Community Supported Agriculture
Our co-op partners with local farms to be a drop off site for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). We believe in buying local whenever possible and joining in a CSA program is a great way to support local farmers.
Many CSAs are similar to the structure of a food co-op; both businesses rely on members to sustain them. At the co-op, members receive returns on their shares via monthly member discounts and annual dividends. With CSAs, the return on investment is farm fresh, local foods, usually delivered to a convenient location. CSAs can be a variety of agricultural endeavors, from vegetables to local seafood to mushrooms to herbs to meat, though the most common CSAs in our area are vegetable based.
Why join a CSA?
Farm to Fork Connection
A CSA brings you one step closer to your local farmer and provides you with the sense of security that your money is going to the right place. With a CSA, you’ll know your farmer’s name and they’ll likely know yours. You can rest assured that your food dollars are supporting the farmers that are growing your food.
The foods in your CSA box will vary week to week based on which foods are at their peak flavor and nutrition. Most of the food in the CSA box will have been picked that morning. You’ll notice the taste of foods change throughout the season, providing you the truest sense of what it means to eat seasonally.
Often times, CSA farmers grow delicious, specialty items that can’t be found in a grocery store (or food co-op). CSAs innately encourage members to experiment with new foods and get creative.
When you join a CSA, you’re part of a community of local food lovers. Everyone in the community will be eating the same local foods, which makes it a great forum for sharing recipes and ideas. Many CSA farms provide opportunities for members to meet via on-farm events, newsletters and emailing lists.
Our CSA Partners
For questions regarding CSA shares, please contact the farms directly.
Rushford, MN Summer, Fall, and Winter CSAs available
Pick-up day: Every other Wednesday
Featherstone Farm is located in the spectacular Bluff Country of southeastern Minnesota, between Winona and Lanesboro. Their shares offer a simple, sustainable mix of organic mainstream veggies in hearty proportions and include familiar produce such as asparagus, leaf lettuce, peas, beans, heirloom tomatoes, broccoli, onions, peppers, carrots, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupes and watermelons. The boxes often include a selection of herbs throughout the season, including basil, cilantro and parsley. Featherstone goes beyond sustainable farm practices like crop rotation and cover cropping to create an overall energy efficient operation: they use solar energy for 60% of the farm’s energy needs and geothermal insulation in warehouse buildings. Featherstone offers CSAs throughout the year with a summer, fall, and winter CSA program.
Blue Ox Organics
Wheeler, WI Winter CSA: November- January -
Pick-up day: Sunday
Blue Ox Organics is a small family farm about 80 miles east of the Twin Cities. Blue Ox specializes in winter vegetable CSAs, lamb meat and wool products. Their farm is certified organic and dedicated to improving the land, local ecology, and homestead’s infrastructure while providing the community with high-quality farm products.
Red Clover Herbal Apothecary
Amery, WI Year-round CSA
Pick-up day: Friday (quarterly)
Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm provides seasonal CSA herbal shares of organically grown and sustainably wild harvested herbs. They combine fresh culinary herbs, small batch herbal products, and dried herbal teas to create common sense herbal shares that contribute to your health and wellbeing for each season. This CSA is for you if you want to supplement your health routine with fresh, local herbal products.
We're working on finding our CSA partners for the Summer 2017 season. Stay tuned!