Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is based on the idea that where food comes from should be just as important as the food itself! CSA members pay in advance for a share of the upcoming harvest and are ensured high-quality local produce, and we the farm are ensured a consistent market. CSA connects you to the land your food is grown on and those who grow your food!
When you join the CSA your are part of a Community
that supports a small, local farm.
The benefits of the Community Supported Agriculture are plenty. Joining a CSA creates the opportunity to learn about and appreciate local, seasonally grown food. It provides you the member with an awareness of the many challenges and numerous rewards of farming. This includes the risks and uncertainties of farming, as well as sharing in the bountiful harvest. CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between the farmer and you the member. CSA members pay a membership fee, which guarantees the farmer, some financial support for purchasing seed, labor and other day to day expenses. In return the member receives weekly shares (based on share size) of fresh, locally grown produce throughout the summer!
Joining Green Earth Growers CSA ensures you great tasting, fresh, local vegetables! We are Certified Naturally Grown, which means we grow all our produce in accordance with Organic standards. NO NASTY CHEMICALS! We have several metro location pick-up sites. Along with your weekly box of fresh produce you also receive weekly emails with farm happenings, veggie info and recipe ideas. In May all our members receive an invitation to our FRIENDS AND FAMILY Plant Sale, plus a gift card to come shop our wide selection of plants. We deliver boxes by 4pm on Tuesdays starting middle of June (weather depending). Our members can switch to a different share size at anytime throughout the season, should you find that it is too much or not enough for your weekly needs. If you will be going on vacation at any point during the season please let us know so we can help make arrangements so you don't miss your box (or we also suggest that you can give your box away to family or friends)
full share $500
full share members will receive weekly boxes of fresh produce for at least 16 weeks. Full share members will usually have between 8-15 items of produce each week (this will vary slightly according to the season) This size is great for households of 2-5 people that generally like to cook at home and eat fresh vegetables.
half share $325
half share members will receive a box every other week for a total of at least 8 boxes throughout the season. Half share members will receive the same quantity and variety (8-15 items) of a full share, however you will just get a box every other week. This size is great for a household of 1-2 people or a family that eats out and cooks at home occasionally or is trying to eat more vegetables!
***we recommend this size share for those who have never been in a CSA. It is a good introduction size
and you can switch to a full share anytime during the season.
we are currently dropping at the following locations:
*farm (prior lake)
*valley natural foods co-op (burnsville)
*wagners greenhouse (bloomington)
*intelligent nutrients (northeast minneapolis)
*private residence (st. louis park)
*mississippi market W 7th St (st.paul)
don't see a location that fits your needs...please contact us to see if we can make other arrangements
if you are a business that is interested in having us drop off at your work location please contact us (we need a minimum of 7 shares to drop)
Basil, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Hot Peppers, Garlic, Kale, Kolhrabi, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Potatoes, Radishes, Sage, Summer Squash Mix, Sweet Peppers, Swiss Chard and more!
The boxes start off the season a little smaller and grow throughout the summer. We usually do our first weeks in a 5/9 bushel box and graduate to a 3/4 bushel box once we really get rolling. Many times there will also be a side item that you have to grab (ex bag of corn, melon) that will not fit into your box! All members will receive a GREEN EARTH GROWERS grocery tote to take with you so you can transfer you produce and leave the box (should you choose to). We also have a box reward program, if you bring all your boxes back for the season you win a prize!
As a Green Earth Growers CSA member you also receive a
membership to Local Thyme.
Your membership to Local Thyme includes:
The largest online searchable database of Seasonal Vegetable-Centric Recipes
These are Seasonal Recipes – no asparagus with tomatoes here!
The chef helped write From Asparagus to Zucchini and Farm, Fresh and Fast
94% of the recipes were rated 4-5 stars; none below
3D Recipe Box where you can save your favorites
All the dishes are veggie-centric, focused on the kinds of veggies you get from us
A Beautiful Vegetable ID
Photos of the vegetables
Info Preservation Tips and Tricks
Basic Pantry Guide
Support from the Chefs
You can comment on recipes to give feedback
Online support 7 days a week for your cooking and storage questions
Customizable Menu plans
You can create your own menu plan and generate a shopping list each week
To become a Green Earth Grower CSA Member please sign-up online or download the sign-up form. Members can choose to pay full amount upon sign-up or opt for the extended payment (half due upon sign-up, other half due by June 1st). We will confirm your sign-up once it is received. A informational packet will be sent out in late April. We hope to start boxes the middle of June (weather depending), we will send out emails ahead of time to notify members when the boxes will start. Please be sure to read the CSA Membership Agreement, by signing up for a membership you are agreeing to the terms of the CSA Membership Agreement.