Vegetable CSA

What's more fun than CSA pickup?
Pickup with a bicycle!
2017 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 

21 week subscription vegetable program

Sign-up Begins Jan. 1 

What is CSA?
Ordering a CSA share provides a way for you to get high quality seasonal food directly from the farmer who grew it. The CSA structure provides you with a generous weekly box of fresh food and provides the farmer with a loyal customer base and reliable income. 

Packing a box with veggies and newsletter.
You will recieve 21 weekly boxes of clean, fresh, seasonal produce.  We offer three convenient pickup locations. The produce comes in a CSA box that is kept under refrigeration from harvest to pickup.  Each box includes a weekly newsletter that includes a list of the week's vegetables, weekly happenings from the farm, and seasonal recipes for the week's vegetables.

'Early Bird' Pay in full by March 1
Full Share $525.  Partial Share $365. 

Pay in full by May 16th.
Full Share $550. Partial Share $380.

Please contact us if you need a unique payment plan or to talk to us about need-based work-share options.

Boxes ready for CSA pickup in Kalispell

(New This Year!) You may now change your pickup site weekly.
Kalispell - East side, private residence Tuesdays 5 - 7:30 pm.
Farm - Thursdays 5-7 pm.

Crossfit Flathead -  Fridays 5:30-9:30 am.

What's in a weekly CSA vegetable box?
CSA produce members receive bountiful in-season garden vegetables starting in May and continuing for 21 weeks through October. The wide variety of vegetables reflect the changing of the seasons.  We offer both partial share and full share options. 

A weekly CSA box provides fresh produce for a season of fresh daily meals.

Each week it is our goal to include:

- a salad crop:  baby lettuce mix, spinach, arugula, head lettuce
- a braising green: chard, kale, collards, mustard greens
- an allium:  onions family - green onions, onions, chives, mini onions, onions, leeks, garlic
- root crop: beets, carrots, salad turnips, radish,
- herb or (new this year!) microgreen: parsley, basil, tarragon, sorrel, sunflower shoots, sweet corn shoots, naturtium, 

 After these weekly staples are included we round out the rest of the week's 'share' with seasonal vegetables: 
-spring-Asian greens, Napa cabbage, peas, kohlrabi 
-summer-cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, peppers, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, potato, cherry tomatoes, salad tomatoes, 
-fall-tomatoes, leeks, brussels sprouts, winter radish and winter squash

Csa week 2,  early spring, a wide variety of spring greens

CSA week 7, a diverse group of early summer crops

CSA week 13, the abundance of summer

CSA week 20, the bounty of fall

 Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I going to get a lot of weird veggies I don't know what to do with?
Every week we make it a goal to have a salad green, a braising green, a root crop, and a culinary herb in the CSA share.  The rest of the veggies in the share reflect the changing season: peas and napa cabbage in spring, cabbage and summer squash in early summer, bell peppers, new potatoes, zucchini and eggplant in summer, tomatoes, sweet corn,  and winter squash in the fall.

About every other week there will be one vegetable that you may have never tried before or maybe one that you have tried and didn't like. 

Interestingly the unusual veggies are the ones we get the most positive feed back about!
"Wow!  I never had salad turnips before those are amazing!"  "I've always wanted to try kohlrabi it was so good" “I wasn't so sure I would like mustard greens but they were so good and easy when I followed your recipe!”

We provide you with weekly recipes so your tasty bok choi, mustard greens, and parsnips don't go bad in your crisper.    

Will I be overwhelmed with too much food?
 There is an arc of productivity and your CSA share will reflect that. The shares start smaller in spring and grow as the bounty of summer and fall progress. In the spring you will have an average of 6 items a week and in the sumer and fall you will have 8-12 different items.

I'm not sure, should we get a partial share or a full share?
This is highly individualized and really depends on how many vegetables you eat, how much you go out to eat, if you go camping on the weekends, etc. A partial share may be just right for a single person or couple. In general a couple who goes out to eat a few times a week will find a partial share a good fit while a couple who eats every meal at home may want a full share.

We can easily envision a single person who loves cooking, goes to a weekly potluck go through a full share on her own.   Any family of two or more who eats every meal at home and includes vegetables in their breakfast, lunch, and dinner will enjoy having a full share and will probably want to add on a standing order or special order each week.  Please feel free to give us a call or email to discuss which share will be the right fit for you.

