CSA

Our members can tell you about our CSA.

  • “This is the highest quality CSA I’ve ever been a part of.”
  • “This was my first CSA. It was so exciting opening the box each time to see all the wonderful colors and beautiful food. I have two teenage boys and I made many of the new recipes. My family enjoyed all of it and we ate much healthier. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!”
  • “You are the best!  The produce is excellent quality along with generous amounts. I truly appreciate the informative newsletter.”

Register for our CSA.


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The CSA Relationship


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Join our farm to receive boxes of fresh, organic produce through the season.  Joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm is a commitment for both the farmer and the member.  We appreciate the stability and predictability your commitment 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.

All of our crops are certified organic.

2019 CSA Shares & Prices
Enroll at 2018 prices until Feb. 10, 2019.


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2019 May – October Shares


Sampler Share (6 boxes, delivered every four weeks).  We created this share for those of you who travel frequently.  We assign a schedule of one box every four weeks.  You tweak your deliveries by rescheduling up to three boxes per season.  Take a look at our 2018 calendar to get an idea how this works.  We’ll post the 2019 calendar in early May.

Season Extension Options

EXTENSION SHARE, 1 box, $31.50
Tentative date Nov. 7/8, 2019.
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.  Enjoy winter squash, cauliflower and other fall treats.

STORAGE SHARE, 1 very big delivery, $108 ($111 after 2/10/19)
Tentative date Nov. 21/22, 2019
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.

New Organic Apple Shares

New in 2019, we are partnering with Two Onion Farm to offer organic apple shares at some of our Madison-area pickup sites.  We will announce the sites in early January, when Two Onion opens registration.

Local, organic fruit is scarce, so we are thrilled to offer this partnership.  Members have asked for fruit shares for years.  Chris and Juli McGuire are experienced CSA farmers who are passionate about organic orcharding.  Their focus is on locally-adapted varieties with diverse flavors, far beyond what you will taste in supermarket apples.  Willy Street Coop sells their fruit and the Willy managers rave about their apples.  The apple CSA begins in mid-August, runs for 12 weeks, and includes apples from the 15 varieties they grow.  They offer four share sizes, which you can read about here.

Pick-up Locations and Schedules


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View Tipi Produce Pickup Sites in a larger map 

Madison area, Thursday delivery

We expect to add new 2019 sites in Verona/Fitchburg and western Madison. Check back here for updates.

Fitchburg: Princeton Club: Thurs. 2:30 – 8:40 pm, 2920 Hardrock Road, in the Princeton Club lobby.  Open to non-gym members.
Madison: Atwood, Thurs. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., 410 Miller Avenue, Madison
Moved Madison: Lake Edge (formerly Buckeye), Thurs. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., 4109 Major Avenue, Madison.  We moved two blocks to avoid 2019 construction on Buckeye Road.
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
McFarland: Thurs. 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., 5923 Exchange St at McFarland House Cafe
Middleton: Thurs. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., 6617 Boulder Lane, 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
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 2017.
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 (drought year).
Click here to view all the CSA boxes we delivered in 2011 (very wet year).

We pack a variety of fresh, certified organic items in each weekly CSA box.  Most will be 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 mixing in unusual vegetables such edamame soybeans, sweet salad turnips and Yukina greens (a favorite leafy green in late fall.)  The fruits we grow are strawberries, muskmelons, and watermelons.

We craft our boxes with compatible mixes, paired with recipes for easy preparation.  We strive to provide a member of the onion family each week (onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) because they are so useful.   The number of items varies from 7 to 13 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 reuseable 3/4-bushel box.

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 2

  • 2 lb sweet potatoes
  • butternut squash
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • Romananesco cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • 1 large leek
  • 2 lb carrots
  • 1.5 lb parsnips
  • Beauty Heart radish
  • yellow onion

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

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 and tomatoes that you take home, but not for the mulberries, pumpkins or fall gleanings.

  • Strawberry U-Picks
    Come enjoy ripe strawberries picked fresh from the plants, as well as mulberries from our fence rows.  We’ll take a walking tour of the farm together.  In a typical year, we offer strawberry u-picks on two weekends in mid-to-late-June.
  • Tomato U-Picks
    Come harvest plum tomatoes to take home for sauce or to preserve for winter.  U-pick(s) will be held when the crop is ready in August or September.
  • Pumpkin U-Pick & Gleaning Party (member favorite!)
    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.  Bring a t-shirt and we’ll screen-print it with an original Tipi Produce design.  All pumpkins, gleaned crops, and screen printings are free.

Extra Produce


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

Vacation Policy


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

  • You can reschedule up to three 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 dated January 7, 2019, one dated June 1 2019, and one for August 1 2019.  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.
  • Pay with SNAP or Quest, see below.

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.

HMO Wellness Programs


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Madison-area HMO members may be eligible for a rebate or reward up to $200 for CSA enrollment.  Contact your HMO or go to the FairShare website for links to the HMO websites.  The Madison-area HMOs have changed in recent years.  Physicians Plus and Unity now fall under Quartz, which offers a wellness program with a modest CSA incentive.  We encourage you to contact your HMO directly for more detailed information.  Quartz wellness programs for Wisconsin state employees are different than non-state employees.  GHC and WEA Trust continue to offer HMO rebates.

HMO payment guidelines:

  • We send an email receipt to all CSA members after they register and pay for their CSA share.  Submit the receipt to your HMO’s wellness program.  Your HMO will send your reward directly to you.
  • The HMOs will only reimburse you for checks that have already been deposited.
  • Each household eligible for an HMO wellness reward 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.