2018 CSA Membership
Join the Green Wagon Farm CSA today and enjoy local, organic veggies of your choice from June to October–or snag a spot now to get our fine goods all year-round, starting in May!
At each pickup, we invite members to design their own share selecting from a seasonal variety of 15-20 veggies and herbs. And for those who prefer a prescribed variety of CSA favorites, there will be a recommendation list available at each pickup.
We are offering nine membership levels this season; scroll down to choose your pickup location, frequency, and share size. Be sure to read the tabs below to help you make the best choice for your 2018 CSA, including our FAQ & Membership Agreement–and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
[photos by Spark Creative Photography]
The Point System
The chart below illustrates the nine different CSA types we are offering this year. We hope these expanded options (and the even greater choices at each pickup) will help reduce waste and increase satisfaction. Please note that while you will spend the same number of points each week, dollar value and number of vegetables/herbs you obtain may vary throughout the season.
If you were a member with us in 2017, the “Regular Pickup” column includes the same options that were available last year. The new Small and Large Pickups are about one-half and one-and-a-half times the size of the Regular Pickup. Members can spend their weekly points on whatever vegetables and herbs they choose or opt to follow our pre-picked “Farmers Choice” list, posted at pickup.
The Point System
Certain items might be limited during certain times of the year, for example, tomatoes might be limited to one pound in early season or four pounds in late season. These limits will be posted clearly at pickup. The newsletter will include the list of available crops for the week ahead and the “Farmers’ Choice List,” which will include a example share of standard CSA favorites.
Year-Round Membership is limited–we currently have 40 members and plan to add 20 new members in May (whereas Summer CSA begins June 5/6). In the past, winter pickups have switched to Saturday at market, but this year, we plan to keep our Tuesday and Wednesday pickup times and locations consistent throughout the year. The Year-Round CSA is 50 weeks in duration and except for the first month which is paid upfront, the membership is paid on monthly basis with auto-withdrawal (we’ll send you a link to start payments when your pickup begins).
Pick-Em-Yourself Veggies: Cherry tomatoes, green beans, and shishito peppers will only be available in the summer for members who choose Tuesday Farm Pickup (Tuesday from 3:30-6 PM) or members with a Market Card, which grants cardholders access to any pickup time.
Example Shares By Month
The photos below reflect a “Regular” CSA size (Small and Large shares not pictured).
Arugula, Chives, Parsley, Garlic Scapes, Kale, Head Lettuce, Purslane, Salad Mix
Basil, Beets, Cabbage, Chard, Summer Squash, Head Lettuce, Salad Mix, Kohlrabi, Onions, Garlic
Cabbage, Celery, Mustard Greens, Cucumber, Kale, Watermelon, Salad Mix, Cilantro, Scallions, Tomatillos, Onions, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Garlic, Zucchini
Carrots, Brussel’s Sprout Tops, Broccoli, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Lavender, Head Lettuce, Kale, Bell Peppers, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Zucchini/Summer Squash, Garlic
Carrots, Broccoli, Brussel’s Sprouts, Cabbage, Celeriac, Parsley, Garlic, Salad Mix, Onions, Hot Peppers, Bell Peppers, Radishes, Winter Squash, Salad Turnips
Community-Supported Agriculture is a transaction, but it is also a promise made with the understanding of our relationship as producers and consumers. We are grateful for both the new and continued support we have received as farmers at Green Wagon.
Your share of the harvest is a culmination of months of planning, seeding, planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing, and we strive to provide you with the finest, freshest produce. We also strive to treat you, our customers, with the highest respect, and we hope that you will return us the favor.
While we expect a plentiful harvest, we cannot guarantee an abundance of every crop. While we plan to continue planting a large variety of vegetables, there can be variation in crop success from year to year.
If our service does not meet your expectations, please do not hesitate to call or email us (email@example.com). A phone call is the the quickest way to reach us (add us to your contacts: 616.283.2842).
As a part of our community, you share in our successes as well as our failures, and for this, we are immensely grateful. In exchange for your loyal support, we promise we will do everything to meet your expectations. If you are not completely satisfied, please let us know what we can do to improve our service. If a particular share size & pickup plan is not meeting your needs, we would be happy to discuss changing your membership type. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can find the membership plan that works best for you.
As farmers, we are well aware that this world is wildly variable and beyond our control. We will try our best to extend grace and generosity as much as possible, but the following will keep us all well-fed and in good-humor:
Please make your payments on time. A half or full payment should be made upfront to hold your place. The other half of your payment will be due on June 1, the week before the CSA begins.
Please pick up your share on time. We promise your produce will be fresh at the time of pick-up. There is no guarantee it will stay fresh after this time. We do not offer reimbursement for missed pickups.
