Dear Ann Arbor City Employees,
Sign up now for a 2019 Farm Share (CSA)
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market will be conducting a work place CSA distribution at Larcom City Hall on Wednesdays, with weekly pickup June – October. It's not too late to sign up! Register now to receive a pro-rated share for the summer.
What is a CSA/Farm share? It's a way to connect with your local agricultural community! It's also a great way to commit to eating more fruits and veggies. A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a local food subscription service. CSA members pay and one time fee up front at the start of the season for a "share" of the crops that are grown. In return, the farm provides each member with a healthy supply of fresh, locally grown food each week. You receive a box of veggies, fruits, and other goodies weekly from your selected farm. Worksites can arrange to have the food delivered on a specific day and to a specific location.
Four Ann Arbor Farmers Market farms will be participating in this pilot program. You may choose to sign up for any of their shares by following the Registration instructions in their description below to apply.
Several other AA Farmers Market vendors offer CSA pickup at the farmers market or on farm. Products include meat, flowers, fish, veggies, and more. For a full list of CSA options, see CSA information 2019.
Time: Pick up your box each week on Wednesday between 10 am and the end of the day. Program runs late May/early June – October. Each CSA share runs on a slightly different schedule, so you will be sent reminders for pickup dates depending on your individual membership with each farm.
Location: Boxes will be available for pickup on the main floor of city hall, behind the customer service area in one of the cubicles- just look for the signs.
Register: Follow instructions next to the farm name to register. Registrations due by Friday, May 17.
Share Box Options
Scott Robertello, (517) 673-6927, email@example.com
Register: Email your name, phone, email, large or small share, location pickup (city hall), and payment preference to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the store (517) 423-7419. You may pay by credit card over the phone, or mail payment to Kapnick Orchards 4245 Rogers Hwy Britton Mi. 49229. Please indicate if you call or mail in payments that it's a City Hall pick up.
Price: Large share (family of 4+) $550. Small share (1-3 people) $310.
Time: June 5 – October 21. 20 shares.
Includes asparagus, strawberries, peas, cherries, potatoes, raspberries, blueberries, beans, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, pears, grapes, cider, apple butter, winter squash.
Kapnick Orchards is a family farm operated in Britton, MI. 4 miles south of Tecumseh and 30 miles from Ann Arbor. Currently owned and operated by Bruce and Sharon Kapnick Schaffer & Scott Robertello. Kapnicks's was established by Robert & Gertrude Kapnick in the late 1930's. We are not an organic farm but we are very conscious of our environment and our growing practices. We practice I.P.M (integrated pest management) which means we do not spray on a once a week schedule. We only spray when there will be significant injury to our crops. We use computer programs from Michigan State to determine the best time to spray to control a large group of pests at once to limit our applications. We are licensed by the MDA.
Shannon Brines, 734-926-5463, email@example.com
Register: Click here to download the registration form. You may mail a check or pay online. Indicate 'CIty Hall' under pickup location.
Price: Full share (every week) $638. Ask about doing a half share (every other week) and we will try to match you with someone.
Time: May 22 – October 16. 22 shares.
Includes spinach, arugula, salad mix (includes wide variety of lettuces and baby greens), and cooking greens like kales, collards, leaf broccoli or broccoli raabs, chards, and other asian greens. Some of snap peas, fresh heirloom pole beans, heirloom tomatoes, basil, cilantro, onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, and more (items with shorter seasons). Occasional strawberries, sweet hakurei turnips, purple top turnips, radishes, beets, sweet carrots, sweet corn, asparagus, and pac chois (aka bok choy, bok choi, etc.).
Brines Farm utilizes heirloom, open-pollinated, and/or non-hybrid seeds where possible, and all seeds are GMO-free. While we've been organic since inception, Brines Farm will be attaining “USDA organic certification" in time for the summer season. In general, we follow the most authentic and ecological practices possible. We are always learning to be more in tune with our ecosystem. No chemical or synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides are used – just cover crops, healthy compost soil and hard work. Shareholders may schedule visits to the farm to see how their food is grown. See more on Brines Farm's sustainable agroecological techniques and methods at Brines.net
Holly Goetz, (419) 367-0269, goetzCSA@yahoo.com
Register: Click here to download the registration form. Write in 'City Hall' under pickup location (not listed on form). Mail in check or pay by credit card over the phone at (419) 367-0269.
Price: Full share (every week) $370. Early bird discount of $30.00. Half share (every other week) $210. Early bird discount of $20.00. 1 share will feed 2 people or 2 people and 2 small children. A half share is good for 1 or 2 people.
Time: June 5 – October 30. 22 shares.
Includes asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, brussels, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, muskmelon, onion, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, shoots, spinach, summer squash, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, winter squash, zucchini.
Our family has been stewards of the same land since 1905. In the late 1970's, our farm transitioned from grain and livestock to produce. Since that time we've been marketing our produce at farmer's markets including the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Downtown Farmington Farmers Market and Chelsea Farmers Market. Recently we have also been supplying fresh produce to several excellent restaurants including Zingerman's, Lunchroom, and Fresh Forage. Three generations of our family provide the energy and expertise to operate our farm.
We believe the key to healthy produce is healthy soil. We work hard to incorporate cover crops, manure and compost into the soil. We also take pride in being good stewards of the land including preventing pollution to Lake Erie and providing habitat to pollinators. Our farm uses many organic practices. We favor vigorous cultivars and are continually trialing varieties to select those with optimum flavor and nutrition, the same way that good farmers have for generations.
Deb Lentz, 734-475-4323, firstname.lastname@example.org
Register: Click here to register. Under pickup location, choose "Private Location"
Price: Full share (every week) $630. A “share" feeds 2 people generously or a family of 4 with small children. We only offer Full Shares, but ask us about doing a Half Share (every other week) and we will try to match you with someone.
Time: May 29 – September 25. 18 shares.
There will be about 8-10 items in your share during the first 4 weeks depending on what is seasonally available. You'll continue to receive more items as the season progresses, ranging from 8 to 16 items. Each week our goal is to provide 1 to 4 salad greens (lettuce, arugula, etc.), 1 to 4 cooking greens (collards, Swiss chard, kale, etc.), 1 to 4 root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, etc.), 1 to 4 fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, corn, squash, etc.), 1 or 2 alliums (onions, garlic, etc.), 1 to 3 brassicas (broccoli/cabbage family), and 1 or 2 herbs (basil, parsley, etc.). Tantre has an Extended Fall CSA shares available for 4 weeks in October for $140.
Tantré Farm has been an organic farm since 1993. We are located about 20 miles west of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our fruit crops include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pears, melons, and more depending on the fruit weather. We grow about 80 to 100 varieties of vegetables, mushrooms, and a small variety of herbs and flowers. In addition to that, we have a dog, some cats, a small flock of egg laying chickens and ducks, a few pigs, and a small herd of cows. We sell our produce through CSA shares, at various local stores, restaurants, and also at the Ann Arbor and Chelsea Farmers Markets. Our farmland has grown to about 115 acres of wetland, woods, and sandy-loam fields. Richard and Deb, along with their daughter, Ariana, live on-site year round. Seasonal workers or interns join them for various parts of the year, living and working together.