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How it works
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relatively new marketing
model where growers and customers share the joys and risks of
farming. CSA members join the farm by paying a one-time fee in
the early spring when farm costs are high and revenue is low.
Throughout the season, CSA members will receive regular deliveries
of fresh, seasonal produce that reflect the farmer’s growing
style as well as, sometimes, the vagaries of the weather.
are new to the CSA model, please be sure to read “Considering
a CSA?” and the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
At Frog Holler, CSA members can choose either a Weekly or Biweekly
Share, or, new this year, a “Market Share” of fresh,
seasonal produce. (Market Shares are described in the next section.)
You may pick up your share either at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market
on Saturday or at the farm on Saturday or Sunday. Each week we
will share recipes for how to use unfamiliar vegetables or new
ways to enjoy old favorites in our online “Frog Holler Recipe
Box”. A CSA newsletter will provide updates on activities
at the farm. If a crop is exceptionally bountiful, your share
will reflect that. If the crop falls short, we may have to limit
amounts of that crop. Since we grow so many different types of
vegetables, there will always be an ample supply of fresh, delicious
vegetables in your share!
What's in a share?
You will always find a variety of salad green items (lettuce/spinach/chard/arugula,
etc.) in each box. We will also include cooking greens such as
Tuscan, Russian or Curly Kale, or Swiss chard, or Collards each
week. In later July, warm weather vegetables such as beans, zucchini
and summer squash, and of course tomatoes, will start to appear.
We grow many culinary herbs such as basil, dill, thyme, etc.,
and will also include a selection in your share. Root vegetables
such as carrots and beets will be available throughout the season.
Onions, potatoes and winter squash arrive in September.
Biweekly and Market Shares
Depending on your produce needs, you
can choose either a Weekly or Biweekly Share. Our Weekly
Share members will receive 16 shares, and our Biweekly members
will receive 8 shares. This simply means that Biweekly members
receive a full share box every other week. We do not offer
weekly "half-shares" at
A Market Share consists of a similar early spring
commitment, but Market Share members will select their own produce
from our Ann Arbor Farmers Market stall. The value of their selected
produce will be subtracted from their initial payment until they
have used it all. This type of share works for members who prefer
to choose their own produce, or who may travel during the summer
and aren’t able to make arrangements for someone to pick
up their box. Market Share members shop when they can and select
what they want, according to what is available at the stall.
Another advantage of the Market Share is that members may shop
at any time during the season, and even use their payment toward
purchasing seedlings for their garden in April or May.
Each week during the
season we post an update to our CSA online newsletter, which
includes details on what vegetables went into the share,
plus recipes and farm news. You can look at previous newsletters
to get an idea of what will be included in your share throughout
the season. Click
here for the CSA newsletter.
Considering a CSA?
Here are some questions that might help you decide if a CSA is
right for you.
1. Do you like vegetables? Well, duh, but when you join a CSA, you will receive
a 1/2-3/4 bushel box of fresh vegetables every week. Fresh fruits usually comprise
an occasional and relatively small amount of a CSA share. If you like your veggies,
2. Do you like to cook vegetables? Although salad ingredients are generally well-represented
in a typical share box, cooking vegetables such as greens, beets, beans, onions
and potatoes make up a substantial portion of your box. If you like to cook and
eat many meals at home, you'll appreciate the variety and freshness of the cooking
vegetables in your share.
3. Do you like surprises? Many members say that part of the fun of being in a
CSA is seeing what is in the box each week. We always try to include a balanced
representation of the seasonal produce we are harvesting; you won't be surprised
by a bushel of okra some week! But satisfied CSA members usually "go with
the flow" and plan their meals around what is in the box, rather than requiring
4. Do you like to try new vegetables? We often include share veggies that might
not be widely popular or are used more in other countries. We include them because
we like them and believe in their nutritional value. We always include recipes
and suggestions in our newsletter to get folks started with any unusual vegetables.
Many members report appreciating this expansion of their vegetable horizon!
5. Would you like to feel a little closer to nature's cycles? CSA members experience
the seasonal flow of the harvest; peas in June, corn in August. Depending on
the weather, some crops will ebb, others may abound. Your share box will reflect
the season, the weather, and your farmer's "best shot" at handling
the unexpected challenges that inevitably occur during the growing season.
6. Do you like to support local agriculture? The CSA marketing model helps the
farmer by providing material support early in the growing season when there are
many expenses but little income. Membership also represents a vote of confidence
for the farmer and strengthens local agriculture through the increased awareness
that members gain.CSA members form a community of support that encourages and
stimulates local growers to learn and improve. Would you like to be part of this
community of support?
Hopefully these questions have helped you decide!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many does a share feed? The Frog Holler CSA share will
feed two adults with a healthy appetite for vegetables. It will accommodate
two adults with a moderate vegetable appetite along with two or so kids.
If you are uncertain about being able to use all the produce, you might
find friends to split the share with, either by divvying up the box each
week or taking alternate weeks for the entire share. The Biweekly and Market
share provide further options for avoiding “vegetable overload”!
2. What if I can’t identify one of the items in a share? An online
newsletter will accompany each share, listing your share items for that
week and providing helpful information for unfamiliar vegetables. Tasty
recipes are included in each newsletter, along with updates on farm crops,
activities and events. Newsletters are archived on our web site, and accessible
throughout the season.
3. Is there a work requirement? The Frog Holler Farm
CSA does not require members to work on the farm.
4. Can I visit the farm? During the season you’re welcome to join us for our annual 4th of
July Barn Dance, and of course for Holler Fest, our three-day music festival
in August. If you and/or your family would like to visit on a non-scheduled
occasion, just let us know. Frog Holler is a very special piece of land
and we encourage folks to enjoy its natural beauty; however, since we are
a working farm, we won’t be able to provide tours for non-scheduled
5. Do you have a payment plan? You may hold your place
in the Frog Holler CSA with a $50.00 payment; we appreciate
the remainder by April 1. If you need to make other arrangements,
please contact us.
6. What if I
can’t pick up my share? If you are going to be out of town for a while,
we suggest you ask a friend to pick up your share and enjoy the veggies!
If it’s a short trip, perhaps a friend can pick up the box and hold
it for you. Although we can’t promise an identical box, occasionally
we can deliver a box to the Wednesday market if the Saturday pickup is not
possible. If none of these options is available, we appreciate your letting
us know ahead of time so that we don’t pack an unnecessary box. And
finally, we understand that unexpected events may prevent you from picking
up your share; if we don’t see you by 1:00 PM and don’t hear
from you, we will donate your share. Folks who travel regularly during the
summer may prefer the Market Share option.
7. Do you offer a half share? For those of you with smaller produce needs, we also offer a Biweekly Share.
This simply means that you will receive a full share box every other week.
We do not offer weekly half shares at this time.
8. More questions? Email us! ()
How it works | What's in a
share? | Cost
and pick-up details | Considering a
CSA? | FAQ