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CSAs with Minneapolis Drop sites?

Looking for recommendations on a good CSA to join that has dropoffs in Minneapolis. Value and variety are probably the two most important criteria. Who do you use and why should I use them? Thanks.

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  1. We're going with Treasured Haven farm this summer, but we haven't used them before so I can't give you a review yet. We picked them because we liked the variety of share sizes available. Here's a link:
    http://www.treasuredhavenfarm.com/

    We also considered going with Food4Thought, which delivers to your door and works with a number of farms to increase variety. We wound up going with Treasured Haven because the smaller "buy-in" was attractive to first-timers like us, but if we find that we really like the CSA concept we'll probably try Food4Thought next. Here's a link:
    http://www.food4thoughtmn.com/

    You can find a good listing of CSAs here:
    http://www3.mda.state.mn.us/mngrown/

    And here's another good resource:
    http://www.localharvest.org/

    1. Seward Co-Op has their CSA fair on April 24th. 30 farms will be there for you to check out. They have the farm's bios on their website and more information.

      1. Here's a link to a list of farms that drop off at Linden Hills Co-op. http://www.lindenhills.coop/node/1700

        1. Tiny Planet is dropping-off at Eastside Coop this year. We've not used them, but heard good things and plan on using them next year.

          http://www.tinyplanetproduce.com

          We've used Philadelphia Farms in the past as they dropped-off to my office. Great produce, good variety (there were quite a few boxes heavy on the kohlrabi, but it's MN), nice people.

          Another great resource is the Living Green Expo at the State Fairgrounds in May. Most of the second floor of the grandstand are information booths from CSAs. We always get good info there.

          http://www.livinggreen.org/

          1. Thanks for the info, everybody. We are considering splitting a share with Featherstone. Does anyone have experience with this farm, or have one they wish to advocate?

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            1. re: kevin47

              featherstone is hands down fantastic. we have had their csa for 2 years and have signed up for a 3rd. i didn't bring it up before because it's probably one of the more expensive ones in town. nothing bad to say about them except maybe if you don't like whole foods (they sell them a lot of stuff).. but that's only because they're good at what they do. visited their farm last summer and it's real people doing really good work. (ps we split our shares, too.. and sometimes it involves splitting a head of greens or waiting til the next week for your turn, but they actually do a really good job of giving you two of things making it fairly easy to split)

              1. re: reannd

                Did you get the large share or the smaller one? I'm really interested in their farm also.

                1. re: meljohns

                  We split the big one between our family (husband+me) & a friend. Personally I think going at that sucker alone would require a second refrigerator. If you're really curious I think they archive previous years' selections of "grande" shares on their website. It's pretty accurate, with the exception that last year we had TONS of corn (which is awesome) while the year before we had little to none. June is super salad month, but stick it out.. :-)

                  If you are considering a chica, I would highly promote finding someone to split instead. It's not that tough, plus it's cheaper.

                2. re: reannd

                  Thanks for the feedback. We are probably going to split the smaller one, which seems to be very reasonably priced. Good to know it lives up to those amazing pictures.

                  1. re: kevin47

                    okay, well just remember the pix are probably of the bigger box. i can tell you the bigger one had 2 of many things, and im not sure the smaller one will - you may be having to pick & choose your veggies :) i thought the smaller one was for like 1-2 people, personally? oh well.. good luck & enjoy! if you email them any questions i bet they will write back -- they're nice people and seem to have a big online presence..

                    1. re: reannd

                      They have pics of the chica on there as well. We are planning a large garden, and like the farmers markets as well, so we won't be relying on this for more than 50% of our produce.

                      1. re: kevin47

                        i was going to suggest that you buy featherstone's cookbook, "tastes from valley to bluff," no matter what csa you wound up with using-- it's just great for our region's local csa produce-- but it would be a wonderful companion to your csa. don't let the ring-binding fool you, it's a great resource and will help you connect with this farm and the specific varieties of produce you'll be receiving. buying it now will help you get stoked for the season before it starts. you can buy it from any of the co-ops or get it sent from featherstone, of course. featherstone is a great csa far with beautiful produce, one of our region's best, btw.

                        http://www.wedgeworldwide.coop/tastes...

                        1. re: soupkitten

                          Yes, I have their cookbook too - very nice. Also worth picking up is the St Paul Farmer's Market cookbook. Both are good resources to have when eating locally-grown vegetables in season. Especially when you get some veggie in your CSA box that you've never seen before and don't know what to do with! :)