CSA FAQ's

Though they have been around for 25 years, CSA farms are still unfamiliar to most people.  Below are the most frequently asked questions about CSA's. Read the information below to see if CSA membership is a good fit for you and your family.

 

 

CSA stands for  Community Supported Agriculture.  CSA farms enable consumers to purchase fresh, seasonal produce directly from a local farmer by becoming a farm member.  CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront.  This early income enables the farmer to plan for the season, buy seeds, maintain equipment, and more.  There are 1000's of CSA farms throughout the country and they are becoming more popular every season because of the benefits to both the farmer and the members.

Advantages for the farmer

  • Get to spend time early in the year marketing their produce before they get too busy in the field
  • Receives payment early in the year, which helps with the farm's cash flow
  • They get to know the people who eat the food they grow.

Advantages for the Members

 

  • Eat ultra-fresh foods, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new foods and new ways of cooking
  • Get to visit the farm
  • Find that kids usually prefer food from "their farm", even unfamiliar veggies
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food                                                                                                                      Source: localharvest.org

How does it work?

Each week of the CSA season, the farmer will go into the field and harvest what vegetables are ready in sufficient quantity to supply the entire membership with equal shares.  The farmer will determine which vegetables will be in the shares and in what quantities based on their harvest.  Members will bring their own bags or boxes to the pick-up and select their vegetables from what is available.

 

What vegetables will be in the shares?

 

We grow over 50 varieties of vegetables so there will surely be some ones that you love and one you have never heard of before.  In the early part of the season there will be lots of leafy greens like kale, lettuce, and spinach and roots like radishes and salad turnips.  The summer will bring squash, cucumbers, beans, potatoes.   The fall shares will have plenty of greens along with beets, carrots, broccoli and cabbage.  This is just some of the vegetables we plan in growing so there will be much more than just these.  But we can't forget that mother nature is really the one in charge and crop failures do occur due to weather.  So even though we cannot guarantee any specific vegetables, we can guarantee a good share value each week.

What other benefits do I get with a membership to Whitefish Stage Organic Farms?

 

Did you know that your membership makes community farms like Whitefish Stage Organic Farms possible? That's because growing the food for shares is the one thing we can count on...so as a result, members get VIP treatment. Here is a list of the benefits your members will get in 2017:

  • Approximately $30 - $35 a week in fresh (and I mean harvested within a day of you picking it up Fresh!) local, 100% certified organic produce, for about $25 a week in cost. Our best guess at this point is that shares will begin the first week of June...but that depends on growing conditions this spring. 
  • Locally sourced all natural or certified organic fruit from local orchards. While we grow berries and melons, we've found excellent sources of cherries, apples, peaches, apricots, blueberries and plums. Members can expect to see some of these in the weekly shares as they come into season.  
  • 20% off all fruit and vegetable purchases in the store. That's right, whenever a member shops at the farm store, either to pick up their vegetables, or for any reason, they always get a full 20% discount on everything we grow. 
  • Visit the farm whenever you want. Need something fun to do with the family on a Saturday or Sunday? Come by and visit the fields where your food is growing. Just email or call and let us know you're coming and we'll even let you know what's fair game for you to pick yourselves!
  • Free you-picking in the Strawberry patch. Each week during the six weeks Strawberries are in season each member can pick fresh strawberries from the patch next to the farm store.
  • Extra discounts on locally sourced all natural grass fed beef and pork.
  • Free tickets to the straw-bale maze and fall harvest events. This year our maze is going to be even bigger and better than last year...not to mention we are adding hay ride tours of the farm and much more! 
  • Also at the straw-bale maze: 20% all food including burgers and fresh cut french fries (made exclusively out of our vegetables and other locally sourced organic food)

 

You see, the most important thing to a local community farm is the community that supports it. Together we make it make sense for communities like ours to start to become self sufficient again. We are accepting members for just a few more weeks before we will need to close membership so we appreciate everyone who get's behind what we're doing and it's our goal to treat them to all the farm has to offer! 

 

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