WOLF CREEK FARM
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
How a csa works: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.
How do I become a member of the Farm?
Becoming a member is easy!
1. To begin our registration process you will choose the CSA sessions you wish to participate in.
2. Provide us with your contact information for communication throughout your membership
3. Choose your drop-site location and complete your membership payment with us!
What does it mean to be a member of the Farm?
CSA membership is an opportunity to build a direct link between your food access and the farmer who grows it. This partnership ensures more sustainable farming practices and higher quality food production on a local basis. These community-based benefits directly contribute to the security of small farms and individual opportunity of having access to high quality, sustainably produced products.
How much does a CSA share cost and how long is a session?
Each CSA session is priced differently and runs based on the session’s seasonal time-frame. You can view the CSA sessions available for the season. For pricing on these sessions click on the Summer Share, Storage Share, or Thanksgiving share
What is in the share?
Each share will contain a variety of fresh vegetables. The vegetables you receive will be based upon what is seasonally available. Because farming is dependent upon the weather and variable environmental conditions, we are unable to promise any one produce item in a given share session. For example, early in the summer season, you’ll receive cooler weather crops like greens, peas, beans, cauliflower and broccoli. As the season develops, you’ll receive sweet corn, melons, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, sweet potatoes, potatoes, berries, and much more. Shares will be more plentiful at the peak of the season than they are at the very beginning and end of the season.
What is the difference between Full and Half share membership options?
We offer two share type options within each seasonal session (Summer, Storage). Our first share type option is our Full Share. The Full Share simply means you will be receiving your share delivery based on our full season delivery schedule. In turn, our Half Share option means you have elected to receive your delivery half as often as our regular full share delivery schedule. For example, when electing to receive our FULL Summer Share type option, you will receive 12 weekly deliveries during the summer session. If you elect the HALF Summer Share type option, you will be receiving 6 bi-weekly deliveries during the summer session.
Can I get a group of people together to collectively purchase a CSA Session?
Absolutely! Many of our customers go in on shares together. This is a great way to access organically grown, local produce even if you know you cannot eat a whole share in your particular household. Pick-up arrangements and payment divisions will need to be decided within your group. Contact us with any questions regarding our registration process.
When and where is it distributed?
Your CSA share will be delivered based on the session you have elected at one of our predetermined drop-site locations. We offer drop-site locations in the Fargo/Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Ada, Felton and Ulen. We are willing to add different drop off sites if there are 5 members/site. When you register for your share, you will be provided with a list of drop-site locations to choose from.
What if I am out of town on distribution day or I forget to pick up my share? Is there any provision for picking up during the week?
CSA shares must be picked up at your elected drop-site on distribution days and during the regular distribution hours. We have arranged a selection of drop-site locations to use only a few hours on distribution days. If you’re going to be out of town or otherwise unable to pick up your share, please make alternative arrangements for someone else (friend, family member, neighbor) to pick up your share. We do allow members to pre-arrange an absence ONCE during the season. If you will be on vacation and wish to have us withhold your share and provide a double share on your next distribution date, we will accommodate this arrangement once during the CSA session. Please note that this is ONLY for pre-arranged requests. If you wish to change your drop-site or withhold your share for a future double delivery, you must contact us at least one delivery prior to the next scheduled delivery to ensure we are able to communicate these changes to our CSA Farmer and delivery staff. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (320)460-0777. You must choose an active drop-site for the season in which you are participating. Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time will be donated to the drop-site host.
Do I need to return the share distribution boxes?
Yes! We use heavy-duty wax produce boxes. These boxes are designed to keep your fruits and veggies as fresh as possible during the distribution and pick-up process. Each member is alloted two boxes. Please bring your box back when you come to pick up the next delivery and leave the broken down box at the drop-site. We collect and inventory the boxes after each delivery pick-up. When you help us keep unnecessary overhead expenses down, we can direct your investment in the farm back into improvements or additional varieties of produce that benefit you directly (rather than boxes)!
What fruits and vegetables should I expect?
CSA’s provide you with a seasonal selection of produce. Because supermarkets outsource their goods from around the country and around the world, many people are not accustomed to eating seasonally to their area. The early season will typically start out light with salad greens, kale, peas, etc. Our summer session will bring beets, radishes, corn, beans, cucumbers, etc. Toward the end of the season, you can expect the addition of heavier items like squash and pumpkin. Our exact selection will depend greatly upon the growing conditions, but our goal is to have many different varieties of produce throughout the season.
Will I still need to buy vegetables at the store?
This will depend upon your eating habits. Those who typically eat very few fruits and vegetables may find they get more than they need from the CSA. For those who eat higher amounts of vegetables and who are looking for items out of season may need to supplement their CSA shares. Our goal is to have our shareholders receive more than they expect in their CSA distributions, and that they will only have to occasionally supplement with some out of season items at the grocery store. Again, we are growing items that are seasonal to our area (Minnesota).
Can I choose what I get in my CSA share each week?
No. The share contents every week are based upon what is available for harvest, and every member gets roughly the same selection and amount of produce. If you receive a particular item that you will not use yourself, we always encourage you to give them to others you know who may enjoy them. We will also provide you with the knowledge of our distribution items and how to use them. Be sure to check out our Recipe Page. This may be the perfect opportunity for you to expand your food repertoire. Does everything come from our Farm? We grow our own produce. However, because we believe in supporting other local farmers, we will add some items that we do not currently grow (for example, honey).
Are there any risks with a CSA?
CSA members share in both the risk and reward of the farm. If we experience catastrophic weather and a particular crop falls short or fails entirely, we will not be able to distribute that produce on to you. If only a small portion of crops fail, we will compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of crops fail, we may not be able to deliver any product in some weeks. If conditions exceed our expectations and we have an abundant harvest, then our members also share in this crop reward. Membership in a CSA means you have a stake in the farm. Therefore, you share in both possibilities of risk and reward involved in farming.
Can I buy extra produce beyond my CSA session(s)?
Yes! We will update our website daily and provide daily/weekly produce that is available to buy.
I plant my own garden. How can a CSA session work for me?
Many of our members currently have their own gardens. They have found the duplicated items in the CSA share to be staples that provide for more meals during the week. In addition to staple items, CSA shares typically provide items that are not usually found in smaller home gardens, such as herbs, berries, and variety of other diversified produce.
Can I get a refund once the season starts?
We regret that we CANNOT offer refunds once the CSA share session begins. If you find you will not be able to use your share as planned, we suggest you arrange for a friend or family member to take over your share for you. A CSA membership benefits you in many ways, but it also benefits the farm because we have an up-front and exact budget to plan the season based on membership registration and outlook. Once the session begins, we have already allocated the funds from our membership fees to the seeds, supplies, equipment required to allow the season to come to harvest. While we would sincerely like to accommodate special circumstances, providing a refund would jeopardize the season for all of our members.
Can I visit the Farm?
We encourage it! We like every member to visit the farm at least once per season. As a member, you help to make it possible for us to manage and provide a local CSA. We want you to come and see what you are a part of as a farm member. Please contact us to schedule an individual tour for yourself or your family! We will also be hosting special events at the farm for our members and the public. Please see our Farm Events Page for more information on any upcoming events.