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Our 2015 Chicken CSA is FULL, but don’t worry, we’ll still have plenty of fresh chicken available in our Farm Store.

2015 Chicken CSA Program Details

Crowfoot Farm is offering its fourth annual Chicken CSA (community supported agriculture) program in 2015. By becoming a member you are partnering with us in our efforts to produce clean, sustainable and humanely grown foods and helping us make a difference in our community by providing an alternative to factory-farmed poultry.

Our chickens are raised on organically maintained pastures, moved to fresh grass each day, and fed only USDA Certified Organic soy-free grain feed in addition to the natural forage they consume on pasture. Our chickens are allowed to roam the pasture freely (free-range) every day and are only confined in pens at night for their protection. Free roaming chickens consume more natural forage, grow slower and develop superb flavor over those that are confined to pens full time.

Membership Options:

  •  The Full Share provides 20 whole (oven-ready) chickens. Members will receive four batches of 5 whole chickens over the course of the growing season. Cost: $410.00 (includes 2.5% VA food sales tax).
  •  The Half Share provides 12 whole (oven-ready) chickens. Members will receive four batches of 3 whole chickens over the course of the growing season. Cost: $246.00 (includes 2.5% VA food sales tax).
  •  The Full Share With Convenience Portions provides 20 chickens packaged in convenient portions. Members will receive four batches of 5 chickens (1 whole and 4 cut and portion-packaged) over the course of the growing season (see full details on portion packaging below). Cost: $435.00 (includes 2.5% VA food sales tax).

Over the growing season, members will receive four batches of chicken containing:
-1 whole chicken
-4 packs of 2 breasts
-4 packs of 2 leg quarters
-1 pack of 8 wings (16 drummetts & wingettes)
-1 pack of backs & necks for stock
(packages to make at least 10 meals for two, plus chicken stock)

  •  The Half Share With Convenience Portions provides 12 chickens packaged in convenient portions. Members will receive four batches of 3 chickens (1 whole and 2 cut and portion-packaged) over the course of the growing season (see full details on portion packaging below). Cost: $260.00 (includes 2.5% VA food sales tax).

Over the growing season, members will receive four batches of chicken containing:
-1 whole chicken
-2 packs of 2 breasts
-2 packs of 2 leg quarters
-1 pack of 4 wings (8 drummetts & wingettes)
-1 pack of backs & necks for stock
(packages to make at least 6 meals for two, plus chicken stock)

How to sign up:

If you are interested in becoming a member, please print out the application form below and mail it to us with payment. We are a small, family farm and therefore only able to offer a limited number of shares. Memberships will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will contact you within two business days of receiving your application. If the program is already full, we will return your payment.

Chicken Processing Dates:

Fresh chickens will be available for pick-up on or around these dates in 2015: May 9, June 20, August 29, and October 24.

These dates are subject to change if conditions during the growing season demand it. Members will be notified at least one week before fresh chickens become available.

If you are unable to pick up your fresh chickens right away, we will hold them for you for up to one week until you are able to pick them up. Due to limited freezer space, chickens not picked up within one week will be forfeit and may be sold to other customers. Please make every effort to have someone pick up your chickens when they are ready.

Pickup & Delivery:

Pick up your chickens at the Farm Store: Crowfoot Farm, 3085 Indian Run Road, Amissville, Virginia 20106.

We are happy to add off-farm delivery locations if enough members would like to pick up in a particular locality. Please contact us for more details if you are interested in an off-farm delivery.

CSA Member Benefits:

  •  Cost Savings: Members save on average, 10-15% off the price of whole chickens, and 15-20% off the price of portion-packaged chickens. By purchasing at the beginning of the growing season, members are also immune to price increases that may occur if feed prices rise during the growing season.
  •  Convenience: Because members receive fresh (unfrozen) chickens, you have the opportunity to cut and package them in portion sizes most convenient for your family if you choose. Chickens are available in four batches over the course of the growing season. Members only need to make four trips to the farm during the year.
  •  Relationship and Experience: Know your farmers and visit the farm where your food is raised.

How the CSA benefits the farm:

  •  Forming Relationships: Members are active partners guaranteeing the continuation of the farm. We love getting to know the people for whom we are growing food, and we hope you will get to know us!
  •  Cash Flow: Members pay in advance, providing us the cash needed for purchasing chicks, feed and supplies at the beginning of the growing season.
  • Time Saver: Because members are guaranteeing the sale of a certain number of birds, we can spend less time marketing and more time farming. We are constantly striving to improve the way we do things, and that takes time.

The Risks for Members:

Members are guaranteed to receive a certain number of birds throughout the growing season, however, we cannot guarantee the weight of the birds. Our chickens average 3-5 lbs.

The Risks for the Farm:

Raising a crop of any type is a risk for farmers due to possible losses caused by factors beyond our control such as weather and predation. In addition, we are taking a risk by offering members a year’s supply of chickens at a price set at the beginning of the growing season. We will absorb cost increases that may be caused if feed prices rise during the year.