Grand Rapids Area CSAs

It’s that time of year again where we need to sign up for a CSA!

What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture is a locally based model of agriculture and food distribution. It is a group of people who financially support a farm and their growing efforts in exchange for a share of the food produced. To sign up, you pay a seasonal fee for the anticipated harvest. As harvest season begins, you’ll be able to pick up your “share” of food – which will change as the season changes.

IMG_5471

photo credit: kiry

Most of our local CSAs offer a wide variety of vegetables, some also offer eggs, herbs, or honey at an additional cost.

 

Below is just the tip of the iceberg for what our area offers. While we continually work on contacting area farms for the most updated information, you can also check out Local Harvest, which lists CSAs available throughout the country. If you are a local farm and you’re not listed, just fill out our CSA form and we’ll add you right away!

 

Blandford Farm

location: 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

contact info:

farm details:

“The Blandford Nature Center Farm is focused on growing high quality and natural food for distribution for its CSA and the Farmers Market. While the farm is not certified organic, it follows organic principles and tries to apply additional principles that will increase the health of the soil and plants. Most available types of produce is grown on the farm from Beans and Carrots to Tomatoes and Watermelons.

Blandford Farm also works with educating the local community about food and farming. The Youth Farm Team, which is for ages 12-15, learns about sustainable farming and how to grow produce during the summer. As the farm grows, more programming will be able to be offered. “

CSA season: June-October

number of shares available – 40

cost:

  • full share – $450
  • half share – N/A
  • working shares available? yes

pickup locations:

Blandford Farm – 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

deadline to sign up for the 2012 season: May

 

Eighth Day Farm

location: 709 Pine Avenue Holland, MI 49423

contact info:

farm details:

Non-profit farm in Holland offering CSA shares and conducting sales at farm stands in town to support education around food issues and improving access to fresh produce for low income families.

CSA season: June 5 to November 3

number of shares: 50

cost:

  • full share – $500.00
  • half share – N/A
  • working share – N/A

pickup locations:

709 Pine Avenue Holland, MI 49423

deadline to sign up for the 2012 season: June 1

 

Visser Farms

location: 10791 Blair  Zeeland, MI 49464

contact info:

farm details:

Visser Farms is a 5 generation family farm that has been farming in West Michigan since 1902. On over 130 acres we grow about 40 different types of produce.  We go to several area farmers markets,and sell produce restaurants, schools and hospitals.  This is our second year doing a summer CSA. 

CSA season: We have year round CSA programs.  We are currently signing people up for our Summer 2012 CSA program.

number of shares available: 300

cost:

  • full share – Please see website for prices, we have a few different options for our Summer Program.
  • half share – Please see website for prices, we have a few different options for our Summer Program.
  • working share – N/A

pickup locations:

Holland – Wednesday’s at the Holland Farmers Market from 12-2pm.

Grand Rapids – Wednesday’s at the Fulton Street Market from 10am – 2pm.

Grand Haven – Tuesday’s from 3:00 – 4:15 at North Ottawa Community Hospital.

Spring Lake – Tuesday’s from 5-7pm at Seven Steps Up.

Zeeland – Wednesday’s from 4-6pm at our farm on Blair St.

Kalamazoo – On Saturday’s from 9am – 12pm at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market.

Rockford – Saturday’s from 9am – 12pm at the Rockford Farmers Market.

deadline to sign up for the 2012 season: May 5

 

Groundswell Community Farm

location: 6527 Quincy Street Zeeland, MI  49464

contact info:

farm details:

We grow a diversity of organic vegetables on 5 acres of rich, black soils near Zeeland, MI.  You can find our veggies at CSA distributions in Holland and Grand Rapids, at the Fulton St. Farmers Market in GR on Saturdays and at all 3 Harvest Health Locations. 

CSA season: Start of June to end of October

number of shares: 160

cost:

  • full share – $475.00
  • half share – N/A

working share available? yes

pickup locations:

Grand Rapids:
Well House
600 Cass SE

Holland:
Corner of 19th & Columbia
If raining, we are inside the loading dock

deadline to sign up for the 2012 season:  Sold out in GR; Shares available in Holland

 

Green Wagon Farm

location: Ada

contact info:

farm details: At Green Wagon Farm we grow a variety of vegetables including beets, beans, carrots, basil, broccoli, onions, scallions, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, leeks and many more. We grow our produce for our 60 member CSA as well for customers at the Fulton Street Market of Friday’s. Our farm is located in Ada, MI just on Fulton between Ada and Lowell. Are growing practices include crop rotation cover cropping, and the use of only organic approved methods of management. 

CSA season: 22 week CSA from the beginning of June through the end of October

number of shares: 60

cost:

  • full share – $425.00
  • half share – $250.00
  • working share – yes

pickup locations: Tuesday at the Farm in Ada and Friday’s at the Fulton Street Farmers Market

deadline to sign up for the 2012 season: first come, first serve

 

Mud Lake Farm

location: Ada

contact info:

farm details: Mud Lake Farm is located in southern Ottawa County, Michigan with three biomass- and geothermal-heated hydroponic greenhouses.  We are firm believers in sustainable agriculture, and enjoy exploring new ideas to make our farm more sustainable.

We do not use any pesticides on our farm, but prefer to work with nature using beneficial insects to manage pests.

We specialize in growing colorful, tasty hydroponic lettuces for families and restaurants in West Michigan.

 

CSA season: year-round

number of shares: as available

cost:

  • full share – $6.00 per week
  • half share – $6.00 every two weeks
  • working share – no

pickup locations: Pick up from the farm, or check Local Harvest for our pickup locations.

deadline to sign up for the 2012 season: no deadline


 

 

 

 

 

 



All images and content are protected under US copyright laws, please do not copy and paste.

Links in the post above may be affiliate or referral links - meaning that through a sale I may be given monetary benefit. I blog with integrity and only endorse companies and products I love.

This blog is for educational purposes only. The information provided by Donielle, or any contributor, is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition. If you are seeking medical advice, please search out a qualified health practitioner.

About donielle

Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.