CSA

“Kids fighting over broccoli” = every farmer’s dream.  Here’s why you should join our CSA this year.  This love note from a member hangs above my desk.

“Beth & Steve, you have brought taste back to vegetables that the mass produced, grocery-store products have long since abandoned.  At first, I simply could not believe that asparagus could taste so good from tip to stalk.  … Next, we savored (devoured) the broccoli with reckless abandon.  The video that could be created from my kids fighting over broccoli!  …  I can say, without hesitation, that I am in love.  Thanks to your farm, I have not only enjoyed old favorites, but have tried new things that I used to just pass by at the market.  My kids, husband and I thank you for taking care of our taste buds and our good health.”

2017 Registration is open.


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The CSA Relationship


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Joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm is a commitment for both the farmer and the member.  Enroll with us for the season and receive a box of fresh, organic produce every week or every-other-week.  In purchasing a season-long CSA share, you make an significant commitment to our farm.   We appreciate the stability and predictability this brings to our family-run business.   In turn, we commit to providing our best, most-flavorful veggies each week.  We have wholesale customers such as Willy Street Coop, but our CSA members always come first and the CSA has priority for the crops each week.

All of our crops are certified organic.

2017 CSA Shares & Prices


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May – October CSA Shares


SOLD OUT. About that Sampler Share ... This is a new share in 2017, requested by those of you who travel frequently. We will assign you a schedule (e.g. second week of each month, fourth week of each month, etc).  You get to tweak your deliveries by rescheduling up to two boxes per season.  Sampler Share members will have fewer opportunities to purchase extra produce for freezing and canning.  We have to give the Weekly and Every-other-week members first dibs on the extra produce.

Season Extension Options

EXTENSION SHARE, 1 box, $30
Tentative date Nov. 2/3, 2017.
Available to members enrolled in our May-October share.

Extend your season one week after our May-Oct season ends.  Same size box as the regular CSA Share.  Allows Weekly Share members to extend their season to 25 deliveries, Every-other-week Share members to 13 deliveries, and Sampler Share members to 6 deliveries.

STORAGE SHARE, 1 very big delivery, $108
Tentative date Nov. 16/17, 2017

One large delivery in November, usually the week before Thanksgiving.  Each share consists of two large boxes stuffed full of fall goodness.  Curious about what we deliver?  Click here.

Pick-up Locations and Schedules


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View Tipi Produce Pickup Sites in a larger map 

Madison area, Thursday delivery

NEW Fitchburg: Thurs. 3:00-7:00 pm, 6402 Urich Terrace, Madison (Madison address but located in Fitchburg)
Madison: Atwood, Thurs. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., 410 Miller Avenue, Madison
Madison: Buckeye, Thurs. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., 4116 Buckeye Road, Madison
Madison: Marquette St, Thurs. 4:00 – 7:00 pm, 102 N. Marquette St., Madison
Madison: Vilas, Thurs. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., 311 Campbell Street, Madison
NEW McFarland: Thurs. 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., 5923 Exchange St at McFarland House Cafe
NEW Middleton: Thurs. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., 6740 Ramsey Road, Middleton
Oregon: Thurs. 3:15 – 7:00 p.m., near Ash Street and S. Perry Parkway, Oregon

Evansville, Thursday delivery

Evansville: at farm Thurs. 3:15 – 7:00 p.m., 14706 W. Ahara Rd., Evansville

Janesville, Friday delivery

Janesville: Fri. 3:00 – 7:45 p.m., at Basics Coop, 1711 Lodge Drive, Janesville

Milwaukee area, Friday delivery

Brookfield: Fri. 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., Le Chateau Drive, Brookfield
Mequon: Fri. 1:00 – 8:45 p.m., 7590 W. Mequon Road, Mequon, at Outpost Natural Foods Coop
Milwaukee: Bay View Outpost, Fri. 3:00 – 8:45 p.m., 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. at Outpost Natural Foods Coop
Milwaukee: Capitol Drive Outpost, Fri. 2:00 – 8:45 p.m., 100 E. Capitol Drive at Outpost Natural Foods Coop
NEW Waukesha County, Fri. 12 noon – 4 pm, 515 W. Moreland Blvd, County Admin Center, Waukesha County employees only
Wauwatosa: 76th Street, Fri. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., 2163 N. Wauwatosa Avenue
Wauwatosa: State St Outpost, Fri. 4:00 – 8:45 p.m., 7000 W. State Street at Outpost Natural Foods Coop.

What’s in the Boxes?


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Click here to view all the CSA boxes we delivered in 2016.
Click here to view all the CSA boxes we delivered in 2015.
Click here to view all the CSA boxes we delivered in 2014.
Click here to view all the CSA boxes we delivered in 2013.
Click here to view all the CSA boxes we delivered in 2012.
Click here to view all the CSA boxes we delivered in 2011.

We pack a variety of fresh, certified organic items in each weekly CSA box.  Most will be fruits and vegetables that you know and use: broccoli, melons, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and many more.  See our list of crops below.  We provide variety within these crops.  For example, we grow many types of fragrant sweet peppers: red, yellow, green, orange, purple, Italian.   We will stretch your experience by including some unusual vegetables such edamame soybeans, sweet salad turnips and Yukina greens (our favorite in late fall.)

