LOON ORGANICS CSA SHARES
Our CSA shares are a wide assortment of popular stand-bys and heritage/heirloom vegetables and herbs. We are excited to offer everything from gorgeous butter lettuce and broccoli in June to sweet corn and watermelons in August to winter squash and potatoes in the fall. (Please check our product availability below for a full list of vegetables we grow.) The only fruits we offer are watermelons and canteloupes, and strawberries for 1-2 weeks in June. Produce is fresh, pre-washed, and certified organic, the majority of it being picked within 24 hours of box delivery. The CSA season runs 16 weeks, starting mid-June and finishing end of September. Members receive either a weekly or bi-weekly box of produce picked up at our Hutchinson Farm or at Outdoor Motion Bike Shop in Hutchinson. Or you can choose to be a Mill City Farmers Market Card CSA Member (to be used at our Saturday booth to buy want you want, when you want).
We offer four share options:
- Full: 10-15 different produce items in a 3/4 bu. box for 16 consecutive weeks. A good fit for a veggie loving family/couple or for sharing with a box partner. Best value!
- Half: The same sized box and contents as a full share, but on a bi-weekly basis for 8 weeks. A good fit for a veggie loving individual/couple/family that also offers flexibility for switching weeks to an "off-week" when out of town.
- Mini: 6-8 different produce items in a 1/2 bu. box for 16 consecutive weeks. Smaller quantity of produce and number of items than our full share, but on a weekly basis. A good fit for those that can't keep up with a 3/4 bu. box or want to supplement their CSA with produce from farmers market, garden, etc. NEW IN 2018!
- Market Card: It's CSA without the box! Choose what you want at our Minneapolis Mill City Farmers Market booth from mid-May through October. You will receive a market card with a $350 value to be used whenever you like. We keep your market card behind our booth and value will be updated each time you shop. Choose what you want, when you want it! You'll still be a Loon CSA member with a market card, receiving our weekly CSA Loonletter, the ability to purchase extra produce for preserving, and invitations to our CSA Farm Tours.
- Fall Share: Extend the season with two deliveries of fall produce, one in mid-October and one in late-October of fall veggie favorites like carrots, potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower/romanesco, onions/shallots/garlic, assorted winter squash, spinach/salad greens, beets, cabbage, etc. Each delivery will be a 1 bushel box of produce. Fall Shares pick up can be in Hutchinson or at our Mill City Farmers Market booth.
- The perfect share size for you depends on many factors: how many vegetables you eat, how much time you have to cook, and how often you are at home to eat. Our CSA members tell us that participating in Loon Organics' CSA increased the quantity of vegetables they eat, and it also increased how much they cook and eat at home. Because the produce is often picked within 24 hours of receiving your box, it is extremely fresh and will last several weeks, if stored properly. For the best value, many CSA members split a full share with another neighbor or friend and either receive a box every other week or split each week’s box in half. See photos of the weekly full share 2016 boxes here in our Facebook album.
- Pesto Shares (2 lbs basil and 4 garlic bulbs for $28)
- Tomato Shares (40 lbs. for $50)
- Salsa Shares (20 lbs tomatoes and salsa fixings for $50)
- Greens Shares (1 bushel of kale and chard for $25) can be reserved at time of sign up for delivery during the season with your CSA box.
PRODUCE AVAILABILITY and AMOUNT
- Typical June Box (full share) : Head Romaine Lettuce, 8 oz. Spring Mix or Arugula, 1 bunch of Green Garlic & Garlic Scapes, 1 lb. Snap Peas, 1 head Broccoli, 1 bunch Baby Beets, Baby Pac Choi, 1 bunch Radishes, 1 bunch Herbs
- Typical August Box: 6 ears Sweet Corn, 1 small Watermelon, 5 lbs Tomatoes (Heirloom, Slicers, Romas, Cherrys), 1 lb. Green Beans, 1 bunch carrots, 3 Cucumbers, 3 Summer Squash, 1 Italian-Striped Eggplant, 4 oz. Basil, 2 Sweet Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, 3 Walla-Walla Onions, 1 Head Garlic
- Typical Sept. Box: 2 Assorted Winter Squash, 2 lbs Potatoes, 1 Head Broccoli & Cauliflower, 8 oz. Spring Mix/Spinach, 3 Sweet Bell Peppers, 1 Head Cabbage, 6 Beets, 1 pound Carrots, 1 Head Garlic, 2 Onions
- Full share (16 weeks, 3/4 bu. box): $600. Best Value!
