Eden's Organic Garden Center
Organic Today - For a Better Tomorrow! - Since 2006
Home of DFW's first All-Clean, All Farmers - Market Day!
(no GMO's - EVER)
Eden's Garden CSA Farm
REAL FOOD, GROWN with INTEGRITY!
4710 Pioneer Rd., Balch Springs, TX 75180
GARDEN SHOP / FARMERS MARKET Open 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays only April - December 6th 9am - noon
Just 15 mins southeast of downtown Dallas 1 block north I20 @ Seagoville Rd.
Not affiliated with EDEN FOODS, INC
(yes, we REALLY have to put this on here.)
Eden's In the News & On-Line
Growing Urban Roots - Acres USA Dec. 2014 Issue
Featured in Edible Dallas & Forth Worth - Winter 2009
Market Day Feature Story in NeighborsGo - July 2010
D Magazine - Chefs for Farmers Launch long-table style benefit dinner at Eden's.
"...an urban country adventure." - Kim Pierce DMN
The above video of the early days was a gift from one of our founding members...Thank you Charity & family
Eden's Garden CSA Farm
Join the CSA NOW!
We are currently accepting applications for a limited number of new members.
We are not a week to week food co-op or on-line delivery service.
This is a traditional annual Community Supported Agriculture membership.
Fresh produce is grown and available to you, from this farm, nearly year round. Scheduled seasonal weekly or bi-weekly distributions generally run late winter (Feb.) through December. "Pick your own" options at the farm, generally available during "off-weeks".
What is the difference between on-line food delivery groups and a CSA? Click Here for A Comparison Chart - CSA vs Co-Op, etc.
To summarize the main difference;
CSA is FARMER DIRECT - 100% of your membership dollars go directly to support this small, local, urban farm in Southeast Dallas County - No Middleman!
To receive a more detailed email about our CSA program, a link to the application and pay pal payment option to join, sign up here.
Try eating seasonally for a year!
Annual membership payments are due quarterly; 1st of Jan., April, July & Oct.
Join us any time of the year, but sorry, we don't pro-rate into a season once distributions begin.
"CSA is not just a clever, new approach to marketing. Community farming is about the necessary renewal of agriculture through its healthy linkage with the human community that depends upon farming for survival." - Steven McFadden - author Farms of Tomorrow
Simply put, CSA, community supported agriculture, is a relationship of trust between a local farmer and local consumers for the benefit of both parties and the local community in which both live. There is a shared risk and return.
Farmers form a relationship with you, the community, (instead of a banker), to assure the farmer a built-in market for their crops & help to stabilize their budget.
You, the consumer, form a relationship with a local farmer, (instead of the produce department at your supermarket or a middleman distributor), provides you with peace of mind regarding your food source and how it was grown.
The presence of an in-town farm also has many other benefits to the community.
This is a win-win-win relationship!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Eden's Garden CSA Farm asks members to pledge an annual financial commitment towards the farm's budget.
The farmer works the fields, tending crops throughout the year to provide a wide variety of produce grown without the use of synthetic products or GMO seeds.
Members receive a distributed share of the farm's harvest each week or bi-weekly during peak growing time, with pick your own access to the farm year round, as weather permits. We do not supplement our shares with national or imported food from wholesale sources. So due to weather, some weeks harvests are more abundant than other weeks. We also supply produce for our on-farm 2x month farmer's market for the food desert community here in s/e Dallas County.
Shares are picked up from the farm or our drop site in Lakewood at The GreenSpot or, coming this fall, at the Dallas Farmer's Market, downtown.
The CSA model has evolved since it's introduction to the US, and here is an informative article from one of the "founders" of the CSA movement in the US.
While we respect and understand there are many models of "CSA", ours remains pretty traditional, following some of the original CSA programs from the early days out east.
We do not require our full pay members to work on the farm, but we do encourage frequent visits to the farm and have opportunities for helping in various ways, including volunteer days involving farm work if so desired.
We also offer a limited number of sliding scale "work shares" for students, families on a tight budget and those interested in learning to farm. It is the farm's mission not to exclude anyone solely on the basis of their budget. Please click here for information on availability and requirements.
WHAT ABOUT THE CO$T?
To spread the annual commitment out over the course of the year, and to help create a more balanced income stream to the farm, members pay a portion in advance of each upcoming season, breaking up the payment into quarterly, $300 installments, (January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st) or advance *monthly payments of $100. Some members choose to pay a full year in advance and this is acceptable as well.
*(Full upcoming season must be pre-paid prior to distribution or pick your own access. Sorry, we are not set up to accept weekly payments or pro-rate memberships at this time. The annual commitment translates to about $23/week for virtually year round access to fresh, local food here at Eden's.)
For our new special SNAP Program Weekly CSA Package! Limited Memberships will Be Available Each Year. Inquire Within for Details
WHAT DO WE GET?
Each season we strive to grow a variety of nutritious, heirloom, open pollinated (and always non-GMO), veggies, fruits and herbs, as well as unique varieties of things you may not find in your local supermarket including native/wild edibles.
We try to provide at least 5-7 different veggies, fruits plus fresh herbs each week of distribution for you to choose from. We grow over 30 different items some seasons!
Some weeks will be more bountiful, others will be less abundant, depending on the time of the year and weather. Everything will be harvested and distributed fresh each week and you can expect it to last much longer than what you're used to from the supermarket.
During weeks when there's not an organized distribution planned, the option of Pick Your Own is usually offered. Basically that means year round access to the farm if you want it!
(Please see our list of FAQ's for more detailed information and policies for our CSA program.)
In North Texas, we grow both warm and cool seasons of veggies, growing virtually year round if the weather cooperates. We grow fresh produce and culinary herbs seasonally, without using synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
Working with nature using sustainable, natural methods. We call it "Real Food Grown with Integrity". (Because the USDA wants us to pay them to let us call it "organic".) Plus, being an old homestead, there's a whirlwind of native edibles on the property to pick from!
"We must consider it a scientific fact that you are what you eat. The same molecules that make up the food we consume become the molecules of our minds and bodies. So, unless you are your own farmer, you should choose one as carefully as you would chose your doctor or your pastor. Therefore, it is fitting that farmers, like doctors, lawyers, professors, and pastors, should command a high level of respect and income, commensurate with this level of responsibility. I consider it an honor and a privilege that you have chosen me to be your farmer." Tom Willey of T&D Willey Farms
"There's nothing like knowing the person who grows your food, why they are doing it, and what they want you to gain from it...."
"I must admit, my taste buds never got too juiced up at the thought of tomatoes. When we picked up our share on Saturday, I couldn't believe the variety of colors, sizes, and flavors! They looked too pretty to eat! (almost)" - Iris - founding CSA Member since 2008
"I'm very grateful to have access to delicious local vegetables!Thanks so much for all your hard work." - Nancy Member since 2009
"...three years ago, at age 6 he declared war on veggies other than carrots, broccoli or artichokes. That was until last week's visit to Marie's farm! My son ate it all and and declared: "vegetables taste great when you know who grows them and when you help cleaning them." - Olga - 2 Year Member before relocating out of state
"Grocery store greens don't touch farm-fresh. Yum!" Tina - New CSA Member in 2014
"Best Brussels sprouts ever!" Nanci - CSA member since 2010
Clark and brother Leif, "lifelong" members, enjoying a sunny, brisk Pick Your Own
opportunity at the farm.
Watch for an upcoming orientation about Eden's CSA and a farm tour.
Kids are welcome to the farm, but please do not bring your dog.
No Smoking Please.