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What kinds of vegetables do you grow?We grow over fourty different vegetables with over 100 varieties of vegetables each season. In the spring we have lighter and leafier crops such as lettuce, kale, spinach, swiss chard, peas and radish. Your classic summer favories such as carrots, cucumbers, beans, peppers, tomatoes and onions join us in mid-season. Heavier and warming crops like potatoes, winter squash, garlic, celeriac root, rutabega and celery round out the season in the fall. We grow all of the vegetables that you’re familiar with and then some. You you will find your favorite veggies in your CSA box at the appropriate season that they can be grown in in Southwestern Wisconsin. Keep in mind that the success of each crop varies from season to season dependant largely on the weather, disease and insect pressure.
What will I receive if I buy a share?Each week you will receive a share of the farm harvest in a ¾ bushel wax produce box delivered to your designated drop site location. The CSA aspect of the farm is about 90% of the farm business, so we distribute the majority of our harvest to the CSA members who we value most among our markets. Some crops may do better or worse, depending on the natural elements, so your share size could vary. As a CSA participant, you share the risks and blessings with us through the fate of the unpredictable farming season. Generally, one summer share will provide approximately two servings of 8-12 different vegetables per week. The average number of pounds per share week is 16. You will also receive our Weekly Dig Newsletter via e-mail full of recipe ideas, news from the farm, pictures and information about storage for your veggies.
If I want to split a share with a friend, will you split our box for us?
No, we do not split your share for you. This would simply be too much extra handling for your dear farmers to have to coordinate. We have around 180 CSA members, and we cannot customize every box. You may want to bring a cutting board and a knife to your dropsite with you and cut your cabbages, melons and large roots in half if you plan to split with a friend. Some weeks you might only get one red pepper, and if you both love red peppers, gonna have to cut it in half!
What if one share is too big/expensive for me?
If you think that a Summer share will be simply too much food for you or your small family but you still want to find a way to join a CSA farm and support your local farmers, consider splitting a share with a friend. You can split each box every week or alternate weeks picking up the share. We also offer Every Other Weeks Shares. You can purchase an Every Other Week share and pick up your box every other week during our 20 week delivery program. If you purchased a regular 20-Week Share you can always use the opportunity to preserve the summer bounty by canning, freezing and drying your excess produce depending on how much time and energy you reserve for projects such as this. Take local eating to the next level and preserve!
How and when do I get my share?You will pick up your share at the dropsite that you sign up for when you purchase your share. We have several different drop locations in La Crosse, WI., Onalaska, WI., West Salem, WI., Sparta, WI., Viroqua, WI., Lancaster, WI., Madison, WI., and Dubuque, Ia. The boxes are delivered on Wednesday afternoons between 1-and 5 pm, depending on which drop site you have chosen. The shares are delivered in wax produce boxes that we re-use from week to week. We prefer that you take your veggies home in a paper, plastic or cloth bag or box of your choice and leave the produce box at the drop site so the farm can pick it up the following week. If you MUST take the box home, you may, but please be sure to return the box to the dropsite the following week undamaged.
What if I can't get my share during a particular week?We do not offer replacement boxes for weeks that you miss. We do not double-up your produce the following week and we cannot keep track of each members personal pick-up schedules. If you think that you will not be able to pick up your box you can send a friend, family member or fellow CSA-er to pick up your box for you without needing to let us know. If you cannot find anyone to pick up your box for you and you know in advance that you will not be able to make it, send the farm and e-mail at least 48 hours in advance and we will cancel your delivery for that week only. If you signed up for an 'Every Other Week Share' and you miss a week, you still have to wait two more weeks before you pick up your box. You cannot expect to find a box packed for you at your dropsite on your "off" week if you signed up for an 'Every Other Week Share'.
Should I get a Full Share or an Every Other Week Share?Our Every-Week Summer Shares can feed a family of 3-5 depending on your familie's experience of cooking with vegetables. This varies widely on wether or not you eat all of your meals in a week at home, if you eat out frequently, or if you eat meat and so forth. If you think an Every Week Share might be a bit too much, but you want to give it a try, it could be a wonderful opportunity for drying, canning and freezing your excess. Some families talk about making large pots of soup and freezing it for when the CSA has ended for the season for example. An 'Every Other Week Share' is a great way to enjoy the CSA experience with a smaller time and financial investment. The 'Every Other Week' share can feed 1-4 people depending on wether or not you eat all of your meals in a week at home, if you eat out frequently, or if you eat meat and so forth.
Are there any other kinds of shares?
We do offer a Fall Share that is an additional cost to our summer share where you can sign up to receive storage quantities of your favorite fall veggies such as carrots, potatoes, onions and squash. Our Fall Shares are larger boxes than our standard summer share boxes. The Fall Shares are delivered in a 1 1/9th bushel box filled with 5# bags of carrots and potatoes. Bags of onions, garlic, sweet potatoes beets and shallots. We also include other storage roots like rutabaga, celeriac root, parsnip and diakon radish. The Fall Share is two additional boxes in the Fall delivered two weeks apart from eachother.
Can I work for all or part of a share?
Are you a Certified Organic Farm?
Yes! We have been certified organic by MOSA since 2009.
Can I come visit the Farm?
You sure can! But we ask that you contact the farm and let us know you're coming at least 48 hours in advance. We have daily schedules and routines that we strive very hard to stick to, it some times throws us off to have visitors come un-announced. Mondays and Tuesdays are not good days for visitors as they are busy harvest days. We always welcome visitor-helpers! Bring your work boots, water bottle and a sun-hat along and we'll have something planned where you can be part of the farm for a few hours while you pick our brains.
Each season we schedule a Spring and a Fall Farm-tour and Potluck where all CSA members and their friends and families are invited out the farm. During these events we do a walking tour of the fields, greenhouse, infrastructure, machinery and do Question and Answer along the way. For the Fall Farm Tour and Potluck we offer a hay-ride around the farm for everyone. The events always end with an amazing pot-luck dinner. These events are a great opportunity to spend quality time with your favorite farmers!
Do you accept Interns?
We currently do not offer on-farm housing for interns. We have had summer interns in the past and would explore work-trade internships for the future. We are currently not offering paid internships. We ourselves were interns for 6 years before we decided to make the leap to purchase our own farm and start our own CSA. We know the true definition of an intern is one who comes to the farm to learn the farming trade. Genuine inquires are welcome.
Pick Up your CSA box of veggies at our designated dropsites in Dubuque IA, Lancaster WI, Platteville WI, Onalaska WI, Viroqua WI, La Farge WI, La Crosse WI, Sparta WI, West Salem WI, Middleton WI, Fitchburg WI, Verona WI and Madison WI.