In the share each week, members will receive: • A seasonal assortment (8-15 items) of fresh, locally grown vegetables. Due to seasonality, some weeks will be lighter than others. Projected items include: basil, beets, broccoli, carrots, bok choy, cucumbers, eggplant, pole beans, kale, collards, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, herbs (sage, thyme, mint, dill, oregano, lemon balm, etc.), head lettuce, salad mix, husk cherries, okra, scallions, onions, peas, hot peppers, sweet peppers, radishes, summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, turnips, garlic, etc.• A newsletter with healthy recipes utilizing the week’s produce, and upcoming food and garden-related events. • An occasional bouquet of cut flowers (weekly, when available).
Brown Eggs • 1 dozen bi-weekly, $30.40 for eight distributions. From Grazing Fields Cooperative (Charlotte, MI), A multi-farm cooperative of small to mid-sized local farmers who are dedicated to raising healthy, happy hens that are pasture raised and cage-free. Bread• 1 loaf every week, $84 for sixteen distributions. From Stone Circle Bakehouse (Holt, MI). Delicious artisan bread that is gently mixed, slowly fermented, hand-shaped, and baked in a wood-fired oven.
Coffee Beans• 1 pound bag of whole beans bi-weekly or monthly, $140 for eight bi-weekly distributions or $70 for four monthly distributions. From Rust Belt Roastery (Lansing, MI). With an Italian roaster from the 1930's, this wood-roasted coffee is delicious, Certified Fair Trade and Organic, and from 1 of only 8 wood-roasted coffee producers in the U.S.!
Cold-Brew Coffee• 1 pint bi-weekly, $60 for eight distributions. From Rust Belt Roastery (Lansing, MI). The cold brew process produces a smooth, less acidic coffee with a powerful punch! Certified Fair Trade & Organic.
Cheese • ½ pound bi-weekly, $64.80 for eight distributions. From Hickory Knoll Creamery (Eaton Rapids, MI). Delicious artisan, pasture-raised cow & goat cheeses include a variety of Tommes, sharp cheddar, Kronberg (Appenzeller-style Swiss), and Poitou (Raclette-style).
Dry Black Beans • 1 pound bag monthly, $12 for four distributions. From Ferris Organic Farms (Onondaga, MI). This family farm has been around since 1837 and is certified organic.
Sweet Treats• One package weekly, $78.40 for sixteen distributions. Local bakers (Glory Bee Sweet Treats, Good Eats Diva, Rooted Home Farm & Goods, Stone Circle Bakehouse, and Teff-Riffic), prepare baked items such as fudge, biscotti, sweet breads, cookies, and mini pies.
Meat Variety • 1 package of frozen meat weekly, $160 for sixteen distributions. From Stone E. River Ranch (Eagle, MI), Trillium Wood Farm (Williamston, MI), Heffron Farms (Belding, MI), and Grazing Fields Cooperative (Charlotte, MI). Includes one pound packages of pork chops, breakfast sausage, bacon (no additives), hot Italian sausage, bratwurst, chicken leg & thigh, half-chicken, and ground beef. Also includes larger packages of chicken breast, boneless chuck roast and whole chicken.
Chicken• 1 package of frozen chicken bi-weekly, $110 for eight distributions. From Stone E. River Ranch (Eagle, MI) and Trillium Wood Farm (Williamston, MI). Includes whole chickens, chicken breast, legs & thighs, and half-chickens.
Beef • 1 package of frozen beef bi-weekly, $97 for eight distributions. From Heffron Farms (Belding, MI). Originally settled in 1921 by Thomas and Cecelia Heffron, they are in their fourth generation of being good stewards of the land. Includes ground beef, ground beef patties, boneless chuck roasts, and beef brisket.
Pork • 1 package of frozen pork bi-weekly, $82 for eight distributions. From Grazing Fields Cooperative (Charlotte, MI). Includes pork chops, breakfast sausage, bacon (no additives), hot Italian sausage, bratwurst, and pork shoulder/butt.
Share Options:1. All Pay: Members pay $26 per share.2. Work Share: A limited number of these shares are available. Members pay $16 per share and work 2.5 hours per week, 7.5-12.5 hours per month (depends on month). Members must commit to work during weekly scheduled shifts. Members must complete a Work Share application, ANC volunteer application and Background Check waiver. Work Share Application is due by April 19. If the 2.5 hours per week, 7.5-12.5 hours per month (depends on month) are not completed by the last day of the month, you will be charged $4.00 per hour that is incomplete, which must be paid at the first pick-up of the following month.
Payment Options:1. Lump Sum: Pay full balance at the start of the program (check or credit only). Due no later than May 17, 2017.2. Monthly: Due by the first pick-up of each month. $52 deposit ($48 work-share deposit) is due no later than May 17, 2017 (payable by check or credit only). The deposit will be forfeited if you drop out mid-season, otherwise it will be applied to the final weeks of the Summer CSA.3. Weekly SNAP Payments: For SNAP & Double Up Food Bucks payments only. Pay at the point of pick-up for your share. $52 deposit ($48 work-share deposit) is payable by check, credit, or Double Up Food Bucks only and is due no later than May 17, 2017. The deposit will be forfeited if you drop out mid-season, otherwise it will be applied to the final weeks of the Summer CSA. SNAP can only be accepted at point-of-sale (not in advance or after).
*Other Policies:• You are responsible for paying for each share, even if you miss a pick up. • SNAP can only be accepted at point-of-sale (not in advance or after). • If you pay via Lump Sum and drop out mid-season, we will refund your balance less $52 (cost of two weeks of the CSA). • There is no refund for add-on shares. • There is a $12 fee for bounced checks.
Checks made payable to: Allen Neighborhood Center (Summer CSA in the memo line). Drop off at or mail to: 1611 E. Kalamazoo Street Lansing, MI 48912.
Shares are available for pick-up on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00pm at the Allen Market Place (1629 E. Kalamazoo St).
Produce will be packaged in a reusable box labeled with your name. Empty boxes must be returned at each pick-up, and at the end of the season which helps us ensure a low environmental impact while minimizing program costs.
If you are unable to pick up your share during the available time, you must make prior arrangements with the GardenHouse Director; otherwise your share may be forfeited. If you know you’re going to be out of town, or unable to make the scheduled pick-up time, we encourage you to coordinate with family, friends, or neighbors to pick up your share during the scheduled time.
We are inclusive of our neighbors. o We offer work-shares and multiple payment options to include those who otherwise might not be able to afford membership in a CSA. We are one of a few CSAs in Michigan accepting SNAP (Bridge Cards) for payment. Credit and SNAP tokens can be purchased at the Market Bank in the Allen Farmers Market.
We support other farmers and food producers. o We offer a variety of add-on shares from local farmers and food producers to get their high-quality products in the hands of customers. We work with these businesses to ensure they receive fair prices for their products.
You pick up at the Allen Farmers Market.o Each week you'll get a chance to enjoy the Allen Farmers Market and support other local vendors if there are other items you’d like to purchase. It’s a one-stop shop for all your local food needs. It’s also a great place to catch up with friends and neighbors.
So, think about it, discuss it. You are signing a binding contract. Ask questions, ask other CSA members. We want your CSA experience to be a good one and we work hard to insure that it is. With the GardenHouse share we are here, open to chat or hear constructive criticism, issues, problems and work with you to make your CSA experience a positive one.