Community Supported Agriculture
Connect with your food; the place it has been created and the people who created it. Why? To improve your personal health and community health. The food you put into your body is one of the most important aspects of your overall health. In its simplest form, a CSA is a pre-season commitment by the consumer to the farmer that they will get produce from that farm in the coming growing season.
Join a CSA for these reasons:
- Food security – you get fresh produce when non-local sources are recalled or unstable
- Diversity – a farm share encourages you to eat outside the box and expand your diet.
- Connection to a local farm and everything in your community that farm supports.
- Economy – Your hard earn dollar stays in our local economy.
What is in the food you eat? Do you know what chemicals were used in production? The easiest way to take control of what goes into your body, is to take stake in your food by getting to know your farmer. By purchasing your food from We Grow LLC, you know it is good for you! Aside from no synthetic inputs or GMO’s, it has been proven that fresher food is more nutritious. This means it has more nutrients! You’re getting more out of every bite. And it’s more affordable than you might think.
What will I receive in my weekly farm share?
The products on our shares are entirely dependent on the season. In spring shares, salad greens, green onions, spinach, and arugula take the center stage. Depending on spring, we often have some brassicas like napa cabbage, kohlrabi, radishes and broccoli in the earliest shares. During the summer, expect warm weather staples like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, sweet corn, and summer squash. In fall, plan on more salad greens, carrots, beets, winter squash, brussel sprouts, radishes and everything cool weather roots.
New in 2019, those picking up weekly shares at the Tuesday market will have the option to take part in our flex share feature allowing you to choose more or less of each item we are offering each week based on your needs. Learn more by scrolling down.
How much food will I receive in my weekly share?
LARGE SHARES receive a 3/4 bushel sized amount which includes 8-12 different vegetables in amounts that will serve a family of four as a side dish or part of the main course. This is a good amount for a family of four or couple who likes to load up on vegetables.
SMALL SHARES receive a 1/2 bushel sized amount which is a little better than half the amount of a family share. This usually includes 7-9 different vegetables in amounts that will serve a household of two as a side dish or part of the main course. Good for one or two people or a household that wants to supplement their own garden.
How will I get my farm share every week?
We allow customers to choose from several options to pick-up their veggies each week and they can change if necessary for whatever reason. Just give us 24 hours notice. If you can not pick-up your share, you must send someone else in your place or let us know you will not be there. You will not be refunded the value, nor can we double your share up a different week. We plant with your share in mind every week. Your detailed pickup preferences can be indicated on your CSA sign-up form.
- Tuesday 1-5pm or Saturday 8am-12pm at the Medford Farmers Market
- Tuesday 10am-10pm, or Saturday 8am-10pm on our farm in Westboro
- Tuesday at Aspirus Medford after 2:30pm
- Tuesday at Phillips at a local business or our volunteer’s home (contact us for details)
- Rib Lake – please contact us if you are interested in assisting us with a Rib Lake drop-site
Exact times/locations will be confirmed with each CSA member on the phone or via email in late May. We are flexible, so just let us know if you need to change up your schedule for any reason at any time. REMEMBER: If you cannot get your share one week, please send someone in your place.
How do I sign up?
Worried about getting strange food?
In taking phone calls from people who are considering a We Grow LLC farm share purchase for the first time, we know that you are worried about getting a bunch of things that you don’t like to eat. It will be different for each one of you – beets, kale, collards, onions, squash…
Here’s what we do.
During the 18-20 week growing season, we will send you a message each week on your pick-up day reminding you to come get your share. On your weekly newsletter, you will have a list of what is included. If you don’t want something (i.e. your kale or beets), you can get something else instead. Just let us know and we can make a swap of similar value. We are a small enough farm to accommodate your requests and we want to get this right for you. We don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by your weekly share and we don’t want you to feel like you are wasting food. There is not a more personal choice than the food we eat.
WE DO ASK that if it is something you’ve never tried, try it one time. Please. We’ve got some great recipes we want you to try before you give up. But the reality is not everyone likes every vegetable – ask my husband about turnips! Also, it could go without saying, please don’t ask us to substitute a majority of your items so that you end with a box with no variety.
