Becoming Part of Our Farm
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s harvest.
The Just Farmin’ Flex CSA will run for 30 +/- weeks, starting in April and finishing up in December. You can start using your Flex CSA in January if we have any produce available, but our target start date is April. You, the Member, are responsible for showing up at the designated pickup site each week to pick up your share of freshly harvested produce.
Our Growing Practices
Our mission is to grow natural produce in the purest form so that health-conscious people can eat what we produce and feel safe. Our produce is grown without using specific conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or GMO seeds. We utilize Heirloom varieties when practical; in some cases, we use Hybrid varieties to combat plant viruses/disease.
We use a hydroponic system to grow our head lettuces, cut greens, herbs, and cucumbers, all of which consume vast amounts of water. Our sole purpose of using the hydroponic system is to minimize our water usage footprint by over 60% using the system versus conventional growing practices.
We manage our fresh free-range pastured chickens humanely and holistically to bring you the freshest and finest tasting eggs and meat that our customers will eat. We are committed to the physical and psychological health of our chickens. We produce our eggs with non-GMO grain and are Soy Free. We believe proper animal welfare increases our farm’s productivity and profitability.
For more information about production practices, please ask. We’d be happy to tell you more.
Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure
We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week.
However, the quantity of produce may vary from week-to-week/month-to-month due to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts. By joining our CSA, you agree to share the risk of crop failure with other members and us. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:
If a large portion of crops fail, we may not be able to deliver any product in some weeks. We may cover for a crop loss by buying in from other local farmers with the same growing practices. We will notify the CSA members if this should occur that the produce was not grown by Just Farmin’.|
Just Farmin’ does everything in its power to ensure that we do not have a crop failure. Our sustainable practices with the aid of regenerative agriculture practices, drip irrigation, and hydroponics will help ensure harvest success.
Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus
We plan our farm production for the CSA. In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to farmer’s markets and restaurants. Our CSA always receives priority when harvesting. This prioritization allows us to select a consistently full and diverse share to our members while avoiding over-delivering any one product.
When crops are especially abundant, we pack as much as possible into your share. However, we don’t want to overwhelm our members or deliver so much produce that it goes to waste. We will advise when we have an overabundance so the members can purchase extra for canning or freezing. We may experiment with new varieties of vegetables, herbs, or flowers to increase diversity.
How the Choice System will Work
Just Farmin’ remains the same as we’ve been from the beginning in its growing practices and the quality of the produce that we raise. You will get to choose the produce that you want to eat each week. As the name implies, the Flex CSA membership gives you flexibility over the course of the year.
You will need to pick up your produce at your designated pickup location. The significant benefits of being a Flex CSA member remain the same in that we are giving you the first pick of the produce and that when you purchase your Flex CSA Share, we compensate the shareholder with a 10% produce bonus.
As stated above, Just Farmin’ has an online store for our CSA.
When you purchase your Flex CSA, either large, medium, or small share, your share becomes a “store credit.” Here is how it will work.
You will get an email on Sunday evening stating what produce is available for this week’s pickup. You will need to sign on. You must physically sign-in and choose, or you will have nothing to pick up.
- Our flex-CSA is a non-traditional CSA model that gives you the flexibility to order exactly what you want every week, allowing you to get creative in the kitchen and reduce food waste.
Your item choices will come off the total of your “store credit,” and when you check out, you will see what credits you have left for the year.
- On the site, after your first week, you will see what you purchased in previous weeks.
- This Flex CSA method allows you to pick as much or as little produce as you choose for the week. You will not lose your store credit if you do not order every week.
- Please be mindful of your “store credits.” If during the CSA season you run low or run out of store credit, you can purchase an additional share, or you can buy the add-on share to maintain your 10% produce credit.
- We know this seems like a long way off, but all “store credits” will need to be used by December 31, 2021, or they will be forfeited.
- Are you planning on vacationing frequently or afraid of not using your produce from week to week? The beauty of this system is if you don’t need to choose any produce for the week, your “store credits” will still be there. This FLEX CSA is a perfect way for you to support local farmers around your busy schedule. It will give you a sense of food security, knowing that you will be getting local seasonal produce not being trucked in from thousands of miles away.
- We will be aggregating products from like-minded local farmers and vendors for added selection.
If you have made your choices for the week and Thursday rolls around and forget to pick up your produce, you will lose your “store credit” that you used for that week only. If you’ve been with us before, this is not a change from previous years. It is essential that you pick up your share at your pickup site. By not picking up your share puts a burden on the pickup site. Pickup sites are there for your convince. Pickup site administrators will donate any shares not picked up on Thursdays.
CSA members, please communicate with us. If you are looking at the produce available and need something in particular and are not sure if we have it, ask us.
Communication is key. If there is a problem with what was in your box, let us know.
