Organic farm near Parkers Prairie offers shares of its produce
For health-conscious people looking to incorporate clean, pesticide-free foods into their daily diet, Minnesota's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) may be the answer.
Individuals now have the opportunity to buy a share of this type of produce through Ploughshare Farm, a CSA organic farm near Parkers Prairie.
Share types include the full share, which will feed a family of four who eats a mixed diet; or a family of two who follows a vegetarian diet.
The mini-share will fill the needs of a couple or a couple with a small child.
Ploughshare Farm was named Edible Twin Cities' 2009 Farm Hero of the Year because of its high quality vegetables and fruits.
"Members who buy the summer share will get seven to 12 pounds of fruits, vegetables and herbs, 10 to 15 kinds. In late summer and fall, they'll receive 25 pounds," said Gary Brever, farmowner. "The summer share runs from June 3 to September 30. All shares are delivered weekly."
Other share varieties available are the Heart of the Season share, delivered weekly from July 22 to September 2; the fall storage and the frozen winter shares.
All shares are priced separately. Members receive a 3 percent discount if they pay by check, and include Coupon Code 4565.
Ploughshare Farm delivers to drop sites in Alexandria, Fergus Falls, St. Cloud, Rogers, Augsburg College, Plymouth, South Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnetonka, and Fargo-Moorhead.
Brever, who has farmed since 1998, started his 160-acre CSA farm in 2002.
At the beginning for several years, he sold his produce to area grocery co-ops. From their feedback, he dedicated himself to improve the quality of his fruits and vegetables.
Ploughshare Farm now sells exclusively through the CSA, ensuring that its members receive the best of the harvest, Brever said.
Individuals can sign up to buy a share/membership at Ploughshare Farm's website, www.ploughsharefarm.com; or they can call (218) 267-5117.