How is ARNKA Acres Different than a traditional CSA?
There are two main differences that set ARNKA Acres apart from other CSA's. Most CSA's give you a pre-filled basket of produce or have you fill your own basket with packaged or labeled produce.
We offer a true Customizable Market-Style Pick Up. When you get to the Pick Up, you will grab a basket based on the share size purchased.
Then you can fill your basket with whatever items you'd like.
You may take some of everything or you may pass on some items and take more of others. For example, let's say you don't like beets, but you really like carrots. You may leave the beets and fill half (or all) of your basket with carrots. Throughout the season, there may be limits on an item such as the first time a crop appears on the CSA table. Our hope is that every member will leave the Pick Up with a basketful of items they are excited to eat.
Another difference is what is in the shares. While the majority of the baskets will be filled with our freshest produce, we will also include, AT NO EXTRA COST, cow and goat cheeses made by Farmer Rachel. This ensures the members will receive a full basket even if Mother Nature doesn't allow for optimal crop harvests!
Just as much as we are about fresh food, ARNKA Acres is also about the farm community experience. CSA members can come to the farm each week to gather their baskets, feed the goats, pet the cats, or relax in the hammock. Many of our members grab a seat, chat with other members, and watch their kids play at the playground. Come join us!
How does it work?
Our CSA will run for 20 weeks, starting late-May through the beginning of October. Each member will receive 20 (10 for 1/2 Shares) baskets full of fresh produce and ARNKA cheese. Our goal is to have abundant shares each week with a great deal of variety and to surpass your expectations.
How do I get my basket?
There are two options for receiving your shares: Pick Up and Drop Off. We ask that you choose the option that works best for you as you will need to keep that choice throughout the season.
We will offer a "Market style" Pick-Up: We set up the produce as if we were at a farmers' market to allow you to fill your basket with the items you want and pass on the ones you don't.
This allows you to pass on produce you know you are not fond of and choose something that interests you.
Although we do encourage you to try new vegetables; they just may end up being a favorite!
We have 2 different Market style Pick-Up choices. Full shares MUST be picked up be at our farm on Tuesdays (3:30-6PM). Half shares are available at the Farm on Tuesdays (3:30-6PM) or at McKenna Pro Imaging in Waterloo every other Wednesday (4-5:30PM).
The Drop Off option works a bit differently. Instead of coming to get your share, we bring it to you at NO additional charge! We currently offer Drop Off in Dike every Wednesday afternoon, Reinbeck every Thursday afternoon, Grundy Center every Thursday afternoon, and Cedar Falls every other Wednesday afternoon. If choosing this option, please include your address on the contract.
What's in a typical basket?
There will be both produce and cheese in your basket. The produce includes a wide variety of seasonal items. We grow over 40 types of vegetables and almost 100 different varieties!
How much does it cost?
A 2018 Share costs $415. A 2018 1/2 Share costs $220. A deposit of $25 is required to reserve your spot with the remainder due on April 1, 2018.
How do I sign up?
Fill out the online registration
Submit your $25 deposit
Receive your confirmation email