How it Works
Our CSA registration for the 2017 season is now open
Share our Harvest
Share our harvest with Community Supported Agriculture! We offer vegetable, egg, chicken, beef, and pork shares. Vegetable share members receive a "Farmer's Pick" assortment of seasonal, fresh vegetables and herbs weekly for 20 weeks from mid–May to the end of September. Our vegetable share members receive weekly newsletters about the farm with special seasonal recipes. Our chicken, beef, egg, and pork shares complete the delicious variety of our farm's bounty throughout the growing season.
We also have a fall season CSA that starts at the end of September and runs into mid-November. You can sign up for Fall Vegetable Boxes and/or our beef, chicken, and pork shares.
How It Works- Types of Shares, Pickup Locations, Prices and Member Details
Types Of Shares
Season: Weekly, Wednesday May 13th- Wednesday September 23rd
Enjoy a season of fresh vegetables from our farm for 20 weeks.
The amount of vegetables in your box varies slightly each week depending on the season and the weather.
Large Share- $500. Vegetables and herbs, suitable for two adults and two children, average of $25/week >>See examples of vegetables<<
Small Share- $400. Vegetables and herbs, suitable for two adults, average of $20/week
Morganton Market Share
Entire Morganton Farmers Market season: late April- October 28th
When you purchase a Morganton Market Share at the beginning of the year, you'll get credit to shop from our seasonal market selection throughout the entire Saturday Morganton Market season. That's 28 Saturdays to choose from our farm food at market, and we'll keep your tab and totals for you. We'll have our seasonal vegetables, pork, beef, chicken, and eggs to choose from. On vacation? Don't worry, you do not have to come to market every week. 2017 credit must be used by 12/20/17. Have more questions? See more details here.<<
Pint Sized Market Share- $250. Use your credit towards our farm food at the Saturday Morganton Farmers Market. Average o $8.93 per week over 28 weeks at market.
Basket Sized Market Share- $500. Use your credit towards our farm food at the Saturday Morganton Farmers Market. Average of $19 per week over 28 weeks at market.
Season: mid May-October, every 5 weeks.
Get the special CSA chicken price of $5.75lb when you purchase a chicken share!
Bluebird Farm pastured broiler chickens are fed certified organic non-GMO grains. We raise a hearty outdoor chicken breed outside on fresh pastures in clean air. Meat from healthy, happy chickens takes on a whole different flavor and texture-it's robust and savory! We raise more chickens in the spring and fall when they are healthier and happier in their pastures and fewer chickens in the intense summer heat and humidity. This means that the chickens will be frozen when you pick them up.
How it works: As a Chicken CSA member, you pre-pay a portion of your total chicken price when joining, and then you get to use that pre-paid credit at each chicken pick-up throughout the season. Pick-up your chickens every 5 weeks starting in mid-May through October. At each pick-up, you select your chickens, we apply your pre-paid credit, and you pay the balance of the total for that pick-up.
Small Chicken Share $200 pre-paid member credit towards 10 chickens. This gives you a $40 credit towards 2 chickens at each of the 5 pick-ups. 2 chickens approximately every 5 weeks starting May 21st
Large Chicken Share $400 pre-paid member credit toward 20 chickens. This gives you a $80 credit towards 4 chickens at each of the 5 pick-ups. 4 chickens approximately every 5 weeks starting May 21st
Chicken sizes and example: The exact weight of each chicken varies. The chickens range in size from 3.5 to 5 lbs. You select your chickens at pick-up. Example: At the first chicken pick-up in May, you select your 2 chickens, and they weigh 3.95 and 4.25 lbs. The total for those CSA chickens ($5.75/lb) is $48.09 with tax, but since you are a CSA member and you pre-paid $40 per pickup, your new total is $8.09.
*Chicken Shares Morganton Natural Foods pick-up location, please read note in Pickup Locations below.
Egg Share* Season: mid May -end of September
*Limited number, **Must also sign up for either a vegetable share or a chicken share.
Eggs from Bluebird Farm’s outdoor pasture hens. Our wonderful hens receive a diet of non-medicated grains and have plenty of space to hunt, scratch, take dust baths, and generally be real chickens. Our fresh eggs are delicious! Purchasing an egg share is the best way to guarantee that you get our delicious free range pastured eggs.
Egg Share $110--1 dozen eggs every week (20 dozen per season)
Small share pickups- late April and late June
Large share pickups- late April, late June, and Aug
At each pork share pickup you'll receive a variety pack of approximately 17 pounds of our delicious pork. Our pigs are fed organic grains and roam outdoors in the spring, summer, and fall and have a spacious sunny hoopbarn with deep bedded hay and wood chips in the winter. Here's an example of a CSA pork variety pack: 6 thick bone in pork chops, 1 shoulder roast, 5 packs of ground Country sausage, 2 packs of link or ground Sweet Italian sausage, 2 packs of link Bratwurst sausage, 2 packs of country backbones.
Small pork share
$300 total--2 variety packs. 1 pack at each pickup. 2 pickups. (approx 34 pounds total for season).
Large pork share
$450 total--3 variety packs. 1 pack at each pickup. 3 pickups. (approx 51 pounds total for season).
*Pork Shares Morganton Natural Foods pick-up location, please read note in Pickup Locations below.
