2014 City Commons CSA Sign Ups

The CSA is full for 2014, but we are starting a wait list.  We hope to add more members mid season (at a pro-rated price) and people on the wait list will be first in line to hear when we are taking sign ups for 2015.  If you’d like to be on the waiting list just fill out the sign up form but DO NOT PAY until we contact you.

Ready to sign up?

  • You can download and print out our sign up sheet here: 2014 CSA Form_CityCommons6
  • You can sign up with our online form
  • If you’ve already filled out the online form you can pay via PayPal here:



    You’ll just need to enter the total from your sign up form as the quantity.

Need some more information about us before you sign up?

If you don’t see what you need to know below, check out the FAQ page.  If you still don’t see the answer to your question e-mail citycommonscsa@gmail.com

Costs

A full share is a box of produce every week for 20 weeks; costs $425

A half share is a box of produce every other week; costs $220

If you pay the whole amount up front you’ll get a $25 discount ($10 for a half share)

A flower share is $108 ($54 for a half share)

A Thanksgiving share is $50, a Storage share is $50

Where can we get these boxes?

Members can sign up for a Tuesday 4-7 PM or Saturday 10 AM-1 PM pickup. Singing Tree Gardens (50 E Longwood) or Vinewood Knoll (1130 Vinewood- Tuesday only) or Food Field (Lawrence and Woodrow Wilson- Saturday only) or Bloomfield Hills*(6640 Valley Spring- Saturday only)  *This option costs an additonal $50 to cover delivery costs.  We’re also willing to work out free deliveries on Tuesday afternoons for businesses located in New Center, Midtown, or Downtown (minimum 10 shares per location).

Wait!  What’s a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture is a fantastic way for people who care about local food, sustainable agriculture and revitalizing the local economy to get directly involved in making it a reality. CSA members support the farms by investing in them at the beginning of the season. Members receive boxes with a variety of farm fresh goodies every week during the growing season.

And now what is City Commons?

City Commons is a cooperative urban CSA started in 2012; the produce you receive is all grown in Detroit at six market gardens located throughout the city. The food you receive each week has been grown using sustainable methods, meaning that we do not use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

Produce for City Commons CSA is grown by many farmers: Chris McGrane grows food on the east side of Detroit. Ryan Harroun and Elizabeth Phillips found their shared passion for farming along myriad paths and have teamed up to run Vinewood Knoll Farm in Southwest Detroit. Alice Bagley has been farming for six years and runs Fields of Plenty where she moves her plants and produce all over Detroit by bicycle. Emily and Meg have traveled the world in search of good eats, only to find that they can grow the freshest food right in their own neighborhood at Singing Tree Garden, uptown Detroit. Minehaha Forman was raised on a subsistence farm in Belize, Central America and feels right at home farming in Detroit. Noah Link and Alex Bryan grow vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish, honeybees and more at Food Field near historic Boston-Edison.

Joining City Commons CSA is a “win-win” proposition! Consider these facts:

Good for you:

  • The best and the freshest of our weekly harvest is reserved for our CSA members’ shares
  • Healthy for you and good for the environment — All our produce is grown with organic fertilizer, natural pest control and lots of care for the land
  • Explore new vegetables, get weekly recipes and news through our blog
  • Great deals — CSA members will be first in line for additional, special offers

Good for the Farm:
Your participation helps us…

  • Spend more time growing great food, and spend less time marketing
  • Try new varieties – providing new and unusual treats for your culinary and visual enjoyment
  • Provide a local food option for the Detroit Metro area

What you should know before you join:
City Commons CSA membership helps you to share in the risks and the rewards of the farm.

Sharing the rewards means a huge array of sizes, shapes, and colors of produce, some you may have never tried before. A weekly newsletter will accompany your share, including recipes, information, and suggestions to get your creative juices flowing and help you enjoy your farm wealth to the maximum. CSA members will be first in line for produce as it comes ripe and with six farms there is plenty of variety. You can see what the past two years of our CSA looked like by visiting our website.

Sharing the risks means that the diversity (and, for some vegetables, quantity) of your weekly share may vary depending on growing
conditions. If we get an infestation of squash bugs, there may not be as much zucchini as we’d like, or an early frost may mean a shortened tomato season. Because we grow a large variety of vegetables and flowers, a bad pepper year can be a fantastic cucumber
year – and a boring July can easily give way to a blockbuster August.