2020 Virtual CSA Fair

Our 19th Annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair is going virtual! Beginning Monday, April 20, we will feature over 20 local farms that provide our community with amazing food throughout the growing season.

We will be featuring a variety of different CSAs, including vegetables and fruit, meat, cheese, bread, mushrooms, and even seafood. Some farms also offer add-ons like honey, maple syrup, eggs, and flowers. Farmers created their own videos explaining their CSA as well as growing practices so you can see and hear from the folks that grow your food as well as get a view of what their farms look like! The videos will be on Seward Co-op’s website for the duration of the fair, and we’ll post them on their “feature” days on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Some farms allow customization of CSA shares, and there  is a variety options to fit your needs (half-shares, weekly purchase options, etc.)

During this time of crisis and supply chain disruption, we need community-based farmers, fishers and producers more than ever. Invest in the people who grow and harvest our food. In addition to shopping at the co-op, Community Supported Agriculture offers individuals and families a direct way to support local growers.

Virtual CSA Fair Feature Calendar

Meet the Farmers & Makers

Amador Hill Farm & Orchard

North Branch, MN
CSA Type: Vegetables, Fruit   
Drop Locations:
Franklin & Friendship stores, Birchwood Cafe

Amador Hill Farm & Orchard is an organically certified demonstration and education farm which supports their CSA run by Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI)–an  environmental research, renewal and retreat center designed to create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children and identified communities affected by environmental injustice.

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Big River Farms

Marine on St. Croix, MN
CSA Type: Vegetables, Fruit   
Drop Locations:
Moon Palace Books

Big River Farms, a program of The Food Group, offers education in organic agriculture for farmers who have historically been underrepresented in farm ownership. We provide beginning farmers in the program mentorship and guidance in managing their own 1/ 8 to 6-acre plots of certified organic land at Big River Farms, our 150-acre incubator farm near Marine on St. Croix, MN. Big River Farms’ produce is Certified Organic. Purchases in their CSA share supports a diverse group of farmers—including those who are refugees and immigrants.

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Blue Ox Farm

Boyceville, WI
CSA Type: Meat 
Drop Locations:
Peace Coffee, Delivery

Where the Driftless Region meets the North Woods, just outside Wheeler, Wis., Lauren and Caleb Langworthy manage Blue Ox Farm. We manage a 120-ewe flock of sheep and small beef herd in a managed rotational grazing system. This type of management mimics natural systems and provides for good animal health and welfare, habitat for local biodiversity, regional water quality improvement, and carbon sequestration. The Blue Ox farmers also focus on farmer and eater education and advocacy for food system policies that support family farms, local eating, and the strength of our communities. We offer whole lamb shares and quarter beef shares to members which can be custom cut with the eater’s cooking preferences in mind. This supports our ethic of ensuring the whole animal is utilized and offers exciting culinary opportunities for member families. We’re happy to support new members as they navigate the process of purchasing local whole-animal meat shares. Thank you for supporting the family farmers of our region – however you eat!

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Burning River Farm

Frederic, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables 
Drop Locations:
Midtown Farmers Market

In 2006, Mike Noreen started Burning River Farm after working at Foxtail Farm in Oscoela WI for several seasons. Burning River Farm grows nutritious, clean vegetables for our customers. Going above and beyond USDA Organic—they not only are chemical free, but use an extensive rotation based on cover crops, without use of plastic mulch (a mainstay in much Organic growing) and go to length to reduce inputs and waste.

Burning River Farm believes in participating in a food system that puts people, our health and nature first. Each season, Noreen and the farm crew work towards using increasingly better methods to grow food for you.

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Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School Retreat

Osceola, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables, Fruit, Maple Syrup, Flowers 
Drop Locations:
Powderhorn*, Delivery

In a 2014 round up of CSA’s that deliver to Minneapolis, City Pages called Buttermilk Falls CSA “The Classic”. Buttermilk Falls CSA is a 100-member CSA farm nestled among the forests and prairie lands of the St. Croix River Valley. Named after our pristine waterfall, Buttermilk Falls CSA offers members organic produce tended with integrity. Our non-profit, Philadelphia Community Farm, was one of the first CSA’s in the Midwest. Our farmers, interns and apprentices are honored to carry on the tradition of biodynamic farming practices, living in community, and stewarding this sacred land for essential nature-centered educational programs and retreats.

We offer 18 weeks of full or half shares that contain a selection of favorites like greens, carrots, and tomatoes alongside a few lesser known vegetables like daikon and kohlrabi that will pique your creativity in the kitchen.

