Here is What My Farm Friends Program is...
It's a way to buy your produce, eggs, chickens and more, direct from our farm. You will get the best seasonal organically grown produce, fresh eggs, fresh roasting chicken, and artisan breads that we offer.
You will get weekly notices of what is available during the growing season and also a few other times in the year for holidays offerings. The emails will start regularly arriving once you subscribe to this website as a member. The hosting service that does this is not perfect. Sometimes you may get more than one a day. Please forgive me.
The Casual Farm Friend enrollment is open year round.
Just subscribe to our website!
The BFF enrollment is Open for 2018! The 2018 BFF Form
Thank you to my BFF's - new and old!
And then there is the FFB PROGRAM!!
The links to printable forms are at the bottom of this page.
- I cannot guarantee any particular crop.
- We are weather sensitive.
- We are really seasonal. We only sell what we grow here.
- We use organic principals. There may be some holes in your leaves but those are our sacrifices to the natural aspect of our farm. If it’s safe for bugs to eat, it’s safe for you.
- I am really picky about what repellents I use. USDA certification would allow us to use a whole host of things (like bleach and rotenone) and still be organic but I won’t eat them and won’t feed them to you either.
- You won’t get GMO’s or mass production varieties that have a long shelf life.
- I grow a lot of heirlooms and other healthy and GOOD tasting varieties that big farms don’t grow.
How It Works
- Emails will be sent with a list of what is available for the designated pick up days. Each day may have different items available.
- Order deadlines will be the night before pick up by 8PM. (No exceptions to the order times) Times for pick-up be clearly listed in the email.
- Pick up days will be Wednesdays 5 to 7 PM and Saturdays 2:00 to 4 PM. Again, please no exceptions. If we have to suspend or change dates you will be notified in advance.
- You can order chickens, beef, produce, eggs and anything else we sell.
- You pay for what you get.
- You will get first dibs. You will know what you are getting before venturing into the stand to see what we have.
- You will get a confirmation for your order...if I need to make changes I will notify you as soon as possible.
- If there are only a few of a particular item it will clearly state orders will be filled in order of receipt.
- Anything that is surplus and not ordered will still be sold in the stand.
- I will ask that once you commit you commit. Don’t leave me sitting with your order…I am only just sooo friendly.
THREE Ways to Participate
What is a FARM FRIEND?
You are, when you subscribe to our website and then place an order to pick up directly from our farm at our regular pick up hours. It's the only way to get the entire selection of what we sell. You get to meet us, and chat for a moment too. I don't know why, but most people find us pretty interesting, muddy boots and all.
My Farm Friends are broken down into three groups.
The Casual Farm Friend. No commitment, just order what, when, and as often as you like. Easy. If you already get these emails, you are automatically in the casual group and have the opportunity to purchase what you want and when you want, via email for set pick up times. This is the best way to ensure you have first dibs on what is grown and produced here.
The BFF Program.
Enrollment for the BFF Program will be From February 14th through May 15th. We will only accept 30 people in the program.
This is a bit different. Again, there is no commitment to purchase weekly, monthly, or whatever. You can order as often as you want. Although traditional CSA's are wonderful, I found that they really don't work for most people whose lives include vacations, family stuff, etc. and most really cannot handle that huge box full of produce every week. You get to choose what you want, and when you need it. Plus we have a wider assortment of foods, and not just great organic vegetables.
There is a $150 deposit, plus a $1 processsing fee, sent in with your form. That $150 deposit is used for your first $150 of purchases. If you plan on buying a few chickens, some eggs, and a bit of lettuce, and some other vegetables, you will easily hit this mark at some point.
So what do you get for your initial investment and why would I do this? In recognition of your support you will get the 10% discount on all produce, eggs, dairy, breads and chickens. Beef, turkeys and pork are excluded. The deposit up front enables me to pay for many of the winter expenses during these months when we have little cash flow. The discount is applied from May 15 through October 31st.
What is new about the BFF Program? Our record keeping system.
This year, you will get a giftcard loaded with your $150 deposit, which I can swipe in, and automatically deduct from your account and at the same time give you that 10% discount. I can reload your giftcard once it is used up for those of you who hate carrying cash or writing checks all summer.
We haven't been able to afford an expensive bookkeeping software to track this unique system, and still keep our prices affordable in the past. We have been using a database built for the purpose but it has been finicky. I usually wound up just letting the balances go in the past.
THE FFB Program
Additionally, there will be work or internship shares available through our FFB program (Farm Friends Buddy). For every hour you assist me in the gardens you will get a credit for purchasing any of our provisions, vegetables, eggs, or meats. I can use the extra hands, and there are many of you who have expressed a desire to learn how things thrive. So this can be a win win. Nurturing, that’s me. If you want more details, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org We can really use the help, especially in the spring planting season through July.
If you decide this is for you...
Downloadable PDF Files of this page or BFF Enrollment Form
The Farm Friends Program is our version of a CSA
What is a CSA?
A ‘CSA’ is Community Sponsored Agriculture. What that means is that a farm will sell shares in what they grow in a particular year. For a set fee (usually over $800) everyone gets an equal share. Sounds like a great way to get your produce and does work for many people, except for a few things I personally don’t like. AND PLEASE...if you currently enjoy your CSA don't abandon your farmer. I can still be your Casual Farm Friend.
What I Personally Don't Like About a CSA
- You get a big box with your share of what is grown and harvested in any one week. Well what if you really hate collards? And the box is half full of them - every week? What if you are going on vacation? Too many ‘what if’s…
- What if when you reviewed the proposed list of veggies you saw they were growing lavender striped eggplants and you LOVE lavender striped eggplants? Then over the course of the entire season you only got one, or even worse there was a complete crop failure and you got none. Now you waited months for it and never got them.
- You don't get to pick the quantity of any particular item. So if there are only two cucumbers and your kids eat 3 each a week you are going to the store.
- You have the option not to take something but you don't get compensated for it.
- Eggs? Chickens? Ground Beef? What is included for your set fee?