Sign up for the workplace CSA for weekly deliveries of fresh produce

You can get fresh, locally grown produce delivered weekly to a City worksite by joining the workplace community supported agriculture (CSA) program. When you become a member, you purchase a “share” of vegetables in advance from a local farmer, and your farmer will deliver your weekly share of produce to a convenient drop-off location. 

The farms participating in this year’s City CSA program for summer are the Hmong American Farmers Association and Shared Ground Farmers’ Cooperative. Each farm offers half and full shares. Both farms will deliver Wednesdays to the Public Service Center in downtown, and Shared Ground will deliver Wednesdays to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters in north Minneapolis. You can receive 25 percent off the cost with a discount from the Wellness Committee*. The Hmong American Farmers Association also offers spring and fall shares that are eligible for the discount - see the flyer below for more details.

Not sure which farm to choose? Use this handy guide to compare summer shares:   

 

Hmong American Farmers Association

Shared Ground Farmers’ Cooperative

Mission

To advance the prosperity of Hmong American farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity building and advocacy.

To make environmentally sustainable farming a living wage job for those who pursue it, especially for minority, immigrant and beginning farmers. ecially for minority, immigrant, and beginning farmers. ecially for minority, immigrant, and beginning farmers. Shared Ground views its marketing and access to local food markets as an instrument of social justice, and a way for farmers with few resources to gain more stable income and leadership development skills through participation in a member-owned and member-governed enterprise.

Typical produce

Peak season produce includes potatoes, carrots, beets, kale, chard, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, green beans, sweet corn, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, herbs (rosemary, sage, lemon balm), water spinach, bitter melon, okra, edamame, Chinese long beans and ground cherries.

Vegetables vary based on the season and include cucumbers, broccoli, summer squash, carrots, beets, cabbage, potatoes, peppers, beets, eggplant, winter squash and others. Almost every box will have a cooking green (kale, Swiss chard, collards, bok choy or cabbage), root crop (potato, carrot, beets) and herb (cilantro, dill, parsley).

Summer CSA season

12 weeks, June 27-Sept. 12

18 weeks, mid-June through mid-October

Half-share size

Each box contains between five - eight items. This will feed a one-two person household or a family that supplements with purchases from the farmers market.

Each box contains six - 11 different vegetables and herbs. Perfect for individual veggie lovers or households of two.

Half-share price

$225

$400

Half-share discount*

Enter “MplsSummer18-half” when registering for a 25 percent discount.

Enter “mplshalf” when registering for a 25 percent discount.

Full-share size

Each box contains eight-12 items. This will feed a three-six person household or two people who cook most nights of the week.

Each box contains seven -12 different vegetables. This will provide hearty portions for a couple or family that cooks four or more nights a week.

Full-share price

$350

$610

Full-share discount*

Enter “MplsSummer18-full” when registering for a 25 percent discount.

Enter “mplsfull” when registering for a 25 percent discount (up to a maximum of $150).

Drop-off locations and days

Downtown: Public Service Center, Wednesdays

Downtown: Public Service Center, Wednesdays

North Minneapolis: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters, Wednesdays

How to sign up

Visit the Hmong American Farmers Association registration page. Select “Public Service Center” as your delivery location.

Visit the Shared Ground Farmers’ Cooperative registration page. Select your preferred delivery location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAFA CSA Flyer 2018Shared Ground CSA Flyer 2018

*Discount details 

The Wellness Committee is offering City employees who participate in the CSA program a subsidy. Employees can receive 25 percent off the cost of a one share up to a maximum of $100 off a half share and $150 off a full share. To apply the discount, you must sign up on the farm’s website and enter the coupon code in the discount code box when you check out. You are only allowed to use the subsidy once.

Note: The subsidy is considered taxable income. You will be taxed at your regular withholding rate on the value of the City’s contribution. More details about when and how the tax will be applied are coming soon.

 

Published Feb 20, 2018

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