PRICING & SIZES
We've got options for you.
2020 CSA Membership is now open. We would be happy to grow for you!
NEW FOR THE 2020 SEASON
*Limited to 50 Shares
The Single Share is recommended for 1-2 adults or seniors.
The Single Shares will receive the same amount of fruits as the Family Share so you won't miss out on Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries or Melons.
There will be weeks that you don't get every variety of produce that we include in the Family & Jumbo Shares. There are some produce varieties that are large, and we won't cut anything in half.
The Single Share will be packed into 1/2 bushel boxes, and it will be about half full (very comparable to a Quarter Bushel). There are no quarter bushel sized boxes available so we are using the 1/2 bu. size.
(Formerly called the Half Share)
**This is by far the most popular CSA Share size option we have, about 85% of our Members choose this size.
An average family of 3-4 will be best suited by a half share box, which is comparable to 1 brown grocery bag full of produce each week.
The Family Share is a packed into a 5/9th bushel box every week for the 16-wk season.
(Formerly called the Whole Share)
This CSA Share is meant for a large family of 6-8 or for a family who enjoys storing produce for the off season.
We provide all of our Members with a "Farm to Table Guide" that includes storage & preservation techniques for all the produce we grow.
This is exactly twice the amount of produce that the Family Share contains, about 2 brown grocery bags full of produce each week.
The Jumbo Share is packed into a 1 1/9th bushel box every week for the 16-wk season.
MORE ABOUT THE SHARES & SIZES
All 3 of these CSA Share size options are delivered weekly for 16 weeks, from June 22nd to October 9th.
Everyone has the option to sign up for the blog and receive the weekly newsletter that I write about general farm happenings from my perspective as the 'Farmer's Wife'. What we have been up to in the fields, what we are harvesting & including in your Share for the week, Storage tips and Recipes!!
Everyone will receive the Farm to Table Storage Guide every year. I created a 55 page PDF handbook for the produce that we grow which includes descriptions, uses, pictures, storage tips & preparation tricks!
About 85% of Members choose the Family Share size and the remaining 15% of Members choose the Jumbo Share size. This year we are introducing a "Single Share" in limited quantity! It is a pilot program to help connect with individuals and seniors. Since this is our first year offering this size of Share, we are going to offer a max of 50 Single Shares.
In previous years many Members have chosen to split their shares, this is still an option for this year. Individuals & small families sometimes split their CSA Share with another person or family. This could be each partner alternating weeks of pick-up, or splitting the box contents in half each week. If you're splitting your CSA Share with another person or family, list their name and email addresses (optional) in the Membership form for them to be included in any communications with the farm, including the weekly farm newsletter that lists the produce to expect for the following week, storage tips and recipes.
Customized payment plans are available, for more info: contact
E X A M P L E S O F P R E V I O U S S E A S O N S
One of the best ways to get a better idea of what to expect is to look at previous seasons of our CSA Program. While we make small adjustments from season to season to reflect our Member's preferences, the majority of our harvest schedule stays consistent from year to year.
Here is a link to a gallery with a picture of each week's CSA Share box contents. (All pictures are the Half Share size). Looking at the Gallery from previous seasons will show you what to expect this season.
SAFE & STURDY BOXES
We use USDA Food Grade boxes for your CSA Shares. They are wax covered boxes, so they do not weaken like a normal box would after 16 weeks of use. It helps the produce have a safe way to travel while offering the greatest amount of food safety to our Members.
Each box will have a Member’s name on the label. Each Member will get two brand new boxes in the beginning of the year. The boxes are on a rotation, so when we deliver a box full of produce we will take the empty box from the previous week. Some Members choose to bring reusable bags to empty their CSA boxes into, while leaving the CSA box at the pick up site to avoid forgetting to return it.
If you forget to return the box, there will not be any penalty. We understand that summertime can get busy and that returning CSA boxes is not always at the top of the priority list. If you have disposed of your CSA boxes and need new boxes with custom labels, there will be a fee to cover the replacement box.
This sticker is an example of how our boxes would be labeled if Ben & I purchased a CSA Share and picked up in Elk River. It is a large 3x4 inch label and includes our contact information as well, so if anyone ever has questions we are easy to reach!
W H A T I F Y O U C A N 'T P I C K U P?
We have a few options for you. The first option is keeping your delivery as scheduled and offering it to someone else to pick up. If you choose this option, we don't need to be notified of the change. Please make sure to explain how it works to them, so they know to take the CSA Share labeled with your last name.
The second option is changing your delivery site for that week’s delivery. If you are offering the share to someone who doesn’t live nearby, you can choose from one of our other 15 residential sites to have the share delivered to; that way it’s more convenient for whomever is getting your share that week. We need to know about a week in advance if you'd like to change the delivery site.
The final option is offering your CSA Share for donation to the food shelf. It is disassembled at the food shelf so more than one family benefits from that produce, and is delivered in addition to the normal amount of produce we donate on a weekly basis. These donated shares either go to the Big Lake Food Shelf (more frequently) or to the Community Aid Elk River (CAER) Food Shelf.