At the ends of season, we may cut out a certain variety the following year based entirely on your feedback. The same goes for things you’d really like us to grow. Let us know in advance. We love growing and tasting new foods! Thank you for your interest in the food We Grow.
New in 2019 – Flex Share Feature
Available only to those members picking up at Tuesday farmers market
In 2019, there will be some new offerings and changes to our farm share program. First, to address changing consumer demand, we have been researching how other farms across the U.S. are updating their traditional CSA model to better meet the desires of their farm members. We have decided we will offer all members picking up at the Tuesday Farmers Market some choices in their items each week through our new flex-share incentive. Second, we plan to offer a skip-a-week feature in which members can skip a week during the main season in exchange for an early share the week before our official June 1 start date.
How will flex-share work?
There will be more of the items you love and less of the items you don’t. Each week, shareholders will be told the number of items they need to choose for their share based on whether you pre-purchase a large or a small share. At the farmers market, there will be a covered area separate from our market stand that will have your bins of produce for you to choose from. Please note that the first three weeks there will be limited flexibility because of our limited inside growing space. But as the season progresses and we start growing in the field, you will be allowed to flex your share items. This might mean that you pass on the green onions and radishes and take three bags of lettuce instead. Or you skip the celery and choose two garlic instead of one. Large shares will not only get to choose more items than small shares, but there will still be items only available to large shares as in the past. Generally, we will have the same number items each week as in the past, but you will have some flexibility and be allowed to take more of one item you want and less of another you may not want.
Another example would be in late August, a small share would be allowed to choose 10 items. You might take 6 units of tomatoes, two pepper, one garlic and one onion because you want to make salsa or sauce. This would be great when we have a bounty of one item such as tomatoes, but some pre-arranging as simple as a mention the week before might be needed. This new feature will work well for those of you who split a share with another household.
Can I get double one week and skip my share the next week?
Our CSA shareholders are still required to come every week or make pre-arrangements. This isn’t going to change. We need you to consistently take our vegetables for the sake of planning. However, if you know you will be unable to pick-up your share and do not want to send someone in your place, please plan to use our “skip-a-week” feature. More details on reverse.
What if I don’t want to choose my items?
Not a problem. You can let us know that you want the standard set of items and we will pack your share for you like normal. Our Phillips, Aspirus, Rib Lake, and all other drop-site shares will not have the flex option because their share will be pre-packed with our standard list of items each week as it has been done in the past. Also we are still going to be printing a paper newsletter with farm news, events, and descriptions for the standard list of items each week.
Is the cost of the weekly share changing?
No. The small share will still be $380 and the large will be $530 per season. This is new for us, a trial run to see what works.
How is this different from your market vouchers?
As in the past, voucher holders get to choose from items going to market only. Voucher holders do not get the items we are growing specifically for our weekly shareholders. Only when we have extra, do the voucher holders get those goods. Also, our weekly members are saving money over buying our goods at farmers market price.
How is the “skip-a-week” feature going to work?
Based on your feedback, we have learned that almost every one forgets their share or leaves town at least once during the 20-week season. If you want a free-pass to forget/skip your share one week, consider getting a make-up share in advance one week ahead of the regular season. If you know if advance that you will be out-of-town, let us know so we can plan. Our hope is that our shareholders will not all choose the same week to take a break so this works for us too. It isn’t going to be convenient for us logistically, but we want to be more accommodating to our farm members. Details and a reminder will be sent via our weekly farm email as the date draws near. If you don’t need or want a week off, no problem. Carry on as normal.
We realize that this new system is going to have some bugs to work out. It will take an entire season for us to learn what our shareholders are going to choose and what they will leave behind. And then we will have to figure out what we will do with those goods not chosen. But if you are willing to give the flex-share a trial run with us, we believe our customers will be happier with their farm shares as our farm continues to grow. Thank you again for supporting the local food movement and spreading the word about better health through better eating. We all do better, when we all do better.