Four CATS FARM CSA

Information

About CSAs

 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters, providing a direct link between the people who grow food and the people who eat it.  As a CSA customer, you become a member or “shareholder” in the farm for the season.  CSA member’s payments help cover the cost for seeds, equipment, and most importantly, maintenance and labor to allow for a more natural growing environment that relies on personal tending rather than chemicals.  In return, the farm makes every effort to supply a healthy supply of fresh seasonal produce throughout the growing season.

 

How it works

 

Once you become a member, you become part of the community to contribute to locally-raised produce supporting pesticide-free gardening.  You pick up your share right at the farm where you can meet and greet with those personally attending to your vegetables.  You can ask questions, contribute feedback, or you can simply grab your vegetables and get home to creating a gourmet meal!

 

While at the farm, you may also choose to purchase additional vegetables for canning or just a little extra for your favorite dish.

 

Each week, we will post a blog and send a link detailing the current week’s harvest list, happenings on the farm, and tips and recipes.

As CSA members, you share in the risk and reward of the farm’s bounty.  By joining the CSA, you are committing to the full season.  You may cancel your subscription prior to the first pickup, but once the season starts, we cannot grant refunds. 

Season Length and Pricing

The season begins mid July and ends in late September.

Details of the starting date will be made available as we get closer to the first harvest and can be sure we have enough vegetables for all members.  The length of the season will be 8-10 weeks and we are only offering a limited number of full shares this season.  The only offering this year is the 8 week option but we will offer "bonus" boxes for early and late harvest items as well as a-la-cart options.

8 week option $200

 

Full payment will be due prior to picking up your first box.

If a full share seems like more than you can eat, think about splitting with a friend each week or each picking up a full box on alternate weeks. 

Pick up times and locations

Pick up is at the farm in Northeast Rochester just 10-15 minutes from downtown.  The address is:

Four Cats Farm:  1916 48th Street NE, Rochester MN

Directions: 

  • Follow Broadway North past 37th street.

  • Turn right onto 48th street Northeast

  • You’ll find the farm about ½ mile on the right-hand side of the street

Pick up days are Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.  If you are unable to make that day/time, you are welcome to contact us to see what works best for you.

What’s in a Share?

A full share is approximately ½ of a bushel in size and will contain seasonal vegetables that are ready during that week.  Vegetables that will likely be in your box are:

  • Garlic (from four different varieties)

  • Onions (from red, yellow, and white varieties)

  • Carrots

  • Zucchini

  • Yellow Squash

  • Potatoes (red and white varieties)

  • Beets

  • Cucumbers

  • Beans

  • Green Peppers

  • Sweet Corn 

  • Winter Squash (varieties typically include butternut + others)

  • Watermelon

  • New vegetables, we usually try something new just for fun!

 

It is important to note that weather, pests, and other factors can affect the availability of specific crops.

Most of the vegetables in your share will be harvested within a day or two of pickup (often within a few hours), and we take measures to ensure your vegetables stay at the peak of freshness until they are in your hands.

Sometimes during a season, we may choose a few items from other local sustainable farms for inclusion in our CSA offerings.  Any time we are going to include something we did not grow ourselves, we are 100% transparent about its origins.

A sample share from mid-season 2018 (note, not representative of beginning of the season)

  • Tomato (1-2)

  • Green Pepper (1-2)

  • Garlic Head (1)

  • Red Onion (1)

  • Yellow Onion (1)

  • Yellow Squash and/or Zucchini (1-2)

  • Cucumber (5-6)

  • Green Beans – 1 bag (approximately 1/2lb or more)

  • Carrots – 1 bag (approximately 1/2lb or more)

  • Sweet Corn - 6+ ears

Interested?  Become a member!

The CSA Shares will be limited to be sure we can deliver the highest quality possible to our customers.  Please contact us directly if you're interested in joining.  We are accessible through our Facebook account, cell phone (507-261-3646) or email: mikeandjanice@fourcatsfarm.com.

Four Cats Farm is one of many farms local to the Rochester area.  If you choose not to become a CSA shareholder, that is OK; it is not for everyone!  You can find us on our Facebook page where we will post opportunities to buy garlic, tomatoes and other bulk vegetables.  Call us if you'd like a tour of the farm, and ultimately if Four Cats Farm isn't right for you, please consider supporting any one of the area's local farms.  In short, this is about improving our community overall and we appreciate your involvement in any way that fits your lifestyle!