Yes, we know there will be glitches along the way.
There is a learning curve on both sides of this: Ours and yours. Just Farmin’ is here to deliver the most nutrient-dense produce for our CSA members, and we want to make sure you get what you chose.
This method does allow you the option of purchasing more produce items. We’ve designed the system to meet your demands with minimal waste generated for the shareholder. It’s our goal to produce vegetables that our shareholders will enjoy during the week. This system puts the onus on us to grow enough of each variety to meet the shareholder’s demands.
Day of CSA Pickup
Your CSA share will be in a box with your name on it in a designated area at your designated pickup site.
At this time, the boxes are not returnable. According to FSMA and Covid restrictions, we must use a new container each week.
All CSA weekly orders under $30.00 will have a $2.50 packaging cost associated with the order. (Except for those picked up at Liberty Farm Market.)
Benefits to a CSA Membership include:
- Home grown produce without the work
- Regular pickups of high quality, locally grown produce
- Produce picked & delivered fresh at the peak of flavor & nutrient density value, the healthiest option!
- An opportunity to try a variety of produce with instructions on storage and ideas on preparation.
- Pre-purchase of produce locks in food costs and ensures food security for you and your family.
- An opportunity to connect with the farm
- Participation in an ecologically conscious agricultural program
- Help our local economy by supporting a small, family owned farm business!
What to Expect in each of the Seasons
Spring will start heavy in greens, baby greens, peas, green onions, herbs, broccoli, and root crops. We will transition into early summer vegetables, cucumbers, tomatoes, and more.
You will experience the best of the season, in addition to most of the spring crops green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, cabbage, carrots, sweet corn, summer squash, eggplant, and more.
This session will finish off the Summer crops and move into the fall/winter seasonal produce. Winter Squashes, pumpkins, root crops, sweet potatoes, potatoes, fall greens, brussels sprouts, and more.
How to Become a Member
- Click this link to go to our online store
- Select the share type you would like to purchase
- Click the ‘Checkout’ button
- Create an account. You will need an account to select weekly produce
- The pick up location will be Liberty Farm Market, Align Chiropractic and Mom ‘n’ Em Coffee & Wine.
- Alternate pickup locations will be added if there is a minimum of 10 shares designated for pickup at a location.
- If you would like an alternate pickup location, make your selection
- Click ‘Pay Now’ button
By selling membership in advance of the growing season, CSA reduces the farmer’s burden of up-front costs. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed and equipment before the season starts, and we appreciate your commitment.
- Small Flex CSA Share $250.00 (Ideal for Seniors or single person)
- Medium Flex CSA Share $500.00 (Ideal for couple, family with small children)
- Large Flex CSA Share $800.00 (Ideal for family of 4 or Vegan or Vegetarian family)
All payments are non-refundable after March 31, 2021.
By signing up online you are agreeing to pay the membership fee for the share you selected.
Location and Picking Up Shares
Pickup Location and Time
Liberty Farm Market
5850 Princeton Rd.
Liberty Township 45011
Thursday 1 PM – 7 PM
There will be a $2.50 delivery fee for each share at ALL sites other than Liberty Farm Market for orders under $30.00
8039 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd.
West Chester Township, OH 45069
Thursday 3 PM – 6 PM
Mom ‘n’ Em Coffee & Wine
3128 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225
Thursday 12 PM – 6 PM
Reading Farm Market
(Reading, Evendale, Woodlawn Area)
Friday 4 PM – 7 PM
We will add the following pickup sites if there is a minimum of 10 shares designated for pickup at each of these sites. We will notify Members purchasing a share to pick up at these sites before the season starts if there are enough members to deliver at these satellite sites. Members will be given the option of a refund or picking up their share at a different location.
212 W. Loveland Ave
Loveland, Ohio 45140
(North College Hill)
5932 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45224
44 East 6th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
1411 Grandin Road
Mainville, OH 45039
Taft’s Ale House (OTR)
1429 Race Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
You are responsible for observing our drop site rules, which are as follows:
- Pick up your share within the time frame stated. Although we produce high-quality produce, it will decline quickly if not picked up in time.
- Be respectful of pickup site property.
If you cannot pick up your share, you must arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pickup location and procedures to your substitute.
We take the safety of your food seriously. Some produce is hydro cooled before packing. We do not wash the produce before you receive it.
For your added protection, wash all produce before eating.
Communicating with Us
The best way to communicate with us is via email. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact page on our website and the best times to reach us by phone is after 5 pm and before 9 pm. Our phone number is 513-238-9795. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, problems with pick up, or dissatisfaction with your share.
We will communicate with you by email. You are added to our distribution list when you sign up. Please read your email from us. We depend on sharing vital information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or our farm events. Every week, we will email an update giving you information about the crops available that week, recipe ideas, or other farm related news.