2016 Season Begins
We are ready to sign up members for the 2016 season. Shares cost $425 for 24 weeks. Working shares, requiring 5 days of 3 hours throughout the season, are $350. We sell a limited number of shares. Reserve your share with a deposit of at least half the cost. The balance is due by the first harvest on May 14th. Make checks out to Robin Mallor. Send or bring to Three Roods Farm/4281 Our Acres Drive/Columbiaville 48421
Our Marketing Plan
We sell our organic vegetables and fruits according to a marketing model called Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. In the CSA model, you buy an annual share of our production, rather than make retail purchases for single items. Paying in advance gives us our budget and our production goals for the coming season. It also guarantees that all our produce is sold. In return, we provide you with a continuous supply of seasonal vegetables and fruits, harvested at their peak of ripeness, and grown in a manner respectful of both the consumer and the earth.
How Does the Subscription Garden Work?
Beginning the May 19th, we harvest on Thursday mornings from 9AM to Noon. We wash it and divide it into shares. Working members join us in this enjoyable experience. It is an opportunity for subscribers to learn some of the craft involved in running the farm. Recipes are often exchanged and a joyful mood prevails. Helping on Thursdays is not required, but is encouraged. We appreciate the help! If you choose to work, we offer a discount and I’ll put you on the work schedule. This year a share is $425; a working share is $350. Either way, we’re glad to have you as a member of Three Roods Farm.
Since we do not deliver, we connect subscribers who live near each other so they can bring the share bags back for each other. That way, everyone doesn’t need to come to the farm each week. This is especially appreciated by our members who live a far distance from the farm. It builds community. Members who live nearby may prefer to pick up their own share bags each week.
Those interested in becoming CSA members should contact Robin and place a deposit as soon as possible.
What Will I Get in My Share?
3RF encourages the tradition of eating with the seasons. The following list is not complete, but gives you an idea of what we grow: Spring – spinach, asparagus, radishes, peas, lettuce, green onions, sorrel, rhubarb, strawberries, and garlic scapes. Summer – tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, green beans, summer squash, garlic, sweet corn, blackberries and raspberries. Fall – broccoli, cabbage, turnips, kale, chard, leeks, potatoes, beets, lettuce, daikon radish, parsnips, pumpkin, winter squash and apples. Herbs like dill, coriander, basil, chives, parsley and peppermint are part of the share . When an item is available and how much goes into a share depends on the growing conditions in the field at the time. On average, you can expect 5 to 10 pounds of produce weekly, from mid-May to late October. Early season bags are much lighter than late season bags. Here’s a photo of early July share bags with flowers and herbs as well as vegetables. Subscribers who opt to work with us, often bring their families to enjoy a morning on the farm. We and our interns work alongside CSA members while the chickens squawk, the barn swallows feed their young and our cat Fuzzy looks for someone to pet her.