Never heard of a CSA before? CSA stands for, Community Supported Agriculture. Traditionally, a CSA is a mutually beneficial way for local farmers and community members to help one another. Participating members from the community benefit by receiving local, naturally produced, and therefore the freshest and most longest lasting, produce. While the Farmer receives consistent monetary support through the community member’s continued CSA subscription. The farmer can then grow a calculated amount of food to meet the needs of the community. This in turn, limits food waste and prevents the miscalculation of needed product. As well as, promotes greater food security in our state, preserves farm land, and promotes greater bio-diversity! It is a win-win!
Our members experience peace of mind knowing that they are guaranteed a share of safely produced vegetables and fruit. Also known to be the best produce around…and it’s 100% Certified Organic! It just doesn’t get any better than this.
Summer CSA Season Begins July 5th
Welcome to the summer! Last year we were elated to have had the opportunity to develop a partnership with a small family farm up north. With the help of our friends at Whipstone Farm in Paulden, AZ we were able to offer our first ever Summer CSA Program. While the summer heat means we can grow very few crops here in the valley, this heat opens up their main growing season in Paulden. Therefore we were able to provide a variety of vegetables to our community members throughout the summer. We incorporated their produce into our Farm Boxes and into our Farm Store.
As we had such success with this last year, we have once again partnered with Whipstone Farm to offer another summer CSA program! Each Farm Box will include a mixture of 5-7 produce items grown at our farm in Litchfield Park, as well as Whipstone Farm in Paulden. The summer CSA Farm Box is offered in one size only, providing enough produce for a family of 2-3 per week. Of course, everyone’s weekly vegetable intake varies, but this is what we are seeing on average. This subscription is auto-renewing and begins July 5th, running through to mid October. And, will be available for sign ups throughout the summer. We will also offer Add On items for your Farm Box in case you need more produce or would like add on eggs, nuts, beans, and more.
Join us and the organic food revolution by signing up for a weekly or bi-weekly CSA Farm Box delivery, today! We have to two pick up locations available in the summer: Blue Sky Organic Farm Store (Fridays and Saturdays), and the Phoenix Public Market (Saturdays).
Blue Sky Organic Farms
2018-2019 Main Growing Season
Life beyond the supermarket, begins at the farm. By the hands and minds of the farmer, the crew, and it’s supporters. This life begins with one seed, perfectly proportioned soil, clean water, and the graceful embrace of the sun’s rays. This life is sustained by dedicated care, an attuned eye, and impassioned experience. This life begins at the farm, and is lovingly cared for until finding its place at your table; bringing new life to you and your family.
Just as we nurture and care for each plant from seed to harvest, the plant then cares for us. Giving us an opportunity for greater health, added energy, and a deeper connection to the land we live on. Farming is a gift, and we wish to share this gift with our community. You are invited to join us, as we move with the sun, grow with the weather, and develop each seed into nutrient rich, food. Bringing you, the community, a cornucopia of flavors, textures, sights, fragrances, and sounds of Arizona grown produce. We bring this gift of safely produced, high quality food to the community by means of our Farm Store, our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and the farmer’s markets we attend.
We welcome back our friends of the farm, and delight in knowing that our main growing season has arrived. Now is the time to procure your share of the harvest, as a CSA member, visit our Farm Store, or join us at one of the Farmer’s Markets we attend (see list below).
Joining our CSA program is easy. You can subscribe to be a part of the action this season, by following this link to our subscription site. On this site you can create a login account and sign up for your share of the harvest under Classic CSA Farm Box. We have streamlined this program to include one size share, containing five to seven of Blue Sky Organic Farms’ best producing harvests for the week. You can subscribe to receive a Farm Box every week (weekly), or every other week (bi-weekly). As usual, we offer Holds for when you are out of town without charge, as long as the hold is placed 72 hours prior to next delivery date.
