Big River Farms CSA
Big River Farms is a Certified Organic vegetable farm with a 200-member CSA, wholesale and retail accounts. The farm is operated by the nonprofit Minnesota Food Association, and aggregates produce grown by multiple farmers participating in a land-based training program. All proceeds from Big River Farms support MFA's educational programming, which focuses on helping farmers from socially-disadvantaged backgrounds get started, and building support in the broader community for small-scale organic farming.
Community Supported Agriculture CSA
In exchange for pre-season support, CSA members receive a box of vegetables each week throughout the season (we do offer payment plan options if you need to spread the cost over time). Veggies will vary with the rhythms of the growing season. Take a peek at our projected crop calendar for ideas about what you might see in your box throughout the season. We plan for a diverse variety of the staples you know and love, with some ethnic specialties from farmers-in-training. There may be times when we are unable to give a planned crop due to weather, pests or other unforeseen events. In these events, we fill the boxes with what is in season and harvest the planned crop to distribute at a later date. By planning for diversity, we offer an abundance of vegetables and a CSA experience worthy of your support. Interested in signing up? Head here!
Members also receive:
- CSA Orientation Packet in May detailing everything you’ll need to know about being a CSA member.
- What's Growing On?, a weekly e-newsletter sharing happenings on the farm, information about the produce in your box, drop site information and trusted recipes to try
- MFA Report, a monthly E-newsletter (opt-in) with updates from MFA’s Executive Director
- Invitations to farm events including:
- Spring Open House
- Fall Harvest Party
- Monthly community workdays
- Big River Slow Food Dinner
- And more!
Neighborhood Pick-Up Locations
Tentative Sites for the 2014 Season - Check back with us as we will be updating this.
White Bear Lake South (35E & Hway 96)
Mahtomedi (WB Unitarian Church)
Stillwater (Broadway & E Pine)
Big River Farms
Shoreview (SVL inc. @ Lexington Ave & hwy 96)
Success Personal Training Studio (On Beam Ave near Maplewood Mall)
Mpls South (Butter Bakery @ 3700 Nicolet Ave)
Mpls South (Mayflower Church @ 56th-Diamond Lake Rd)
Mpls South - Nokomis
St. Paul (St. Anthony, Heath Partners Como Clinic Hwy 280 and Como Ave)
St. Paul (Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood, Hudson Rd & Wakefield Ave.)
Highland Park (Ford Pkwy & Fairview Ave)
Roseville (Dale St., 1 mi. N of Hwy 36)
Woodbury (Woodwinds Health Center @Hwy 94, 2 miles S. of Hwy 494)
Wilder Foundation (Wilder employees ONLY)
Share Options and Pricing
Summer’s Best Veggies: farm $555/dropsite $590
18 weekly boxes of Big River Farms’ Certified Organic veggies, delivered to neighborhood sites throughout the Twin Cities and in Stillwater. What’s in the box each week will vary depending on what’s in season and tends to be lighter in the beginning and chock full of goodies come fall. Our Summer’s Best season runs from mid June through mid October.
Every-Other-Week Veggies: farm $310/dropsite $330
Want some of Big River Farms great veggies but a full box every week is too much of a good thing? An every-other-week share may be the perfect fit for you! This is a great way to recieve the fresh goodness of our veggies and support our farmers with a little less commitment to a fullshare. Every-other-week members still get access to newsletters and farm events and all the other perks of a full membership.
Fall Harvest Veggies: farm $95/mpls $105
An extension of the Summer’s Best, this share includes 3 boxes of storage vegetables and hardy greens
available for pickup on the farm or delivered to limited dropsites in Minneapolis. Boxes are packed and delivered on Tuesday10/29, 11/11 & 11/25
FruitShare Summer Farm $475/Dropsite $485:
FruitShare offers Organic fresh fruit, picked at its peak, packed carefully and delivered fast - It is NOT LOCAL. Everett Myers, FruitShare founder, grew up on a family farm just a few miles from Big River Farms. After years as a CSA farmer, and then a produce buyer, he developed relationships with organic family farmers throughout the country to bring their best Organic fruit to CSA customers. The Summer FruitShare includes 9 weeks of deliveries of the season’s tastiest Organic fruit, along with an e-newsletter sharing storage tips, recipes and farmer profiles. The Summer FruitShare includes: blueberries, cherries, 2 weeks of mixed fruit that will include pluots and plums and might also include nectarines, avocados, or grapes, 2 weeks of peaches and 2 weeks of apples and pears, some of which may be local. The Summer FruitShares can be picked up at the farm or delivered along with our vegetable shares.
We have a limited number of Summer’s Best and/or Fall Harvest shares available for work/trade.
We are especially interested in certain skill sets including but not limited to mechanical, foodies who like to create recipes and general office help. Each trade is valued and arranged based on type of work performed. For example, a barter of a mechanic’s services may require fewer hours than a barter of general office help.
Both parties will sign an agreement to the terms of the trade to ensure clear communication regarding expectations on both ends. We’ve had great success with this in the past and look forward to another season of trade relationships.
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