CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. To us that means that we are farming for a community that has committed their support to us. We are here to support you and you are here to support us. CSA has the power to transform our interactions from merely transactional, money in exchange for product, to relational, recognizing and valuing all the other ways in which we are connected.
CSAs come in all shapes and sizes these days. In our CSA, we are inviting people to become members by buying a share of the produce that the farm harvests. Shares will be delivered weekly on Tuesdays in a 3/4 bushel box (about the size of a paper grocery bag). Boxes will be filled with a variety of seasonal vegetables. Typically there will be 8-10 types of veggies in a box.
What crops do you grow?
Crops you can expect to see in you box will vary by the seasons...
Spring: green garlic, garlic scapes, scallions, microgreens, pea shoots, head lettuce, spinach, arugula, radishes, snap peas, kohlrabi, kale, chard, broccoli
Summer: fresh garlic, bunching onions, head lettuce, beets, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, sweet or hot peppers, sweet corn, cucumbers, herbs, cabbage, zucchini, summer squash
Fall: cured garlic, onions, head lettuce, spinach, arugula, radishes, beets, carrots, broccoli, kohlrabi, kale, chard, tomatoes, sweet or hot peppers, winter squash, herbs, cabbage, melons
Salad greens and salad fixings are a staple here at our farm. We will try not to overwhelm you with greens, but our CSA might not be the best fit if you are not a salad lover too. Other crops such as cauliflower, potatoes, brussels sprouts, and celery might also be included in the boxes depending on how the season goes.
Are you certified organic?
You can find more information about our farming practices on this website, or please feel free to ask questions. We are not certified organic. We do follow most organic rules though. We do not use any substances on our produce crops that are prohibited by the organic rules. I am attempting to keep better records this season, and we may apply for certification in the future, especially if that is something our customers desire. We are open to hearing your thoughts on this.
What areas do you serve?
On farm pick up is available to anyone within what they consider to be a reasonable driving distance. We serve our local area of Spring Valley and Elmwood with the options of on farm pick up or home delivery. We have a drop site in the Whittier neighborhood of South Minneapolis at Calvary Baptist Church. Additional drop sites in the Twin Cities area are possible if there is interest. Home delivery in the South Minneapolis area will also be an option. We have a drop site in Menomonie at Menomonie Market Food Coop, and can also do home delivery in Menomonie. Home delivery may also be possible in many areas between Spring Valley and South Minneapolis. Since this is our first year, this is flexible and a work in progress. If you are unsure if you will be in our service area, please call or email.
What happens when there is an abundance of crops?
In the case of abundant crops, your boxes will be packed to the brim, plus some. We recognize that not all members will desire additional crops to can or preserve. We may offer additional items for sale to members via email. We also plan to sell items locally via our online store. We may do some farmers markets with certain crops. Our CSA boxes will always receive first priority.
For those of you who are interested in beef and lamb, we will be opening an online store before the first deliveries in June. You will be able to place orders for meat and have them delivered along with your veggies. We will have ground beef and smaller beef variety packages available this spring.
What is shared risk?
Becoming a CSA member involves agreeing to some shared risk. Farming can be unpredictable. There is only so much we can control or influence in the process. If we experience widespread crop failures due to insects, disease, weather, or other factors outside of our control, your weekly shares might be smaller than expected. It would be very unusual that we would be completely unable to fulfill your orders for the rest of the season, but should it occur, we may issue a prorated refund. The more likely scenario is that you may occasionally receive imperfect or blemished items, one week's box might be slightly less full, or one particular crop might fail.
What is your sick policy?
As farm owners, we would usually take on the risk and lost income due to illness ourselves. Covid 19 is making us rethink this approach. Should one of us or our close contacts become ill, we will follow health department guidelines about work attendance. Should this result in more than one week of missed deliveries, we may offer a prorated refund for additional missed deliveries. It will be up to you whether or not you will accept the refund. We realize that not everyone is able to afford to miss multiple weeks of deliveries, but some of you might be able to help support us should we experience a hardship. We have lined up back up farmers to help out should we be unable to work. We are practicing social distancing and recommended sanitization practices. We might also offer additional deliveries at the end of the season to help make up for missed weeks if they occur.
What if I have to skip a week or forget to pick up my box?
If you need to skip a week, you can give your box to anyone you choose. Please have them pick the box up at your assigned pick up spot. Another option is to contact us before delivery day, and we can donate the box to a person in need. Drop sites usually do not have the ability to hold boxes beyond delivery day. Unclaimed boxes will be donated to a person in need whenever possible. If you pick up at the farm we may be able to hold your box. Please call or email to schedule a pick up time.
What if I want to cancel my membership?
Signing up for a CSA requires a commitment for the whole season. Loosing members or issuing refunds mid-season is a hardship for us as farmers. If you are moving out of the area, experience personal/financial hardship, or for some other reason the CSA is not working our for you, please let us know. We may issue prorated refunds on a case by case basis. With open communication we hope to find a solution that works for everyone involved.
How will we communicate and build community?
Because of social distancing recommendations, we are not planning any events on the farm this season. In the future that is something that we hope to offer. To keep in touch, each week we will send out a newsletter with farm updates, what is in the box, recipes, and advice for storage and preservation. We will post some updates and photos on facebook and instagram. We would love your feedback throughout the season in whatever way works for you...phone, email, social media. Let us know how you are using your veggies throughout the season. Also be in touch about what you like or don't like about the CSA. This is new for us, and your ideas and opinions will really help shape the CSA. All important updates will be communicated via email or phone. Please let us know if you don't have reliable access to email.
How do I sign up?
Fill out the membership application below. We will respond via phone or email to confirm that there is still space available. We will also confirm details about delivery. Then we will send an invoice that can be paid online or by check. You will have the option to pay in full or pay half at sign up and the other half by June 15.
Please email or callwith any additional questions. Thank you!
Lindsey and Tony Maas
Morning Scape Farm
N7849 County Road P
Spring Valley, WI 54767
Our CSA is now full for 2020. Thank you for your interest. Please check out LSP's CSA Farm Directory for a full listing of CSA farms nearby.