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Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture

About CSAs

Community-Supported Agriculture, called CSA for short and also known as crop-sharing, is a system that directly connects farms with customers by allowing them to subscribe to their harvest before the season begins.

How It Works
CSA farms offer different types of shares for purchase. Share prices and signup processes vary by farm, but most require payment at the beginning of each season and then deliver shares to different locations for pickup each week until the harvest season ends. Our store is currently a pickup location for four local CSA farms so you can conveniently pick up your share on your usual weekly trips to get groceries.

The Benefits
There are many benefits of purchasing CSA shares, for both you and local CSA farmers. Some of these benefits include:

• Giving you the opportunity to get to know local farmers on a personal level
• Allowing you to learn more about the farm’s growing practices directly from the farmers
• Eliminating the middleman in the packaging, transportation, and selling of the farm’s products, which keeps prices low, saves you money, and guarantees that 100% of the dollar goes directly to the farm
• Allowing the farmers to receive income at the beginning of the season, ensuring they can plan for expenses more accurately

Community-Supported Agriculture, called CSA for short and also known as crop-sharing, is a system that directly connects farms with customers by allowing them to subscribe to their harvest before the season begins.

How It Works
CSA farms offer different types of shares for purchase. Share prices and signup processes vary by farm, but most require payment at the beginning of each season and then deliver shares to different locations for pickup each week until the harvest season ends. Our store is currently a pickup location for four local CSA farms so you can conveniently pick up your share on your usual weekly trips to get groceries.

The Benefits
There are many benefits of purchasing CSA shares, for both you and local CSA farmers. Some of these benefits include:

• Giving you the opportunity to get to know local farmers on a personal level
• Allowing you to learn more about the farm’s growing practices directly from the farmers
• Eliminating the middleman in the packaging, transportation, and selling of the farm’s products, which keeps prices low, saves you money, and guarantees that 100% of the dollar goes directly to the farm
• Allowing the farmers to receive income at the beginning of the season, ensuring they can plan for expenses more accurately

Find a Local CSA Farm

Blue Ox Farm

Located in Wheeler, Wisconsin
Offers Lamb Shares Starting at $200
Pick Up at our Store: No

Caleb and Lauren raise a herd of grass-fed lambs using rotational grazing practices on their land in Wheeler, Wisconsin. They offer lamb shares for purchase on their website year-round, with multiple pickup locations available in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

EB Ranch

Located in Ridgeland, Wisconsin
Offers Meat & Soap Shares Starting at $60
Pick Up at our Store: No

Erin and Bob raise a small herd of endangered San Clemente goats, as well as chickens, ducks, and guineas. They offer goat milk soap shares, as well as multiple meat shares that are available for purchase online and can be picked up at their farm in Ridgeland.

Mary Dirty Face Farm

Located in Menomonie, Wisconsin
Offers Fruit Shares Starting at $96
Pick Up at our Store: Yes

Rachel, Anton, and their two children grow certified organic fruits, including apples, berries, and more. They offer full fruit shares and apple shares for purchase on their website in early spring. Both are available for pickup from Menomonie Market Food Co-op.

Racing Heart Farm

Located in Colfax, Wisconsin
Offers Produce Shares Starting at $415
Pick Up at our Store: Yes

Les and Els are first-generation farmers who grow a variety of vegetables using the no-till method. They offer vegetable shares for purchase online in early spring, which can be picked up from our co-op.

Wagon Wheel Gardens

Located in Woodville, Wisconsin
Offers Produce, Egg, & Honey Shares Starting at $30
Pick Up at our Store: Yes

Wagon Wheel Gardens is a family farm located in Woodville, Wisconsin. They offer vegetable, fruit, egg, and honey shares available for purchase by calling 715-441-4808. All can be picked up at our co-op.

Winnowburrow Farm & Florals

Located in Colfax, Wisconsin
Offers Flower Shares Starting at $55
Pick Up at our Store: Yes

Bonnie runs this small, sustainable family farm and full-serve floral design business located in the rolling hills of Colfax, Wisconsin. She offers multiple flower shares that are available for purchase online and can be picked up from our co-op.

Find a Local CSA Farm

Blue Ox Farm

Lamb Shares from $200
Pick Up at our Store: No

Caleb and Lauren raise a herd of grass-fed lambs using rotational grazing practices on their land in Wheeler, Wisconsin. They offer lamb shares for purchase on their website year-round, with multiple pickup locations available in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

EB Ranch

Meat & Soap Shares from $60
Pick Up at our Store: No

Erin and Bob raise a small herd of endangered San Clemente goats, as well as chickens, ducks, and guineas. They offer goat milk soap shares, as well as multiple meat shares that are available for purchase online and can be picked up at their farm in Ridgeland.

Mary Dirty Face Farm

Fruit Shares from $96
Pick Up at our Store: Yes

Rachel, Anton, and their two children grow certified organic fruits, including apples, berries, and more. They offer full fruit shares and apple shares for purchase on their website in early spring. Both are available for pickup from our co-op.

Racing Heart Farm

Produce Shares from $415
Pick Up at our Store: Yes

Les and Els are first-generation farmers who grow a variety of vegetables using the no-till method. They offer vegetable shares for purchase online in early spring, which can be picked up from our co-op.

Wagon Wheel Gardens

Produce, Egg, & Honey Shares from $30
Pick Up at our Store: Yes

Wagon Wheel Gardens is a family farm located in Woodville, Wisconsin. They offer vegetable, fruit, egg, and honey shares available for purchase by calling 715-441-4808. All can be picked up at our co-op.

