Why are your carrots so delicious?
We don’t really know, to be honest. We think part of it is the soil, and part of it is the sweet variety we grow. But there are other factors such as the cold nights that enhance sweetness. Maybe it’s all the TLC we give them. Recently, I’ve begun telling people we fertilize with high fructose corn syrup, just to see what their reaction is.
How much do CSA farm shares cost?
A full share is $525, and a partial share is $350 if you sign up before March 15th. After March 15th the share is $550 for a full share and $365.00 for a partial share. This is for the full season of 20 weeks, which typically begins in mid-May and ends in early-October. Full payment is required before the ﬁrst week of delivery. The enrollment period runs from January 1st until the quota is met, and it is first come, first served. You can sign up for your CSA share here.
How big is the CSA share?
There are two sizes of shares, Partial and Full. The partial size equates to approximately $17 worth of produce each week. The full share equates to approximately $25 of produce per week. We try to keep the contents diverse, so you will receive anywhere from 5 to 9 different items in each weekly basket. The best way to envision this is to picture yourself at a farmers market buying $17 or $25 worth of produce. It is a decent quantity, but not the huge overwhelming quantities that the rumors purport.
How many people will a CSA share feed?
Again, tough question, as it’s completely relative to how many vegetables each member eats. We would say a half share is perfect for one adult, perhaps stretched to two adults. The full share is good for 2 adults, possibly a small family. That’s our recommendation. A family of 4 that eats at home every night might not feel it’s enough, and a family of 4 that eats out 6 nights a week will be overwhelmed. We could mention some pretty hysterical and depressing examples about splitting shares (the record is 6 adults), but I won’t.
Can I split a CSA Share?
Yes. However, we do not split your share up for you. You will be required to split your share with your partner(s) after you pick it up. No exceptions! One suggestion. If you are thinking of purchasing a full share and splitting it with one other person, we suggest you buy a partial share instead. The big reason is dividing 9 items up between two people is a hassle, especially if items are delicate or bagged. We take great care to get your vegetables to you in good condition, and we have some horror stories from watching share members split up shares, especially if they are in a hurry.
A few other common questions…
What if I forget to pick up my share?
Members forget to pick up there shares all the time, so it’s not a big deal. However, if you have missed your pickup, it is up to you to call us ( 406-871-1761) and set up a time to come out to get your share. Please do not just show up unannounced. If you know you are going to miss your share please call or email us by the Saturday before your pickup so that we can put a hold on your share for the week. If you place a hold on your share, we can provide you a double share during a different week of the season to make up for its value.
Can I come visit the farm?
Maybe 🙂 We love our community and want people to come out and see how their food is grown. However, we are also a production farm with very few employees, and so we are not staffed appropriately to handle unscheduled visits. So, if you would like to come out to the farm, please call or email us to arrange a visit. And because we have delicate plants and livestock on the farm, we request that you leave your dogs at home. Thanks for your understanding!
Are Organic vegetables better than conventional vegetables?
Yes, maybe, and no.
Organic vegetables are healthier to consume because they do not have any toxic chemical residues on them from pesticides. You may not realize it, but the FDA has set allowable levels for residue on conventional vegetables for substances that are known endocrine disrupters and cause cancer.
That said, organic vegetables don’t necessarily contain more nutrients or trace minerals than conventional vegetables. This nutritional content is a result of how well soil is managed and amended, which is speciﬁc to individual farmer practices and philosophy, rather than a general trait of the organic or conventional industries. I will say, Organic farms and practices tend to better promote soil health, which goes a long way in providing balanced plant nutrition.
What’s more important, local food or organic food?
Yes. Seriously, these are more separate issues than you might ﬁrst think. Buying local is more of an economic decision. You are keeping money in your community, helping a neighbor, and that money tends to recirculate in the community rather than ﬂow out of state. Buying local helps support local business and add diversity to your community, but is says nothing about the quality or health content of the food. GMO corn is local if you live in the midwest.
Buying organic is a matter of health and nutrition. It guarantees you will not have synthetic chemical residue on your produce. It also supports a model of production that is more ecosystem friendly.