Blackbrook Farm CSA
About Our CSA and SHARED RISK
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is about customers getting the freshest local produce available while using the power of their dollars to support a local food economy. CSA brings farmers and families together around the production and consumption of the best quality local food. As a CSA member, you have the opportunity to know your farmer and the lush farmland that work to produce the food you share at your dinner tables. Whether visiting our farm or following us online you become part of this stronger food system. CSA exists, in part, in response to a broken food system that exploits people and the land to produce food of poor nutritional value. Hence CSA focuses on land stewardship and agricultural sustainability. By becoming a member of our CSA, you vote for all of these values.
Purchasing a membership from the farm entitles you to share in the successes of production. Yet there is also a shared risk. Members always come first. And still the weather and pests of the season may not cooperate. Sharing in this risk is part of your pledge of support.
CSA Box Size and Contents:
We offer two box share options staring in mid-June and running through late September, for a duration of 16 weeks. We also most years offer a 4 week fall share and will open up sign ups for that in the late summer.
Our CSA shares are Customized for our members based on thier preferences. Our system allows you rank each crop that we grow to your liking once you have signed up. Based on your information and what we have available for the week, a customized box will be created for you that you will be able to view and change by “swapping out” certain items for others that are available. For example: Don’t like eggplant? You can give it a low score and never see an eggplant in your box. Love Carrots? You can swap more for a different crop you don’t want or also add more to your order. The CSA platform we are using is called Harvie and will allow all of our members to enjoy their CSA share more, reduce waste and have more options for add-ons, rescheduling shares, recipes and more. Sign up now!
Here are some advantages of our Customized CSA shares:
Order “Extra” Items
Want to order “extra” items from the farm? With just a few clicks of a button we’ll put those items in your box which means less trips to the grocery store and more time in your day! Weekly pastured meat add-ons. You can easily sign up for pastured pork, grass fed beef and organic whole frozen chickens to be added to your box.
Weekly Payment Plans
Tired of remembering to make payments or can’t pay in full? Choose the payment plan at check out and your card will be charged automatically each time your share is delivered.
Vacation planned? Need to change your pick up location? No problem. You can easily reschedule your box or change pick up locations to accommodate your busy life, so no more missing out on those veggies you paid for.
Recipe Suggestions Each week you will be provided with several recipe and tips for cooking the different vegetables in your box through our weekly newsletter.
CSA Share INFO:
Our Full Share is delivered weekly for 16 weeks and feeds an average family of four or two veggie-lovers. You can expect 8-12 varieties of vegetables per box, depending on the season. Sharing a Full Share with another person or family is a popular option, but we ask that you arrange this with each other separately.
Our Half Share is delivered every other week for a total of 8 weeks and feeds a family of 2 or one veggie-lover.
We most often offer a 4 week Fall share extension. The sign up for our fall shares will be available in late summer, and is limited.
Some things you can expect in your CSA box:
arugula; herb pot; radishes; kohlrabi; spinach; swiss chard; salad mix; salad turnips; scallions; broccoli; Napa cabbage; cucumbers; cabbage; kale; head lettuce; pac choi; garlic scapes; Asian greens; Summer squash; spinach; fresh herbs; strawberries (weather depending)
tomatoes; cherry tomatoes; green and heirloom snap beans; salad mix; beets; carrots; cabbage; cauliflower; sweet corn; new potatoes; onions; peppers (sweet and hot); cucumbers; tomatillos; summer squash; eggplant; garlic; fresh herbs; kale; melons;
potatoes; arugula; carrots; beets; kale; spinach; tomatoes; peppers; leeks; salad turnips; cabbage; head lettuce; salad mix; broccoli; onions; brussel sprouts; radishes; collard greens; watermelon radishes; rutabagas; diakon radish; cauliflower; pie pumpkins; winter squash; celery; popcorn; garlic; fresh herbs; cucumbers; Asian or Braising greens
The Rates and Drop Sites:
CSA Delivery is on THURSDAYS
Full shares receive 1 box every week for 16 weeks
Half shares receive 1 box every OTHER week for 8 weeks
Blackbrook Farm: 1150 35th ave Amery, 54001
Farm Table Restuarant: 110 Keller Ave.
Jewelltown Roastery, Star Prairie, WI
Mississippi Market Coop, 1500 W 7th St.
Hampden Park Food Coop, 928 Raymond Ave
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency/DNR (employees only)
Edina, 45xx North Ave.
1900 Humboldt Ave,
Longfellow: 35th St. & Minnehaha Ave
Mother Earth Gardens NE 2318 NE Lowry Ave Mpls, MN 55411
Greater Twin Cities
Stillwater, River Market Coop: 221 Main St N.
Main Season Rates:
New this year! We will be accepting SNAP EBT for CSA Shares. If this is something you would like to do please sign up as usual and when it comes to the payment page click on “Pay Offline” at the very bottom and email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Since EBT does not allow online transactions, we will set up several sign days in the cities where you can come and pay with your EBT card.
|Full Share 16 weeks||$620|
|Half Share 8 weeks||$330|
Fall Share Rate:
Full Share 4 weeks $TBD
Half Share 2 weeks $TBD