Winnowburrow Farm

Flower Shares from $55
Pick Up at our Store: Yes

Bonnie runs this small, sustainable family farm and full-serve floral design business located in the rolling hills of Colfax, Wisconsin. She offers multiple flower shares that are available for purchase online and can be picked up from our co-op.

How to Pick Up CSA Shares

If you purchase a share from one of the CSA farms that delivers shares to our store, you can pick up your shares by visiting the front desk or calling our store from your car and letting our staff know you’re here to pick up a CSA share. Our staff will then retrieve your share from our produce cooler and bring it to you. 

Meet our Fresh Coordinator
Margaret, our Fresh Coordinator, manages communication regarding CSA share pickups.

If you would like to partner with us to offer CSA share pickups at our store, contact Margaret directly via email at margaret@mmfc.coop or phone call at 715-231-3663, Ext. 209.

How to Pick Up CSA Shares
If you purchase a share from one of the CSA farms that delivers shares to our store, you can pick up your shares by visiting the front desk or calling our store from your car and letting our staff know you’re here to pick up a CSA share. Our staff will then retrieve your share from our produce cooler and bring it to you. 

Meet our Fresh Coordinator
Margaret, our Fresh Coordinator, manages communication regarding CSA share pickups.

If you would like to partner with us to offer CSA share pickups at our store, contact Margaret directly via email at margaret@mmfc.coop or phone call at 715-231-3663, Ext. 209.

How to Pick Up CSA Shares
If you purchase a share from one of the CSA farms that delivers shares to our store, you can pick it up your shares by visiting the front desk or calling our store from your car and letting our staff know you’re there to pick up a CSA share. Our staff will then retrieve your share from our produce cooler and bring it to you. 

Meet our Fresh Coordinator
Margaret, our Fresh Coordinator, manages communication regarding CSA share pickups.

If you would like to partner with us to offer CSA share pickups at our store, contact Margaret directly via email at margaret@mmfc.coop or phone call at 715-231-3663, Ext. 209.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about community supported agriculture? Check below for answers to frequently asked questions, then contact us here if you still need help.

What is community-supported agriculture?

Community-Supported Agriculture, called CSA for short and also known as crop-sharing, is a system that directly connects farms with customers by allowing them to subscribe to their harvest before the season begins.

What makes CSA shares unique from buying local produce?

While buying local produce from our store is important, purchasing a CSA share is even more helpful to farms because it allows them to receive their income at the beginning of the season. It also guarantees their income instead of hoping a buyer purchases their products at some point. And it cuts out the middleman, ensuring that 100% of the dollar goes directly to the farm instead of part going to retailers or distributors.

What are the different types of CSA shares?

There are many different types of CSA shares. Some available locally include fruits, vegetables, meats, soaps, eggs, and flowers.

How much do shares cost?

The cost differs from farm to farm.

What if there’s a crop failure? Do I get my money back?

Not usually. When you buy a share, you are agreeing to “shared risk,” meaning if there’s a crop failure you won’t receive a refund. Typically the farm will instead substitute other crops that did grow.

How do I sign up for a CSA share?

Each CSA farm offers a different process for signing up. We recommend reaching out to the farms directly or picking up a CSA brochure in-store for more information.

Where and how can I pick up my CSA shares?

Our co-op is a drop-off location for several area CSA farms, so most can be picked up at our store each week by coming to the front desk or calling us from the parking lot.

What if I don’t pick up my share?

If your share is not picked up by you or a friend, it will likely be donated. Otherwise, you can contact the farmer, and they may be able arrange farm pickup.

Can I buy a share late or mid-season?

Not usually unless shares haven’t sold out. Plus, it’s best to sign up at the beginning of the season to take full advantage of your share.

FAQs

Have questions about CSAs? Check below for answers to frequently asked questions.

What is community-supported agriculture?

Community-Supported Agriculture, called CSA for short and also known as crop-sharing, is a system that directly connects farms with customers by allowing them to subscribe to their harvest before the season begins.

What makes CSA shares unique from buying local produce?

While buying local produce from our store is important, purchasing a CSA share is even more helpful to farms because it allows them to receive their income at the beginning of the season. It also guarantees their income instead of hoping a buyer purchases their products at some point. And it cuts out the middleman, ensuring that 100% of the dollar goes directly to the farm instead of part going to retailers or distributors.

What are the different types of CSA shares?

There are many different types of CSA shares. Some available locally include fruits, vegetables, meats, soaps, eggs, and flowers.

How much do shares cost?

The cost differs from farm to farm.

What if there’s a crop failure? Do I get my money back?

Not usually. When you buy a share, you are agreeing to “shared risk,” meaning if there’s a crop failure you won’t receive a refund. Typically the farm will instead substitute other crops that did grow.

How do I sign up for a CSA share?

Each CSA farm offers a different process for signing up. We recommend reaching out to the farms directly or picking up a CSA brochure in-store for more information.

Where and how can I pick up my CSA shares?

Our co-op is a drop-off location for several area CSA farms, so most can be picked up at our store each week by coming to the front desk or calling us from the parking lot.

What if I don’t pick up my share?

If your share is not picked up by you or a friend, it will likely be donated. Otherwise, you can contact the farmer, and they may be able arrange farm pickup.

Can I buy a share late or mid-season?

Not usually unless shares haven’t sold out. Plus, it’s best to sign up at the beginning of the season to take full advantage of your share.

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