Get your share of the Minnesota growing season which lasts 18-weeks, June through October. All produce is sourced from our network of small, sustainable, and local farmers.
You can still eat local after the growing season is done! Four boxes of late season storage crops spread over the months of November and December. Pick-up at The Good Acre only.
This 7-week program, which spans September and October, is designed to fit a student’s budget and appetite for local foods. Shares are conveniently delivered right to campus. Now open to students, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, or Hamline University.
TGA Farm Share F.A.Q.
As a food hub, we already take safety and cleanliness in our facility very seriously. To ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and our farm share members all those who assist with box packing sign in, are screened and must sanitize their hands before entering the warehouse. Masks and gloves are required during packing, and social distance is maintained on the packline.
For those who are picking up their share at The Good Acre, we will have a no-contact pick up in our parking lot. Make a sign with your last name and our volunteers will place your box in your car for you along with any add-on’s that come with your share. If you aren’t picking up at TGA, we ask that you are acting responsibly by wearing masks, washing/sanitizing your hands before picking up, and following the guidelines of each individual pick-up site, which our farm share manager will send out to members before the first week of the program. If you have any specific questions about procedures here at TGA regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 page of our website or contact the Farm Share Manager at [email protected]
Want to consume local produce but don’t have time to make it to the grocery store or shop on weekends all the time? We are here to help — connecting you to the source of your food through one box that will save you some of the time and effort it takes to menu plan and shop each week. Because we make contracts with our farmers each year, they are guaranteed income, lessening their risk and providing them with a market beyond direct sales. We all know that food that is grown closer to you is more nutritious, and less time between field to fork means longer lasting and fresher food for you. If you want a robust local food system, you have to support it, and you can do just that when you join our Farm Share program.
Every growing season, we optimize our program so that it works great for farmers, our members, and us. We’ve seen the demand for full shares dwindle over time, and we want to provide you with the right quantities of produce so you can make the recipes you want without running to the store for more. By having a one size share, we are able to streamline our operations so that we can deliver you a bigger, better box with all you need for the recipes you want to make. Looking for more produce? Buy two!
Our Farm Share is designed to feed two people who cook frequently at home, but the box contents can easily be shared among households of three or more. In fact, when surveyed, 77% of our members say that their share feeds two to three in their household, the other 23% say their share feeds four or more. We include anywhere from six to eight items each week, and boxes tend to get heavier as the growing season progresses — bye bye butterhead, hello butternut!
Sometimes! While many of the farms we work with are Certified Organic, we do work with some farms that are not. With that being said, every week we will include at least one organic item. We also do comprehensive farm visits to all of the growers we buy from. Through these visits, we verify that even if they aren’t Certified Organic, their gowing practices are sustainable and safe for the soil and water on their land.
Because we have agreements with our farmers to grow a certain amount of crops for us over the course of the growing season, we don’t order less if you plan to miss a week. So if you can’t get your share for whatever reason, either send a friend to pick it up or let us know and we can donate it to our hunger relief partner.
- Bread: Baked in local ovens and delivered to you every other week. Our current partner is Brake Bread bakery. Brake Bread specializes in naturally leavened (sourdough) bread made from all regionally sourced organic grains. We make an effort to work with bakers who are rooted in their community.
- Cheese: Enjoy two kinds of cheese every other week from local cheese makers Alemar, Cosmic Wheel Creamery, and Shepherd’s Way Farms. Cheese are made in small batches, delivering the best of local flavors. This add-on is limited.
- Eggs: Laid by happy chickens that eat organic feed and graze freely when possible. You have the option to have them delivered every week or every other. Sunshine Harvest Farm has been our egg partner for three seasons, and members love their brown-shelled, hearty-yolked eggs by the dozen.
- Maker Medley: Made by a local food business, one item delivered every other week. All products are either made in The Good Acre’s commercial kitchen or one like it. Producers use local ingredients when possible, and all items are vegetarian.
- Honey: Created by bees in the Metro area, delivered by the pound monthly (ON BIKE). Beez Kneez keeps hives all over St. Paul, Minneapolis, and at farms in the surrounding area. Each month you’ll get one pound of a different variety.
- Peak-Season Fruit (SOLD OUT FOR 2022): Minnesota’s peak fruit season is chock full of delicious raspberries, strawberries, pears, and more but they are hard for us to procure on a large scale. So with this add-on option, you’ll get eight special deliveries of local farm-fresh fruits as part of your share, in addition to the usual melons and apples all members will receive. This add-on is limited, so act fast!
- Mushrooms: Savor the flavors of the north woods with eight 1/3 pound boxes of fresh mushrooms from Northwood Mushrooms, delivered every other week. You’ll get a variety of mushrooms, some log-grown in Clayton, WI and some foraged from around Minnesota. Also includes a fabulous gluten-free reishi brownie and a jar of Northwood’s renowned mushroom butter!
- Meat: Raised humanely in the grassy pastures of Sunshine Harvest Farm in Webster, MN. Each monthly delivery is 6 pounds of a variety of fresh-frozen meats, including 1 pound of beef steaks or pork chops, 1 pack of brats, 1 pack of bacon, 2 pounds ground beef, and 1 pack of chicken (varies monthly between breast, leg/thighs, wings). Sunshine Harvest farms with organic practices and does not use any hormones or chemicals in raising their animals. A non-pork version is available – please contact [email protected] for details.
Sorry, we do not offer add-ons without the purchase of a Full Season, Late Season, or Campus Share. It is at the core of our mission to support produce farmers, so we like to push the veggies!
You can pick up your Full Season Farm Share at The Good Acre on Wednesdays or at any of our public pick-up sites on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the location — click here for a map of our our public pick up sites. We also have a robust network of private pick-up locations at offices peppered throughout the Twin Cities. To see if your office already has a pick-up location, email us at [email protected] Late Season Shares are available for pick up at The Good Acre on Wednesdays. Campuw Shares can be picked up at The Good Acre on Wednesdays or at sites on-campus (Macalester, Hamline, and the U of MN) on Thursdays. We are not adding any new private office pickup locations in 2021.
Being part of a truly sustainable food system means that everyone has access to fresh, nutritious food and that farmers get paid a fair price. This is why we are excited to launch Fair Share, a pay-what-you-can model that allows you to name your price for our 18-week farm share.
Please note that funds are good toward the farm share only and applications will be accepted until funds run out. If your application is accepted, we will reach out to you with a coupon code you can use to sign up. You can select your pick up location and any add-ons you’d like at that time.
To apply for Fair Share funds to cover a portion of or all of your farm share cost this year, apply using this link. Any amount you pay goes right back into our Fair Share fund so we can continue offering this program in the future.
Happy Farm Share Customers
"We love supporting the cause at Good Acre, plus communication is great and the pickup location is very convenient. The veggies were top notch and very useable."
"I love the variety of items and the recipes included. My family tried things, like ground cherries, that we would otherwise have never considered."
"I loved branching out with a couple veggies I wasn't acquainted with and rediscovering some old favorites. It made me cook more creatively and seasonally. I was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness of the veggies--thank you so much for taking so much time on this step when you didn't have to!"
"What could be better than getting a wide variety of truly fresh vegetables delivered to our office each week!"
"The quality was incredible! I didn't know fresh vegetables were that much better than grocery store vegetables. And I loved the convenient pick up, too!"
Overall, TGA helped me find a new joy and appreciation in my food and get out of my rut. Farm Share has helped me try new things (I used to hate fennel, now I crave it), it made me learn about food storage and think more about the seasonality of food."