Some of the things that attract folks to Buttermilk are :

  1. Delivery to your home for $100/season,
  2. Utilizing a substitution list so you can let us know which produce to leave out of your share and we will gladly add more of something else.
  3. You can designate any week as a vacation week and put your share on hold. We’ll add a share on to the end of the season for you.
  4. Available optional add on’s such as a 4-week spring share for $100, 4-quart maple share for $90, and four seasonal flower bouquets for $60

We plan to deliver weekly on Wednesdays beginning June 24 to neighborhoods in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Stillwater. You can read about special considerations being taken in light of Covid-19 on our website.

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*please contact Buttermilk Falls for more details

Featherstone Farm

Rushford, MN
CSA Type: Vegetables 
Drop Locations:
Franklin & Friendship stores

Featherstone Farm has been a certified organic (MOSA) CSA farm for 24 years. Located in southeastern Minnesota, between Winona and Lanesboro, and we grow our crops on 130 acres of rich farmland.  We deliver some of the only customized CSA shares in Minnesota—made just for you—to over 25 drop-sites throughout the Twin Cities.

When you join our farm, you get a chance to rank everything we grow on a scale from one (don’t like it at all) to five (love it). Each week, we’ll make the perfect box for you, based on what is in season, never sending you any veggies you dislike and always optimizing the types of veggies you love. You’ll also get a chance to review and make swaps to your box before we pack it, ensuring that you’ll get exactly what you’d like each week.

We offer a customized Summer (18 weeks) and Winter (9 weeks) program, with delivery mid-June through March.  We also offer vacation holds and makeup boxes for your busy schedule.  Our pricing and sizes include: (1) Our Summer Sustainer Share (full share):  $40/week or $720 for 18 weeks.  (2) Our Summer Solo Share (half share)  $28/week or $504 for 18 weeks.  (3) Winter Share (one size):  $41/every 2 weeks or $369 for 9 weeks.

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Foxtail Farm

Osceola, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables 
Drop Locations:
Franklin & Friendship stores, South Minneapolis*

Foxtail Farm is a MOSA certified organic farm offering spring and fall CSA shares. We are the farm you can go to before your Summer CSA begins and after it ends. Our hope is to provide a CSA that extends the enjoyment of farm fresh produce longer throughout the year. This 2020 season sees big changes at our farm. A farmer transition! For over 20 years, Chris and Paul Burkhouse farmed this land using only natural methods — no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. It is with great honor and excitement that new owners Emmalyn Kayser and Cody Fitzpatrick continue to produce really healthy, fresh, great tasting produce. We’re located in the St. Croix River Valley near Osceola, Wisconsin; about 50 minutes northeast of the Twin Cities with delivery to both areas.

SPRING shares:
Delivered every-other-Thursday from April 2nd through May 28th (five boxes total).
Fresh produce including lots of greens! Also lettuce, kale, radishes, salad turnips, microgreens, napa, baby beets, kohlrabi, basil, arugula, green onions…
Some storage crops like potatoes, onions and carrots…
And whatever else we can grow in our 6 field tunnels!

FALL shares:
Delivered every-other-Thursday from mid-October to late-December.
Storage crops like carrots, cabbages, potatoes, onions and beets
Spinach, radish, brussle sprouts, broccoli and kale from the field.
Greens from our field tunnels as long as we can grow them!

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*please contact Foxtail Farm for more details

 

Green Garden Bakery

North Minneapolis, MN
CSA Type: Vegetables, Baked Goods 
Drop Locations:
City Food Studio, Delivery

Our “Community Supported Bakery”, like our organization, is youth led and run. We grow vegetables in our community garden and turn them into delicious, healthy baked goods for every diet, featuring loved vegan, gluten free, and sugar free options. Our monthly box of bakery items from Green Garden Bakery also includes a non-perishable item from our youth entrepreneurship club’s product line (bath products, homemade cleaners, jewelry, etc.)! Something that makes us even more special? We donate our proceeds back to the community!

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Harmony Valley Farm

Viroqua, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables, Meat
Drop Locations:
Powderhorn*

In a secluded valley in southwest Wisconsin, Harmony Valley occupies 270 acres of land along Spring Creek and Bad Axe River. For over 30 years, this family farm has produced certified organic berries and vegetables, as well as herds of organically fed Black Angus. Harmony Valley’s agricultural practices minimize harm to the environment through innovative composting, rotational grazing, cover cropping, and being hospitable to their “allies,” such as birds of prey, bats, and wasps.

