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CSA Guidelines & FAQ

Here you will find the guidelines for participating in the CSA and what you, as a member, can expect Granor Farm to offer during the season. For additional questions, please contact [email protected]

Guidelines

Pick-up Locations: 

We offer a range of locations for people to pick up their CSA shares. When registering for your CSA, you will be asked to choose your preferred pickup location from the options listed below:

  • Farmstand: Granor Farm, 3480 Warren Woods Rd, Three Oaks, MI Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET, Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM ET (closed on Sundays after Labor Day)
  • St. Joseph Farmers’ Market: (now sold out for 2018) Lake Blvd. between Broad Street & Pleasant St.  St. Joseph, MI. Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET 
  • Whistlestop Grocery: 15700 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier MI Friday 12:00-7:00 PM ET

The Granor Farm and St. Joseph pick up locations are “market style” where you will be able to choose your own items. All other locations receive a pre-packaged share that represents the diversity of produce that we grow.

 If you cannot pick up your share: 

If you are unable to pick up your share at the designated place and time, there are two options. First, you may ask someone else to pick up the share on your behalf. Often this is the easiest option for you and us. Second, if you foresee an upcoming scheduling conflict, you may contact Katie at least one week in advance to select another location for picking up your share. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate last minute changes. We do not make up any missed weeks and cannot deliver outside of our normal CSA delivery hours or regular pickup locations. 

Communications:

In addition to your vegetables, you will receive a weekly newsletter via email. Emailed newsletters will include farm activities, invitations to on-farm events, information on how to store and prepare a highlighted or featured vegetable, and kitchen inspiration straight from the Granor Farm kitchen. We hope that in addition to receiving fresh seasonal vegetables, you will learn a bit about the farm, the process of farming organically, and develop your skills in your own kitchen. You can also find regular updates and pictures on our Facebook and Instagram page.

Recipes:

The recipe portion of our website contains many recipes to help you prepare your vegetables. 

Cleanliness & Food Safety: 

Hygiene and cleanliness are very important as we grow and handle our products. Our employees receive training about on-farm food safety and are regularly reminded to follow recommended practices. All crops grown at Granor Farm will go through some degree of washing, trimming, and sorting so that only the best produce is extended to to our customers. Following harvest, we wash produce to cool it and to remove excess soil. However, we do not sell our vegetables as washed, ready to eat products. Please be prepared to wash your Granor Farm vegetables when you get home and before preparing them.  

An Open Mind: 

An open mind is important in many aspects of life, and CSA membership is definitely one of them. Eating seasonally and locally has it's challenges, but we hope that your CSA experience will be an educational, fun, and delicious experience. Depending on the vagaries of weather and pests, it’s possible that your favorite crops will be in short supply. However, on a diversified vegetable farm, when some crops struggle, there are always other crops doing well. We ask that you embrace new vegetables and understand both the joys and risks of farming. 


FAQ

When will the CSA start and end?

The CSA program runs for 22 weeks beginning in late June until Thanksgiving. Exact CSA start dates will be announced in early June, pending our spring weather and planting dates.

If I do not choose Granor Farm as my pickup location, will I still be able to visit the farm? 

Yes! The farm is open to the public from Memorial Day to Thanksgiving, Fri/Sat: 10:00-5:00 PM, Sun: 10:00-3:00 PM ET (closed Sundays after Labor Day). Staff will be available at the farmstand to greet you. While you’re here, enjoy a self-guided tour through the farm, meet our chickens and ducks, and get to know the farmers who grow your food.

Will I be able to plan my meals for the week before getting my CSA share? 

Included in your CSA share is an email newsletter that is sent out the day before pickup which includes information about what to expect in your share and recipes from our chef, Abra Berens. Because we harvest produce for the CSA on the same day as delivery, there are sometimes unexpected issues that arise that cause us to switch out another vegetable for the share. We cannot guarantee any specific vegetable ahead of time for the share. 

Can I choose what’s in my share?

The Granor Farm and St. Joseph Farmers’ Market pickup locations are “market style” where you can choose which produce you’d like each week. Otherwise, shares will be pre-packaged and based on seasonal availability. 

Can I make changes to my CSA membership after deliveries have started? 

CSA shares are not refundable once the first delivery is completed. If you have questions about adjusting your CSA membership, please email [email protected]

What if I’m out of town and can’t pick up my share?

If you are unable to pick up your share at the designated place and time, there are two options. First, you may ask someone else to pick up the share on your behalf. Often this is the easiest option for you and us. Second, if you foresee an upcoming scheduling conflict, you may contact Katie at least one week in advance to select another option for picking up your share. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate last minute changes. We do not make up any missed weeks and cannot deliver outside of our normal CSA delivery hours or pickup locations.