Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Our Farm Share (CSA) program is a great way to supply your vegetable needs over the summer months, eat seasonally and try new produce. Our CSA season generally lasts around 16-18 weeks beginning in mid June with a one week break near the middle. We offer two sizes of shares: full and half. A full share is $530 and should be enough produce for about 4-6 people each week throughout the season. A half share is $285 and should be enough produce for 1-3 people each week throughout the season.
In addition to the produce included in the CSA you will also be able to participate in our optional composting program. If you'd like to participate you will receive a one gallon bucket with lid to collect compostable food scraps. You may put any uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea leaves, and egg shells in your compost bucket and we will compost it and use the compost on our land! Another benefit is our Facebook recipe group. You'll also be invited to a private Facebook group with other CSA members to share recipes, pictures, and tips for what to do with your produce. It's a really great way to get some ideas or share the awesome dish you just made with Cedar Crate Farm produce.
We are also delighted to be able to offer a limited number of egg add-on shares for the 2019 season. Egg shares are available on a first come, first serve basis. You can select to receive either a dozen or a half dozen eggs each week to go with your produce for $60 or $30 respectively. Our eggs come from our pasture raised chickens which are hormone and antibiotic free and produce eggs that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and riboflavin.
By purchasing a subscription produce CSA share you're making an investment in the farm and your farmers. In seasons where the weather is excellent and yields are high you will receive more produce than what is benchmarked above. In seasons where weather or pests pose a significant challenge you may receive a little less (but you always receive produce!). To combat this we plant a diverse crops that ensures that the subscription is always "worth it."
2019 Season CSA Shares
We are now taking orders for our 2019 CSA Season! Click the button below to become a Cedar Crate Farm CSA share member!
Payments for Subscription Produce can be made online. Note that there is a 3% additional charge for credit card processing fees. Use the store below to submit payment online. We also accept checks as payment. More information about payment by check will be sent in a confirmation email after you have filled out the order form above.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are you organic?
A: We are not USDA certified organic. Our agricultural philosophy is focused on sustainability instead of trying to be fully organic or fully conventional. Each system has it's merits and we choose whichever method is most sustainable. Many organic approved methods are more damaging to the environment than their conventional counterparts (soil tillage, for example). Conversely, the prolific use of chemicals also adversely affects the environment and our health. Thus, we strive to use the best of both systems to promote sustainability.
Q: Are you GMO free?
A: Yes. Most vegetables do not have GMO varieties available and those that do are targeted at large commercial growers not small customer-oriented farms.
Q: How does ordering and payment work?
A: Submit your order via the order form link above. Once your order is received you'll receive a confirmation email with a payment due date. Payments are accepted via check and online (add 3% for online payment). Checks should be made out to Cedar Crate Farm and sent to the following address:
58105 243rd St.
Kasota, MN 56050
Q: When and where do I pick up my produce?
A: We have three pickup options for the 2019 season:
1. Pickup is on Monday afternoon at 4:45p sharp in the Olin Hall Parking lot at Gustavus Adolphus College.
2. Produce may be picked up on the farm from 6p-8p on Monday evening. The farm is located at:
58105 243rd St.
Kasota, MN 56050
3. Pickup from us at our Mankato Farmers' Market stand on Thursdays. You may pick up anytime between 3:30p-6:00p.
We ask that you commit to one of these scheduled times throughout the season. If you need to change your pickup option for a week due to other commitments please arrange that via email. Thank you!
Q: How does the crate system work?
A: Each week your produce is delivered in a hand crafted cedar crate built during the off season by Dan. You can take this home with you and return it the following week. For some types of produce additional packaging is needed such as berry boxes for strawberries, we also like to get these boxes back. It's good for the environment!
Q: How long does the season last?
A: 16-18 week with a one week break in the middle. This allows us to take a quick vacation with our family.
Q: What kinds of produce will I get?
A: You can find a list of the produce being planted this year at the bottom of this page or the bottom of the homepage. The list is not a guarantee as some type of catastrophic disaster could cause some crops to fail. A good faith effort is made to make sure that each crop produces but mother nature can be vicious.
Q: It seems like last season I got more produce, why is that?
A: Depending on growing conditions produce yield rates can vary greatly even within varieties of produce. For example, the 2016 season was extremely wet which led to lower yields overall compared to the 2015 season.
Q: I saw a picture of produce on Instagram you were selling at the farmers market that wasn't in my box this week. What's up with that?
A: Our policy on the farm is to only include produce when we have enough for all of the crates. This makes it easier for us to manage shares and makes it fair for our customers. We always strive to have plenty for every crate but when produce is just getting into production there isn't always enough. At peak production there is usually more than enough!
Q: How much produce do I get?
A: The half share receives about two servings of each type of produce each week. The full share receives about four servings of each type of produce per week. For example: a half share would receive 4-6 ears of sweetcorn in a week, a full share would receive 8-12 ears of sweetcorn in a week. The half share is great for 1-3 people and the full share is great from 3-6 people depending on how many vegetables your family eats.
Q: I don't like X produce. Can I get something else?
A: Yes! The order form offers the option to not receive up to 5 types of produce and get double of up to 5 other types of produce (contingent on quantities produced - berries are always in short supply).
Q: When and how do I pay for my Subscription Produce share?
A: An email will be sent when your order form is submitted detailing the payment due date. Payments are accepted via check or online. The online payment option costs an additional 3% for credit card processing fees. Check should be made payable to Cedar Crate Farm.
Q: My favorite vegetable isn't on the produce list for this season, can you grow it?
A: I'm always open to trying new types of produce! Let me know and I'll see if it's feasible to grow in Minnesota.
Q: I’ve been a subscriber for a few years and we’ve always gotten strawberries and raspberries. Why aren’t they in our share this year?
A: We’re in a bit of a weird situation. Raspberries and strawberries are perennial plants that take some time to establish themselves. We’re also planning on buying a farm in the very near future so we don’t want to establish additional plants at our current property when we won’t be here to reap the benefits. So, we’re establishing new beds of raspberries and straw berries and adding asparagus and rhubarb but it will take 1-3 years for these crops to establish themselves enough to be able to harvest them.
Q: I have another question that's not in the FAQ.
A: Send me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
Produce Available this Season
Lettuce (Romaine, Bibb, Leaf)
Wax "Yellow" Beans