Members will receive weekly distributions of fresh, organic produce for 20 weeks from the last week of May through the middle of October for $650. The quantity and variety will vary with the time of year and the weather. A “share” feeds 2 people generously or a family of 4 with small children. Weekly newsletters, which list produce, recipes, and other farm information, will be available too. We also offer u-pick opportunities for berries, flowers, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, beans, and other produce which members may want to buy in bulk and/or preserve. Many opportunities for community building exist with various farm events, kid days, cooking classes, and volunteer days.
Share Box Amount
You will receive your produce each week in a 1/2 bushel bushel box that will have been stored in a cooler as soon as it is packed in the mornings on Packing Days (Tuesdays and Fridays). As the season progresses there will also be some “Share Add-Ons”. These items will be on the side, because they don’t fit in the box, were harvested after the box was put together, or don’t need refrigeration. You will be measuring or loading these items into bags yourself, so you can choose to take the maximum or less, if your family can’t use so much.
There will be about 8-10 items in your share during the first 4 weeks depending on what is seasonally available. You’ll continue to receive more items as the season progresses, ranging from 8 to 16 items. Each week our goal is to provide 1 to 4 salad greens (lettuce, arugula, etc.), 1 to 4 cooking greens (collards, Swiss chard, kale, etc.), 1 to 4 root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, etc.), 1 to 4 fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, corn, squash, etc.), 1 or 2 alliums (onions, garlic, etc.), 1 to 3 brassicas (broccoli/cabbage family), and 1 or 2 herbs (basil, parsley, etc.).
Keep in mind, that being part of a CSA means sharing in the risks and bounties of farming. If we suffer crop failure due to weather or insects, then there may be less of some items. If it´s a bumper year, then there may be more.
Also, we don´t intentionally put worms or insects in your produce. Sometimes though these evasive creatures may slip by our volunteer´s or intern´s discriminating eye. Please don´t throw the produce away! There are many good parts to an ear of corn, even if you have to break off the tip to remove a corn earworm. You may need to soak something like broccoli in salt water to encourage the caterpillars to float to the top, and remove them. Cut off offensive parts, if needed, and keep in mind this produce is still edible, tasty, and nutritious even if it is not aesthetically appealing.
Distribution – How It Works
You will pick up your share once a week for 20 weeks on your chosen pick up day during the hours that are listed below. Basically there are two Distribution Harvests during the week. For the first distribution we harvest produce on Mondays and Tuesdays for the Wednesday Distribution. Then we harvest for the second distribution on Thursdays and Fridays for the Friday/Saturday Distribution. Our Packing Days (when we pack up your share box) are on Tuesdays and Fridays.
What Do I Do When I Pick Up My Share? When Do I Pick Up My Share?
At each of the Distribution Sites, there will be a Tantré Farm worker or a white board to remind you of Pick-Up procedures, a clipboard with a Pickup List to be checked off, and a paper newsletter, if needed. Here is a general overview:
Ann Arbor Farmers´ Market (LOCATION–315 Detroit Street)
We will try to be in the same location every week, but are not always able. There is a map on the outside wall of the market office, where our stall is listed. Please always look for the large, canvas Tantré Farm sign as you walk around the market. Then follow instructions on the white board, and especially remember to check off contact person’s name and take a newsletter, if you need it. It can get very crowded at the market, so for those of you who split shares, it might work better if you split your share at one of your houses, instead of at the stall where a lot of people are coming and going.
Advantages for pick up at Ann Arbor Farmers Market: You can buy extra items from our stall and other vendors’ stalls and enjoy exploring the variety of Kerrytown stores and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor.
DISTRIBUTION at Ann Arbor Farmers Market: Wed. 7 a.m. until Noon.
Community High School (LOCATION: across the street from the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market on the east side of 5th Ave. in the middle of Community High’s horseshoe lawn)
You can look for a sign that reads “TANTRE FARM” and follow instructions on the white board or ask for help, since there will usually be someone available at the Community High distribution site to help you. Please check off the contact person’s name, and take a newsletter if you need it. You can still find us at our Tantre Farm market stall at the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market, especially if you need to purchase extra produce or have specific questions.
Advantages for pick up at Community High: You are right across the street from the farmers market and can buy extra items from our stall and other vendors’ stalls and enjoy exploring the variety of Kerrytown stores and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor.
DISTRIBUTION at Community High: Sat. 7 a.m. until Noon.
Chelsea Farmers´ Market (NEW LOCATION for 2017, while the old location at the Palmer Lot is under construction this summer! Go to Park St. in the Library parking lot, across from the Purple Rose Theater, downtown Chelsea)
Look for Tantré Farm sign. Introduce yourself to us at the market stall, and you will be helped. Please remember to check off your name on the Pick up List, and take a newsletter from clipboard, if needed.
Advantages for pick up at Chelsea Farmers Market: You can buy extra items from our stall and other vendors’ stalls along with enjoying local live musicians, food demos, vendor basket giveaways, and other market events.
DISTRIBUTION at Chelsea: Sat. 8 a.m. until Noon.
Tantré Farm (LOCATION–2510 Hayes Rd., Chelsea)
Please park on the North side of Hayes Road or in the driveway for those who are physically challenged. Go behind Main House to the “Distribution Shed” in the backyard. Please remember to check off contact person´s name and take a newsletter from the check-in table. Follow the instructions on the white boards inside. Get share box from walk-in cooler and choose the rest of the listed “share add-ons” that are bulk items inside and outside of Distribution Shed. Also, please feel free to ask a farm worker (in the herb garden or U-pick Flower Garden) or knock on house door, if you have any questions.
Advantages for pick up at the farm: Walking paths around the fields, visiting the animals, playing, exploring, and picnicking, free u-pick flower bouquets, u-pick opportunities for other produce, extra produce in Grab Box, free-range eggs, and sometimes honey or other extra items for sale.
DISTRIBUTION for Farm: Wed. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
Washtenaw Food Hub (LOCATION–4175 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor)
This location is about 7 minutes directly north of downtown Ann Arbor. We are very excited to tell you that this building is being renovated into a new Farm Market stocked with local products and an Agricultural Educational Event Space, which hopefully will be open and ready sometime later this summer! In the meantime our CSA distribution will be as you enter the new timber frame porch, go to your right at the entrance, and enter the Event Space. If anything is different, we will let you know. We will have signs, and there will always be someone there to help you, if you have any questions.
Advantages for pick up at the Hub: Indoor location, u-pick opportunities, plenty of free parking, picnicking areas, and food artisan/farm market items for sale.
DISTRIBUTION for Hub: Wed. 6 -8 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. – Noon.
MOVE Fitness & Wellness Studio (LOCATION-3780 Jackson Road, suite K, Ann Arbor, MI)
Shares will be outside building near front door on the north side of building. This will be a “self-serve” pickup spot, so please check off your name on the clipboard, follow the instructions on the white board or Pick Up List, and take a newsletter if needed. MOVE staff can answer limited questions. There is no refrigeration, so please pick shares up promptly to enjoy your produce at its freshest! MOVE is not responsible for shares left unclaimed, so shares left there after noon will be donated or brought back to the farm, unless prior arrangements have been made.
Advantages for pick up at MOVE: You have opportunities for classes at MOVE with pilates, yoga, massage, wellness coaching, etc. Other stores are nearby to shop or have a cup of coffee.
DISTRIBUTION at MOVE Fitness and Wellness Studio: Wed. 8 a.m. until Noon.