Everything grown by Harmony Valley Farm is Certified Organic by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA). Our vegetable shares are designed to meet the needs of a family of four. There may be several different payment options, allowing you to find one that best fits your household and finances. Sharing households may choose any combination of the payment options.

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*please contact Harmony Valley for more details

Hmong American Farmers Association

West St. Paul, MN
CSA Type: Vegetables, Flowers
Drop Locations:
YMCA Downtown Minneapolis

Today, Hmong American farmers are leading the Twin Cities local food economy, making up more than 50% of all the farmers in metropolitan farmers markets. Hmong farmers are at the center of a Minnesota-based local foods economy that according to AgStar Financial Services generates over $250 million in annual sales. Without Hmong farmers, this explosion of awareness and interest in local foods and small-scale farming in Minnesota would not be possible.

In 2011, a group of Hmong American farming families formed the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) because we believed the best people to support Hmong farmers are Hmong farmers themselves and that we are all lifted up when those who are affected by an unfair food system lead the change we seek. We formed with the mission to advance the prosperity of Hmong American farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity building and advocacy.

The HAFA CSA is not simply a food delivery service, but rather a social contract rooted in community, mutuality, and stewardship of the land and the local economy—the main pillars of the community-wealth-building movement. Each week you will receive a box of produce and an e-newsletter with stories from the HAFA farm. We’ll provide recipes to help you know what to do with the unique vegetables that make our CSA special. The vegetable shares are available as full and half shares. A full share will feed about 6-8 people and a half share will feed about 2-4 people.

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Johnson Family Pastures

Centuria, WI
CSA Type: Meat
Drop Locations:
South Minneapolis, Northeast Minneapolis*

Our family humanely raises, antibiotic and hormone-free, 100% Grassfed Beef, 100% Grassfed Lamb, Heritage-breed Pork, and Pasture- raised Chicken. We offer discounted CSA Member Shares. Individual cuts of meat are available for purchase online and at farmers markets. We have pick-up sites located in South Minneapolis, Northeast Minneapolis, Stillwater, and at our farm in Centuria, Wisconsin. All of our products are raised with the health of the land, our animals and our customers in mind. We welcome you to become a part of our community farm family.

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*please contact Johnson Family Pastures for more details

Jubilee Rock Farm

Frederic, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables
Drop Locations:
Franklin store

Jubilee Rock Farm is a small family farm located 10 miles northeast of Frederic, Wisconsin (about 80 miles from the Twin Cities) and has a small orchard; flower, herb & vegetable gardens; honey-bee yard; berry patches; sugar bush; beautiful woods, big rocks, and more! We believe to grow good food one must start with health & love. We love what we do, & we work to keep the farm healthy by using crop rotation, composting, cover crops, re-mineralization & other organic practices.

We grow a wide variety of produce, including many heirloom; so members can experience new tastes, as well as enjoy their old favorites. The CSA boxes will include an assortment of veggies, fruit, and herbs (average 14 pounds/week over the season) and will typically feed 2 to 4 people, depending on eating habits. Members will also receive a weekly newsletter. We also offer members an Extras Account to be used for purchasing surplus produce and other farm products. Members are encouraged to visit the farm, especially for the Summer and Fall Farm Festivals.

We are offering CSA shares for the 2020 season – 5/9 bushel box for 20 weeks, mid-June to late October for $550. We also offer half shares (10 weeks of your choice) for $300. Shares are picked up on Tuesdays; in the afternoon or evening at Seward Co-op Franklin store, several other Twin Cities locations or at the farm. Give yourself a season of great, local, organic food. You are worth it!

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Laune Bread

Minneapolis, MN
CSA Type: Breads, Pretzels, Pastries
Drop Locations:
Nokomis Farmers Market, Delivery

Whole Grains. Sourdough. Locally grown and milled grains. Laune Bread is a subscription bakery making nutrient rich breads and pastries with little waste. Slightly German, slightly west coast American, our breads are easier to digest, have a long shelf life, and are full of flavor.

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LTD Farm

Clayton, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables, Meat
Drop Locations:
Beez Kneez Honey House

LTD has been around 15 years and after a long time raising duck eggs, we now focus on organic fruits & vegetables grown in our own farm-made compost. We grow chemical free and also use zero sprays! Khaiti & Ben have over 25 years combined experience in growing food and we love to cook so we’ll provide lots of tips and tricks. We’re avid wildfoods people so you will find incredible wild foods in your boxes here and there, as well as other unique farm treats! Check out our pastured poultry, pastured heritage pork and canning shares too. Eat the best!!!

