Dear Ann Arbor City Employees,
Sign up now for a 2021 Farm Share (CSA)
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market will be conducting a work place CSA distribution at the Farmers Market on Wednesdays, with weekly pickup June – October. If you have any questions about the program, contact Market Manager Stefanie T. Stauffer, PhD. at [email protected]
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 vegetables. A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a local food subscription service. CSA members pay a 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 farm products weekly from your selected farm.
Three Ann Arbor Farmers Market farms will be participating this year. You may choose to sign up for any of their shares by following the Registration instructions in their description below to apply.
Several other Ann Arbor Farmers Market vendors offer CSA pickup at the farmers market or on farm. Products include fruit, vegetables, meat, flowers, and more. For a full list of current CSA options, see CSA Info 2021.pdf
Time: Pick up your box each week on Wednesday between 7am and 3pm. The 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 at the Farmers Market curbside pick-up area, on Detroit Street. If you have any questions, email Market Manager Stefanie T. Stauffer, PhD at [email protected]
Register: Follow instructions next to the farm name to register. Registrations due by May 15, 2021.
Share Box Options
Scott Robertello, (517) 673-6927, [email protected]
Register: Email your name, phone, email, large or small share, location pickup (farmers market), and payment preference to [email protected], 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 for the City employee CSA program.
Price: Large share (family of 4+) $550. Small share (1-3 people) $310. (Price is for the entire season)
Time: June 5 – October 23. 20 shares total.
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.
Holly Goetz, (419) 367-0269, [email protected]
Register: Click here to download the registration form. Write in 'City employee CSA program-Farmers Market' under pickup location. Mail in check or pay by credit card over the phone at (419) 367-0269.
Price: Full share (every week) $400. Early bird discount of $30.00. Half share (every other week) $220. 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. (Price is for the entire season)
Time: June 5– October 30. 22 shares total.
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, [email protected]
Register: Click here to register. Under pickup location, choose City of AA Employees-Wednesday Farmers Market.
Price: Full share (every week) $640. 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 may be able to match you with someone. (Price is for the entire season)
Time: May 30 – September 25. 18 shares total.
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 a small family farm since 1993, using ecological and sustainable practices for all aspects of farming. We are located about 20 miles west of Ann Arbor and 20 miles east of Jackson. 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 couple of dogs, some cats, egg laying chickens and ducks, a few pigs, and a small herd of dairy and beef cattle. 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 .