Please check off your name on the sign-in sheet at time of pick-up. This is important for our records and signifies that our weekly agreement has been fulfilled.
We will not make arrangements for missed pickups. Friend or family members are always welcome to pick up a share in your place: please let them know the name of our farm, our pick-up policies, and the name of the member to check-off upon sign-in. If you expect to miss more than a few shares due to vacations or schedule conflicts, please purchase a Market Card! This card grants you access to Tuesday or Wednesday pickups and can also be used at Saturday Market (Market Cards save you between 5 and 15% on your purchases).
If you have a special, unexpected circumstances that prevent you from retrieving your share for an extended period, please contact us. We will review your request and determine if we can make an accommodation.
This contract commits members and farmers for a full harvest season (11, 22 or 50 weeks, respectively), in its unpredictable beauty.
Please contact us with any questions.
Pickups & Payment
Pickup Locations (choose one location per membership)
Green Wagon Farm
4960 Quiggle Ave, Ada
Tuesday from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
June 5 – November 6 (or year-round)
Fulton Street Farmers Market
1147 Fulton Street E, Grand Rapids
Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
June 6 – November 7 (or year-round)
*If you chose a biweekly pickup plan, we will email you in advance of your first pickup to let you know your start date (either June 5/6 or June 12/13)
– Cash, check, charge or bridge card (contact us to make a payment plan)
– Checks can be made out to Green Wagon Farm and mailed to 4960 Quiggle Ave. SE, Ada, MI 49301.
– Full payment upfront
– Half payment now and remaining balance by June 1st (option available until March)
Please contact us with any questions.
1. Why the new system?
We have been scouring your surveys each year and making notes of the quantities and vegetables you prefer, and we believe that this new system will meet your needs in their complex variety, allowing you to choose the season length, share size, and pickup frequency that works for you. We hope it gives you more clarity and more of your favorite veggies.
2. I liked the old system: can you choose my share for me?
Yes! If you like the CSA classics, and you’re looking for a balanced mix of standards and uncommon veggies, we will have a “Farmers Choice List” posted at pickup each week. If you’ve had a long day, and don’t want to be faced with yet another decision: we’ve got you covered. Check out the “Regular” CSA options to find your pickup from 2017.
3. What if my favorite vegetable is gone before I get to pickup?
This might happen, and we know it’s a bummer. In the past, however, you might have been forced to opt for beets when carrots ran out (for example), but now you have your pick from at least 13 other items. We will do our best to read your mind, and we will get better at this over time.
4. Why is there dirt on my food?
We implement a triple wash system for greens, and we carefully rinse all vegetables. We still ask that you wash your produce that you bring home. It might need more attention than you are accustomed to. Dirt is what we all are made of anyway, right?
5. Why the limited pickup times?
Tuesdays at Green Wagon Farm, 3:30-6pm
Wednesdays at Fulton St. Market, 4-6:30pm
At Green Wagon Farm we produce, process, and market everything ourselves: every weekday we farm; four evenings a week we deliver our products to restaurants or CSA pickup; and Saturdays we go to the farmers market. We have two blocks of time each week for our members to pick up their shares, and we promise to have your vegetables fresh & ready for pickup then! We simply do not have the capacity to make alternate arrangements at this time.
The plus side: we manage our distribution ourselves so that you receive your produce at the peak of freshness and directly from us, your farmers.
6. Can you make arrangements for missed pickups and vacations?
We cannot. With all of the options available, it is to difficult to make individual exceptions throughout the season. If you foresee scheduling conflicts, please consider purchasing a Market Card, which grants you access to discounted veggies at either of our pickups and at market but does not confine you to a schedule. Otherwise, feel free to have a friend or family member pick up in your place.
7. Why is there different produce available at market than CSA pickup?
Having three different outlets for our produce means that all our veggies find a home in their differing abundances and differing times they are ready in the field. Restaurants, market-shoppers, and CSA members receive different vegetables or varieties for various reasons. We try our best to create a great experience for our everyone, but sometimes we save special crops per the request of market-shoppers or plant special crops only for Summer CSA members. Other times, we don’t have enough for all the Summer CSA members, so we bring to a product to market instead. We always make sure our weekday CSA members receive more than market-value for each share.
The CSA model was once such that community members received in whole all that the farm was able to grow. Today, the CSA is only one of three ways we sell our products, but it is still extremely important to us, and we are always looking for ways to improve the program and involve and satisfy our members.
Our newsletter caters mainly to CSA pickup folks, not Market Cardholders. The items listed are not a reflection of produce that can be found at Saturday market.