- Pickup locations: All CSA shares will be picked up at the farm in our Farm Store. If the drive out to the farm from the Twin Cities (about an hour each way) is prohibitive, we suggest signing up with buddies to share the burden. For the St. Cloud area folks, we're just 20 minutes from pretty much everywhere. Pick-up days can be as quick and easy, or as chatty and browsy as you like. We're hoping pick-up days become a fun day spent with the comings and goings of our community.
- Share Size: We used to offer all kinds of share sizes and custom options, now we have one size share.
- Sliding scale: We will still be offering our sliding scale for those whose access to healthy, beautiful food will be improved by such a service. As always, the ability to offer a sliding scale is made possible by those who are able to pay a little more. So those who have an abundance of financial resources, please consider making it easier for a family with fewer resources to eat well this season. No pressure, no judgement--just kindness and community. This has always been a heart-warming and beautiful aspect of what we do.
- Duration: 14 weeks of being immersed in a love poem between soil and sky, and the effort of a few knee-bending people helping. The length and start time of our CSA is the result of the early stages of the climate crisis in action, and it is our duty to listen and respond. Springs have become tumultuous, and navigating the start date of our CSA has caused much frustration for our customers, and an unnecessary amount of stress for us as we try to fit the will of the Natural World into the narrow scope of our human expectation. So, we'll be leaving room for the spring to be whatever it is, and we'll be starting our CSA in early July and running to mid-October, with a yet-to-be-determined week off around mid season for us to catch our breath (what?!).
We LOVE to grow colorful, vibrant, vital foods. We love growing rare heirlooms and unique, organically grown, always GMO-free, delicious, varieties of produce you'd be hard-bet to find anywhere else, (and we grow all the old favorites, too).
Wait, what's a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a farm-business model where folks invest in a farm early in the season, (when we farmers have a lot of expenses in seeds, compost, tools, etc.) and then share in the harvests all season long with a fresh box of produce every week that customers can pick up right here on the farm. Being a CSA member is an investment in your health, our farm, all our local communities, this ecosystem we rely on, and the local economy that keeps our communities thriving. It says you're willing to stand with us as we do our very best by you, our lands, our water supply, and our future generations. And in return for your faith in us, we share the best of our harvests with you. And, farming is part science and part relationship with the ground, we can do our very best and still lose crops to pests, drought, flooding, and more, though the organic, notill/lowtill farming practices that we employ give us much more resiliency than conventional farming practices. Participating in a CSA means you're willing to stand with us through those downs as well as during the bumper-crop seasons. That support is crucial for a small farm's sustainability. We don't get crop insurance, it's not offered to us little guys. We get communities, folks like you, and I think we're stronger, and more accountable, and more capable of feeding people as a result. We give our CSA members a share of our harvests each week, through bounty and through trials--we go through the season together. Your boxes will represent what's ripening in our fields each week, right here, in Clearwater, Minnesota. All food should be this beautiful.