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  2017 CSA Shares # Weeks Sign Up Deadline* Full Share Cost** Half Share Cost** Start Date   End Date
Spring Share: 5 Weeks May 17 $150 NA May 17 June 15
Summer Share: 14 Weeks June 7 $325 $175 June 21 September 21
Flower Share: 14 Weeks June 7 $150 NA June 21 September 21
Fall Share: 7 Weeks July 30 $175 $95 September 27 November 9
Thanksgiving Share: 1 Week November 1 $50 + Turkey NA November 17 November 17

 

*Unless otherwise noted, community members may sign up for a CSA after the Sign Up Deadline for an additional $20.
**Please note that a service charge will be added to electronic/online payments. Check payments will not incur a service charge.

  West Metro Delivery Schedule* – WEDNESDAY  
Name Address Who Can Pickup at this Site
Pillsbury House + Theatre 3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 PUBLIC
United Noodles 2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404 PUBLIC
Washburn Center for Children 1100 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405 PUBLIC
Whittier Recreation Center 437 W 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55405 PUBLIC
YWCA Minneapolis – Downtown** 1130 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 YWCA Members and Staff Only
YWCA Minneapolis – Midtown** 2121 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 YWCA Members and Staff Only
YWCA Minneapolis – Uptown** 2808 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 YWCA Members and Staff Only
Minneapolis Public Service Center 250 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415 Internal Staff Only
Fairview Pharmacy Services 711 Kasota Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 Internal Staff Only
Fairview Ridges Hospital** 201 E Nicollet Blvd, Burnsville, MN 55337 Internal Staff Only
Fairview Southdale Hospital 6401 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435 Internal Staff Only
Fairview Stinson 400 NE Stinson Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55413 Internal Staff Only
Hastings Public Schools 1000 11th St W, Hastings, MN 55033 Internal Staff Only
                                                                                   
  East  Metro Delivery Schedule* – THURSDAY  
Name Address Who Can Pickup at this Site
Hmong American Farmers Association 941 Lafond Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55104 PUBLIC
Nexus Community Partners 2314 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114 PUBLIC
Mississippi Market 740 7th St E, St. Paul, MN 55106 PUBLIC
YMCA Eastside – St. Paul** 875 Arcade Street, St. Paul, MN 55106 PUBLIC
YMCA Downtown – St. Paul 194 6th St E, St. Paul, MN 55101 PUBLIC
YMCA Westside – St. Paul 150 Thompson Ave E, West St. Paul, MN 55118 PUBLIC
Fairview Energy Park** 2344 Energy Park Dr, St. Paul, MN 55108 Internal Staff Only
Girl Scouts River Valleys – St. Paul 400 S Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55107 Internal Staff Only

*Once the delivery routes are finalized, specific pickup times will be identified for each site. Suffice to say, the times slots will most likely be during regular business hours.
**The Spring CSA will not be delivered to the following sites: Fairview Ridges Hospital, Fairview Ridges Energy Park, all YWCA locations, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Minnesota Partners & Bush Foundation and YMCA Eastside. 

It’s that time of the year again.  Community supported agriculture (CSA) reflects a special relationship between a farmer and a consumer. Under the CSA model, subscribers pay in advance for a share of fresh produce they will receive in the future, thereby, reducing the present risk the local farmer takes to plant the fruit tree, vegetable seed or flower bulb. In short, the HAFA CSA is not a food delivery service, but rather a social contract rooted in community, mutuality and stewardship for the land and the local economy. So when you sign up to join the HAFA CSA, you’re not only lifting up our 128 farmers, you’re also building wealth in your community. Thank you.

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is offered by a farmer or a group of farmers. Customers buy a “CSA share” and pay the farmers in advance of the growing season. The farmers then use the funds to jumpstart their plantings. In return, the customers can expect weekly deliveries of fresh produce dropped off at a convenient location.

Who is a HAFA Farmer?

HAFA farmers are mostly older Hmong immigrants who have been farming for more than 15 plus years. They farm on small plots between five and 10 acres and sell their produce at most farmers markets. One of the younger farmers within HAFA’s network is Teng Thao. Teng’s family has been farming for over 20 years and they have been members of HAFA since 2012. His mom, siblings and he and his wife together farm nine acres of mixed vegetables. Growing up, Teng says, his mom always told him, “If you don’t farm, you won’t have food.” In 2016, Teng has also learned how to keep bees and manages his own hive on the HAFA Farm. In the future he wants to focus on growing high-value vegetables and increasing the number of contracts to sell to wholesale markets.

How is the HAFA CSA different?

When HAFA began exploring the CSA business model with our farmers in 2012, we solicited a lot of feedback from long-time members of various CSAs across the metropolitan area. We wanted a model that would pay farmers a fair price for their labor and produce (too often, Hmong farmers were being greatly exploited), while helping customers who care about locally grown, affordable food. We consistently heard people say they did not like the lack of variety in their CSA boxes, that the CSA boxes had too much produce to eat in one week, and that the shares were expensive (many CSA shares are over $500 just for the summer season). We also heard that people felt guilty about getting a CSA share because they still wanted to go to the farmers market and enjoy the social aspect of the markets. So we designed our CSA with this feedback in mind. Our CSA is smaller in quantity (we use a 3/4 bushel box compared to other CSAs that use a 1 1/9 bushel box) and shorter in duration (our summer share is only 14 weeks compared to other CSAs that are 16-18 weeks). We also off half shares have more variety than many CSAs. On top of that, we conveniently deliver shares to many of our CSA members’ workplaces.

More Information:

Spring Share

5 weeks: May 17th – June 15th $150/Share Early season produce such as rhubarb, snap and snow peas, greens (kale, pea tendrils), asparagus, strawberries, green onion, fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, dill), carrots, radishes.

 

Summer Share

14 weeks: June 21st – September 21st $325/Full Share, $175 Half Share Peak season produce with some specialty items, root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beets), greens (kale, chard, collards), Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers green beans, sweet corn, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, herbs (rosemary, sage, lemon balm). Water spinach, bitter melon, wintermelon, Hmong cucumber, Vietnamese mint, okra, edamame, Chinese long beans, ground cherries, daikon radish, and lemongrass.

 

Flower Share

14 weeks: June 21st – September 21st $150/Share 1 beautiful, fresh bouquet of local flowers each week.

 

Fall Share

7 weeks: September 27th -November 9th $175/Share, $95/Half share Late season produce, winter squash, potatoes, onions, garlic, Brussels sprouts, root crops, sweet potatoes (yellow and purple), herbs.

 

Thanksgiving Share

Pick-up November 17 $50/Share plus cost of turkey A one-time share of fall vegetables such as sweet potatoes, Yukon, red, and fingerling potatoes, carrots, winter squash, Brussels sprouts, lemongrass, sage, and thyme for a thanksgiving dinner. There is also the option to purchase a locally and sustainably raised turkey from Ferndale Farm.