Why join our CSA?

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reasons to join a CSATop 5 Reasons to Join our CSA

1| Eat Healthier

Pesticide-free, chemical-free, non-GMO fruits and veggies make our CSA a healthy choice. Plus they’re picked fresh with no preservatives like the produce that travels across the country (or world!) before it gets to the big box grocery store. Our food is grown from organic seeds and with natural pest/disease control.

While we are not yet USDA certified organic, our intent is to grow food based on the same requirements.

2| Save Money

Organic food costs 10-40% more than the alternative because of the extra work it requires. But since we cut out the middleman, we can give you a whole season of natural veggies for as much as $300 less per year than organic food you’d buy at the store.

To determine the amount of savings, we did some comparison shopping at a West Michigan big-box grocery store to find out how much you’d pay for a quantity of veggies equivalent to an entire year’s (season’s) produce provided by Arcadia Farms. We found that an equivalent amount of non-organic food would cost $540.57. According to an article on organic foods in the Journal of Food Science, organic food costs between 10 and 40% more than non-organic. Conservatively (10%) you would pay $549.62 for organic produce and at worst (40%) you’d pay $756.79. As a member of Arcadia Farms you’ll pay $515 for your share of natural (pesticide-free but not certified organic). In the most expensive scenario, you’d save $241.79 ($756.79-$515). In the more conservative scenario, you’d save $79.62 ($594.62-$515), which is still nothing to sneeze at.

3| Get it Delivered

Finding the right combination of cost, convenience and quality puts a smile on everyone’s face. That’s why we think you’ll love our mix of competitive prices, quality produce and convenience via our weekly delivery service. Few CSAs will bring the food directly to you, but we know that saving time and gas money means extra value for you. Plus, one vehicle driving around to deliver is a lot better for the environment than all of our members making an extra weekly trip.

4| Boost the Local Economy

More than 70% of US-grown veggies are grown outside of Michigan. (According to the USDA’s Vegetables 2010 Summary, the top five states for growth of fresh market vegetables [CA, FL, AZ, GA, NY] produced a combined 70.3% of the vegetables grown in the US.) When you buy from us, your dollars stay right here in Kalamazoo County, boosting the local economy and creating local jobs.

To read the Vegetables 2010 Summary, click here.

5| Customization

Maybe you’re thinking “This is great, but my family probably won’t eat half the things we get.” Before the season begins, let us know what you like and what you don’t. The result will be a harvest customized to suit your family’s tastes.  If your family will devour the carrots and potatoes but will never touch radishes or artichokes, we can provide you with a share of “basics” that are sure to please. Or maybe you’re a bit more adventurous and looking forward to scouring the internet for recipes to prepare veggies you’ve never heard of before. We’ve got that too. Providing food you’ll actually eat means less waste – and that’s good for all of us.

reasons to join a CSAHow it Works

It’s easy!

  1. You complete the membership application form and submit payment.
  2. We use your application info – along with a follow-up call or visit – to customize a share that’s just right for your family.
  3. In May we begin weekly deliveries to the location you specify (home, work, etc.). You’ll get a box full of veggies and other brief but beneficial items like recipes, farm updates, etc.
  4. Enjoy!

What’s in a Share?

Your weekly delivery will include fresh vegetables and occasional fruit. Your share will consist of a variety of in-season produce. Here is an example of types of produce you could expect throughout the season:

SPRING: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Garlic, Green (Bunching) Onions, Kale, Lettuce (several varieties), Radishes, Peas, Spinach

SUMMER:  Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green (Bunching) Onions, Leeks, Melons, Slicing Onions, Sweet Peppers, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Zucchini

FALL: Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Chard, Lettuce (several varieties), Potatoes, Red Onions, Spinach, Winter Squash

Share Size & Price

A Full Share is intended to provide a family of 4 with their veggies for the week (estimate). Likewise, a Half Share is intended to provide a week of veggies for 2 people. Full Shares are $515 and Half Shares are $265 for the season. Payment is due before the season starts, but we have payment plans available to make the cost manageable.

Delivery Area

We deliver to any location within Kalamazoo County. If you are outside of Kalamazoo County and are interested becoming a member, please contact us – we may be able to make an accommodation based on your location.

Season

Our season starts in May and ends in October with the goal of 20 delivery weeks.

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