What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique relationship of mutual support and commitment between the farmer and the member. You purchase a share of the season’s harvest in advance. Your investment plays a major roll in supporting farmers at the leaner time of the year. CSA’s help pay for the seeds, soil amendments, and tools at the beginning of the farming season, when a majority of the spending happens all at once. In return, we commit to providing you with healthy, locally grown food throughout the growing season. This interdependence helps to ensure the longevity of small farms, while also reconnecting people to the land that helps to sustain them.
What is a Vegetable CSA Share?
The CSA harvest is scheduled for 40 weeks (10 weeks per season), from March - Late February. The Vegetable Share consists of 8-12 different homegrown vegetables each week and is structured to feed an average family of 4 but this will vary depending on eating habits. Many vegetarian adults find that the share is perfect for a family of 2. Vegetables are harvested the day before pickup/delivery to give you the freshest produce possible.
Market Card CSA
An alternative way to purchase vegetables at a discount. Like the vegetable CSA, the Market Card program allows you to help support our farm in the early part of the season by paying in advance for credit to be used at the farmers market. Each share gives you extra money to spend during market season and can be spent on any item that is in stock at the farmers market or Online (for Home Delivery).
When purchasing a golden ticket CSA, keep in mind:
• $200 CSA = $225 market credit
• $500 CSA = $575 market credit
Market Credit must be used up by the end of October each year.
What’s the difference between a Vegetable CSA and a Market Card CSA?
Both styles have their own benefits. Both options result in the best selection of delicious veggies for you during the growing season. A Vegetable CSA is exactly that, you pick up a customizable box full of veggies each week! A Market Card CSA is a credit at the farm market stand (or Online for Home Delivery). You get to shop for what you want at either of our markets.
When and where do I pick up my CSA Share?
****Due to Coronavirus, CSA shares are only available for HOME DELIVERY in 2020****
We can be found Wednesdays and Fridays at the Fulton Street Farmers Market in downtown Grand Rapids starting June 19th, 2019. Shares can be picked up at the market on either day.
Wednesdays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Benefits of being an Endless Meadows CSA member
Being a CSA member is extremely rewarding. You get to appreciate all the benefits of fresh picked (chemical-free) produce. There is no comparison to farm fresh locally produced vegetables! The flavors are so intense, sometimes you feel like you are tasting something for the very first time. You also get to enjoy each vegetable in its prime season. Each CSA share also includes an insulated tote bag to carry all of your weekly goodies.
What will I receive in my share?
Each week, you'll receive a variety of fresh vegetables from what we are harvesting from our fields. Your share might include seasonal combinations of...
Arugula, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, edible flowers, eggplant, garlic and garlic scapes, greens, herbs, leeks, lettuce, melons, onions, potatoes, radishes, sweet and hot peppers, spinach, spring lettuce mix, strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, winter squash, and zucchini.
Endless Meadows Family Farms will act in good faith to provide the freshest homegrown produce for all 4 seasons. Farming is dependent upon nature and there can be no guarantee of quantities or contents of CSA shares. Each year the Shares will vary with the season and availability due to growing conditions.
All of the Vegetables are rinsed upon harvesting but may need a final wash before using.
Why should I sign up?
Yum! Did someone say Watermelons?
Our Summer CSA season runs for 10 weeks and brings you fresh homegrown veggies straight from the Garden. Starting in June, you wont have to worry about not finding anything "good" at the store. We've got you covered with even better options.
Each week you will get to choose from 8-10 options, depending on season and availability, from veggies that may include:
Arugula, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, edible flowers, eggplant, garlic and garlic scapes, herbs, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, onions, potatoes, radishes, salad greens, sweet and hot peppers, spinach, lettuce mixes, strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, winter squash, zucchini and more!
Did you know? Each week is fully customizable. Don't like hot peppers? Choose Spinach for that week instead.
We continue to trial new vegetable varieties. Please let us know any vegetables/herbs/fruits that you would like to receive this summer and we will try to accommodate your requests.
Please note: As much as we love growing food, we do know that farming brings it's own challenges, and we have multiple ways to deal with these. We will do our best to provide a colorful and tasty box for you every week.
Your Veggies will be delivered straight to your door at a charge of $5 per week to help cover fuel expenses. See Home Delivery for more information.
If you need to change anything in your share for any reason, please just let us know ahead of time and we would be more than happy to help.
What others think?
I didnt know what i was getting into this year as it was my first time doing a CSA. It was amazing. The kids especially loved the lemon cucumbers. Before starting the CSA, my kids would only eat chicken nuggets. After the first couple weeks, I cant even get them to stop asking if they could help cook the meals, or running out to the cooler to see what vegetables we got this week. What a huge change in character for all three of my little kiddos. Hope you plan on planting a lot more of those cute little cucumbers.
Best decision Ive ever made. Signing up for a year round CSA this time. Love all the options I get to choose from every week and there's always something new. Makes my meal planning so much easier.