The Grinnell Heritage Farm CSA
Below are some frequently asked questions about CSA, if you don’t find the information you’re looking for call or email the farm. Not overly familiar with the CSA model in general? We highly recommend looking through our archived newsletters – they will show you what our farm distributed in the prior year week by week. You’ll also get a good sense of what farm life is like at Grinnell Heritage.
How do I Join?
Registration can be done via mail or on our website. Follow this link to our farm store to select the CSA option that’s right for you.
When does the CSA start?
The start dates are listed below. You can also find each CSA distribution on our Farm Calendar.
Winter Share 2018 – Week of October 27th, 2018
Summer Share 2019 – Week of June 2nd, 2019
Fall Share 2019 – Week of August 18th, 2019
Winter Share 2019 – Week of November 3rd, 2019
Where do you deliver your CSA shares?
We deliver to several communities including: Grinnell, Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Norway, Iowa City, Kalona, West Des Moines, Altoona and Des Moines. Find the nearest CSA dropsite on the map below.
What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA is a partnership between a farm and a community of supporters that provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season and assume the costs, risks, and bounty of growing food along with the farmer. In return, the farm provides a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown, and those who grow it.
Is CSA right for me?
If you have a goal to eat seasonally, cook more often, try new vegetables, or make baby food, CSA is a good solution. With CSA, the shares will vary from week to week depending on what is in season. The beginning of the season starts out lighter and naturally becomes heavier as the summer and fall bounty of vegetables come in. Every CSA is different. A great resource to see if our CSA is a good fit for you is to review our archived newsletters. They’re available on our website. At Grinnell Heritage Farm, we try to grow a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, including the familiar carrots, beans, and potatoes along with the more unusual romanesco cauliflower and celeriac.
Will I know what to do with the food in the share?
We help you by providing a weekly CSA newsletter. It will include farm happenings, a listing of what you’re getting in the share that week, recipes that utilize share contents, storage tips and more. Prior year newsletters can be found on our website. We encourage you to review them to see if our CSA will be a good fit for you.
What if I don’t think I can consume a share on my own?
Several of our shareholders share their share. They simply make arrangements with another person and take turns picking up the share every other week.