Support Local Farms and Eat Well

. April 9, 2020.
Community Supported Agriculture
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms are happy to provide you with the fresh produce you crave. (Credit: Pixabay)

A2 CSA memberships you need to check out

In case you’re unfamiliar, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms allow you to subscribe to their farm’s harvest, whether that’s produce, eggs, meat, flowers, honey or whatever you need to put together locally sourced, delicious meals. We’ve put together a list of farms that offer a variety of approaches through their memberships. 

Abby’s Acres invites you to pick your own asparagus, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, and squash on the farm, which also offers a CSA egg share. They treat their chickens like family, so enjoy those eggs guilt-free! Give them a call to find out how to sign up for the share. Abbey’s Acres, 4700 Whitmore Lake Rd. 917-837-0975. abbysacresllc@gmail.com. facebook.com/a2eggs

Baseline Farm doesn’t exactly have a meat share, but their online ordering system and easy pick-up and delivery options make it worth adding to our list. Order roasts, ground beef, steak and other meat bundles, then arrange a pick-up time. Farmer John Cox manages a herd of rare Ancient White Park cattle and follows sustainable practices to provide quality meats. Plus, you can get free delivery if you order 30 pounds or more! Prices per pound vary depending on the cut of meat. Baseline Farm, 7861 Strawberry Lake Rd., Dexter. Contact them and place orders at baselinefarm.com.

Brines Farm has year-round produce with their summer and winter CSA programs and pre-paid accounts, offering produce year-round from greens and root veggies in the winter to heirloom tomatoes and sweet corn in the summer. Each season includes 22 weekly pickups with a minimum of 6 items (up to four pounds of fresh produce). $638 per season. Pick-up times are every Wednesday in the summer and most Saturday’s in the winter.  Brines Farm, 6384 Walsh Rd., Whitmore Lake. 734-926-5463. Find their sign-up forms and further details at brines.net.

Champion Farms milk share has some of the most lauded clean, organic milk in Washtenaw County. Give them a call to find out how to sign up! Their monthly fee begins at $40 for one gallon per week. Champion Farms, 10989 Scio Church Rd., Chelsea. 734-657-1875. Champion-farms.com 

Community Farm of Ann Arbor is the oldest CSA in Michigan! Purchase a share from their farm at the beginning of each season and receive a bounty ranging from seasonal fruits and veggies to milk, meat, and eggs. Community Farm of Ann Arbor, 1525 S. Fletcher Rd., Chelsea. cfofa2@gmail.com. Find the farm’s online CSA sign-up at communityfarmofaa.org.

Green Things Farm Collective is made up of Ann Arbor Seed Company, the Land Loom and Green Things Farm. They offer several different CSA memberships, along with a user-friendly website that tells you everything you need to know about their offerings. For $75 per 5 week session, you can join a Salad Club (offered spring, summer, and fall) or the Winter Spinach Club for 6-8 weeks of greens. They have weekly customizable boxes as well, including a Summer CSA for $240 and a Fall CSA for $330. The collective also has a winter beef share and even a flower CSA! Basically, they have you covered. Green Things Farm, 3825 Nixon Rd. You can contact them and sign up for all of their CSA memberships easily on greenthingsfarm.com.

Hay Creek Heritage Farm has certified organic produce, flowers and free-range chickens and ducks. Some of their CSA perks? You can pick up your weekly share at four different locations, and they specialize in heirloom vegetables grown along Hay Creek. Yum. Their summer CSA includes 12 weekly pickups of five varieties of produce, with optional add-ons like goat milk soap, eggs, flower bouquets and more. $230-$405. Hay Creek Heritage Farm, 2201 Swarthout Rd., Pinckney. Contact them via haycreekheritage.com.

Locavorious provides frozen fruits and veggies from farms across Michigan year-round! They harvest, package and freeze a variety of fresh, local produce in BPA-free, reusable packaging. To learn more about getting their frozen produce delivered to your home or to pick it up from the Michigan Farm to Family warehouse (119 Jackson Industrial Dr.), call 734-996-9000 or visit michiganfarmtofamily.grazecart.com. Pick up times are Fridays from 9am-3pm.

