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 that the eating becomes too pedestrian for the jet pilot cooks out there. 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.
Over the years, I’ve had countless conversations with people that were once CSA members, but have given up. They’ve told me that they just can’t get through all of the produce they receive, that the weekly burden of 16 items is simply too much for them to handle. 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.
There’s nothing wrong with giving out giant abundant shares, but if our hard labors rot in your crisper because we’re giving you more than you can use, that doesn’t do either of us any good. We’re here to fix that, to partner with you in getting the right amount of food for your lifestyle. 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. Curve balls in this share could include Asian greens like bok choy, parsnips, or dragon tongue beans. 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. $494 (expected start date 6/12/14)
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. $323
Flip Flop – This 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. $299 (expected start date 6/12 or 19/14)
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. $676 (expected start date 6/12/14)
Seesaw Share- An every other week Gonzo share. The Seesaw best serves a more adventurous version of the Staple: young couples, single foodies, or busy but adventurous couples that want an exciting supplement to their eating. The portion sizes will be Gonzo, but you’ll have twice as long to get through each box. 8-12 items/box. 12 weeks. $383 (expected start date 6/12 or 19/14)
Bridge Share- This share is for our members that just can’t wait to start and don’t ever want to end. We extend our CSA by three weeks on both ends of the season. You will get 3 early deliveries, 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 3 extra deliveries tacked onto the end of the season. This will stretch your deliveries into the beginning of December! $120 (expected start date 5/15/14)
Egg Share- Our eggs are brought in from Ney’s Big Sky Farm. The chickens are fed organic feed and have access to pasture. You may have enjoyed one of Ney’s great products at the South Shore Farmer’s Market. We are excited to partner with these folks. Weekly shares are 1 dozen eggs per week and bi-weekly shares are 1 dozen eggs delivered every other week. 24 or 12 weeks. $96 or $54 (expected start date 6/12/14)
Chicken Share- Our chickens are brought in from Ney’s Big Sky Farm. They are Certified Organic and have access to pasture. You may have enjoyed one of Ney’s great products at the South Shore Farmer’s Market. Shares consists of one frozen chicken delivered on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly schedule. Chickens average about 4 lbs each. Weekly for $390 - Every other week for $198 - Monthly (6 mths) for $93
SOLD OUT Spring Meat Share- Boxes are delivered 1 time per month to select drop sites. This share will include around 12-16 lbs of meat from our farm or other local Wisconsin farms each month. All meat is organically fed or grass fed. Each box will differ, but will look something like this: $270 Begins 3/27/13 (note this quarter will not contain any pork, but you can look for shares containing pork again in fall)
- 1 whole chicken 4-5 lbs
- 2 dozen organic eggs
- 4 lbs ground beef
- Neys Big Sky specialty sausage
- Bolzano Meats specialty sausage
- Other beef (steaks, roasts, 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 soon to be 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.
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
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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…