A Program of the Women’s Environmental Institute

What is a CSA?

(Community Supported Agriculture or a CSA Farmshare)

For example, a WEI FULL SHARE provides a three-quarter bushel box of organically certified fruits, vegetables and herbs for 18 weeks to our CSA Shareholders from mid-June to mid-October. CSA shares are delivered to drop site partners located throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area and North Branch locations. Our shareholders pay an annual subscription fee and share with us the harvest, joys, rewards and inherent risks that are all a part of farming. WEI produce is certified organic by the Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) and is Minnesota Grown, we submit to a rigorous third party verification process to ensure that we use no petrochemical insecticides, herbicides, fungicides or GMO/treated seeds. What’s more, by ordering  your CSA through WEI, you are not only supporting the farm, you’re helping WEI fulfill its environmental justice and educational mission.

FULL SHARE CSA SNAPSHOT: WEI will be growing over 150 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruit. We are planning to grow more variety this year as suggested by our 2016 CSA shareholders. Crop varieties will be mixed and scaled down to 8-10 bundles/bunches/bags per box. We will try to balance basic household and well-loved food with a few lesser known fruits or vegetables for culinary exploration and cooking fun. Recipes for quantities in the box will be included.

Our 2017 farm plan includes 7 kinds of lettuce, multiple kinds of fresh greens, 8-10 varieties of tomato, 5 varieties of cucumber, 3 varieties of potatoes, 8-12 varieties of winter squash, 6 varieties of onion, 6 varieties of radish, 4 varieties of carrots, 3 varieties of cauliflower, 3 varieties broccoli, 5-7 varieties of apples, 4 varieties of peas, 6 varieties of garlic, 5 varieties of sweet pepper, 4 varieties hot pepper, 3 varieties of turnips, 5 varieties of beet, two varieties of parsley, ground cherries and sunchokes, winter roots, and a fresh herb (culinary or medicinal) in ever box, in addition to medley of a mixed patchwork of additional vegetable and fruit as they emerge during the season. A few boxes will contain outsourced fruits or vegetables from our North Circle sustainable farmers (berries and corn).

Living with Our Local Seasons.  What to expect.

Early Season

Salad Greens, Spinach, Arugula, Amaranth, Sugar Snap Peas, Scallions, Swiss Chard, Collards, Chives, Garlic Scapes, Radishes, Herbs.

Mid Season

Salad Greens, Summer Squash, New Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, Sweet Corn, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi, Scallions, Broccoli, Beets, Onions, Okra, Raspberries, Leeks, Eggplant, Herbs.

Late Season

Salad Greens, Garlic, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Carrots, Sweet Corn, Peppers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Potatoes, Onions, Baking Apples, Pumpkins, Brussels Sprouts, Turnips, Yams, Dry Beans, Root Vegetables, Herbs Check out the total list of over 150 varieties we are growing this year (members are not guaranteed a sample of each variety but a generous mix of the total list).

What you get

A FULL SARE  CSA BOX will be delivered from mid-June to mid-October to a drop site near you on Thursday evenings (North Branch area sites) or Friday mornings (in the Twin Cities metro area). Those picking up their CSAs at the Amador Hill Farm Location will be able to arrive after 4:30pm on Thursdays each week. Each box is harvested by our farm manager Jacquelyn Zita, and our local farmhands whose volunteer hours are priceless. Each week you will know who is handling your produce and we take great pride in being able to provide FRESH ORGANIC produce each week to our shareholders. Ready to Order? Did you know you can use EBT / SNAP to purchase CSA shares? Contact us at 651-583-0705 for more information. Are you interested in volunteering your time to help harvest and prepare boxes? Volunteers help harvest and pack food from our farm to give to our shareholders and sell at farmers markets. Spend some time with us out on our beautiful farm, get to know our staff and other volunteers, and help bring healthy, organic and justly grown food to our communities. Sign up today! Volunteer for 80 hours over the course of the 2017 season, and your CSA share is on us!