Join our *Wait List* for summer sample shares and 2018 CSA Shares.

2017 CSA Shares   SOLD OUT

Our CSA boxes are filled with organic produce that is fresh, clean, nutritious and delicious. Each box will contain 7-14 items, mainly veggies, with some herbs and fruit (especially apples); a weekly newsletter will accompany your goods. Delivery season runs June - October. Full Shares receive boxes weekly, for 18 weeks, while Half Shares receive boxes bi-weekly, for 9 weeks. For 2017 we will be offering 28 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares in the New Ulm & Madelia area. Fall Shares, Apple Shares and Winter Shares are offered later in the year.  
Read more about our CSA program.

Full Share: $500     (18 weeks/weekly)     •     Half Share: $275    (9 weeks/bi-weekly)
Members generally receive 10-20% more than the value paid by seasons end - shared abundance, a core CSA principle.

2017 ORDER FORM:  download or email us at alternativerootsfarm@yahoo.com
we are happy to email or snail mail you a form

2017 Produceapples, Asian greens, basil & other herbs, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, garlic, garlic scapes, ground cherry, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnip, peas, peppers-sweet/hot, potatoes, radish, rhubarb, shallot, spinach, strawberries, summer squash and zucchini, Swiss chard, tomatoes and winter squash – acorn/butternut.

Wednesday CSA Delivery Options:
Pick Up:     You pick up at 101 S. Franklin St., New Ulm between 4:30-5:30 pm
On Farm:  You pick up on-farm between 3:30-7:00 pm (Madelia/country members)
Delivery:    Full Share $27, Half Share $13.50. Delivery to your home/workplace, between 3:50-4:30 pm.  
*In-town New Ulm/Searles only. If no one will be present at delivery, a location must be specified for the box to be placed that is cool/air conditioned (i.e. entry way/kitchen) or a cooler large enough to place a CSA box inside (without turning) shall be provided by members.

Payment & Reservation
Full Shares require* a $200 deposit, and Half Shares a $125 deposit, with the balance due by June 1st. Delivery fee, Boosters and other offerings, requested to be paid up front with the deposit. Contact us to reserve your share, then submit your deposit and order form to complete your reservation. Deposits are appreciated within two (2) weeks of making your reservation. 
*Please simply contact us if you are in need of a custom payment plan to meet any financial constraints you may have, it is our goal to provide access to healthy foods in our community.

CSA Boosters - options to enhance your CSA experience!

Herb Booster: $27     (6 weeks/3 bunches of herbs each week/$31.50 value)
All CSA Members receive herbs. It is our goal to expose members to a variety of herbs, yet not overwhelm those who are not familiar (or interested) in cooking or preserving them. The Herb Booster is for the herb enthusiast. Choose this option if you are interested in: cooking with herbs often; preserving herbs; adding nutrition and flavor to your cooking; expanding your cooking knowledge. Herbs featured: basil, catnip, chives, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, spearmint, tarragon, thyme. Basil included each week. Option: Pick a favored herb you would like more frequently.

Apple Booster: $30     (6 weeks/2lbs of apples each week/$36 value)  Popular option!
All CSA Members receive 1-2 lbs (approx. 3-6 fruit) in boxes during apple season (7-8 weeks, Aug.-Oct.). By adding the Apple Booster you will receive an additional 2lbs each week for 6 weeks. This gives CSA members the opportunity to increase their fruit delivery, at a discount (the CSA version of our Apple Shares). *Half Shares receive 4 lbs/week, for 3 weeks.

Wild Greens Booster: $16     (2 weeks in June/$20 value) New!
Take a walk on the wild side! For two weeks in June receive one bag of stinging nettles and one bag of mixed wild greens. Nettles must be cooked or dried before use – use as a cooking green, for tea or make a tincture. Wild greens mix may be used for salad, topping sandwiches in eggs and more.

CSA Member Responsibilities
Farm membership with CSA is an adventure! CSA is about food, but also connection and community - much more than a trip to the grocery store. Purchasing a share is a season-long commitment, it's important to make an informed decision. Please read the information on shared risk and other member responsibilities at the bottom of this page and on the back side of the order form. Please contact us with any questions or hesitations you may have! We are happy to help find a Share that fits you and your family. 

Additional Member Options

Pesto Share:     $23.00     2 lbs basil + 4 heads garlic :: August delivery
Preserve the flavor of summer by putting some pesto away in the freezer. Invite friends over and have a pesto party! Easy pesto recipe We use pesto for pasta, sandwiches, eggs, hors d'oeuvres and more.

