2018 Season Begins
We are ready to sign up members for the 2018 season. Shares cost $500 for 24 weeks. We sell a limited number of shares. Reserve your share with a deposit of at least half the cost. Call first to make sure we are not full: (810)793-2511. The balance is due by the first harvest. The harvest begins when the asparagus is ready in mid-May. 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 mid-May, we harvest on Thursday mornings from 9AM to Noon. This year a share is $500. Members pick up their shares any time after noon on Thursday. 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 pick up their own share bags each week. We expect to have a drop off point along the M-24 corridor this year as well as delivery to northwest Detroit.
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, beets, blackberries and raspberries. Fall – broccoli, cabbage, turnips, kale, chard, leeks, potatoes, 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 lighter than late season bags. Here’s a photo of early July share bags with flowers and herbs as well as vegetables. We and our interns work together while the chickens squawk, the barn swallows feed their young and our cat Fuzzy looks for someone to pet her.