Our CSA

Click Here to Enroll for our 2022 CSA or enroll early for 2023 CSA

2022 is our 23rd year operating a Community Supported Agriculture Program, or CSA. Essentially our CSA is a locally-grown vegetable subscription service, filled with produce grown on our farm, occasionally supplemented with crops from other small, local farms. Over the years we have upsized and downsized, we’ve done a lot of experimenting, and we’ve learned a lot about how to keep our subscribers happy. Our CSA now proudly serves over 150 families in south King County and Seattle.

Inherent to the CSA concept is the commitment of the CSA members to the farm and the farmer’s livelihood, by prepaying for their produce before the beginning of the season. These early funds provide the farm with funds for seed, fertilizer and other supplies, and payroll for employees. The farm work begins months before any produce is ready to harvest, and this ensures that the farmers can concentrate on farming instead of working off the farm or relying on bank loans. In addition, the CSA members share in the risk of the farming enterprise, and provide support when weather or other outside forces are uncooperative. Simply stated: CSA members share in the risk of growing the food that they eat, and ensure that farms and farmers continue to exist.

CSA Share Seasons:
Our Spring CSA season is 10 weeks long, and runs April to mid-June. The Main CSA Season supplies produce for 22 weeks, mid-June to mid-November, and the shorter Winter CSA season finishes out the last six weeks of the year mid-November through December.

Share Sizes:
We offer Small and Large Shares for Spring and Winter; Small consists of 7-10 items per week, and Large contains 14-18 items per week. During the Main Season, we also offer a Mini Share option which consists of 5 items per week.

Pickup Options:
We offer weekly CSA pickup at the farm on Tuesday afternoons, 2:00-8:00pm or Saturdays, 10:00am-5:00pm. Seattle CSA members can choose to pick up from one of several neighborhood drop-site locations, including Columbia City, Capital Hill, University District, Greenwood, Wallingford, and different sites in West Seattle. All CSA members are encouraged to partake of the U-Pick Cutflowers and other attractions at the farm free of charge, no matter which pickup location they select.

In Addition:
A vital piece of farming in the urban fringe is encouraging our CSA members to visit the farm regularly, and putting faces and a location on the food that you feed your family. We are busy planning new, expanded u-pick opportunities for our 2023 CSA members. A large Cut-Flower Garden and Culinary Herb Garden (June-October), the September Sunflower Patch, and Pumpkin Patch in October are all available to CSA members free of charge while in season. We encourage you to pick up your visit the farm regularly, but ALL CSA members are welcome to visit on any Tuesday or Saturday during pickup hours.

Practice Your Naturalist Skills:
Whistling Train Farm is an Audubon and eBird hotspot. Stop at the Birder Kiosk to pick up or photograph a map, and read the whiteboard to see which birds have been visiting. We are in the process of planting an acre of wildlife habitat in the back of the farm, and you are welcome to visit and see which creatures you spot there.

Enrollment for 2023 is open now. Click here to go to our Barn2Door online store. In addition, we are offering a Flower Bouquet Subscription, which you can find on the CSA options page.  Click Here to Enroll in Our 2023 CSA

Please feel free to email for more information or if you have any questions: shelley@whistlingtrainfarm.com

7 responses to “Our CSA

  1. Susan Gillespie

    Lovely & informatived blog, thanks! Will you be listing what crops will be in the shares each week so we can plan menus a few days before pick-up? Also, when will the u-pick herb & flower farms be opening? Can you tell I’m eager to get picking?
    Blessings,
    susan

    • I am planning on providing a menu at least a day before we start picking for the week. Sometimes it’s difficult to know for sure what we will be picking, but I will provide what information I can. U-pick herbs and flowers will be open later—we haven’t even planted any of them yet. We generally open them within the first few weeks of the Summer Season.

  2. Are there opportunities for U-pick? If we pick up at your farm, will we be able to visit with the animals?
    thanks

    • Yes, as a subscriber, you are welcome to come to the farm and u-pick flowers and herbs any time, plus peas, snap beans, and pumpkins while in season. Those items are free for subscribers. And yes, when you come to the farm you are able to walk everywhere on the farm, including visiting the animals and seeing your food plants growing.

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  4. Interested in winter shares

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