CSA Veggie Subscription Program
Interested in signing up?
CSA sign up for 2017 is open! River Road and Orchard Gardens are sold out, but there are still a few shares left at PEAS and Youth Farm!
Registration for our neighborhood farm CSA subscriptions begins each year in January. New CSA members will be placed on a waiting list until February, to give our returning members a chance to re-up.
What’s a CSA?
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs have become a popular way for people to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. It’s also a great way for the farmer to have a dedicated customer base.
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.
How it works
— CSA member
Choose your farm
Garden City Harvest offers CSA shares at each of our four farms. Each farm has its own character and offers a slightly different CSA experience. Check out each farm’s page, and use the chart below to compare the options at each farm.
Choose your CSA share
We offer three types of CSA shares at our farms:
Summer share (some farms offer two sizes): ~June 1-September 30, ~18 weekly pick-ups of summer’s bounty
Winter share (River Road only): July-October, several large pick-ups of food to preserve or store for the winter
Flower share (PEAS only): mid-July-September, ~6-8 weekly pick-ups of beautiful bouquets
Choose your pick up day
CSA pick up happens on Mondays and Thursdays, from 4:30-6:30 pm. When you sign up, you pick the day that works best for you. Each week during the summer, you go to your farm during your pick up window, with a box or some bags in hand, and pack up your produce.
What you’ll take home
How much food do I get?
The summer share is sufficient for a household of four to six, usually with plenty to share or store for the colder months. Half shares, which are an option at some of our farms, will feed a family of two to three with more to share. The River Road winter share adds up to about 350 pounds.
In your share (projected)
Our harvests vary a bit year to year and farm to farm. Here are some of our staples, and an estimate of when you’ll get to eat them:
Compare our CSA options
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||Pick your own, included in veggie CSA||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 (see “Cost” for pricing)||No|
Photos by Jacinda Davis