Frequently Asked Questions

Are there still shares available?

Yes! Shares are available at 2016 prices until March 1; after that they will go up slightly. Don’t wait until the last minute as we usually sell out before June.

When does the 2017 season start?

We are beginning one week earlier this year, the week of June 6. As usual, the CSA lasts 20 weeks through October, with a week off this year for the 4th of July.

Are payment plans available? Can I do a work-trade for part of my share?  Can I help on the farm?

If you cannot afford to pay the full amount of your share right away we are happy to work something out with you.  Please e-mail citycommonscsa@gmail.com to work out details.  If at all possible we ask that you pay at least 25% of your share cost in cash now, and then we can work something out.  If you just want to help out on one of our farms let us know!  There’s always a lot to do.

Can I use EBT/Bridge Card to pay?

Yes! Although you cannot pay upfront in full with SNAP benefits, you may sign up with an initial deposit and pay the remainder at weekly pickups with your Bridge Card. This option is currently available for pickup at Food Field (Saturdays) only. Please email us (citycommonscsa@gmail.com) if you have questions about this option.

What is the closest pick up site to my home in…..

We have three pick up sites, one in Southwest Detroit at 412 W Grand Blvd, one in uptown Detroit at 50 E Longwood, one in central Detroit on Lawrence between Woodrow Wilson and Rosa Parks, and another in the North End at Oakland Ave Farm on Oakland north of Owen.  You can choose whichever one is most convenient for you.

What time is pick up?

Saturday pick up is from 10 AM until 1 PM and Tuesday pick up is from 4 to 7 PM.

What is the schedule for half shares?

If you get a half share we will contact you a couple weeks before the first pick up to let you know which dates you’ll be picking up.  Either way it will be every other week, but we’ll be trying to split them up so we are packing the same number of boxes every week.

How much food should I expect each week?

Quantities will vary with the growing season.  You can look through the posts from previous years to see what those boxes looked like.  If you are a couple or single person who eats a lot of vegetables (cooks at home most days) then a full share is for you.  If you eat out a lot or don’t eat a lot of vegetables, a half share might be better for you.

What will be in my weekly share?  What is in the storage and Thanksgiving shares?

The contents of your box will vary from week to week as the season changes.  You can see the contents of the 2014, 2013 and 2012 boxes by looking through this website.  We try to grow a little of everything that will grow in our climate.

The storage share will consist of items that keep well so you can eat them all winter.  Think onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, beets, dried herbs, hebal tea, winter squash, leeks, celeriac, etc….

The Thanksgiving share will contain some storage crops like those listed above, but should also include some cool weather greens like spinach, salad greens, collards, etc….

Can I add a Thanksgiving or storage share later on in the year?

Yes, but there will be a cutoff date at some point during the season, probably once we dig our potatoes and get an idea of how many we actually have.  Signing up now will guarantee you one of these special add ons.

Can we pick and choose what will be in our share?

No.  We’re planning to pack 100 boxes each week this year and just for the sake of logistics all boxes will be the same.  We’ll be providing lots of recipes and meal planning ideas to help you use your box.  If you get a vegetable that you REALLY don’t like find a friend or neighbor who does like it!

Do you offer eggs?

Right now we have egg shares available as a separate option, or you can often buy eggs from our farms directly or through Grown In Detroit.

Can we visit the farms?

Yes.  We can set up a farm visit for you on an individual basis. We also host 1-2 member potlucks a year to give you a chance to hang out with the farmers.

I’m concerned about soil contamination in Detroit….

So are we!  Like most farms and gardens in the city we have all had our soil tested for lead and those tests have come back clean.  So rest easy, this produce is clean, fresh, and super healthy.