What is it?
A CSA membership program is a partnership between a farm and its customers. CSA members pay an upfront fee in the Winter/Spring to reserve their share of that season's harvest. The membership fees help the farmer buy supplies for the upcoming season such as seeds, soil amendments and materials and then the farm hires employees and works hard all season long on behalf of the members to supply them with their weekly shares of fresh produce. Because the farmer is able to "plant" accordingly, they realize efficiency and savings and that can be passed on to members.
How it works at Whitefish Stage Organic Farms
Our CSA members will enjoy at least 21 weeks of fresh, local, naturally grown fruits and vegetables. Each week the we will determine what vegetables are ready in sufficient quantity to share evenly among the membership and what local fruit is in season and ready to be brought into the shares. Once the shares are harvested, members can then pick out their shares at the farm store Thursday or Friday 12–6 pm, We’ll grow over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables including everyone’s favorites as well as delicious new varieties. We’ll include tasty new recipes with the share every week! What's more, we truly treat our members as partners in our farm. That means members get an additional 20% off all fruit and vegetables that are for sale in the Farm Store should they want to buy more, free tickets to the Flathead Maze every fall, and discounts on other items as well. In 2016 we we offered members first dibs and additional discounts on our quarters and halves of 100% all natural grass fed beef. In 2017 we are planning all this and more which you can read in further detail in CSA Facts!
What's the deal this year?
Whitefish Stage Organic Farms 2017 CSA will consist of many of the vegetables that you came to love in last year’s shares, with a few subtractions of things that were not everyone’s favorites and some exciting new additions. Most of all, we will be consistently adding fruit to the shares! On top of the fruit we will be growing here at the farm (including melons and strawberries) we have made arrangements to bring in fresh fruit to the shares all season, including cherries, blueberries, apricots, peaches, apples (to name a few) from local orchards. Because of this additional value members will be receiving in fruit, shares will be priced at $25 a week (it was a little over $22 a week last year).
*Note: Shares are limited. New members will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
21 Weeks of high quality vegetables and fruit. Shares can be picked up at the farm store every week on Thursday or Friday from 11am to 6pm. Included in the shares is 20% off all fresh produce sold in the store, free tickets to the fall activities and additional discounts on local beef & pork. Finally, come visit the fields whenever you want and see how we do it...just let us know in advance of your visit.
CSA Membership Basics
How much food is it? Shares typically feed a family of 2 - 3 people for 1 week with supplemental grains and proteins. We recommend vegetarian families get a double share and a single share is usually sufficient for an individual adult vegetarian.
What's in the share each week? It varies based on what's in season, but we try to include things that grow all season and are staples (such as different lettuces, carrots, potatoes) in each week's share.
What if I'm out of town? Because we plant based on the number of members we had going into a season, we cannot not harvest or refund for missed weeks. We recommend you have a friend or family member come pick up your share any week that you miss.
How much money will I save? We target a savings of 20% over retail, in-store, prices with bumper crops of things like potatoes and winter squash potentially pushing that savings higher.
Why not just buy the vegetables in the farm store? There's a lot more to becoming a member of the farm than just getting a good deal on certified organic vegetables. Besides, we wouldn't be doing this without our CSA members. Knowing how much food to grow is essential. As a result we truly treat our members as partners in our farm.
I can't afford the full $550 up front are there payment options? For folks who want to join and can't afford the full amount up front we will
setup automated credit or debit card payment plans splitting the payments over 21 weeks starting all the way up until the season begins. For folks with food assistance, we will be accepting both
EBT and WIC as payments in full or toward CSA shares.
Whitefish Stage Organic Farms LLC. | 2288 Whitefish Stage Rd. | Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 755-GROW (4769)