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OUR FARM

Address: 23078 164th Street
Big Lake, MN 55309

Phone: (952) 836-5263

Email: Jodi@brownfamilyproduce.com 

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WHAT SETS

US APPART?

We've got a Ma & Pa shop personality with professionalism fit for the big city.

SPECIALIZATION

We are the only CSA farm out there that can say we harvest 95% of our produce specifically for our CSA Shares.

 

We participate in one small farmer’s market but that is on Thursdays, which is after we have already fulfilled our weekly commitment to our CSA Share Members. CSA Shares are our priority, and any of our CSA Share members can attest to that. 

VALUE

We gauge the value of each CSA Share delivered, confirming the value we provide to our CSA Share Members.

 

CSA Shares are a balance of what varieties of produce and what quantity of those varieties. We provide portions that are adequate for meals, but not too much. For melons, it’s always one melon for the half shares and two for the whole shares. Green Beans are always 1 pound for half shares and 2 pounds for whole shares. We are conscious of how our members are using our produce, and it’s reflected in the quantity we provide.

 

One thing you won’t see anywhere else, our watermelons are ALWAYS on the side of CSA Shares, instead of being packed into the box. Including the watermelon in the CSA box would decrease your overall value. We want to make every effort to provide a great amount of variety, and putting a watermelon in the CSA Share box would prevent that because it would take up all the space. Watermelons are bagged on the side, with signs at the pick-up sites during the season to make sure you don’t miss it.

SMALL FAMILY FARM

Calling us to ask a question or give feedback is easy, it’s just us. 

 

We don’t have the corporate hierarchy to travel through, it’s just Ben & I. Calling and asking questions, or coordinating a new delivery site couldn’t get any easier. There's only on number to call and we'll actually answer.

 

It's the Minnesota Nice way.

 

 

THE SHARE SIZES

We put all of our information on the front line, honesty is the best way to connect with other families.

 

When looking at our share prices and costs, we offer the 1 1/9th bushel box as our Whole Share ($700), and a 5/9th bushel box as our Half Share ($430). If you are comparing CSA farms, keep in mind that most all other local farms call their 3/4 bushel box a “Whole Share”, and a bi-weekly delivery is their half share option. Some other CSA Farms don’t even disclose what size CSA Share box they offer, or the box size changes throughout the season with harvest quantity. 

With our family farm, we are putting it all out there for you to look over. Our transparent relationship is at the heart of a CSA; know your farmer, and your food.

MORE FRUITS

We provide our Members with Strawberries, Blueberries, Red Watermelon, Yellow Watermelon, Muskmelon and Honey Crisp Apples at no additional charge.

During the 2018 season we included fruit in 8 of the 16 weeks of our CSA, and some of those weeks we had more than one kind of fruit.

This doesn't happen just by chance; this is the result of carefully calculated growing plans and a successful harvest reflecting your preferences. 

We are happy to announce we are doubling the strawberries in our 2019 Shares!

COMMUNITY

Being involved is a lot more than just growing for other local families.

 

We offer a “Give and Take” box at each residential CSA Share site. This is for members who know they don’t like something, or won’t have time to use something. There is no obligation to give produce if you take something from the box, and there is no obligation to take something if you put something in. The whole idea is to work together to prevent waste, being conscious consumers.

 

We donate CSA Shares to the food shelf at request, in addition to the produce we donate there on a regular basis. If you are out of town for a week and don’t have anyone in mind you want to give your produce share to, just send me an email and I will deliver the packed Share to the food shelf. Fresh produce is always something in need at the food shelf, and we work with their distribution days during the week to keep it fresh for their participating families.

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