Morning Scape Farm CSA

18 Weekly Tuesday Deliveries
Late May - Late September

3/4 Bushel Share
10-12 Types of Veggies Per Box
Pick Up at Farm $600
 Pick Up at Drop Site $650
Home Delivery $750

1/2 Bushel Share
6-8 Types of Veggies Per Box
Pick Up at Farm $400
Pick Up at Drop Site $450
Home Delivery $550

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How To Sign Up

  1. Read the CSA Description and FAQS

  2. Fill out the CSA Membership Application Form

  3. Pay $50 deposit

 

We will respond via phone or email to confirm that there is still space available. We will also confirm details about delivery.

 

CSA Description and FAQs

Please Read Before Signing Up

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs come in all shapes and sizes these days. In our CSA, you will receive a share of the produce that the farm harvests. Shares will be delivered weekly on Tuesdays in a 3/4 bushel box or a 1/2 bushel box. Boxes will be filled with a variety of seasonal vegetables. Typically there will be 10-12 or 6-8 types of veggies in a box depending on your share size. 

 

Having shares of produce pre-sold helps us with planning, reduces waste, and ensures that you receive the freshest of what is in season. Participating in a CSA also means that your voice matters. We take feedback from members seriously when making decisions on the farm. If there are ways that we can support you better, we want to know!

What crops do you grow?

Crops you can expect to see in your box will vary by the seasons...

Spring: green garlic, garlic scapes, scallions, microgreens, pea shoots, head lettuce, spinach, arugula, radishes, salad turnips, beets, snap peas, kohlrabi, kale, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage

Summer: fresh garlic, bunching onions, microgreens, head lettuce, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, sweet corn, cucumbers, herbs, zucchini, summer squash, melons, celery

Fall: cured garlic, onions, microgreens, head lettuce, spinach, arugula, radishes, salad turnips, beets, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, kale, chard, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, winter squash, potatoes, herbs, cabbage, ginger

Some crops might be added or removed from the list depending on how the season goes. Also note that 1/2 bushel shares will likely receive less variety of items than 3/4 bushel shares.

The pictures above show the contents of a 3/4 bushel share in 2021.

Are you certified organic?

No, we are not certified organic. As a small farm selling direct to our customers, we have not yet chosen to go through the certification process. We do not use any substances on our produce crops that are prohibited by the organic rules. We mainly use compost produced on the farm for fertility. We also use cover cropping. We occasionally use organic approved soil amendments as indicated by soil testing. We use row cover as needed for insect exclusion. We also use crop rotation to try to stay ahead of pests and disease problems. If pest pressure becomes extreme we will consider using organic approved sprays, but that is the exception rather than the rule. We do not use any gmo seeds or treated seeds. We buy certified organic seeds when they are available.

How long is the season?

We plan to start the season on May 30th this year. The start date is somewhat weather dependent. We might start a week earlier or later depending on how things are growing in the spring. Once we start, we will run for 18 weeks, through late September. We are tentatively planning on offering a fall share that will run for another 8 weeks in October and November, but details and sign ups for that will come out later in the summer.​

What areas do you serve?

We serve many areas between Menomonie and Minneapolis along I-94.

 

On farm pick up is available to anyone within what they consider to be a reasonable driving distance to the farm.

 

Drop sites are available in the following areas:

  • Menomonie, WI - Menomonie Market Food Coop

  • Spring Valley, WI - location TBD in town

  • River Falls, WI - location TBD

  • Hudson, WI - Barlow Roots Market

  • St. Paul, MN - Residence in Saint Anthony Park Neighborhood

  • Minneapolis, MN - Whittier Neighborhood, Calvary Baptist Church

  • Minneapolis, MN - Seward Coop Friendship Store

  • Minneapolis, MN - Moon Palace Books

  • Minneapolis, MN - Residence in Longfellow Neighborhood

  • Minneapolis, MN - Residence in Willard-Hay Neighborhood

Drop sites might be added, shifted, or removed depending on demand and availability. Let us know if you have any suggestions for new drop sites that would work for you. 

 

Home delivery is an option in many areas between Spring Valley and South Minneapolis, but spaces are limited. Our route has some flexibility and is a work in progress. If you are unsure if you are in our delivery area, please call or email.

What time do I pick up my box?

We will email you an estimated time frame  for pick up after sign ups are closed and we finalize our delivery route. Farm pick ups are available any time after late Monday afternoon in our walk in cooler. Menomonie boxes are refrigerated and are available during MMFC store hours on Tuesdays. Barlow Roots boxes are refrigerated and available during farm stand hours on Tuesdays. The rest of the boxes are delivered between around 9:00 and noon on Tuesdays and are not refrigerated at their drop sites, so it is best if you can pick them up ASAP. If you are not available in the late morning/early afternoon to pick up your box, your veggies might suffer from some wilting.

What happens when there is an abundance of crops?

With most crops we plant more than we need for just the CSA. This gives us a little insurance in case things don't turn out. It also allows us to send some veggies to a Barlow Roots Market in Hudson, do occasional farmers markets, or sell things wholesale. Our CSA boxes always get first priority though.

 

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, so we will try not to overwhelm you with veggies. This season we are going to make an effort to offer additional items for sale to members via our online store. 

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 crop failures due to insects, disease, weather, or other factors outside of our control, this will affect the contents of your share. You may occasionally receive imperfect or blemished items, one week's box might be  less full, or one particular crop might fail. In the case of widespread crop failures, we might consider buying in some crops from other farms with similar growing practices if they are available, or prorating the cost of the CSA for the season.

What is your sick policy?

Should one of us or our close contacts become ill, we will follow local health department guidelines. We have lined up back up farmers to help out if we are unable to work. 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 designated 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?

This summer we are planning to have a day where members are invited to visit the farm and we will provide a meal. We will let you know when we get this on the schedule!  

 

We also welcome visitors at other times during the season. Please call or email if you are interested on coming out as an individual or small family group.

 

To keep in touch, each week we will send out a printed newsletter with farm updates, what is in the box, recipes, and advice for storage and preservation. We will also send out a weekly email.

 

You are also welcome to sign up for our farm email newsletter that comes out once a month or so. Sign up at the bottom of our home page.

 

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 still 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 and pay a $50 deposit in the online Farm Store. We will respond via phone or email to confirm that there is 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 by March 15, pay half by March 15 and the other half by May 31, or pay in 5 monthly installments.