Community Supported Agriculture

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique partnership between farmers and people who want to purchase fresh, healthy, chemical-free food, support local farmers, and support the local economy.

Investment: When you purchase our CSA shares ahead of the growing season, you literally provide “seed money” that we can  use  for seeds, equipment, repairs, etc. – the necessary things we need in order to raise crops and animals.

Rewards: Your CSA membership is an investment in the Farms, and you share the risks and rewards of farming with us.  In return, we share the season’s harvest with you!

Impact: By supporting Raccoon Forks Farms, you participate in good land stewardship, erosion-prevention, and humane treatment of farm animals.

Shares

We offer four different types of shares: vegetables, eggs, frozen broiler chickens and soap.

Vegetables are available as summer shares (June through mid-October) and fall shares (mid-October through November). Summer fruit add-on shares, procured from other local farms, are delivered for (TBD) weeks during the summer vegetables season. 

Eggs and soap are available in 26 week/6 month shares: summer (June through November) and winter (December through May).

Chicken shares are available any time!

How it works

Select the CSA share types and sizes you wish, and decide where you’d like to pick them up. (We deliver to nine locations in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Ames, Adel, and Perry.) We’ll deliver your shares to that location and you can pick them up between 3-6 p.m. the  day they’re delivered. Vegetables will be in produce boxes. Eggs and frozen chickens will be delivered in coolers. Each of your shares will have your name on it!

What size shares should you get?

Our vegetables shares run for 20 weeks in the summer and 6 weeks in the fall. Both summer and fall vegetables shares are available as full and half shares. Which size should you get? 

Traditionally, a half share is recommended for 1-2 people and a full share is recommended for 3-4 people. We think those are good general guidelines, but it also depends on how much produce you like! Bearing in mind that what we grow changes from week to week and year to year, here are the contents of some representative weeks’ full shares, to give you an idea:

Early summer - Large bag mixed baby lettuces, 2 cucumbers, 2 bunches garlic scapes, 4 bunches radishes, cabbage

Mid-summer - 2 bunches Swiss chard, new potatoes, 6 slicing tomatoes, 11 small heirloom tomatoes, 2 pints cherry tomatoes, 2 summer squash, 4 cucumbers, 2 bunches onion, 2 heads garlic

Fall - Potatoes, 2 bunches purple carrots, acorn squash, onions, brussels sprouts, large bag of beets, 10 green bell peppers, 2 heads of garlic

Eggs shares run for 26 weeks and are available as full shares (one dozen eggs per week) and half shares (half-dozen eggs per week).

Soap shares are delivered monthly for six months. They are available as full shares (four bars of soap per month) and half shares (two bars per month), with a monthly rotation of two different scents. We also offer a monthly sampler share – six mini-bars, one of each scent, in a half dozen-sized egg carton!

Frozen broiler chickens – the number of chickens per share varies depending on their sizes, but each share will total 15+ pounds of chicken. You can order chickens any time and receive them in individual or batch deliveries, upon request. Just let us know by Monday of the week you’d like to receive one or more of your birds, and we’ll bring them to your pick-up site that week.

Why choose Raccoon Forks Farms?

When you invest in healthy, chemical-free, local food from Raccoon Forks Farms, you support two important missions:

  1. We provide employment opportunities to people with cognitive disabilities and mental illness. These employees fill valued roles in our operations and receive one-on-one job coaching and the support they need to build skills and be successful on the job.
  2. We take pride in farming sustainably! We don’t use chemicals or hormones. Instead, we use crop rotation, cover crops, as little tilling as possible, and our own compost to grow our produce and improve the health and fertility of our soil. Our animals are cage-free and pastured – we believe sunshine, grass beneath their feet, and the ability to forage keep our animals happy and healthy. In return, they give us rich, delicious brown eggs and wonderful meat! 

 

Share Type   Size Price Duration Delivery Start Date End Date
Winter 2018-19 eggs 󠅉 Full share $95.00 26 weeks Weekly Dec. 5 or 6 May 29 or 30
  󠅉 Half share $58.00 26 weeks Weekly Dec. 5 or 6 May 29 or 30
Winter 2018-19 soap 󠅉 Full share $70.00 6 months Monthly Dec. 5 or 6 May 1 or 2
  󠅉 Half share $36.00 6 months Monthly Dec. 5 or 6 May 1 or 2
  󠅉 Sampler Share $25.00 6 months Monthly Dec. 5 or 6 May 1 or 2
Summer 2019 eggs 󠅉 Full share $95.00 26 weeks Weekly June 5 or 6 Nov. 27 or 28
  󠅉 Half share $58.00 26 weeks Weekly June 5 or 6 Nov. 27 or 28
Summer 2019 vegetables 󠅉 Full share $550.00 20 weeks Weekly June 5 or 6 Oct. 16 or 17
  󠅉 Half share $345.00 20 weeks Weekly June 5 or 6 Oct. 16 or 17
Summer 2019 fruit add-on to vegetables share 󠅉 N/A TBD TBD Variable June 5 or 6 Oct. 16 or 17
Fall 2019 vegetables 󠅉 Full share $225.00 6 weeks Weekly Oct. 23 or 24 Nov. 27 or 28
  󠅉 Half share $175.00 6 weeks Weekly Oct. 23 or 24 Nov. 27 or 28
Frozen broiler chickens 󠅉 N/A $45.00 N/A Upon request N/A N/A

Ways to order:

• Download our order form

• Call us at (515) 729-8664;  or

• Email us at rforksfarm@gmail.com

Payment options

We thank you in advance for paying in advance!  Your investment is a huge help to us in planning and preparing for the farming season to come.  You are welcome to pay by credit card (we’ll email you a PayPal invoice) or by mailing us a check.

We ask that you pay in full, at the time you order, for shares of eggs, frozen broiler chickens, and soap.

If you are ordering one or more vegetables shares, you can a) pay in full at the time you order;  or b) pay in 2, 3, or 4 installments, in accord with the schedule below.  Please note that installment payments must be by credit card (we will email you PayPal invoices when your payments are due).  If you are ordering other types of shares as well as vegetables, you are welcome to pay for the combined total in installments. 

Installments              Nov. 30, 2018     Dec. 31, 2018     Jan. 31, 2019      Feb. 28, 2019

         2                                                                   X                                                         X

         3                                                                   X                             X                          X

         4                                     X                           X                             X                          X

Questions?

Please contact us at (515) 729-8664 or rforksfarm@gmail.com.