Our Family Farm’s summer CSA (mid-June to November 1) is run by Farmer John and Lois, who let you pick out your own produce when you come to pick it up from the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. From fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to free range eggs and delicious honey, they have what you need for healthy, locally sourced meals. $310-$580. Pick up from the Farmers Market 8am-1pm. Saturdays and Wednesdays. Our Family Farm, 12800 Pfaus Rd., Manchester. 734-428-9100. ourfamilyfarmllc.com

Radicle Roots Community has a diverse selection of vegetables in their all-heirloom CSA with two pick-up locations. Send an email to Farmer Ryan to see what he’s growing this year! Choose from micro to full-share options on the Radicle website. $180-$650. Pick up from 9am-1pm on Saturdays at the Ypsilanti Depot Town Market or anytime Saturday and Sunday at the Radicle Roots Community farm, 4400 Pontiac Trail. radiclerootscommunityfarm@gmail.com. Radiclerootscommunityfarm.wordpress.com

Raindance Organic Farm allows members of their Community Farm Project to bring a basket and fill it up weekly. You’ll do all the digging and picking yourself- the best way to feel connected to the food that nourishes your body. The program is 11 weeks, from June to August, with one date in October (their Hoes Down Party and Cider Pressing). You’ll get 10-12 items each week, like organic veggies, herbs, fruits, flowers and more. Choose from half or full shares at $175-$550. Payment plans and a sliding scale make for an affordable option. Pick up from 9:30-11:30am on Thursdays or 4-6pm on Sundays. Raindance Organic Farm, 2015 E. North Territorial Rd., Whitmore Lake. raindanceorganic@gmail.com

Steinhauser Farms’ meat share gives members 28-30 pounds of beef and pork. Though you can’t choose specifics about what ends up in your monthly share, you might find chorizo, bacon, steaks, stew meat, roasts, pork chops and more. Our mouths are watering already. Three months for $225. Cash or check. Pick up from the farm at the end of each month. Steinhauser Farms, 6257 East Joy Rd. 734-330-9138. Email Dave at steinhauserfarms@gmail.com to sign up. steinhauserfarms.com

Tantré Farm not only has an extremely popular summer CSA, they offer one for fall, one specifically for Thanksgiving, a winter solstice CSA, and one called Midwinter Morning’s Dream. The summer option is 18 weeks, from May to September, and it generously feeds two people for $630. Plus, if you sign up when the season has already started, the Farm will prorate your membership fee. To sign up and learn more about the different CSA options, visit their website. Pick-up locations vary by season, but there are up to eight different spots to pick up your box (which has up to 16 items, by the way)! You can choose your own pick-day from their list of options. Tantré Farm, 2510 Hayes Rd., Chelsea. 734-475-4323. tantrefarm.com

The Farm at St. Joe’s procures their fresh fruits and veggies from ten local farms for their spring and summer CSAs. They have weekly and bi-weekly shares with content that varies from week to week, and you can opt for whole or half shares. $165-$858. Those in need of help financially can apply for a free share. Self-serve from produce stored in the farm’s cooler is from noon on Wednesday to 8pm on Sunday. Pick-up in person from 3:30-6pm, when you’ll find they have fun, educational activities! The Farm at St. Joe’s, 5553 McAuley Dr., Ste. 1117, Ypsilanti. farmshare@stjoeshealth.org. stjoesfarm.org


Whitney Farmstead allows you to choose the type of meat and cuts you prefer with their year-round meat share program. They are three months long but, if you’re unsure if it’s for you, they offer a one-month trial. Between their quality meat from grass fed cattle and pasture raised chickens to their user-friendly website, this Farmstead is a win. $150-$450. Pick up on the first of each month. Whitney Farmstead, 5525 Jennings Rd. Text Malaika at 734-845-2240 or use website contact form. whitneyfarmstead.com

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