How does the Out on a Limb Apple CSA work?
Shares cost $160, due upon enrollment. We accept members from the springtime right on through the end of August, before our harvest season begins. The CSA distribution takes place every other week from the second week of September to the first week of November. There are five deliveries in total. Over the course of the season you’ll receive 20 or more varieties of rare and highly flavored apples with a wide range of uses, appearances, histories and flavors. You will get approximately 1/4 bushel of apples at each pickup (about 10-12 lbs). Each variety will be in a labeled bag. You will receive a mix of dessert apples (for eating fresh) and culinary apples. (We will make sure you have enough of the culinary varieties to cook up into a dish.)
This year we are offering a new option. You can purchase storage apples now in 1/2 bushel (approx. 17.5 lbs) or full bushel (approx. 35 lbs) quantities to be delivered with your last share in early November. They will be a mixture of our favorite "keepers," such as Northern Spy, Roxbury Russet, or Stark – or maybe even a few Black Oxfords. If you would like to order storage apples, just include an additional $30 for a 1/2 bushel or $55 for a full bushel in your check. You can order as many bushels as you would like.
How do I sign up?
Send your check for $160 made out to “Out On a Limb Apple CSA” to:
Out On a Limb CSA
167 Turner Mill Pond Rd.
Palermo, ME 04354
Please include your name, snail mail address, phone #, email address and pick-up location with your check.
Shares are limited and enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.
When and where do I pick up my share?
We offer pick-up locations in Portland, Belfast, Trenton, and at our farm in Palermo. Please specify your pickup location when you sign up. We will confirm all pick-up locations and times in late August/early September.
Don't live near one of our pick-up sites? We have groups forming in Hallowell, Damariscotta, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Deer Isle, and Brunswick to share the driving of pickups from our different locations. If you are interested in joining one of these or setting up groups in your area, please let us know and we can connect you with others who may be interested as well.
Are the apples organic?
The apples that we provide come from our farm as well as from other local orchards. The apples from our farm are grown using organic methods but are not certified. Apples we source from other orchards may be conventionally grown, or grown conventionally using Integrated Pest Management techniques.
Can I get additional apples?
Throughout the season we are able to offer larger quantities of some of the apples. When extra apples are available, we will send you an email to let you know. If you’d like to have a half-bushel or bushel of a particular apple to store or preserve, you can order them to be delivered at your next pick-up.
Can I get apples mailed to me?
We receive many requests to mail apples out of state. While many orchards are happy and able to do this, we do not ship our apples through the mail. The reason for this is twofold. First, the apple varieties that we select for our CSA are chosen for their flavor, not their ability to withstand the rigors of our postal system. We can't guarantee that our apples will arrive to you in NY or CA looking as tasty and beautiful as when we picked them. Secondly, we encourage you to seek out unusual apples that grow in your area. Visit the small orchards near you, and ask the growers what old varieties they offer. Take the time to look beyond the Honeycrisp, and you will probably find some surprises that are unique to your area of the country. We'd love to hear what you discover.