SOLD OUT  Tomato Share:     $20.00 :: 10 lbs canning tomatoes :: Aug./Sept. Delivery  
Have a salsa party! Mixed heirloom canning tomatoes to freeze or can. Make sauce, salsa, canned fresh or herbed tomatoes. Enjoy a taste of summer in the deep of winter.

Sponsor-A-Tree:     $35.00/tree     Make a capitol investment in our growing orchard!
Your gift will be honored with a sign on your heirloom apple tree, and an acknowledgement on our website. In December we purchased an additional acre to grow our orchard! In 2017 we will be planting 230+/- apple trees, 10+/- pears, 10+/- apricots and grafting 100 more apple trees.

Honey Share:     Share information coming soon!
We will again be offering a Honey Share with our partners at Moody Bees Honey. Information will be posted shortly. Stay tuned. Moody Bees offers your traditional honey, raw honey, infused honey and more.

Vinegar Share:     Share information coming soon!
We will be trying a new share option with Lynnda of Heart and Harvest. Use herbal vinegars to dress your salads and veggies, or give as gifts.

Apple Shares, Fall Shares & new Winter Shares will be sold later in the season.

2017 Farm Shares   SOLD OUT

We offer a limited amount of Farm Shares and they don't always become available. Email us to join the wait list for 2018 Farm Shares.
For 2017 we are offering 12 Farm Shares available in either $150 or $200 amounts. Use this credit to make custom orders on your own schedule - purchase options are listed below. We track your balance and update you with each order, while providing ample opportunities for you to make orders. Members have first access to produce items that are limited. Farm Shares are good May - mid-October, Fall Shares and Winter Shares and markets, are separate. Read more about Farm Shares

When you can use your Farm Share:

May Pick up on farm, limited early season produce items and herbs, value added goods and eggs. 
June-October Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm pick up at 101 S. Franklin St., New Ulm (during CSA Pick Up). A list of available produce, and weekly CSA/member newsletter, will be sent out each Monday, orders must be placed by 8:00 am Tuesday, in time for harvest.
June-October Saturdays 9am-12pm at the Farmers' Market* June-Oct. Produce available on a first-come, first-served basis, arrive early for the best selection. Note: items grown for members only, or in limited supply, will not be sold at the market. *location TBD

2017 ORDER FORM:  download or email us at alternativerootsfarm@yahoo.com
we are happy to email or snail mail you a form

Contact us to reserve your Farm Share, then submit your payment in full, along with your order form to complete your reservation. We are happy to reserve your Farm Share amount for you for two (2) weeks, to give you time to mail your payment and order form.

Farm Shareholder responsibilities
Purchasing a Farm Share is a season-long commitment, please make an informed decision. Please read the information on shared risk and other member responsibilities at the bottom of this page and on the back side of the order form. Farm membership is more than simply shopping at the grocery store. Your Farm Share is good for the current growing season only, approximately June-October; if you have a balance left at the end of the season it is forfeit.

For All Members:

A Note on Shared Reward/Risk

CSA* is a shared reward-shared risk arrangement between farmers and members. It is our duty to minimize risk and work our hardest to provide a quality product, it is our members duty to understand what this unique relationship means and support us in our mission. Many conditions - frost, hail, pests, disease - can have an effect on yield. Inevitably, some crop will do bad each year and something else will excels at the same time - it's a balance act during the season, and across the seasons. Members always get the best product - before farmers' market. Risk is addressed on the farm through conscious crop rotation, plantings to attract beneficial insects and by growing diversity - crops suited to our site; a diversity of fruits and vegetables; a diversity of varieties. 

Farm membership (any of our share options) is more than just getting produce each week, it is a connection to where your food comes from and what it takes to get it to your plate. 

A Note on Community

CSA is important for our farm, because it goes beyond just growing food to also grow community. We ask that through your farm membership you agree to participate in the farm in some manner - interact on the farm Facebook page, visit the farm during the season, attend farm events, get to know your farmers at the market or on the farm, share recipes and cooking tips with other members, volunteer at the farm, etc.


We ask all farm members to do their best to read the weekly newsletter, even if your delivery is not weekly. This will make the most of your experience, as well as keep you up-to-date on farm happenings, farm challenges, changes, etc.

Missed Shares Policy (for CSA & Farm Shares)

Shares must be picked up at the prearranged time and location. If you can't receive your share at the prearranged time alternate plans must be made 24 hours ahead of time; you can always have a friend pick it up for you, or opt to donate it. If you forget to pick up your share you must call us that evening to make arrangements to get it – one reminder call will be given to every member.

Our members come from New Ulm, Madelia, Lake Crystal, Lafayette, St. James, Searles, Sleepy Eye and more!

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