March for Medicaid – Tuesday, Nov. 6

You may not know, but Raccoon Forks microbusinesses are a part of Optimae LifeServices and one of our main missions is to employ individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities who otherwise struggle to find work. We provide them with coaching to give them the needed skills to succeed and sometimes move onto employment elsewhere. This vulnerable population has seen cuts to vital medical and social services due to the inception of Medicaid managed care and we need Iowans to step up to the plate. That’s why we want to get the word out about the #MarchforMedicaid, hosted by the Bright Radical Star Fund, happening Election Day (November 6), in which Iowans are being encouraged to cast their ballots and elect leaders who will make changes to the state’s broken Medicaid system. You can find out more information here:

Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – October 24, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Welcome to our fall vegetables CSA season! We’re excited to have six more weeks of sharing our produce, eggs, and/or frozen broiler chickens with you. Deliveries start this week!

Here are a few important things to remember about your share(s):


Please return your boxes! They’re very sturdy (and very expensive), made to be re-used, and we want to keep them out of the landfill. Thank you, we appreciate your help with this!

Swap Box

At most of our pick-up sites, our site hosts allow us to put out a “swap box” with our CSA boxes and coolers. If you find something in your share which you can’t use or don’t want, please leave it in the swap box for someone else to enjoy. And if you ever see something in the swap box which you would like, please take it!

Picking Up Your Share(s)

Shares are available for pick-up between 3-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, depending on the site:


Des Moines University
Kemin Industries, Des Moines
Meredith Corporation, Des Moines
Railroad Bill's Dining Car, Des Moines


Des Moines Betsy Peterson Designs, Perry
Brick Street Books & Café, Adel
Campbell’s Nutrition, Urbandale
Sammons Financial Group, West Des Moines
Wheatsfield Coop, Ames

Thank you for picking up your share between 3-6 pm.! This prevents food spoilage and extra work for our host pick-up sites. Please note: After 6 p.m., your share will no longer be available, unless you have made previous arrangements with the pick-up site.

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Raccoon Forks Farms newsletter – Oct. 17, 2018

Dear Friends and CSA Partners –

Well, we can hardly believe it, but our summer vegetables CSA season once again is coming to an end – this is the final week!  We hope you’ve had a wonderful CSA experience with us:  that you’ve eaten very well;  that we’ve introduced you to some new vegetable favorites;  and that you’ve tasted Iowa summer in every scallion and tomato.  Thank you very much again for investing and partnering with us in our CSA program.  We’re grateful for your commitment to our dual missions of chemical-free, sustainable farming and providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.  We truly couldn’t do it without you!

A few updates and reminders about other shares types –

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