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Mhonpaj’s Garden

Stillwater, MN
CSA Type: Vegetables
Drop Locations:
Mill City Farmers Market, Delivery*

Mhonpaj’s Garden is a 9-acre certified organic vegetable farm owned by May Lee and her daughter Mhonpaj. With 5 acres in Stillwater and 4 acres in Marine on St. Croix, May and her family grow a variety of vegetables, bedding plants, and herbs.

The Mhonpaj’s Garden CSA shares offer 70 different varieties of produce throughout the season you will receive an abundance of what Minnesota has in season, tomatoes, peppers, greens and many more to what the favorite in the season will be.

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*please contact Mhonpaj’s Garden for more details

Northwood Mushrooms

Clayton, WI
CSA Type: Mushrooms
Drop Locations:
May vary*

Along with his wife Aimee, Jeremy McAdams runs Northwood Mushrooms (aka Cherry Tree House Mushrooms), a farm northeast of the Twin Cities that provides log-grown shiitake and other culinary and medicinal mushrooms and mushroom products to markets, restaurants, vegetable CSAs, and stores in the Twin Cities and the upper midwest.

Each share includes about a quarter pound of mushrooms per share.  Preparing mushrooms (even rare ones) isn’t as challenging as you may think.  It’s sometimes as simple as sauteeing them in butter or olive oil with some garlic and eating them on a baguette or pasta. Still, we provide a recipe for each mushroom delivery that should give you an idea of how to make the most of the mushrooms you’re getting!  You’ll also be added to our newsletter, so that you get regular updates about our farm and happenings at the farmers market.

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*please contact Northwood Mushrooms for details

Racing Heart Farm

Colfax, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables
Drop Locations:
Franklin store, Seward Makes, Moe Bodyworks

Les and Els, the owners and farmers at Racing Heart, use organic no-till techniques to grow nutrient dense vegetables on their solar powered farm! We offer a traditional style CSA with Wednesday delivery to the Twin Cities that runs 17 weeks from June through October. Small and large shares available. There are options for add-ons to your share including: Fall Boxes (extend the CSA into November), Sourdough Bread (from Laune Bread), Fall Apple Share (from Mary Dirty Face Farm). Pay online, by check or arrange a payment plan.

Due to COVID19, we will be adding a week-by-week option for pickup at our regular Farmers Market locations- sign up on our website!

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Shared Ground Farmers’ Cooperative

St. Paul, MN
CSA Type: Vegetables
Drop Locations:
Friendship store, Big River Yoga

Shared Ground Farmers’ Co-op is a marketing and distribution cooperative owned by seven farms in the Twin Cities region. Shared Ground provides produce to our local community through a CSA, as well as via several local food co-ops and the Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools. Shared Ground Co-op is owned and run by a diverse group of farmers from the Latino, Anglo, and Hmong communities. One of our core objectives is making environmentally sustainable farming a living wage job, especially 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 limited resources to gain more stable income and build their leadership skills through participation in a member-owned and member-governed enterprise.

Our CSA is a little different from many others because it does not come from a single farm. Instead, your membership supports a group of diverse farmers who are committed to working together to improve our local food system. Many of our farmers might not be able to direct-market all of their produce due to language barriers, size of their operation, etc. By working together, we can use all of our strengths to bring the people of the Twin Cities high quality food while supporting farmers.

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Sin Fronteras Farm & Food

Stockholm, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables
Drop Locations:
Franklin & Friendship stores, Moon Palace Books, Lowry Hill Meats, on-farm pickup

Sin Fronteras is a 3 acre farm in vegetable production using organic and sustainable farming practices. During our growing season we provide produce to local Twin Cities restaurants and grocery cooperatives. We also have a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program geared towards the traditional diets of  the Latinx/Mexicanx community. We believe we are the first to market a culturally appropriate CSA to Latinx households in the Twin Cities and hope to continue to expand access to local foods for our communities with creative methods.

Now that we achieved our first goal of owning our own land our long term goal is to secure funding to build up a commercial kitchen for on farm dinners and become the first legit Taco Farm of the Midwest as well as produce tortillas, hot sauces, salsas and other value added products for our communities that will allow us to get closer to being a financially viable farm business which will allow us flexibility to start an incubator program for other Indigenous farmers and farmers of color and provide a retreat and learning center.

