Community Supported Agriculture is a model used by farmers to connect directly with the families they are feeding. Rather than having to purchase individual items from a grocery store, or farmers market, members of a CSA purchase a “share” from the farm at the beginning of the season, and for that they receive a weekly box of freshly harvested produce. Because the share of produce goes straight from the farm to the consumer, everything members receive is in season, as fresh as possible, and very likely contains more nutritional value when compared to produce that has been in storage or transported from further away, which applies to most items found at the grocery store.
There are many variations on CSA models. Here are a few points about The Farm of Minnesota:
We are in the multi-year process of being certified organic. That means we grow with organic practices, but you don’t pay the premium price for the label of “organic”. Our produce is known as “transitional”.
Some CSA’s ask that you participate in the work of the farm (harvesting, packing, etc.) as part of the agreement. That’s not the case with our CSA. Most of our customers love the fresh fruits and vegetables we provide, but don’t have the time to commit to driving out to The Farm to work, and that’s just fine by us. The Farm of Minnesota thrives because working the land is our passion, not necessarily yours.
Our standard shares – Small, Large, and Extended - provide you a fresh box of fruits and vegetables weekly. It is easiest to gauge the amount you’ll get based upon vegetable-eating habits, so let’s compare… Small shares should feed 2 or 3 people who eat an average number of vegetables; Large shares should feed 4 or 5 people, and Extended shares should feed 3 or 4 people.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, The Farm of Minnesota also offers:
Specialty shares of strawberries, apples, canning tomatoes, and pickling cucumbers
A partnership with Wendel’s Specialty Breads, allowing you to receive your bread orders in your CSA box!
Additional information:Our Story – Get the background on how The Farm of Minnesota came to be Frequently Asked Questions – Answers to the most common questions about CSA’s