FARM SHARE OVERVIEW

Tastes good.
Does good.

Whether you join our Full Season, Late Season or Harvest Season Farm Share, know that you are doing something great for our network of small, independent, and local farmers. As a non-profit food hub, our Farm Share program offerings are one of the best ways that we put our mission into action — supporting our farmers with fair prices and technical support while providing you with access to a beautiful array of healthy produce. 

Full Season Share
Full Season Share

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.

Late Season Share
Late Season Share

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.

Harvest Share
Harvest Share

A smaller sized share with five to six items per week. It is designed to give one or two veggie lovers a share in the bounty of Minnesota's delicious fall harvest season.

TGA Farm Share F.A.Q.

Why buy a Farm Share?

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.

Why one size?

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!

How much produce will I get?

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!

Is the produce organic?

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.

What happens if I miss a week?

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. 

Tell me more about your add-ons.
  • Bread: Baked in local ovens and delivered to you every other week. Our current partners are Brake Bread, Honey and Rye Bakehouse, and Bakers Field Flour and Bread. All three bake bread made from 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. 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: 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.
  • Flowers: Bask in the beauty of six local bouquets throughout the season from Twin Cities Flower Exchange. TCFE is the first, and still only, 100% local AND chemical-free wholesale flower market in the United States, offering wholesale customers an alternative to the traditional floral supply chain.

If you are interested in including add-ons with your share, but want to spread out the cost of your share + add-ons (add-ons are pay-in-full only), we will send separate links to the add-ons. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Can I buy an add-on without buying a share?

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!

Where do I pick up?

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.

This won’t work for me. Where else can I look?

We completely understand that our Farm Share program isn’t the right fit for everybody. For a comprehensive list of local CSA programs, check out the Land Stewardship Project’s CSA Farm Directory or the Minnesota Grown directory.

How does the Fair Share pay what you can program work?

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

  • "The weekly newsletters are legit super functional & helpful. Recipes, the farmer and maker spotlights - it's all so good. But the way you shared such critical, helpful, generous information about CSA history, justice, equity, etc... speaks volumes about the kindness, passion, and purpose of TGA and your presence and voice in our community. I am - and our family is - just so grateful."

    Heather C.
  • "I love the variety of items and the recipes included. My family tried things, like ground cherries, that we would otherwise have never considered."

    Bob B.
  • "We were beyond impressed with this CSA experience. It was the best thing we’ve spent money on in the past 6 months. We loved the variety of produce and the quantity was great for our mostly plant-based family of 3. The program was organized and easy to participate — we greatly appreciated your emails to help us meal plan in advance of getting the box. We loved the education in your newsletters and also learned a lot about properly storing produce. Simply couldn’t be happier to have access to your farm share and to support the amazing work of your team and local BIPOC farmers."

    Amanda
  • "I like the variety. In previous CSAs, I would get overwhelmed with some produce and not receive any of another. I like that TGA uses a variety of farms so that I get a variety of produce. I also appreciate that the newsletters are informative and focused on the farms and the produce in the box."

    Amanda R.
  • "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!"

    Eric E.
  • 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."

    Frank F.
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