- 1/2 shares (bi-weekly for 8 weeks, 3/4 bu. box): $340
- Mini Shares (16 weeks, 1/2 bu. box): $475
- Market Card: $310 ($350 value)
- Each share includes a weekly newsletter of farm musings, recipes, and tips for handling and preserving your produce.Payments need to either be in full at time of registration, or half can be paid at time of registration, along with a pre-dated July 15 check for your 2nd half payment. If these payment plans pose a hardship for you or cost is an issue, let us know and we can set up a payment plan or talk about a sliding scale fee.
WORK SHARE OPPORTUNITY
No work on the farm is required of members. We do offer limited work share opportunities. There are a few work share positions open for 2019! Please call or e-mail us about our 2019 workshare positions. A work share requires 4-5 hours of work/week on a weekday morning in exchange for your CSA box. Workshares need to be able to work from approximately 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., on a consistent weekly basis, in all types of weather (that includes rain, snow, shine, and heat!). Workshares also need to be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds and be able to perform manual labor weeding and harvesting tasks. We are only able to accomodate adults over 18 years of age. Please contact us if you're interested to set up an interview.
All CSA members are welcome to visit the farm at any time--we ask that you contact us before you come to make sure that we are home. We will offer two farm tours throughout the season. A strawberry u-pick event in late June and a fall harvest festival in September with a pumpkin pick allows members to see "their" farm, harvest some free u-pick crops, meet the farmers, and get to know other CSA members!
WHAT IS A CSA FARM?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and links the farmer to local community members who pay a sum upfront in exchange for a “share”—a weekly supply of fresh, in-season, certified organic vegetables. CSA members are directly involved with the farm and farmers, receiving weekly newsletters from the field, great recipes featuring each week’s produce, as well as other opportunities to visit and tour the farm, if desired. We think that the CSA relationship between farmer and member is especially rewarding and important. As farmers, we know that we have a market for our produce at a fair price, as well as having an early farm income to buy seeds and supplies. For the shareholder, they know exactly where their food is coming from and are guaranteed that it is fresh, local, and organically grown. There is a mutual commitment between the farmer and the eater: the farmer pledges to grow a variety of organic, high-quality crops for the members and the CSA members pledge to share the risk of farming (weather, pest, and disease) with the farmer. The CSA model also offers an opportunity to form a weekly connection between the farmer who grows the food and the members who eat and enjoy it! It puts a face on the produce, both for the farmers and the members. This mutual commitment and weekly connection makes the CSA relationship unlike any other venue for purchasing food. By belonging to a CSA you are actively participating and promoting good land stewardship and the simple but powerful act of local farmers growing good food. A note about risk: As a CSA member, you are sharing the risk of farming (i.e. weather/pests) along with the farmer. Every season poses different weather conditions and challenges, and it can reflect in the contents of our CSA boxes. However, we take our job of providing food to CSA members with the utmost seriousness and do our best to mitigate those risks by growing some crops in a protected hoophouse structure, having sufficient irrigation available, as well as growing a diversity of crops that are resilient to different conditions. CSA members always get the best product we have first, before we sell it at the farmers market or to wholesale accounts. In the case of a complete crop failure of a very popular crop like tomatoes, we would do our best to obtain high-quality, organic product from another local farm to supplement our offerings. Questions? Comments? Want to join? E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org To find other CSA farms in your area, search: www.localharvest.org http://landstewardshipproject.org/stewardshipfood/csa
- Hutchinson Farm pick-up is at our farm--about 10 miles west of Hutchinson-- on Wednesday afternoons from 3 - 8 p.m. & all day Thursday (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.). 23229 200th St., Hutchinson, MN 55350
- Outdoor Motion Bike Shop in downtown Hutchinson has a pick-up on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. 141 Main Street S. Hutchinson.
- CSA Market Card: Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis, Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. May-October.