CSA Share Program
Interested in signing up?
Registration for our neighborhood farm CSA subscriptions begins each year in January (for returning members) and February (for new members). New members can sign up anytime, but will be placed on a waiting list until all of our returning members have had a chance to re-up (they have until mid February).
CSA shares generally start the first week in June, but give us a little wiggle room — the weather can make this start a little bit unpredictable.
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs have become a popular way for customers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. It’s also a great way for the farmer to have a dedicated customer base.
How it works
— CSA member
Garden City Harvest offers CSA shares at each of our four farms. The customer pays upfront for a share of the vegetables the farm will produce throughout the growing season (18 weeks of vegetables in Missoula). The early bulk payment enables each farmer to cover early season costs required to raise healthy vegetables, including purchasing seeds, growing supplies and making equipment repairs. As a CSA member, you buy into the abundance, and sometimes the shortfalls, of the year’s harvest.
Each week (Mondays or Thursdays), the customer picks up their share of produce at the farm. The Garden City Harvest weekly share is sufficient for a household of four, usually with extra to share or store for the colder months.
It’s a simple enough idea, but its impact is profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs nationally, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it.
What we grow
Our harvests vary a bit year to year and farm to farm. Our staples include: basil, broccoli, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, Chinese cabbage, collards, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions (sweet and storage), parsnips, peas (snap and snow), peppers (sweet and hot), potatoes, pumpkins (jack-o-lanterns and pie), scallions, spinach, squash (summer and winter), tomatoes (varieties for canning), & turnips.
Don’t know which farm?
Check out each farm’s page, and use the chart below to compare each farm.
Compare CSAs from each of our 4 farms
|Orchard Gardens||PEAS Farm||River Road||Youth Farm|
|LOCATION||Near Reserve & 3rd||Upper Rattlesnake||Russell St. Bridge||Near South & Reserve|
|COST||$300-$500 full share (sliding scale based on income)
$300 half share (flat rate)
|$500 full share||$500 full share
$500 winter (pickup Jul – Oct, ~350 lbs)
|$500 full share
|FLOWERS||Bouquets available for purchase upon request;
|Weekly bouquet share (+$50)||Pick your own, included in veggie CSA||Pick your own, included in veggie CSA;
|WEDDING FLOWERS||Yes, call for pricing||No||No||Yes, call for pricing|
|HALF SHARES||Yes (see “Cost” for pricing)||No||Yes (see “Cost” for pricing)||Yes (see “Cost” for pricing)|
|ALTERNATIVE PICKUPS||No||Yes, 103 Hickory Street (+$50)||No||No|
|WINTER STORAGE SHARE||No||No||Yes||No|
Photos by Jacinda Davis