Community Supported Agriculture
Goldilocks would love this CSA!
At LotFotL we seek for you the golden mean: not too much produce in a share, and not too little, not too many exotic items, but not so few. This isn’t the easy road to travel. If we only defined success as a weekly box of 16 CSA items, well, then those that can’t get through that much abundance may ultimately decide CSA won’t work for them.
We’re here to partner with you in getting the right amount of food for your lifestyle. Over the years, I’ve had countless conversations with people that were once CSA members. They’ve told me that they just can’t get through all of the produce they receive. What results is waste, both from produce composting in the crisper, and of the opportunity to bring another devoted family into CSA membership, supporting us farmers, and helping us to expand this food movement. View our CSA Member Contract here.
Share Types –
Staple Share – Just as it sounds, this share is designed for the every day Joe eaters that want to support the CSA model, without having to become an international chef to do it. Although, we still strive to give you a good representation of what is grown on the farm, you will get less of the “really weird” stuff that you may not see in a regular grocery store, and a lot of the most popular veggies like, carrots, onions, potatoes, and kale. Best enjoyed by people that eat meals away from home often, but enjoy cooking a nice dinner a few times per week. Young couples, or new to CSA members, this one’s for you. Our most popular share. 6-8 items/box. 24 weeks. $510 (expected start date June 2015)
Market Staple Share- Same as above, but your delivery schedule follows that of the South Shore Farmers Market in Milwaukee. 2900 South Shore Drive. 17 weeks. Saturday delivery. $365
Flip FlopThis is our basic Staple share delivered every other week. Designed for singles that love the idea of supporting local agriculture, but have been boxed out of CSA in the past, because they can’t eat all those veggies. 6-8 items/box. 12 weeks. $308 (expected start date June 2015)
Gonzo Share – If you’re a self-described foodie, then this is likely your share. Comparable to many Full shares, the Gonzo provides larger portions of most items found in the Staple, but will also include 2-4 additional items per week. This share receives our full selection of produce, and will test the cooking horizons of most people. Not the biggest full share in town, but priced and sized right, with enough diversity to keep even a super-foodie happy. Best enjoyed by at least 2-4 people, who cook and eat together frequently. 8-12 items/box. 24 weeks. $697 (expected start date June 2015)
Seesaw Share- An every other week Gonzo share. The Seesaw best serves more culinarily adventurous young couples, single foodies, or busy couples that want to experience the full spectrum of what the farm has to offer. The portion sizes will be the same as Gonzo, but you’ll have twice as long to get through each box. 8-12 items/box. 12 weeks. $395 (expected start date June 2015)
Bridge Share- This share is for our members that just can’t wait for the season to start and don’t ever want it to end. We extend our CSA on both ends of the season. You will get 3 early deliveries (6-8 items each), starting your year off right with an abundance of early greens and classic spring starters like asparagus. We will keep you going into the late season with one giant winter box (18-20 items) in December, full of plenty of storage items like potatoes, onions, and squash (so we don’t overwhelm your fridge), in addition to plenty of roots and the last of the hoop house greens. $128 (expected start date 5/2015)
Egg Share- Enjoy organically produced eggs from Wholesome Harvest farm, located near the city of Fort Atkinson, WI. We are pleased to be working with these folks and think you will love the quality of these eggs. The chickens that produce the eggs enjoy free range pasteurization and are given only organic feed items. Season begins with the veggie CSA season, 1 doz weekly or biweekly options running 24 or 12 weeks. $104 or $59 (expected start date June 2015)
Chicken Share- Our chickens are brought in from Ney’s Big Sky Farm. They are fed organically and have access to pasture. You may have enjoyed one of Ney’s great products grilled up at the South Shore Farmer’s Market. Shares consists of one whole frozen chicken delivered on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly schedule. Chickens average about 4 lbs each. Weekly for $384 – Every other week for $204 – Monthly (6 mths) for $105.
Sold Out-Winter Meat Share- Boxes are delivered 1 time per month to select drop sites. This share will include meat from our farm or other local Wisconsin farms each month. All meat is organically fed or grass fed. We assemble boxes by raising or buying whole animals, so sometimes members may have the chance to experience parts of the animal that they don’t normally purchase. $345 Begins Nov 22nd, 2014
Sold Out-Spring Meat Share- Boxes are delivered 1 time per month to select drop sites. This share will include meat from our farm or other local Wisconsin farms each month. All meat is organically fed or grass fed. We assemble boxes by raising or buying whole animals, so sometimes members may have the chance to experience parts of the animal that they don’t normally purchase. Pick up sites; Good Harvest Market, Quinney/LotFotL Farm, Milwaukee Bay View (Homer St), Tess restaurant (MIlwaukee). $325 Expected delivery dates; Feb 19th, March 19th, and April 16th.
Sample Meat Share Contents: (All boxes will differ, but here is an example of the items that can be included in a share. Boxes are built based on the value of the meat contents, so the weight of you package will vary.)
Whole Frozen Chicken (Ney’s Big Sky)
ground beef (Kowalski Farm)
ground pork (LotfotL)
ground lamb (NEW from Yaeger Farms)
Underground meats OR Neys Big Sky brats
Beef (steaks,roasts, soup bone, stew meat, etc.) AND/OR
Pork (chops, ham, shanks, soup bones, etc.)
CSA Organic Disclaimer: The vast majority of what goes into csa shares is grown in accordance of standards set for organic certification and is certified, but on occasion some crops come from other farms or fields that, while managed in a way consistent with certified organic crops, are not currently certified.
Payment Options Include:
- Pay by Check (no fee)- Down payment due at the time of payment. Remainder due before your first delivery. Self managed payments are fine as long as the total due is received before your first delivery.
- Dwolla (no fee)- This allows you to easily pay online and have the money deducted directly from your bank account, saving the farm pricey processing fees that come with credit cards. Down payment due at the time of sign up and remainder due before your first delivery.
- Member Assembler Payments (3.5% online payment fee)- This allows you to pay with a credit card and set up monthly payments.
- Automated Payments- Choose Member Assembler Payments (credit/debit card) to set up automatic payments for your CSA subscription. Early bird sign ups can set up 3 payments between now and the end of 2014. Beginning in 2015 monthly payments can be scheduled.
Common items found in our shares:
Each week your share contents will differ. We plant over 60 different varieties that rotate throughout the season.
Spring: Spinach, Asparagus, Radish, Scallions, Salad Mix, Hakurei turnips, Kale
Summer: Tomatoes, Green Beans, Melons, Peppers, Potatoes, Garlic, Onions
Fall: Winter Squash, Eggplant, Rutabaga, Kohlrabi, Carrots, Cabbage, Broccoli
2014 Newsletters with Box Contents
We send you a fact filled newsletter each week during the CSA season. Included will be a list of any important updates, the expected contents of the shares that week, great recipe suggestions, and other fun food and farm features. Click here to view: 2014 LotFotL Weekly CSA Newsletter Links
CSA Financial Aid Options:
Apply for Partner Shares: Partner Shares is a cost-sharing program that provides financial assistance to limited-income households for purchasing CSA vegetable shares. The annual application period is January 15 – April 15. Learn More… AFTER you apply with Partner Shares, you can submit your online application, by clicking on sign up for CSA from LotFotL’s website. Your confirmation email will qualify as the needed application that they require.
*LotFotL also Accepts Quest/Food Stamps for payment. Click here for directions
*Find out if you are eligible for a health insurance rebate. Health insurance companies are encouraging their members to eat healthy by joining a CSA farm! Learn More…