Your CSA farm share FAQ's
The Summer CSA harvest season is scheduled for 20 weeks, June through October. The Vegetable Share consists of 8-10 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 to give you the freshest produce possible.
Golden Ticket CSA
An alternative way to purchase vegetables at a discount. Like the vegetable CSA, the Golden ticket 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.
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 golden ticket 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 box full of veggies each week! A golden ticket CSA is a credit at the farm market stand. You get to shop for what you want at either of our markets.
When and where do I pick up my CSA Share?
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
Wednesdays 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (CSA members only)
Fridays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Benefits of being a B.F.F. 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 Share Includes:
- Insulated BFF tote bag to carry all of your weekly goodies
- Free membership to Veggie University
(includes tips and tricks to get the best out of your farm share.)
- Weekly Newsletter and Recipes
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.
Brokaw Family Farms will act in good faith to provide the freshest homegrown produce for the 20 week season. 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?
Options to choose from
We offer different CSA options to choose from. Choose which CSA you would like based on your preference, the season, and the type of CSA you are interested in.
Easy Pickup at the Farmers Market
Choose where you want to pick up your CSA share from any of the farm markets we attend. Choose your market, choose your day, show up anytime. Easy as that.
Vegetable CSA's ready to go
No guess work, no hassle. Our vegetable CSA members can pick up their bag of produce ready to go. Easy and fast pickup on your way to any event. Just pick up, sign and go.
Tons of Variety
With over 100 varieties of produce planted on the farm, there is bound to be something for everyone. Only the freshest and best produce get picked to go to CSA members.
8-10 different items each week, depending on the season. Perfect portion for a family of 3-4 (for vegetarians, we find it is more fitting for 1-2 people)
No out of stock disappointments
We find some items go pretty fast at market and if you cant make it to the early hours, you sometimes get slim pickings. A CSA reserves your produce, even up till the last minutes at market with no worries. (does not include golden ticket CSA)
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 won't 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.