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Sitka Salmon Shares

Sitka, Alaska
CSA Type: Seafood
Drop Locations:
Delivery

Sitka Salmon Shares is a completely integrated boat-to-doorstep wild seafood company. Our CSF program and members are the backbone of our company and they allow us to pay our fishing families a fair price for their line-caught fish.

Sitka Salmon is made up of a lovable group of fishermen-owners who traditionally harvest the fish. We have a small processing plant in Sitka, Alaska, where we custom-process our catch with a laser focus on quality and 100% traceability. Our three Good-Fish Hubs in the Midwest, which allow us to deliver our fishermen’s catch directly to your doorstep. We offer a variety of shares of nearly 20 different species of fish starting at $99/month for a 5lb box.

At Sitka Salmon Shares, you’re joining a community of artisan fishers, healthy eaters, foodies, and Alaskan adventurers in our collective efforts to rebuild America’s seafood system from the ground up. All of us together are actively supporting responsibly sourced seafood and independent, family fishermen who fish in much the same way their grandparents did.

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St. Croix Valley CSA

Baldwin, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables, Fruit, Eggs, Honey, Maple Syrup, Pantry
Drop Locations:
Longfellow Market, Wedge Table, Butter Bakery 

St. Croix Valley CSA is a community of rural and urban partners working together to preserve a sustainable future of healthy food, a healthy environment, and the family farm way of life. 2020 is our 10th CSA year. We are a Cooperative of experienced farmers, one of region’s largest distributors of local, certified-organic produce to grocery stores, co-ops, restaurants, schools. Because of systems already in place, are uniquely positioned to expand CSA capacity. Our farmers have generations of saving rare heirloom seed varieties, rotating crops/using cover crops, planting/weeding by hand, humanely raising animals on grass and sunshine. Living in harmony with the seasons and land; working collectively for the common good. Low waste. No chemicals, no GMO’s, no animal drugs.

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Standing Oak Permaculture

Inver Grove Heights, MN
CSA Type: Mushrooms
Drop Locations:
Friendship store

Standing Oak is a three year old mushroom farm located close to home in Inver Grove Heights. In alliance with the with fungi, we recycle organic plant residues into clean and delicious mushrooms for our neighbors’ kitchens, and a rich humus-full compost for our neighbors’ favorite plants.

Farmer and owner, Ryan Franke is an experienced mushroom forager, handpicking and bringing one-of-a-kind local strains of the gourmet mushrooms we love best into production on the farm. Mushrooms we love to grow include comb’s tooth, lion’s mane, the almond mushroom, shiitake, a few varieties of oyster, wine caps, reishi, and cordyceps. At our ecologically minded farm, working with fungi to complete the carbon cycle and regenerate the land is as joyful as it is scrumptious.

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Steady Hand Farm — SHARES SOLD OUT

Polk County, MN
CSA Type: Vegetable
Drop Locations:
Moon Palace Books, Mother Earth Gardens

We raise our produce on a 70-Acre farm situated in the mixed pine birch forests and lake country of Polk County near St. Croix Falls and Amery, WI. The Apple River flows to our south, and our neighbors include humans, otters, snakes, pigs, chickens, and insects galore. We join several other small vegetable and animal farms nearby, which makes for a strong farm community to lean on and collaborate with regularly.

While our farm is in it’s sixth year of production, we are not new to this work. Prior to starting Steady Hand Farm, we had 8 seasons of CSA experience including 3 seasons of management. We look forward to incorporating our children into as much of the work as they want, knowing that there will be times that they force us to slow our pace and tend to their worlds. Certainly this is a challenge, but one that we believe brings a richness to our work and the process of growing your food.

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Turnip Rock Farm & Cosmic Wheel Creamery

Clear Lake, WI
CSA Type: Vegetables, Meat, Eggs, Cheese
Drop Locations:
Franklin store

Turnip Rock Farm is a whole farm ecosystem with annual vegetables, perennial grass pastures, and wildlife habitat integrated into the fold. Cosmic Wheel Creamery lives at Turnip Rock Farm. Our creamery is tied into our whole farm ecosystem. Our 17 cows provide fertility for our Organic vegetable CSA and the whey leftover from cheese making provides a from-the-farm food source for our heritage pastured pigs. Our cows are milked seasonally and are 100% grass fed.  Each cheese is unique and handmade. We are working toward a truly sustainable farm that produces healthy, beautiful, and distinctive food. We aim to create something lasting and to live by the tenant that the land does not belong to us, but that we belong to the land. As an eater, we (your farmers) are linked to you not just by economic necessity but also by values and a vision of a vibrant and healthy future.

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