10 Local Co-Ops and CSAs to Check Out
These farms and markets offer a regular supply of fresh, locally grown produce.
This local co-op was established two years into the Great Depression, when women of the Swarthmore community came together to remedy the lack of availability of fresh produce. Over the years, it’s grown to be one of the largest co-ops in the area. Today, anyone can shop at the co-op and everyone is invited to become a member. Membership supports local farmers and environmentally conscious practices. Members also receive quarterly savings, access to classes and events and delivery services. Co-op fees range from $15 per month to $50 per quarter or $75 semiannually. Or opt for a one time payment of $300.
341 Dartmouth Ave., Swarthmore.
This cooperative has a presence at the West Chester Grower’s Market as well as the Co-op Local Food Program at the Holy Trinity Church in West Chester. The cooperative is working to open a brick and mortar store in the next few years and features local certified organic produce from producers like Crawford Organics, Katt and Mathy Farms and Keiser’s Pheasantry.
Longtime Philly co-op Weavers Way recently opened a location in Ambler. Expect the same products that made the Philly location a success, plus some new additions including a prepared foods kitchen, hot and cold take out options and bulk foods. The space seeks to uphold the mission of serving the community by providing high quality, fair priced food to all. Membership, which includes discounts at some local retailers, run from $30 to $400.
217 E. Butler Ave., Ambler.
Community Supported Agriculture
The growers at Down to Earth Harvest work with a “soil driven” and “plan positive” mindset. This summer, Down to Earth is offering two 10-week sessions of produce, which will be available for pick up in Downingtown, Kennett Square, Malvern and West Chester. Each week, a list of available produce is sent to members to build a share totaling $25. Shares are supplemented with other produce, like apples, peaches, mushrooms, corn and garlic, from local growers. Half shares are $125 and full shares are $250.
1585 Winfield Drive, Downingtown.
The Farm at Oxford is a specialty cut flower farm in Chester County working to provide local and sustainably grown florals to the community. From April to November, you can find Oxford’s flowers at community partners like Terrain at Glen Mills, the Country Butcher in Kennett Square and the mini-retail flower shop at worKS in Kennett Square. If you’re looking for a weekly dose of fresh flowers, the Farm at Oxford offers bouquet shares for weekly pickups in Chadds Ford, Devon, Kennett Square and Oxford.
Read more about the Farm at Oxford here.
If you’re looking for an “all-inclusive” CSA, look no further than Highland Orchards. Members can customize shares. Vegetable and fruit shares range from $15.75 for a small renewable share up to $298 for a large, 12-time share.
1000 Marshallton, Thorndale.
Jack’s Farm offers pay-as-you-go CSA options, which gives members the freedom to pick what they want and when they want it. Owners Dan and Deb Heckler started the farm from scratch and have worked to maintain ethical and sustainable practices. Jack’s Farm is also USDA certified for organic cultivation.
1370 W. Schuylkill Road, Pottstown.
This 10-acre, biodynamic garden was founded in 1987 and was the first CSA in Pennsylvania. The harvest typically lasts 26 weeks, from late spring through Thanksgiving. Shares vary every week depending on the harvest and the season and start at $500 for a partial share and $910 for a full share.
415 W. Seven Stars Road, Phoenixville.
Every week, Pennypack invites its members to its market-style farm for pick ups where members can pick their own produce, which changes throughout the year. A mini share of four units a week starts at $450, a regular share of six units is $570, or a large share of 10 units is $810.
685 Mann Road, Horsham.
Thornbury Farm Market works to uphold the traditions of using sustainable practices to produce crops free from added hormones and antibiotics. Expect everything from fresh fruits and veggies to local cheeses, honey and even extra virgin olive oil. As part of the CSA, from June through October members receive weekly baskets of the year’s harvest. Half share memberships start at $390 and a full share membership starts at $700.
1256 Thornbury Road, West Chester.