Agriculture Supported Communities


Fresh, locally-grown, organic produce at affordable prices


Sign up for the 2018 season!

Do not want to pay online? Print out this form to complete and mail or fax in.
Forms can also be picked up at Allentown Health Bureau, Allentown YMCA, Alliance Hall Park, Berks County Intermediate Unit Education Centre, Rodale Institute, St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus,and Working Tree Center.

Rodale Institute’s Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) Program is a farm share program that offers a weekly selection of seasonal fresh, organic, locally-grown produce delivered to your community. Through farm share programs, you are a stakeholder in your local farm and a supporter of your local economy. By participating in the ASC program your dollar contributes to the important work that we have been doing at Rodale Institute for over 70 years, including researching the benefits of organic agriculture, training new organic farmers, and increasing availability and accessibility of organic produce in low-income communities. In addition, a portion of the up front payment will be considered a tax-deductible gift. Our program offers both vegetable and meat share options:

Vegetable Shares: Members will receive a mix of products that have been field-grown and grown in our high tunnels. We strive to offer variety while providing a good selection of some of the basics. Individuals paying with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will recieve $10 off per week for any size vegetable share (vegetable only – not meat).

Meat Shares: In addition to the vegetable share, the option to participate in a monthly pork,  poultry or pork/poultry duo share is available. All meat included in shares were organically-raised on pasture at Rodale Institute. Members can receive a monthly meat share with a weekly vegetable share or without. There are no substitutions or revisions for meat shares. Monthly pick ups will occur the second week of each month starting June and ending in October. Monthly payment members will be charged on the weeks of deliveries. A la carte meat purchases are also available – see cuts and prices at rodaleinstitute.org/visit/store/rodaleinstitutepork.

WHEN:
June – November, weekly

WHERE:

Thursdays
Alliance Hall Park | 534-526 West Chew Street, Allentown, PA | 3:30 – 6pm
Berks County Intermediate Unit Education Centre | 2101 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA | 3:30 – 5pm
Working Tree Center | 2056 Minesite Road, Allentown, PA | 3:30 – 6pm

Saturdays
Allentown YMCA | 425 South 15th Street, Allentown, PA | 9am – 1pm
Rodale Institute | 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA | 10am – 2pm

Need more information about ASC or becoming a member? Contact ASC@RodaleInstitute.org.


Rodale Institute's Organic Farmers Markets

Rodale Institute and local vendors offer organic produce and more at the Organic Farmers Markets, promoting wellness to the community of Allentown, PA. Individuals paying with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive half the price of produce (up to $ 10 off) when purchasing.

WHEN:
May – November, weekly

WHERE:

Thursdays
Alliance Hall Park | 534-526 West Chew Street, Allentown, PA | 3:30 – 6pm

Saturdays
Allentown YMCA | 425 South 15th Street, Allentown, PA | 9am – 1pm

Can't make it on Thursdays and Saturdays? Find us at the Downtown Allentown Local Food Market – Fresh Fridays from 12pm to 4pm.


Support for our ASC program was provided by:
Site Hosts
Allentown YMCA
Alliance Hall Park
Berks County Intermediate Unit
Rodale Institute
Working Tree Center

Material Support
USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Kremmer’s Café and Catering
NRCS
Buy Fresh Buy Local Lehigh Valley Chapter

Community Support/Partnerships
Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown
Allentown Health Bureau
Lehigh University ILR Business Program
Tri-State Regional CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) Program
The Food Trust
Cooking Matters