2018 City Commons CSA Sign Ups

Ready to sign up? Go to our Shop page

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 $500

A half share is a box of produce every other week; costs $275

A flower share is $120 ($60 for a half share)

A Thanksgiving share is $62, a Storage share is $62. Both prices will go up to $62 on March 1

If you pay by check instead of PayPal you get 3% off, this is because we need the extra 3% to cover the PayPal costs.

Where can we get these boxes?

Members can sign up for a Tuesday 4-7 PM, Friday night, or Saturday morning pickup. Singing Tree Gardens (18326 John R- Tuesday only) or Detroit Farm and Garden (1759 21st St- Tuesday Only) or Iroquois Ave Farm (6813 Iroquois Ave- Friday night only) or Food Field (Lawrence and Woodrow Wilson- Saturday 10 AM-1 PM only) or Oakland Avenue Farmer’s Market (Saturday 11 AM-3:30 PM only), and for half shares at Pure Pastures at  23309 Ford Road, Dearborn on Saturdays. 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 of Buffalo Street Farm grows fruit, vegetables, and flowers on the east side of Detroit. Elizabeth Phillips of Iroquois Ave Farm grows vegetable on the east side of Detroit. Alice Bagley has been farming for nine years and runs Fields of Plenty where she moves her plants and produce all over Detroit by bicycle. Emily has traveled the world in search of good eats, only to find that she can grow the freshest food right in her own neighborhood at Singing Tree Garden, uptown Detroit. Noah Link and Alex Bryan grow vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish, honeybees and more at Food Field near historic Boston-Edison. Occupy Yourself is a family farm that uses guerrilla farming techniques on the east side and is run by Roxanne and Donny Jones.

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.

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