Sign up for Pesto, Tomato and Fall Shares available. :)

Sign up for Apple Shares will begin soon!
*Sign ups generally start about 2 months prior to Share seasons.

2018 Order Form  (Pesto, Tomato, Fall, Winter)

Pesto Share

$23.00 :: 2 lbs basil & 4 bulbs of garlic :: Aug./Sept. delivery :: Have a pesto party!

Tomato Share 
10 lbs canning tomatoes :: $20 
20 lbs canning tomatoes :: $35 :: 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.

Fall CSA Options

Now offering three options! Fall CSA pick up is held at the farm, from 4:00-7:00 pm on the dates listed (Wednesdays). Pick up will be market style, bring your own containers. 

“Going to Alternative Roots Farm to pick up our Fall Share is something we really look forward to. It’s fun to see the animals! The vegetables are great and beautifully displayed. Heading out to the farm makes us “town folks” feel like we are part of the harvest season.” -Yvonne & Lee, CSA members

Fall #1  ||  Harvest Moon Share Wednesday, September 19
Full Shares $70  ||  Herbs, celery, chard, kale, greens, onions, potatoes, winter squash: acorn/delicata, tomatoes: cherry/slicers, cabbage, garlic, beets, carrots, applesauce & butter, apples. Deposit: $40
SOLD OUT Mini Shares $25  ||  Herbs, chard, onions, potatoes, winter squash: acorn/delicata, tomatoes: cherry/slicer, garlic, carrots, beets, apples. Deposit: $15

Fall #2  ||  Hunter’s Moon Share Wednesday, October 17
Full Shares $85  ||  Chard/kale, greens, leeks, onions, potatoes, winter squash: acorn/butternut, garlic, watermelon radishes, beets, carrots, apples, applesauce & butter, tomato-basil soup. Deposit: $45
Mini Shares $35  ||  Greens, leeks, onions, potatoes, winter squash: acorn/butternut, garlic, parsnips, carrots beets, applesauce. Deposit: $20

Fall #3  ||  Snow Moon Share Wednesday, November 7
Full Shares $90  ||  Microgreens, leeks, onions, potatoes, winter squash: acorn/butternut/potimarron, garlic, watermelon radishes, beets, carrots, parsnips, apples, applesauce, cabbage. Deposit: $50
Mini Shares $35  ||  Microgreens, leeks, onions, potatoes, winter squash: acorn/butternut, garlic, parsnips, carrots beets, applesauce & butter. Deposit: $20

All items are subject to change, based on availability.

Winter CSA Options

Winter CSA features home/workplace delivery (Madelia, Searles, New Ulm or by arrangement), or on-farm pick up. Delivery is on a flexible schedule (not fixed), with boxes every 2-3 weeks for Winter Shares, and monthly boxes for Pantry Shares.

For our second season, I’ll repeat, the first couple years producing in our deep winter greenhouse will be a highly experimental, exciting learning experience! We ask our winter members to embrace this. :)

Winter Share  ||  Storage crops, canned items & greens. 7-8 Deliveries • Nov.—Mar.
$300  ||  Microgreens, baby salad greens, apples, leeks, radishes, potatoes, garlic, onions, winter squash: acorn/butternut/potimarron, applesauce, dried herbs, tomato-basil soup, jam/canned items, carrots, parsnips, beets, cabbage. Deposit: $150

Pantry Share  ||  Storage crops & canned items. 4 Deliveries • Nov.—Feb.
$70  ||  Apples, garlic, winter squash: acorn/butternut/potimarron, dried herbs, applesauce/apple butter/canned items, carrots, parsnips, beets, leeks, radishes. Deposit: $40

All items are subject to change, based on availability.

2018 Alternative Roots Farm CSA Options:

Holler if you are interested in any of our shares and we will notify you when sign up opens! A little more on community supported agriculture, or CSA.

Spring CSA - Have a spring fling with ARF! 1-2 weeks of early season items. sold out
Fall CSA - Expanding to offer three Share options!
Winter CSA - Featuring storage crops and greens from our deep winter greenhouse.
Apple Shares - Six weeks of apple goodness.
Applesauce Shares - clean eating goodness from your favorite farmers.
Apple Butter Shares - a versatile sweet treat!
Pesto Shares - stock your freezer with summer goodness.
Tomato Shares - organic heirloom tomatoes, need I say more?

Note: At this time we have discontinued our traditional summer CSA; find us at the New Ulm and Mankato Farmers' Market August - October.

Check back for updates, or join our email list and have them delivered to your inbox. 

Helpful Hints For All Share Members:

CSA Member Responsibilities
Farm membership with CSA - Community Supported Agriculture - 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 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. Please contact us with any questions or hesitations you may have! 

Missed Shares Policy
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 at least 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.

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. 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. 

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 newsletter that comes with your share. This will make the most of your experience, as well as keep you up-to-date on farm happenings, farm challenges, changes, etc.

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

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