CSA

Monroe Family Organics CSA


Please join us for the 2017 growing season by being a member of the Monroe Family Organics CSA!  As member of our CSA, you will receive 7-12 different vegetables every week,which we grow at our farm in Alma and bring to you at our CSA drop-offs in Alma, Mt. Pleasant, Midland, and East Lansing.   The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) concept is an arrangement where families sign up to have a share of the farm, and receive a box containing a variety of fresh vegetables each week.  Full shares will be around a bushel per week, and half shares will also be available.  Our CSA program will start in June and will continue on for 20 weeks until sometime in  October.  Members can choose to either have their weekly share premade (good if you are on a tight schedule) or choose their veggies for themselves in a small market stand setting where they can interact with us each week.  You can also choose to have your share delivered to you at your home or workplace.


Benefits and Cost


The cost for the 2017 season will be $550 for a full share or $300 for a half share at all of our drop-off locations.  For this amount you will receive fresh organic vegetables every week, grown right here in Alma, MI, along with the following benefits:

  • Knowing the people who grow your food
  • Supporting the local economy
  • Getting vegetables at their freshest
  • Eating food without chemicals
  • Eating seasonally
  • Recipes and ideas for using your vegetables
  • A weekly newsletter with farm news, what to expect in your share, and interested articles
  • Supporting environmentally friendly farming
  • A  discount to buying the items separately from a health food store or farmers’ market

 

 

Contact Information


If you want to become a member or have other questions or suggestions, please contact us at (517) 896-6884 or email at mforganics@yahoo.com.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will I receive my weekly share?

A:  Members will pick their share up at a convient drop-off location either in Mt. Pleasant, Midland, Lansing, Okemos, or Alma (whichever you prefer) on a particular day every week.   The Alma drop-off takes place each Monday in front of His Place, Mt. Pleasant will have a drop-off on Tuesdays at Herbs Etc, Lansing and Okemos will be on Wednesdays at the two locations of Mert's Meats, and Midland will be on Thursdays behind the Eagle Ridge Church of God.  All drop-offs will take place from 5-6PM on the given day, with the exception of the Lansing and Okemos drop-offs.  For these two drop-offs, the shares will all be prebagged, and members can pick up their shares anytime from 4PM on Wednesday until noon on Thursday.


Q: What would an example of a week’s share look like?

A: The specific vegetables in a box will depend on what part of the season it is, but as an example we will take the first week of August.  A half share might contain 5 tomatoes, 2 summer squash, one bunch of beets, one bunch of basil, a bag of salad mix, a couple of onions, 2 sweet peppers, one bunch of swiss chard, and a bag of potatoes.  This is merely an example, but we try to go with veggies everyone uses normally, and then add a small amount of something more unique, along with tips on how to use it.  If you pick up your share at one of our regular CSA drop-offs, you will have a lot of choice as to what goes into your share, so you can be sure to get veggies you love and can use.

 

Q: When is the due date for payment on my membership?

A: A payment of at least half of your share price will be due when you sign up in order to reserve your membership in the CSA.   At that point, you can either pay the whole cost of your share, or you can pay the first half then and the second half by July 1.  It is better for the farm to have the whole share price earlier in the season, when most of our expenses are incurred, but if it works better for you to split your payment into two parts, that is absolutely fine.


Q: What if I am on vacation or cannot come for some reason to the pick-up?

A: Members can either find someone to pick up their share for them, or they can tell us in advance so that they can get a double share the following week or arrange to pick up at one of our other locations.  If you want to make alternate arrangements for your share, just let us know at least a day before the drop-off that you’ll miss, so we can postpone harvesting for you until you get back.

Q: How does the home delivery option work?

A: Home or workplace delivery will be available for those who live or work near our regular routes, so if you live near Alma, Mt. Pleasant, Midland, St. Johns, or the Lansing area, then this will be available in your area.  We’ll be delivering to the Alma area on Mondays, Mt. Pleasant area on Tuesdays, Midland area on Wednesdays, and Lansing area on Thursdays.  The cost of delivery will depend on how many miles out of the way you live/work, so if you are interested, email or call me with the delivery address, and I’ll be able to figure out a price for you.  Also, the more people you have picking up shares at that delivery site, the cheaper the delivery price is!   For the shares themselves, you will have the choice of two pre-packed shares.  In the newsletter each week, we’ll let you know what the options are, and you can email me by the day before your drop-off to let me know what your choice is.  If you are interested in this option, just give us a call or send us an email, and we’ll quote you a price.