We will continue to offer the opportunity for members to get their favorite farm items, by offering a variety of Add On items. These certified organic items will consist of not only farm fresh strawberry jam, raw honey, and eggs; but will also include favorite produce items like Romanesco, baby spinach, our triple washed spring mix, rainbow carrots, and strawberries. The list goes on, so you can continue receiving your favorite items while supporting the farm that brought it to you. As the weather changes as will our crops, thus providing variety and quality in every CSA Farm Box.
Journey with us throughout our main growing season, spanning from November to June. Experience the many colors and shapes these little seeds developed into. Pick up locations currently include:
Blue Sky Organic Farms Store
- Tuesday 12pm-6pm
- Friday 12pm-5pm
- Saturday 10am-5pm
Phoenix Public Market
Day/Time: Sat, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Address: 721 N Central Avenue (Central and McKinley)
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Roadrunner Farmer’s Market
Day/Time: Sat, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Address: 3502 E Cactus Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Gilbert Farmer’s Market (Due to their shorter market season, CSA subscriptions will be moved to nearest pick up location upon market closure. Open: November 2018- Mid May 2019)
- Day/Time: Sat, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Address: 222 N Ash Street
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market (Due to their shorter market season, CSA subscriptions will be moved to nearest pick up location upon market closure. Open: November 2018- Mid May 2019)
- Day/Time: Sat, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Address: 3806 N Brown Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Uptown Farmer’s Market (Due to their shorter market season, CSA subscriptions will be moved to nearest pick up location upon market closure. Open: November 2018- Mid May 2019)
- Day/Time: Sat, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Address: 5757 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Vistancia HOA Kitchen
- Day/Time: Friday 3:00PM to 5:30PM Address: 29701 N Sunrise Point Peoria, AZ 85383 (inside the HOA Kitchen, signs posted on the door)
Listed below are current locations available as wait-list sites, add your email address to your pick-up site of choice to get this location up and running for the new season.
NEW Wait-list Site: The Churchill; Wednesday 5pm-7pm (901 N 1st Street Phoenix, AZ 85004)
Victory at Verrado (residents only); Friday (time TBD) (5325 N Verrado Way Buckeye, AZ 85396)
Don’t see your preferred location? We do apologize. Yet, we took a long hard look at what was working and how we could best continue growing quality produce. The answer was to work smarter. We are keeping it simple this season so we can focus on developing the products and services we intend to offer. Our hope is that you will be able to find a comparable location for pick up, and or visit us at one of the following Farmer’s Markets to get our locally produced, certified organic vegetables and fruit.
We may add to this list as we move forward into the main growing season. We remain open to creating wait-lists for desired pick up locations. With enough interest at each wait-list location, we will open the site up for delivery. Contact us to see how we may get a wait-list going for your preferred location.
Supporting Blue Sky Organic Farms through our CSA and our Farm Credits Program saves you money. As a CSA member, you will receive a 10% discount off of purchases made within our Farm Store on sight at the Farm, or at one of our Farmer’s Market Booths. Or if preferred, you can buy into our Farm Credit Program to stretch your dollar! See details below…
Take part in the Farm Credit Program and save on your purchases.
- We will have gift cards for purchase as part of our Farm Credit program. When you put money on a gift card we will give you a bonus amount of credit. Ex: $100 gets you $110 Farm Credit to spend. $300 gets you $335 Farm Credit to spend.
- Farm Credit is applied to a gift card that can be used to make purchases in our Farm Store and at our Farmer’s Market Booths.
- Credits are not valid for use on a CSA subscription purchase and select private label items.
- The credit can be used on a one-time purchase of an EXTRA CSA Farm Box.
- CSA membership discount, and all other coupons/discounts cannot be applied to purchases made when using Farm Credit as form of payment. In other words “no double dipping”.
As always, we stand in gratitude for the support of our community members. You make the difference. Thank you, for choosing organic. Thank you, for choosing local. Thank you, for choosing Blue Sky Organic Farms. Looking forward to developing these seeds into fantastically fresh food for you and yours. Until then, friends!
The Blue Sky Organic Farms Family