One easy way to eat local is to participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSAs are individual farms or a group of farms that sell “shares” and the CSA members receive a portion of the harvest. There are many CSAs operating in Howard County. Each CSA operates a little differently so we encourage you to learn more and find one that is right for you.
Please note that the CSAs listed here are provided for informational purposes only and do not represent any endorsement by Transition Howard County.
Breezy Willow Farm – West Friendship, MD. Breezy Willow produces vegetables, berries, honey, herbs, jams, goatsmilk soap and natural body products. Optional products such as eggs, cheese, Maryland maple syrup, breads, pies, noodles etc. may be included as well as fruits and vegetables from neighboring farms. CSA members may pick up at the farm or other locations. www.breezywillowfarm.com
Buppert’s Farm – Marriottsville, MD. Buppert’s offers different size shares: full share, 3/4 share, and a 1/2 share. Additionally, bread and eggs are available on alternating weeks (bread one week, eggs the next). Pickup is at the farm. www.buppertsfarmcsa.com
Clark’s Farm – Ellicott City, MD. Clark’s offers full and medium size shares. Their garden is chemical free: no synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides are ever used. They promote biodiversity and healthy soils to produce healthy vegetables. www.clarklandfarm.com/2016_csa.html
Gorman Farm – Laurel, MD. This farm focuses on their CSA program with a variety of organic produce. The CSA pickup is located at the Gorman Farm, 10151 Gorman Road in Laurel. The farm also offers pick your own strawberries in the spring. www.gormanproducefarm.com
Hungry Harvest – Columbia, MD. For every box delivered to one of their Heroes (what they call their customers), they donate a healthy meal to one of their donation partners, through a free farmer's market, or directly to needy families. www.hungryharvest.net
Lancaster Farm Fresh Coop – Leola, PA. LFFC is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers headquartered in Lancaster County, PA. They have a pickup location in Howard County. www.lancasterfarmfresh.com
Love Dove Farm – Woodbine, MD. Love Dove participates in the Howard County farmers markets and offers a 10 week CSA share. Pick up is at the Miller Library in Ellicott City. www.lovedovefarms.com
One Straw Farm – White Hall, MD. Membership is accepted throughout the growing season, members who sign up after the season has begun may do so at a prorated price. There is a pickup location at MOMs in Jessup. www.onestrawfarm.com
Roundabout Hills Farm – Glenwood, MD. Currently offers a four season CSA program featuring vegetables and free range eggs from April through December. Their produce is grown naturally without pesticides or artificial fertilizers. www.localharvest.org/roundabout-hills-M39637/csa
TLV Tree Farm – Glenelg, MD. This CSA will e-mail a questionnaire on the harvest products expected. Shares will adjust based on the responses and availability. CSA pickup is at the farm, 15155 Triadelphia Mill Road, Glenelg, MD. www.tlvtreefarm.com/csa.html
Wheeler Farm – Sykesville, MD. Shares usually include 8–10 types of vegetables and complimentary herbs, enough for a family of 4. When available, the farm stand will offer fruit, eggs, cheese and meat from other local farmers. CSA pickup is at the farm, 13945 Forsythe Rd, Sykesville, MD 21784. www.thewheelerfarm.com
Zahradka Farm – Baltimore County. During the winter season, this CSA delivers local produce to your home or office every week. During summer/fall members choose their own vegetables market-style at pick up locations in Howard County. Choose from different size shares to fit your needs. www.zahradkafarm.com
More information on CSAs can be found at the following sites: