CSA FAQ's

Though they have been around for 25 years, CSA farms are still unfamiliar to many people. Below are the most frequently asked questions about CSA's. Read more to see if a 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 like one would a gym membership.  CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront.  This early customer commitment allows the farm to much more efficient by being able to plant for the number of members it takes on. What's more, the early income coincides with the farms expenses, which often happen long before the harvest starts. All this allows the farmer to pass the efficiencies onto the CSA member as well as give them better quality produce than the can buy in the store.  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.
  • Only grow what their customers need. 

Advantages for the Members

 

  • Eat ultra-fresh foods, with better flavors and nutritional benefit.
  • Eat healthier food, often certified organic and often grown in healthier air, soil and water of smaller communities.
  • Get the benefit of the Farm's efficiencies - saving money over buying sub-par vegetables in the store. 
  • Buy from smaller farms that use well water (no e-coli) vs. often contaminated surface water and bleach that even certified organic mega farms use. 
  • Support the local economy and help create jobs locally. 
  • Get exposed to new fruits & vegetables and new ways of cooking them. 
  • Get to visit the farm and trust how their food is being grown. 
  • Find that kids usually prefer food from "their farm."
  • 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 goes into the field and harvests what vegetables are ready in sufficient quantity to supply the entire membership with equal shares.  The farmer determines which vegetables will be in the shares and in what quantities based on their harvest.  Members uses reusable bags to the pick-up and select their vegetables from what is available...generally a variety of a 6-8 vegetables a week. 

 

What's in the Whitefish Stage Organic Farms' CSA?

 

We grow over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables so there will surely be some ones that you love as well as some 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 as well as strawberries.  The summer brings the addition of zucchini, cucumbers, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, beets and carrots and fruits like raspberries, apricots, and Flathead cherries.  The fall share have a smattering of everything above as well as the addition of broccoli, cabbage and winter squashes like acorn, spaghetti and pumpkins as well as apples.  This is just some of the fruits and vegetables we grow 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 (literally harvested within a day of you picking it up Fresh!) local, well water irrigated and washed, 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. Depending on the growing season 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!
  • Once Strawberries are in season, each member can pick fresh strawberries from the patch next to the farm store - this is handled by opening up the patch to members to pick a prescribed amount during their CSA pickup. 
  • Extra discounts on locally sourced all natural grass-fed beef and pork.
  • In 2018 each member will get 4 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 where we talk about how we grow all this wonderful food! 
  • 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)

 The most important thing to a community farm is the community that supports it. Together we make it make sense for communities like ours to become self sufficient again. We 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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