Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) allows you to invest in a local farm in exchange for a portion of the harvest from that farm. At Harvest of Joy Farm LLC, CSA members pay a lump sum at the beginning of each growing season and then receive weekly shares of produce throughout the season, as well as opportunities to learn about the farm and enjoy its land. Our relationship with our CSA members helps us to run our farm efficiently since we can plan, plant, and harvest with our members in mind.

Should You Join a CSA?

When you become a CSA member at Harvest of Joy Farm LLC, you join a community of folks dedicated to the long-term success of our farm. By sharing the risks inherent in each growing season (such as unpredictable weather and pest and disease cycles), you make it possible for us to farm using methods that enrich rather than deplete the ecosystem we share. You also contribute to the sustainability of our local economy and reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing food grown close to home.

CSA memberships aren’t for everyone, but if you enjoy fresh, seasonal produce, have a sense of culinary adventure, and crave a deeper connection to the land on which your food is grown, then a CSA membership might be right for you.

2018 CSA Membership Program

In 2018, weather-permitting, we plan to run our CSA from early June through early September, with a week-long vacation break in mid-July. In October, we’ll host a fall harvest celebration where you can glean what is left in the fields.

Share Sizes:  We offer both large and small share sizes. Generally, we find that two adults who frequently cook at home and base their meals around seasonal vegetables will enjoy a large share. Single folks and those who eat vegetables as side dishes rather than main dishes might prefer a small share. Weekly share size and contents will vary throughout the season as different crops ripen. Weather will also play a role in what you receive each week. A warm spring, for example, might mean lots of produce early in the season; an extremely wet or cold spring might mean less veggies in early June because planting is difficult under those conditions.

Share Distribution:  In 2018, we will offer two types of share distribution:

  • “Fill-your-own” share, on-farm pick-up, Thursdays 4pm-7pm. Members picking up their produce directly from the farm will have the flexibility of selecting their vegetables from the week’s harvest. We will post signs with the amounts of veggies allocated to each share and within that range members will be able to choose more or less of what they would like. Large shares: $380. Small shares: $225.
  • Pre-boxed share, Kalamazoo pick-up, Thursdays, time and place TBD. Because of the extra energy required to clean and pack share tubs and drive them into town, this option has an extra $30 cost. Large shares: $410. Small shares: $255.

If there are weeks that you are unable to pick up your share, you may have someone else pick it up for you. We do not provide refunds for unclaimed shares.  If you make arrangements with us, we may be able to hold a share for you in our refrigerator for a day or two. No guarantees, but we will try to work with you!

Along with your weekly produce, we provide regular updates about what is happening on the farm so that you can enjoy getting to know how your food is grown. And because we understand the challenges of cooking and eating seasonally, we’ll share our favorite recipes with you, along with tips for storing and preserving your produce.

For more information and to request a membership form, please email thefarmers@harvestofjoyfarm.com or call 616-510-4487.

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10 Responses to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

  1. Sandra Hoffbeck says:

    Hi Amy!
    So excited to hear about your new venture. Congratulations.
    We are interested in purchasing a 1/2 share.
    Is there are place I can just drop a check off at your house?
    Sandra Hoffbeck

  2. Chrystal says:

    I am very interested in a half share and was wondering how much food would I recieve each week, what kind of foods, and if I could get a list of the foods you could possible provide each season? I am a family of three? Is half a share enough for our family? Thanks for your time.

    • Hi Chrystal! Thanks for your interest. Take a look at our blog post Wonderful Seeds for a list of the crops we are planning to grow this year. Of course, as we mention in the post, this isn’t a guarantee that we’ll be able to offer all of these to our CSA customers, since crop failures do sometimes happen. As far as whether a half share would be enough for your family of three, it really depends on how much your family loves veggies! Our goal is to provide between $20-$25 in farmers market value of produce to our full share customers each week and $10-$12/wk to half share people, so if you’ve shopped at farmers markets and have a sense of prices there, that might give you an idea of how much produce will be in each share.

  3. Chrystal says:

    Oh, another question, can we pick and choose what we want and don’t want, or if we want more of one thing than another? Thanks again. 🙂

    • At this point, due to logistical restrictions, it’s not going to be possible for people who are getting their shares at off-farm pickup locations to pick and choose the contents of their shares. We might be able to be a little more flexible with this for folks who are picking up at the farm, however. If you’re still interested, feel free to give us a call (269-672-2622) and we can give you further details over the phone.

  4. Roger says:

    Regarding the flexibility for those picking up at the farm, I really wouldn’t want to arrive late in the day to find picked-over remains.

    • No fear of that, Roger! We’re small enough at this point that we only have a few people picking up at the farm on any given day and we’re happy to box up shares for those folks just like we do for people picking up at other locations if they’d prefer.

  5. Elena says:

    Can you buy a half share this late in the season? Where is the Kalamazoo pick up location?

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