Small share pickups- late April and late June
Large share pickups- late April, late June, and Aug
At each beef share pickup you'll receive a variety pack of approximately 12-15 pounds of our delicious beef. This is a CSA share for ground beef lovers. Our steers are grazed year round on grass pastures and are rotated weekly to fresh grass. Small supplemental rations of non-GMO brewer's barley helps develop marbling in our flavorful, pasture raised beef. Our beef is raised in partnership with with our family friend and farming mentor on the hillside pastures of the farm we lease. Here's examples of CSA beef variety packs. 1st share: 10 packs of ground beef, 1 beef roast, 2 packs of stew beef. 2nd share: 9 packs of ground beef, 2 NY strip steaks, 2 sirloin steaks.
Small beef share
$240 total--2 variety packs. 1 pack at each pickup. 2 pickups. (approx 28 pounds total for season).
Large beef share
$360 total--3 variety packs. 1 pack at each pickup. 3 pickups. (approx 42 pounds total for season).
*Beef Shares Morganton Natural Foods pick-up location, please read note in Pickup Locations below.
Vegetable Box, Chicken, Beef, Egg, Pork Shares: Wednesday from 4-6pm at Bluebird Farm. Directions to the farm available at www.BluebirdFarmNC.com Pickup your shares in the walk-in fridge at the barn.
Wednesday Hickory Farmers' Market
Vegetable Box, Chicken, Beef, Egg, Pork Shares: Wednesday 10-2pm. Pick up your shares at the Wednesday Hickory Farmers Market. Please pickup vegetables as early as possible to ensure fresh vegetables.
Morganton Natural Foods
Vegetable Box plus Egg Shares: Wednesday from 4-6pm. Pickup your veggie share and egg share at Morganton Natural Foods, 306 South Sterling Street. Please thank the kind people at Morganton Natural Foods for hosting our CSA pickup location! Morganton Natural Foods closes promptly at 6pm.
M.N.F. Vegetable Box plus Chicken, Beef, Pork Shares: If you are signing up for a vegetable share plus chicken, beef, or pork, you can select M.N.F. as a pickup, however due to refrigeration needs on chicken, beef, and pork pickup weeks, you will need to come to Bluebird Farm to pickup your vegetables and chicken/pork/beef shares. We will send reminder emails prior to pickup.
*Saturday Morganton Farmers' Market*
Chicken, Beef, Egg, Pork Shares: Plus Morganton Market Shares:
*Vegetable Box Shares are not available at this pickup.
* If you want to purchase "protein" shares, (chicken, egg, beef pork) we have a limited amount of shares that can be picked up at the Saturday Morganton Farmers Market from 8-noon. Please email to sign-up for these "protein" only shares.
Saturday Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
Vegetable Box, Chicken, Beef, Egg, Pork Shares: Saturday from 8am-noon. Pickup your shares at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market.
What if I can't pickup my share?
Vegetable shares: Refunds are not offered for missed weeks.
You must contact us at least 48 hours in advance to arrange one of the following:
1. You can arrange pickup with us at the farm or at a farmers market later in the week.
2. Find a friend or family member to pickup your share or give it to them.
3. We can donate your vegetables to a family in need.
4. We can offer 1 vacation hold per season, but only with advance notice of at least 48 hours. The replacement box of vegetables will be sent after the end of the season on Wednesday Sept. 30th (the first week of the fall CSA). You can get this box IF you gave us advance notice of the vacation hold AND you email us in the month of September to confirm that you want your replacement box. Your reminder email helps us keep our ducks in a row. (If you purchase a veg share in the fall CSA, you won't pay for the 1st week of vegetables.)
Eggs, chickens, beef, and pork shares: These shares are more easily saved for you. However, you must contact us at least 48 hours in advance to arrange alternative pickup arrangements for the eggs, chicken, beef, and pork.
A deposit of $200 is due upon sign-up. Full payment is due by April 1st or 45 days after signing-up.
Payment by check or credit card. There is a 2.9% credit card or Pay Pal fee.
We offer a 3% discount for payment in full upon sign-up, whether you pay with check or credit. There is still a 2.9% fee if you pay with credit.
Please don't hesitate to contact us by email or phone to arrange other payment options or special financial requests! We want your family to eat our farm food!
All vegetable prices are based on a 20 week total amount. The amount of vegetables in your box each week may vary depending on the season and the weather.
CSA administration charge: $7/year. This helps us cover some of the additional time spent organizing, packing, writing newsletters, and generally providing you with the best possible service for our members.
Morganton Natural Foods pick-up fuel surcharge: $10/year. If you select Morganton Natural Foods there is a fuel surcharge to reflect our added costs delivering to town.
Returning Vegetable Box Share Member Discount: $20 discount. You must enter your email address from last year into the green box on the first sign up page before signing up, so the registration system will apply the discount.
Sharing in the risk
As a CSA member you purchase a share of the harvest. However, CSA members also share the risk of a reduced vegetable harvest due crop failure. We take great pride in our ability to grow great vegetables and we always try our best to provide a bountiful harvest for our members. However, vegetable availability is always subject to weather, disease and pests. We grow a diversity and variety of vegetables to help spread the risk of crop failure, but there can be growing setbacks. If only a portion of the crop fails we compensate for the failed crop with others ready at the same time. However, there is the unlikely possibility of a complete crop failure through some natural disaster ie floods, tornadoes, hail, rabbit zombies that causes complete crop loss. (In which case, we will be very sad people.)
CSA members do receive first priority over farmers markets in the event of any crop problems. Above all, you can always expect your farmers to be growing for you.