Sample Share: All Your Questions Answered
Thinking about a Sample Share? Here’s what you need to know. . .
What is a sample share?
Try out our CSA farm share for 1 to 4 weeks/pickups. This means you’ll come to the farm and pick up a full share of sustainably raised, homegrown certified vegetables, picked fresh from our neighborhood farms. Available only for the month of September. It gives you a trial run of what it is like to CSA with us for the full season. The price also includes access to our tutorials and private Facebook group through the winter — an added value.
Why are there only two farms to choose from? Aren’t there four neighborhood farms to choose from?
True! There are four farms. However, these are the farms with the capacity to take on sample shares. When it comes to choosing a farm for your summer share, you will be able to choose from all four farms.
What are the differences between the farms?
Each farm has different offerings, and different ways of doing the CSA. Here’s a breakdown of the different farms, who the farmer is, and what the offerings are.
Where are the farms again?
How does pickup work?
You come to your selected farm between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
Start by checking in with your farmer. ‘
You bring: bags as if you were going to the grocery store for a visit. If you are feeling really ambitious, bring a cooler (great if you have to run errands after). Two medium-large canvas bags should do it. The loads get heavier and larger toward September/October.
At the PEAS Farm
You’ll have most of the produce grouped and weighed for you. There’s a playground and chickens to get the kids engaged. At the beginning of the year, you can sign up for a flower share, but we have sold out of those at this point in the year.
At the Youth Farm
There will be a mix of weighing some things out first, and some that will be bunched or bagged ahead of time. The Youth Farm also offers pick your own flowers, which is a great way to get to know the farm, and have a quiet moment in your day.
What’s the difference between a half and full share?
Half share (available at Youth Farm, River Road, & Orchard Gardens)
Technically a half share is a bit more than half of a full share. Should be enough food to feed 2 - 4 people. While this isn’t available for sample shares, if you find that the full share is too much, know that you have other options.
Enough food to feed 4 - 6 people. The size varies between farms — but for your sample share, this is what you will get. If it is too much, feel free to share with friends, neighbors, or put the remainder in the swap bin. It will go to the Missoula Food Bank, Poverello, or a Youth Homes kitchen if it isn’t taken by the end of a pickup.
Why should I choose to do a CSA Farm Share? Why with Garden City Harvest?
This is a choice you can feel good about, and supported in.
You are getting hyper local veggies — we are in your neighborhood!
Your family will eat more veggies, guaranteed.
You are supporting some essential proactive work in Missoula by buying a farm share with us. Your food is grown by teens who learn through this work.
Students come to these farms to learn where their food comes from.
Because you buy a share, we are able to grow food for the Poverello Center, Youth Homes and so many more.
We are here to help you as you go — we offer online tutorials, a group that where you can ask questions and get fast answers, and an inside look at the farms and what’s growing there.
If this doesn’t answer all of your questions, give us a call or email! 406-523-3663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.