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Collins Family Orchards is excited for its second year of CSA home delivery. Our CSA program will save you time and money — and you'll be supporting a local, family-run orchard!
Save Time: We love meeting fellow fruit lovers at area farmers markets, swapping recipes, and talking fruit. But we know it can be difficult to find time for the market (and lug around a heavy bag of fruit). A home delivery will give you more time for other things.
Save Money: The sustainably-grown, local fruit in your CSA box costs an average of only $2.50 per pound for small orders and $2.00 per pound for large orders! Shop around; you will find our online prices are the best. Extra perk: CSA Members buy fruit at the market stand at the CSA rate!
It's easy! All you have to do is place your weekly or bi-weekly order online, and our freshest fruit will be on its way. There's even an à la carte option for special orders on select boxes of fruit.
Our 2013 Summer Fruit CSA runs from July 3 through October 30. Deliveries are made on Wednesdays to your doorstep (for a $4 fee) or to a pre-arranged Pick-Up Site (no additional fee). When you pick up your box, we kindly ask that you return the previous week's box for us to reuse.
Our CSA boxes are filled with the week's best pickings: cherries, peaches, plums, pluots, nectarines, apricots, pears, apples, and more! (See our Fruit page for a month-by-month fruit listing.)
We will be offering a Winter Fruit CSA this year! It will run six weeks, from November 6 through December 18 (deliveries on Wednesdays). We'll post more information about this new program soon.
We offer 3 different sizes on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule, so there are options for all appetites and households. (Add $4/week for home delivery to the prices below; no charge for delivery to Pick-Up Sites.)
in a box
|Example of box in July||Cost
|1 lb cherries, 4 peaches, 3 apricots, 3 plums, 2 nectarines||$16||$288*||$144**|
|2 lbs cherries, 6 peaches, 4 apricots, 3 plums, 3 nectarines, 4 plouts||$22||$396*||$198**|
|3 lbs cherries, 8 peaches, 5 apricots, 5 plums, 4 nectarines, 5 plouts, 5 apriums||$30||$540*||$270**|
* For weekly home delivery, add $72 ($4 for 18 weeks) to the prices above.
** For bi-weekly home delivery, add $36 ($4 for 9 weeks).
Making Jam or hosting a party? With our à la carte option, you can add to your order (i.e. a box of peaches), as product becomes available. Remember to check our on-line farm store often for updates.
When you sign up, you'll choose your box size, delivery frequency (weekly or bi-weekly), and delivery location (your home or a Pick-Up Site). For your convenience, the directory on our online order form presents your Pick-Up Site options both in list form and on a map — you can even filter by zip code.
Full payment at the time of your order is appreciated, but there are payment plans available as well. Payment is accepted via PayPal (online) or by check or cash (in person at our market stand or by mail).
What better way to get free fruit, build community, and reduce our carbon footprint.
A Pick-Up Site can be a house, place of business, office, daycare, yoga studio — just about anything. Host a Pick-Up Site at your address and we'll waive your home delivery fee — and you may qualify for free fruit!
See our FAQ and our Pick-Up Site Host Information page to learn more.
Need a flyer to promote our CSA to your friends, neighbors, or co-workers? Download one here.
To inquire about hosting, contact the CSA Manager or by phone at 206-402-1300.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Joining a CSA connects mindful "eaters" with local farmers through a reciprocal relationship. Participants purchase a "farm share" (also called a membership or subscription) early in the season. Members receive a wide variety of produce throughout the growing season AND farmers get paid fair prices for growing sustainable food for a local market. It's a win-win.
Collins Family Orchard currently offers a fruit-centric CSA. In the future, our CSA program may include asparagus and tomatoes as well.
Do I need to commit to the entire season?
We kindly ask participants commit to the entire season by choosing a weekly or bi-weekly subscription. To offer some flexibility, we allow our CSA members to place up to two temporary "holds" on their subscription at no charge.
What if I am not home the day my CSA order is delivered?
No problem! All orders are packed in a cardboard box and our delivery team will leave your order on your doorstep (or in nearby shade), and pick up your empty box. If you are on vacation, you may put your account on hold or ask a friend to pick it up from your pick-up location.
What can I expect to find in a CSA box?
Our selection of fruit changes with the seasons, so you can expect a lot of variety. Each box will be filled with as many different flavors as the season allows.
We begin our CSA season in July with some of our most popular items: Cherries and Peaches! As summer progresses, expect to find many types of soft fruit: doughnut peaches, nectarines, white peaches, pluots (half plum/half apricot), apricots, apriums (half plum/half nectarine). The fall season offers numerous varieties of apples, pears, and asian pears, and even some soft fruits like late peaches and nectarines.
Why is there a $4 weekly home delivery charge?
The $4 weekly home delivery charge covers our delivery costs. (Don't forget: Pick-Up Sites are not charged a delivery fee.) To help make home delivery an affordable option, we keep the price of our fruit low, at an average of only $2 per pound.
What is a Pick-Up Site? How can I host one? Did someone say FREE FRUIT?
A Pick-Up Site can be a house, business, office, daycare center, yoga studio — almost any place with a Seattle zip code. As a Site Host, you are the contact person; you are responsible for recruiting CSA members, receiving the delivery, and dispersing each order to its correct owner.
To thank you for your time coordinating a Pick-Up Site, Collins Family Orchards will reward you with fruit! If you host 7 members at your site, you get 50% off your share; if you host 10 members at your site, you get a free small box; and if you host 14 members at your site, you get a free medium box. We also offer a group discount for sites without a "host" (businesses or offices). Instead of (not in addition to) the discounted or free box, if you sign up 10 or more members as a group, each member will receive 10% off their order. The deadline for qualifiying for these host perks is August 31.
Members may sign up throughout the season to host or collect their CSA share from a Pick-Up Site (or choose home delivery). Pick-Up Sites are listed in our directory with an approximate address to indicate a neighborhood. We never show the address of a private residence until a member signs up to that specific Pick-Up Site. Lastly, Pick-Up Sites choose the number of deliveries they will accept, and whether they are open to all members, or only friends and family. More details can be found on our Pick-Up Site Host Information page.
If you're interested in hosting a Pick-Up Site, please contact the CSA Manager or by phone at 206-402-1300.
Is the fruit organic? What are your growing methods?
At Collins Family Orchards, we pride ourselves on quality fruit and sustainable practices. Currently, 16 acres of our orchards are USDA Certified Organic, the rest are not. Throughout our orchards, we use sustainable and natural farming practices that include organic fertilizers, seaweed, and fish oil. For pest control, we use organic Intrust, which works by mating disruption. Our livelihood and family has been connected with this orchard and this land for over 100 years; we take our responsibilities as land stewards seriously.
We grow the highest quality fruit in our family-run orchards: we never sacrifice quality for quantity, we pick fruit only when it's ripe, and we continuously trial new varieties.
Where is Collins Family Farm Located?
We are located in Selah, north of Yakima.
Where else can I find your Fruit?
We sell year-round at the Ballard Farmers Market, and seasonally at almost two dozen farmers markets in Seattle and surrounding areas.
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