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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Frequently asked questions
What does being a shareholder involve?
For shareholders in Earthrise’s CSA program, each week brings surprises. Learning the behavior patterns of lettuce, spinach, peas, beans, beets, Swiss chard, tomatoes and a variety of herbs can be as unpredictable as the weather. A flexible shareholder is willing to share the risk management, as well as the taste of healthy eating. A newsletter offering an update on the garden activities, along with cooking tips, is tucked into each week’s box.
How much produce comes in a share?
A full share of food will feed approximately four people. Half shares are also available and will feed approximately two people.
How long does the growing season last?
About 22 weeks (mid-May to mid-October).
How do I become a member?
Call or e-mail Earthrise to request membership in the 2010 season. Prices and payment options can also then be discussed
Partnership with Easy Bean Farm
In the 2010 season, farmers at Easy Bean Farm near Milan, Minnesota, grew all of the vegetables for their CSA boxes as well as all of the produce for Earthrise CSA boxes. Each week someone from Earthrise picks up the weekly boxes of produce from Easy Bean and distributes them to the Earthrise subscribers.
This partnership allows Earthrise to work more closely with other farmers and allows more time to focus on growing vegetables for new local farmer’s markets. In addition, many people come to Earthrise to purchase produce and the market for vegetables for local banquets is increasing (to our delight!).