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 it’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.
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. Orders can be placed through the Washtenaw Organic Collaborative.
7861 Strawberry Lake Rd., Dexter. 7340680-3883. baselinefarm.com.
Blue Spring Farm is an organic farm that has been running for 17 years. They’re not third-party certified but they do follow the national organic program standards. Offerings for this CSA include alliums, brunched greens, fruits, herbs, roots, and other delicious fruits and vegetables that Blue Spring Farm grows. You can sign up for a full share, which is 18 weeks of growth, or a half share depending on your family size. Sign up for this CSA takes place online, and you can decide if Wednesday or Saturday is the easiest day for you to pick up.
4710 Stein Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-761-5770. bluespringfarm.net.
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). Pick-up times are every Wednesday in the summer and most Saturday’s in the winter.
Whitmore Lake. 734-926-5463. brines.net.
Capella Farm is an Ann Arbor-based CSA that offers a range of goods for pick up or purchase. They provide free-range eggs, produce, herbs, and more! Their pickup is available on Wednesdays from 2 to 6:30pm from March until June. Call or email to set up your pick-up schedule!
6755 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-761-3554. facebook.com/Capella-Farm.
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.
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.
Jacob’s Fresh Farm offers CSAs throughout the year, with their Summer shares are coming up! This 16-week share will give you a great taste of local agriculture. Their offerings include a full share, half share, single share, or a Taste of Local share, which will help introduce you to local businesses and farms. Each package will come with an array of fruits and vegetables that will make your mouth water. Sign-up for the CSA takes place online. Be sure to keep an eye on when their next season’s share changes!
19560 Waterloo Rd., Chelsea. 517-250-1222. jacobsfreshfarm.com.
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.
3825 Nixon Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-772-1418. 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.
2201 Swarthout Rd., Pinckney. haycreekheritage.com.
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. Pick up from the Farmers Market 8am-1pm. Saturdays and Wednesdays.
12800 Pfaus Rd., Manchester. 734-428-9100. ourfamilyfarmllc.com.
Prochaska Farms is a locally owned, third-generation, sustainable retail grower for quality garden plants and the best products in the Tecumseh area. They not only provide food in different areas in the county, but they also have their own CS program for people to participate in. Their Cooperative Sharing Program gives the opportunity for customers to get the widest range of produce available.
10061 Pennington Rd., Tecumseh. 517-812-8004. prochaskafarms.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. Pick up from 9am-1pm on Saturdays at the Ypsilanti Depot Town Market or anytime Saturday and Sunday.
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 that range from $175 to $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.
2015 E. North Territorial Rd., Whitmore Lake. raindanceorganic.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.
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.
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!
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. Pick up on the first of each month.
5525 Jennings Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-845-2240. whitneyfarmstead.com