CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Look at it this way: Our family makes a living from the people who live in (or visit) our community. We are a small 20ish acre vegetable farm and the majority of our customers are located less than 25 miles from our farm.
It is a subscription to a “garden share” of what we actually grow in our gardens here at Providence Organic Farm. CSA members receive 6-16 items in their weekly or bi-weekly boxes comprised of a variety of in-season vegetables & popular herbs. We grow over 200 varieties of vegetables, as well as strawberries and melons. Ryan and I choose what’s in a box each week, but be aware that our members are allowed to switch items out or add items on with a few easy clicks of the mouse. We grow plenty of staples such as lettuces & greens, beans, potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, garlic, and when-in-season strawberries & tomatoes… plus some lesser used veggies once in awhile… such as cauliflower, eggplant, bok choy, tomatillos & Japanese turnips to name just a very few
You may purchase a share for up to 24 weeks starting mid-June and going up to the week of Thanksgiving. Winter through Spring shares are also available from December to May. They are offered the first and third week of each month.
No. We serve a wide-variety of needs, from locals not wanting to go to the grocery store for as long as possible, to summer visitors needing a share only for the time they are up here. If a share a week seems like too much, we also offer an every other week share option as well.
Ask yourself how much veggies you and your family really consume in a week. Half Share AKA bi-weekly share) is about $40 worth of organic produce. Small shares are designed for those who spend about $36 in organic veggies a week. Large shares are designed for those who spend about $46.50 in organic veggies a week. If in doubt, start with the smaller size. (You can always add items to your order via the farm market or online store. And, you can upgrade any time during the season to the large share.)
If you’d prefer a Half-Share (AKA bi-weekly share), some couples opt to “share” a share at first, picking up every other week. That way they enjoy the savings of an 18-24 week share! You may also purchase a Half-share alone by letting us know you’d like a small share every other week.
Please return the box every week. The box is very sturdy and we reuse them as long as we can. The green food safe liner is yours! You can use it to preserve your produce in the fridge, or reuse it as a garbage bag (in a standard garbage container).
We can accept all of those methods of payment for those who pick up their shares at the farmer’s markets (Traverse City, Charlevoix & Boyne City). We are applying to accept them at our farm this season as well.
No. You may pay monthly, thirds, half, or all at once… (unless your company offers payroll deduct, in which case you pay a bit every two weeks.) If you need to break up the payments further, you may do that as well. Just email us to make arrangements.
Due to the nature of the administrative costs of customers signing up as well as harvest planning based on the number of CSA members who sign up at the beginning of the year, there is a cancellation fee of $75. The remaining amount that you have paid will be refunded to you.
It’s usually sufficient to tell your friend to let us know who they are as well as who they are picking up for.
Absolutely! Kindly give 48 hours notice via your Farmigo account or by email, and we can send you box to any of our 17 pick-up locations. Comes in handy when you stay-cation or vacation in beautiful northern Michigan.
You may place your share on hold ANY time during the growing season. Please give us 48 hours notice…by either going online to your Farmigo account and placing your share on hold or by emailing us to do this. We will contact you to ask if you want us to double up the next week or tack it on the end of your designated weeks – if you have less than a 24 week share.
Some people ask us to donate it instead of putting it on hold. Your share will go to our local nursing home, Good Samaritan’s or a local family in need.
And of course, you may ask a friend to pick it up and enjoy it instead of a hold as well.
Please contact us ASAP. We are more than happy to hold it for you until you can pick it up. If you do not contact us in a reasonable amount of time…with in a day at most, we may donate your share or re-absorb it into the farm.
Nope. Let us know via email if you’d like any of those items. We will take note and let you know when they are ready. Pork requires a $125 deposit (and usually sells out in early summer, so get it in if you are serious) and beef and lamb have waiting lists at this time.
Please be kind and let us know! We strive to give you the highest quality produce possible. Although we rigorously check each item during intake and during packaging of CSA shares, it is possible that something was overlooked. If we know about it we will gladly replace it or give you something of the same value. (Please note that most items need refrigeration. Your items were cooled down immediately upon picking and stored in a walk-in cooler. We aren’t responsible for a box that’s been left our in the hot weather too long in a car or a pick-up location. Thanks for understanding that.)
Each Monday, we send you this week’s box list, plus all of the other veggies available. With a few simple clicks, you can customize your entire box. You may switch veggies out, add more veggies and/or purchase other items (including honey).
Yes. It’s easy to exchange up to two items for items t our farm or farm market pick-ups. We want to be flexible and meet your needs if you decide not to do this ahead of time online.
Yes. 48 hours ahead of time, you may buy additional items via our online store and we will pack them into your CSA box. (24 hours ahead of time for Tuesday shares.)
Yes! We have an on-farm market, open 6 days a week. We also hold several farm tours for CSA members and special events during the season as well.
Yes, and I’ll let you know via emails when bulk items are available and what the price is.
YES! We consider it an honor to share a portion of Providence Farm’s bounty with local families. Any potential recipient family can contact our farm with a request to participate in a gift share for the season.
We also gift our local food pantry, Good Samaritan Family Services, and three other food pantries with produce through out the season and participate in Project Fresh and SNAP through out all of Northern Michigan.
Absolutely! Along with donating 100’s of pounds of food to several area food pantries each week during CSA season, Ryan and I give shares to families who otherwise could not afford the fresh, nutritious goodness we grow. Your donation will mean even more children and parents will have access to 24 weeks of vegetables during the growing season and for 3 months during the winter. These families greatly appreciate the chance to feed their children nutrient dense food, and also benefit from the recipes and storage tips our newsletters provide.