email to inquire about availability
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What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is a practice that enables a local community to support their local farmer while receiving the freshest produce in return for their support.


How does a CSA work?

A CSA participant buys a "share" of the upcoming harvest. The share owner receives field fresh, local, seasonal food directly from the farmer each week of the harvest season. Typically the share will consist of a basket of vegetables, herbs, & other farm products such as eggs and freshly baked bread.


Why participate in a CSA?

 

The CSA is a venture where both the farmer and the share-owners share the benefits and risks of the harvest.

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat FRESH! All of the food in your market basket will be less than 24-hours from the field! Can you say these things about grocery store zucchini???
  • Learn to appreciate eating SEASONALLY. Have you thought about where those ripe tomatoes come from in January? Long Entry Farm will provide you with the field’s freshest variety – in season.
  • Get exposed to NEW vegetables and NEW ways of cooking. Long Entry Farm wishes to provide you with the staples of summer – tomatoes & peppers – but also perhaps some new staples. Have you ever had spaghetti squash?? OMG - YUMMM! Long Entry Farm will also provide you with our family recipes for enjoying the bounty of the season.
  • KNOW where your food is coming from & KNOW the family that you are supporting! You are welcome to visit the farm to meet us & literately see where your food is coming from, and what you are supporting. You’re also welcome to come say ‘Hi, Gladys’ to the farm’s chickens (yes – they are all named Gladys… no – I don’t know why… but you can ask Mike when you visit).

Advantages for farmers:

  • We get to know the families that our fields & labor is supporting
  • We get to spend the “lazy days of winter” marketing and planning – which saves us from doing it during the “crazy days of spring/summer/fall”
  • We receive payment early before the season, which helps with the season’s start-up expenses (seeds, soil, fertilizer, flat trays, etc...)

Shared Risk

An important concept woven into the CSA model is that the practice is beyond the usual commercial transaction. The notion of shared risk cultivates (ha! pun!) the feeling that "we're all in this together".

If the farm has a bumper crop of tomatoes – then everyone gets tomatoes for sandwiches, salsas, & sauces. If the plague of frogs hits the farm, then the baskets will be light on those tomatoes. As a supporter – you are asked to accept whatever the farm produces (or not, as the plague may be). As the farmer – we are committed to filling your baskets before our produce is sold elsewhere. Please know that we feel a great sense of responsibility to our supporters, and will strive to make this a successful venture.
    

What are the CSA share options for 2018? 

For the 2018 season, our shares are:      

Vegetable CSA Share: $375* per 15-week season
                                                 *if paid by May 15.  $400 if paid by 1st basket.
    • between 10 & 25 pounds of produce
    • a bunch or two of fresh herbs
    • a half-dozen eggs
    • a fresh loaf of bread
    • a recipe highlighting the week’s ingredients
Meat CSA Share: additional $100 for 5-weeks in the 15-week season
    • share includes 2-pounds of Timberdoodle meat for 5 weeks
    • Our friends at www.Timberdoodle Farm.com are offering a FANTASTIC deal on locally grown, loved, and sustainable beef – hamburger, sirloin steaks, & kabobs.  Just like knowing the field where your vegetables come from, knowing where your hamburgers are loved and raised is an exceptional opportunity.  All items are flash-frozen and can be popped back in your freezer for use at your convenience.        

Flower CSA Share: additional $50 for 5-weeks in the 15-week season
    • share includes 1 bouquet of flowers for 5 weeks
    • Our friends & neighbors, the Lawton's, have been growing beautiful flowers for years... and now they are sharing their beautiful bounty with us.  
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What’s in the (vegetable) basket?

 At the start of the season, the baskets will be lighter… but still full of tasty items!

A share may get: loaf of fresh-baked bread; eggs; bag of spring lettuces & greens; zucchini, yellow squash; peppers; wax beans; oregano; snap peas; bouquet of flowers

 Mid-season baskets (August & September) will be heavy!

A share may get: tomatoes; salad cucumbers; pickling cucumbers (the little guys); peppers; cherry or grape tomatoes; eggplant; zucchini/summer squash; potatoes; onions; herbs; eggs; fresh loaf of bread

October baskets will wind down with the season – but we will look forward to the long-days crop of winter squashes; late season greens; and some other cool-weather crops with the diminishing supply of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant
                                     
 

Special Requests: 


If you have any special requests (instead of my regular basket, I would like 3 dozen eggs and 3 loaves of bread this weekend for a breakfast buffet), Long Entry Farm will try to accommodate. We request that you kindly give us 48 hours notice (via email is best). You are also more than welcome to add to your regular basket at a special discounted rate (just let us know in an email).

Pick-Up Options   

Basket pickup is at our farm stand (i.e. back porch) at:

215 Long Entry Road, Chepachet, RI 02814 
Tuesday or Thursday evenings 
between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.  

Mike & I work full time, have boys to find in the afternoon, and have to get the final items in the baskets, so please be respectful of the 5pm pick-up time (the 8pm is more flexible...)  
You must choose one pick-up day for the whole season.

The first pick-up date of the season is tentatively scheduled for the week of June 21st. The last pick-up date of the season will be 15-weeks later… tentatively October 1st. 
The start date is dependent upon when Mother Nature springs Spring upon us and when the early season greens and veggies are ready.  We will email everyone the start date closer to the start of the season. 

If we continue to have veggies et. al. after the 15-weeks, we will gladly provide it to anyone interested on a pay-by-week basis.

FYI:  We no longer offer the option of a Saturday morning pick-up in Cranston - we gave up our Farmer's Market to have the weekends full of family chaos, instead of farm chaos (which is really the same, of course -- but now we get to experience it on a beach instead of a vegetable field). 

What happens if I don’t pick up my basket?

If you are unable to pick up your basket (i.e. vacation week), you may have someone else pick up your basket at our Farm Stand, or you may forfeit the basket for the week. Baskets cannot be ‘held over’ or ‘saved’, and we can not ‘double-up’ the next week’s basket.

Please let us know as soon as possible so that we do not fill a basket that will not be picked up, or so we know that someone else is coming to our farm home.

How long have you been doing a CSA?

We have been providing shares since 2011.  We started small... and have grown each year.
  
Each year we try to out-do the last and try to think of new things to offer in the basket.  
We always rely on our favorite
staples (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, kale, cucumbers, squash, etc...) but like to include new things (kohlrabi, sprouts, boy choi, tomatillos, etc...) to keep things fresh (hhhaaaa! I LOVE a pun) for our returning basketeers and to torture our young children by having them try new things for dinner.  

We have received a great many compliments (the edamame were delicious! but a lot of work!) and very few complaints (yikes - what was up with that batch of corn?) over the years.  We listen to both compliment and complaint with equal weight, and try to adjust our chaos-coated-plans accordingly.  Our favorite complaint:  there was just too much stuff in the basket last week.  
   

Are there items in your box grown by other farms, and if so, which farms?

Long Entry Farm has many friends in the farming community. If we supplement our baskets with items not from our fields, we will let you know! However – we adamantly guarantee that all items in our baskets will be RHODE ISLAND grown. Just as you are supporting us, we wish to support our farming community in Rhode Island. If there is something specific that you are looking for to supplement your basket that we don’t grow (apples/peaches/pumpkins/maple syrup...) – let us know! and we will try to provide you with what you’re looking for or get you where you need to go (locally, of course!).
           

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