Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are a way to support local farms while making an impact with your food dollar!
Our CSA Program offers a seasonal membership to the consumer. This membership is much like owning stock in the farm for a season. Our CSA program runs for a 15 week period during the peak of the growing season. This produce box is filled with the freshest, most abundant produce available.
We will be utilizing a new CSA management software for the 2021 season! It is called Harvie and if you would like to learn more about how it works...click HERE
What's so great about being a part of a CSA program?
Fresh Food!! You will never find food that is more fresh than that provided direct from the farmer! Usually our food is harvested the same day of delivery, ensuring maximum nutrient density, flavor, shelf life and overall quality.
CSA's Lessen Your Food Footprint. These days our food travels for, literally, thousands of miles before it arrives in our home, being handled by numerous companies or individuals along the way. By purchasing direct from the farm, your food travels a minimal distance and is handled only by our veggie-loving staff.
They Challenge You To Try New Things. Many of our past customers have said that one of their favorite parts of joining a CSA is that they have been challenged to try things that they had never heard of before, to find new recipes and to eat healthier overall.
You Get to Support Local Business. We all know that our communities are better and stronger when the businesses there are thriving and when our tax dollars stay close to home. And, did we mention it's fresh?!
Community. Many of our CSA members have found community with other like-minded individuals. We welcome our CSA members to join us for an open house on the farm once a year to connect, experience and see where we do what we do.
How does a CSA impact farmers?
Many of the expenses associated with running a small farm occur in the spring, by purchasing a CSA membership, you help the farmer to cover these costs up front, when they need it the most.Additionally, farmer's have a secured market for the food they are growing and get to meet their customers face-to-face rather than shipping their product off to a store somewhere.
What share types do you offer?
Vegetable shares- This season we will be offering vegetable shares in small medium and large sizes. With weekly and bi-weekly pickup options.
A small box can accommodate a couple that are light to moderate vegetable eaters.
A medium box is similar to what our vegetable shares have been in the past and is a good family size.
A large box is for serious vegetable consumers or for individuals that want to put away extra produce for the winter months.
This add-on share will consist of one loaf of freshly baked, organic bread of the week. Varieties will vary from week to week. No substitutions.
Quality, organic fruit can be difficult to come by in our area. For this reason, we source fresh, organic and naturally grown fruit from our trusted growers. For your enjoyment, we will include a number of different varieties of tree fruit throughout the 12 week season such as peaches, pears, nectarines and apples.
How often do I pick up my share?
At sign up, you may choose to receive a share delivery each week or every other week. You will receive an email reminder the week that you are scheduled for pickup.
How much does it cost?
The cost of your CSA will vary depending on the options you choose at signup. This year we are offering optimum flexibility with several different share sizes, add-on options and delivery frequencies that are weekly or every other week.
How do I make payments?
When you sign up for our CSA share online, you will have the option to pay in full or utilize or payment plan. The payment plan works as follows:
At the time of sign up, you pay 25% of the share balance.
The first week of deliveries, you will pay an additional 25% of the share balance + the first week box amount.
The 50% remaining balance will be split up into weekly payments for the remainder of the season.
For example, if your share price is $450 and you have 15 deliveries you will pay:
AT SIGN UP - $112.50 (25%)
FIRST WEEK - $112.50 (25%) + $15.00 weekly box amount ($225/15)
WEEKLY - $15.00 per week x 14 deliveries
Total = $450
Payments will be deducted automatically using the Credit Card on file with Harvie.
When does it start?
Our 2021 CSA will begin on July 12 and run for 15 consecutive weeks.
Our fruit share is only 12 weeks long beginning on August 2.
Where do I get my box?
You can pickup your CSA share from 5-7 pm on Mondays at the location you designate at signup:
Tobias Garden, 24624 Bridle Rein Drive, Hermosa, SD in Hermosa, SD
Market Park, 245 E Omaha Street, Rapid City, SD
What can I expect in my box each week?
We grow a wide variety of vegetables on our farm. We strive to provide as much variety as possible throughout the season. Our product availability is always changing as the weather changes and crop successes and failures occur. For this reason we do not guarantee any specific crop.
Each CSA box will be different based up the preferences you enter once you sign up. The more things you like, the more variety you will receive in your box.For more information on that, see our What is Harvie? page.
What if I can't pick my box up one week?
You have a couple of options...
1- You can send a friend or family member to pick up your share in your stead
2- You may place a vacation hold through your online account and choose to "make up" your share on a different week
(please note that vacation holds are limited and must be planned in advance)
How do I sign up?
We use Harvie, a CSA management software to coordinate our signups and payments. You can navigate to our signup page by clicking HERE
I'm still not sure I'll like it.
CSA programs are not for everyone, but if you're still interested we encourage you to give it a try! If you are not satisfied with our CSA program we will make it right! Your satisfaction is why we do what we do!
Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have!