But...the only vegetables I really like are lettuce and a CSA share right for me?
If you  only like broccoli and salad, a CSA share may not be the right fit for you.  That said, we do have a wide range of high quality vegetables with easy to follow recipes. So, maybe you don't like chard, but have you ever had home-grown, fresh chard cooked just right?  We think it's worth it to give a CSA a try for a year to see if you like it.

If you have more questions feel free to send us an email, text, or phone call.

Our Vegetables

"To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd." ~Wendell Berry

Isn't it a miracle that a box of seeds, two acres of land, and a few farmers can produce enough vegetables to feed hundreds of families over the course of a season?

We grow over 100 varieties of vegetables.  We only use 100% non-GMO seed.  Our seeds are started in certified organic local potting soil or directly seeded into our garden beds using a precision direct seeder.

Transplanting lettuces in spring

After planting the crops are kept watered, depending on the crop, with either drip or overhead irrigation.  All of our vegetables are watered with well water. The beds are kept free of weeds by small scale sustainable farming methods that use the motto 'early and often'.  Every bed is weeded by hand every two weeks to keep the beds free of weeds.  We also extensively use a pre-emergent weeding technique where we prep the garden beds two weeks early, water it as if it is planted with a crop and then flame weed the bed to kill weeds before planting.  This technique greatly reduces weeds on our farm.   

No weeds in the lettuce mix!

To control those insects that like to eat vegetables as much as we do, we plant a large crop of sunflowers and other bird-friendly blooming flowers and vines. Birds sing while doing the good work of eating bugs. 

Moving floating row cover in the spring.

We use floating row cover over our cabbage crops (including cabbage,  arugula, Asian greens, broccoli, and Brussels-sprouts) to keep the cabbage moths out. Healthy soil, healthy plants, row cover, and natural pest predators, create a vigorous pro-plant habitat.

After seeding, watering, and weeding, the vegetables are harvested by hand with great care.  They are refrigerated and cleaned immediately.  All fresh vegetables are delivered directly from us to our customers within 48 hours. 

Vegetables are harvested and packed by hand and sold directly to our customers

We use an intensive method of creating garden beds where we add a large amount of compost and then never use deep tillage on the bed again.  This permanent bed system means we don't ever turn more than the top 2 inches of soil greatly minimizing the number of weed seed present in our soil.

Applying compost in the hoop house at the end of the season.

At the end of the season we top the beds off with a generous amount of compost and alfalfa hay.  The beds are then covered over the winter months allowing the earthworms go to work bringing the nutrients from the compost and hay deep into the topsoil and subsoil.

Every decision we make on our farm, from selecting seed, to how we cultivate the soil, to carefully timed crop plantings, is made with the underlying principle that human health is directly related to soil health. We strive to create the healthiest soil possible.

Over the years we've found our dedication to healthy soil has a wonderful by-product; not only are our soil tests coming back more and more healthy each year but we are growing some incredibly delicious food to feed our community.

Welcome! Feburary 2014 Farm Fresh Food Availability

~~~Many cold Montana winter days have been spent working to launch our website and blog; we are so happy this space is ready for visitors...Welcome!~~~

February 2014 Farm Fresh Food Availability

Winter Eggs
Our fourty five heritage laying hens are staying comfortable in their winter quarters; we have a limited number of winter eggs available.  As the days get longer we will be getting more eggs each day.

During winter we are happy to sell eggs by special order off the farm.  Feel free to contact us to get on our egg waiting list.

Vegetable CSA Membership
We are very excited to be offering our first year of weekly subscription vegetables.  If you are interested in becoming a member of our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Community you can download a CSA membership form.  

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about CSA Membership!   

Winter Vegetables
Sadly, we don't have any winter vegetables available for sale this year.  After taking an online course from a vegetable grower in a similar climate to ours we are excited to experiment with economical and ecological winter vegetable production next year.  Hopefully when you check out our blog in February 2015 we'll have a short list of flavorful winter heart vegetables such as kale, claytonia, mache, and spinach available.   
In February 2015 we hope to have claytonia and other hearty winter vegetables for sale. 

~~~ Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! ~~~