Our CSA Program

"Eating from a CSA share is a change in the way most of us eat...Eating seasonally and locally is a shift from convenience to an appreciation of what's fresh, beautiful, good and nutritious." 

~ Family Lifestyles of the North Magazine

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CSA POINT PROGRAM DETAILS:

Members choose the produce they wish to receive from our farm or farmers market. Once the produce is chosen, the item's points are totaled and you will check out by signing your name and approving the transaction. The item's price correlates with the point value. The amount of points you purchase correspond with the value you can spend (For example, 400 points = $100. If an item is $1.25 you will spend 5 points).  A simple way to remember is every point is worth $.25. Points may be spent at ANY of the farmers markets we sell at, on ANY day, and at ANY time, you may even use your points at our farm!  

You may purchase shares at any time through the CSA season.  We have share sizes to accommodate ALL household sizes and ALL budgets!  There's room for everyone!

 

What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture is a group of individuals who pledge to support a farm where the grower and consumer share the risks and rewards of food production. Typically, CSA Members or share-holders pay in advance to cover anticipated costs of the farm's operation.  In return, members receive a share of the farm's bounty from the season. This helps both the farmer and the shareholder save money.

 

Why Join Our CSA?

There are several benefits to being a CSA share-holder through our farm:  

  1. Quality & Selection: We grow more than 65 varieties of produce to enjoy through the season.  We also offer spring flowers, raw honey, and farm fresh eggs!  There are 7 pick up locations to choose from and you may pick up WHENEVER it's convenient to you.  There are no set times or locations for pick up.  Find these locations HERE.
  2. Save Money: Our Early Bird Special adds 10% in value when shareholders enroll before the deadline. See the below explanation. We also provide CSA members with the following perks:
    1. Coupon: Buy one get one 1/2 off on your choice of hanging baskets or patio tomatoes
    2. Coupon: 10% Off U-Pick Strawberries 
    3. Coupon: Buy two 1/2 bushel baskets of tomatoes & get one free
    4. Redeem your "Strawberry Extravaganza" invite for $10 worth of FREE produce
    5. CSA Member of the Week: Each Monday, a member's name is drawn and announced on our Facebook page. The member will receive 40 extra points ($10) worth of produce when they pick up their farm share that week.
  3. Save Time:  Our flexible point system makes for an easy experience!  You check out using points and approve your purchase with a signature. It's a very simple process!  
  4. Sustain a Healthy Michigan Economy: Buying from a local business like our farm helps to create more jobs, re-circulate funds, and can generate wealth right here in our backyard.  We are members of LocalFirst.
  5. Eat Healthy: Our bodies are complex machines that deserve the most nutrition with the most variety.  With over 65 vegetables to choose from, you'll EAT TO LIVE!
  6. Learn Something New: Try new cooking and preserving methods. Add diversity to your diet! You'll learn about the challenges and victories we faced that year and gain a greater understanding of what goes on at our farm. We provide newsletters to keep you informed and include helpful information and delicious recipes!

 

​What is the risk of joining a CSA?

The risk you take with farm sharing is that you never know what you're going to get. Michigan weather, pests, disease, etc. are never the same from one year to the next. This means the harvest yield is always different. But that's all part of the fun!

 

How many points should I purchase?

This is a difficult question for us to answer because everyone's needs are different!  Please consider what you will be using the produce for, how often you plan to shop at our markets, and if you have plans to can or freeze anything. Smaller share sizes (400 - 900 points) are excellent for single person households or those who may not require as much. Larger sizes (1,000 - 2,000 points) are good for 2-3 person households and even larger sizes (2,100 - 5,000) are great for 4+ member households. We want to emphasize the flexibility you have with these shares. If you need additional points to get you through the season, they may be purchased at any time. We even provide a member loyalty buy back special to those who purchase additional shares and add 5% in value!  If you are not able to use up the points, there are so many ways to use them without wasting (i.e. canning, freezing, food pantry donations, dinner parties, gifts, sell to a friend, give to a needy family, etc.).   

 

Where do I pick up my share?  How often do I pick up?

You may spend your points however and whenever you like!  Our program is FLEXIBLE because we know how busy you are. You may pick up at ANY of the farmers markets we sell at or at our farm! Find those locations and hours HERE.  

 

 What is the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL?

Those who enroll before midnight on the early bird deadline, will receive an additional 10% in points to their share.  (For example, if you purchase a $200.00 share, you will have 80 points added to your share.)  PLEASE NOTE: In previous years, we have required a promo code with online enrollment to receive a discount.  We no longer offer this method.  Your Early Bird Special value will automatically be applied making it even easier! 

 

**Enrollment for our 2017 CSA program is open NOW!**

Our 2016-2017 winter program is 17 weeks from November 19, 2016 – March 18, 2017.

Our 2017 summer program is 27 weeks from May 1 - November 4.

Cost

Choice of:

ANY SHARE SIZE

$100 min purchase | $100 Increments (for the Summer Share)

$50 min purchase | $50 Increments (for the Winter Share)

 

Early Bird Special:

Buy Today -  April 1 and EARN 10% more points on the Summer Share

Buy Today - November 15 and EARN 10% more points on the Winter Share