Veggie Club Memberships, commonly called a CSA- “Community Supported Agriculture Farm Share”, is a membership (much like at Costco) for 18 weeks. You, the “Member “, purchase in advance (by April 1, 2019) a “Share” of our harvest. Starting June 1, 2020 You, the Member, will come to our place weekly to pickup your “basket” of produce.
By becoming part of our Veggie Club you are sharing in our weekly harvest. This is different then shopping at a health food store or even the Farmers Markets. Your weekly veggie basket is comprised of fresh, usually harvested the day of pick up, seasonal produce off of our Farm. A Veggie Membership is a wonderful opportunity to be reacquainted with the seasonality of food. By offering Veggie Club Memberships, we aim to cultivate a healthy community with food as the foundation. Not only will you get to know us as your Farmers, we get to know you, our community.
It is important to understand that being a Veggie Club Member is both an investment and a risk. Together we are sharing in the risks and rewards of farming. We have to understand that we are growing in the Flathead Valley, which has unpredictable weather (summer hail and frost, drought, fire) and an average of 100 frost free days. Other risks include: insect and disease pressures as well as soil fertility, which we mitigate using methods that comply with organic standards. If you ever have a question about our practices just ask!
What to expect in the 2020 Veggie Club Membership?
This year we are offering two membership options: The Veggie Basket and The Greens Basket. New for 2020 you will have the option to purchase additional items from a selected list that you will receive in an email a couple of days prior to your Monday pick up.
The Veggie Basket:
In the beginning the weekly share is comprised mostly of greens, as they are quick growing. We do our best to offer a diversity of “greens” ranging from arugula, mustards, spinach, baby lettuce, tatsoi, kale, and chard. Other early season items include rhubarb, radishes, bok choi, and spring onions. As the days get longer in late June you will see beets, head lettuces, broccoli, garlic scrapes, cilantro, dill, peas, mature kale and chard, carrots, and mini onions. July and August are the peak of summer vegetables diversity! During these months you will find your basket filled with cucumbers, summer squash, carrots, broccoli, fresh garlic and onions, beets, basil, cherry and slicing tomato, new potatoes, peppers, romaine, iceberg (Sean’s signature crop), bibs oh my! September produces the harbingers of fall and winter; winter squash, storage potatoes and onions, carrots and beets, cured garlic, and the return of cooler season greens like spinach.
In addition to fresh produce, a few times throughout the season, your Veggie Basket will include stone milled organic flour. We source the whole grains (wheat, rye, spelt, kamut, and corn) from Montana Milling in Great Falls and mill it on our granite stone mill.
The Greens basket:
Each week you will receive a pound of various seasonal greens. The greens you should expect throughout the season will include: arugula, beet greens, bok choy, various head lettuces, spicy greens, kale, chard and more.