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Our 2014 CSA sign-up and payment form
(As of 3/10/14 we still have openings available)
Our 2014 printable CSA brochure
Here’s what was in the boxes in 2011, 2012, 2013
Here’s how often you might get a particular vegetable or fruit.
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? It’s essentially owning a share of the farm’s produce and having a more intimate relationship with the land on which it is grown and with the farmers that grow it.
Different from some farms’ CSA program, we grow 99 percent of all that we deliver so members can be assured of where their produce comes from. While that makes our task all the more challenging, we feel it is important when families entrust a farm to provide their food that that food can be trusted to be of the highest quality.
Without CSA member support many small, local farms would enter each growing season without a means of financing the tens of thousands of dollars of expenses small farms accrue. But in the true spirit of community support, members help keep small farms places where real food, not just commodities, can be grown. A commitment to Pinehold’s efforts supports our decision to farm because of the respect it should demand, the fulfilling life it can offer and the impact it can have on creating a better world for all us.
How does a CSA work? We grow 45 to 50 vegetables, fruits, and herbs that we harvest, pack and distribute on a weekly basis to families that become members of the farm. Members pay in advance for the food they will receive throughout the CSA season. The season is 18 weeks long, beginning in early July and going through November. The boxes are delivered on Wednesday afternoon to neighborhood dropsites through southeast Wisconsin
We also provide a weekly newsletter, delivered via mail the morning of delivery that explains the contents of that week’s delivery as well as recipes and storage tips for the produce. Recipes in our newsletters often mirror the contents of the box both in variety and quantity. Members also get a little update on the comings and going at Pinehold. A newsletter archive including the 2010 to 2013 seasons is also available.
Finally, we feel it’s important to strengthen the ties between the farm and farm members by inviting members to the farm Monday through Saturday. We also offer specific opportunities to come together as a group, such as our paste tomato u-picks and harvest festival and dinner in the summer. Dates for these events will be noted in the newsletter and also on our Calendar page.
Pinehold Gardens’ CSA Shares: For 2014, our CSA share begins during the height of summer in early July and ends in November, with deliveries on Wednesdays. This 18-week CSA share is offered at $485 for new members. Our share see is a medium size that may be slightly smaller than some CSA shares. Our hope is that we have the recipe for just the right amount of produce for single people, couples and small, busy families. See the brochure and sign-up form for more information and pricing. We also offer workershare memberships. See below for information on that.
Delivery locations and times: Besides the option to pick up at the farm, we offer delivery sites in Racine, Cudahy, Bay View, Greenfield, Shorewood, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee’s West Side, and at Milwaukee’s Downtown and Third Ward area at La Merenda restaurant. The locations of our delivery sites as well as the specific pick-up times can be found on our sign-up form. Pick-up times generally span late afternoon and early evening. Delivery is always on a Wednesday. Members that pick up at the farm have the flexibility of picking up their boxes from 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through 7 p.m. on Saturday because we store the boxes in our walk-in cooler.
Assistance fund: For those unable to meet the financial obligations of being a member and are unable to do a worker share, we have an Assistance Fund. Dependent upon the generosity of other members in our community, the fund will be used to partially offset the difference in what a member is able to pay and the cost of a membership. This year we can offer up to $100 off a membership. We are doing this because we think everyone in the community should have access to fresh, local produce. Call it redistribution of wealth if you like; we call it community spirit. Flexible payment options are also available.
General note: Due to the high number of requests for CSA information, we recommend contacting us during our off season, which is November through March for a timely personal response. Sign-ups for the 2014 CSA season are accepted in the order in which we receive the sign-up form. We encourage new members to join our returning members to help build up our community. Please note we are a two person operation, and your patience is appreciated.
Small scale, sustainable vegetable production is labor intensive, creating a need for dedicated workers. To address this need, we offer a limited number of worker shares. A worker share is the exchange of labor for a CSA membership. Worker shares receive a box of fruits and vegetables and make a significant contribution to the success of Pinehold Gardens. A worker share is a serious commitment of 4 hours per week. The majority of our worker share hours are Tuesday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm. A worker share commits to a shift and works that shift for the entire season. Worker share positions are open for both early season shifts and late season shifts. All shifts are 18 weeks long for a total of 72 hours. For 2014, the early season begins in May and the late season begins in July.
Worker Share Guidelines Worker Share Sign Up Form
Worker Share Guidelines Worker Share Sign Up Form