We craft our boxes to contain a mix of ingredients which can be used raw &/or cooked, to provide versatility in the kitchen.  We strive to provide a member of the onion family each week (onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) because they are so popular.   The number of items varies from 7 to 12 items per week.  Spring boxes are the lightest, while summer and fall boxes are heavier and contain a wider variety of items.  We pack your produce in a 3/4-bushel box which you return to your pick-up site.

Below are three sample boxes from previous seasons, to provide a sense of what our deliveries will be like.

May 19

  • 1.25 lb. asparagus
  • 1.5 lb. rhubarb
  • 1.25 lb. spinach
  • red leaf lettuce
  • arugula
  • radishes
  • button mushrooms
  • green garlic

August 20

  • Sugar Baby watermelon
  • 3 lb. tomatoes, mixed plum & slicing varieties
  • 1 lb. zucchini & summer squash
  • bell peppers in varied colors: red, orange & yellow
  • red Italian frying peppers
  • 1 lb. broccoli
  • Swiss chard
  • 2 Spanish onions
  • cucumbers
  • basil

November 3

  • 3.5 lb. russet potatoes
  • 2 lb. leeks
  • butternut squash
  • mustard greens
  • celeriac
  • 2 lb. carrots
  • cauliflower
  • green or Romanesco broccoli
  • parsley

Crops We Grow


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Below is a list of the crops we grow and a projected harvest schedule.  Each season is unique, so not all crops succeed each year.

Free Weekly Recipes


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In 2016, Lauren Rudersdorf of Raleigh’s Hillside Farm and chef Pat Mulvey of Local Thyme provided us with delicious weekly recipes designed to suit a wide range of cooking styles.  Members tell us the recipes were a terrific tool for enjoying their CSA produce.

We hope both Pat and Lauren will craft recipes for us again in 2017 but they need time to make their business plans.  We will keep you posted here.

Newsletters



We prepare a weekly newsletter with information about the week’s veggies, plus news and photos from the farm.

Farm Events


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Our farm is located just 35 minutes southeast of Madison and 1 3/4 hours from downtown Milwaukee.  CSA members are invited to visit during our farm celebrations.  Children especially enjoy the farm events and the excitement and drama of harvesting their own vegetables.  Watch their faces as they pull a bright orange carrot out of the ground!  Farm events are open to CSA members but not to the general public.  We charge for the strawberries that you take home, but not for the peas, mulberries, pumpkins or fall gleanings.

      • Strawberry U-Picks
        Come enjoy ripe strawberries, mulberries and snap peas picked fresh from the plants.  We’ll take a walking tour of the farm together.  If the berry crop is good, we will offer u-picks on two weekends.  These events are held in late June.
      • Pumpkin U-Pick & Gleaning Party
        Choose your Halloween jack-o-lantern and explore the farm in early October.  We offer several crops for members to glean for their own use.  The gleanings vary from year to year, but have included pumpkins, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, red peppers, watermelons, greens and herbs in previous years.  All pumpkins and gleaned crops are free!

 

Extra Produce


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When abundant, we will offer sales of tomatoes, peppers and basil for canning or freezing.  If amounts are limited, we will give the weekly and every-other-week members priority in placing order.

Vacation Policy


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We understand that members go on vacation during the CSA season. You have three options when on vacation:

      • You can reschedule up to two boxes per season.  Please give us one week advance notice.  Details here.
      • You can have a friend pick up the box for you.  Please instruct him/her how to get the box and forward them a copy of your CSA Handbook.
      • You can cancel your box.  Please give us one week advance notice.

Payment Options


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      • Pay by check.
      • Pay by credit or debit card, via PayPal.  This adds a 3% online transaction fee.
      • You can pay in three installments, using three checks: one with today’s date, one dated for June 1 2017 deposit, and one for August 1 2017.  Each check should be for one third of the total due.   Send all three checks at registration.  We will hold them until their deposit date.

HMO Rebate Programs


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Madison-area HMO members may be eligible for a $50 to $200 rebate toward the cost of their CSA share.  Go to http://www.csacoalition.org/our-work/community-programs/csa-insurance-rebate/ for links to the HMO websites and program details.  We send an email receipt to all CSA members after they register and pay for their CSA share.  Submit the receipt and a rebate request directly to your HMO.  Your HMO will send your rebate check to you.  FYI, Dean Health has changed their wellness rebate program.  Check their website for details.

HMO payment guidelines:

      • The HMOs will only reimburse you for checks that have already been deposited.  Make your first check as large as your rebate to avoid waiting to apply for the rebate.
      • Each household eligible for an HMO rebate should write their own check(s) directly to Tipi Produce so we can verify your payment with your HMO.

Options for Low-Income Households


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    • We accept payment with food stamps or Quest or SNAP through the Partner Shares program.  Contact Partner Shares for more details.
    • Low income households may be eligible for subsidies through the Partner Shares program. Please contact the program directly for more information.