The following is a list of farms offering CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture) in the Interior. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you are or know of a farmer that is offering a CSA which is not listed, please email Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be sure to include that information. Membership in a CSA is a great way to ensure you and your family are eating fresh, healthy foods grown right here in the North Star Borough. CSA's also help bridge the gap between the public and its agriculture, allowing people and farmers to interact, share ideas, and strengthen the fabric of the community.
New to CSA's? Here's a quick rundown of what to expect: CSA participants do not simply buy from a farm, they invest in it. Much like a magazine subscription, members pay an upfront fee in exchange for that farm's produce, doled out over the course of the summer. Each week members pick up boxes, bags or baskets of whatever’s “vine ripe” and ready to harvest. The exact mix of each share will differ from farm to farm, and will vary throughout the summer, but one thing will always be the same: a cost-efficient, heaping portion of the Interior’s freshest produce.
Bender Mountain Farm
What: beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, carrots (orange, purple and yellow), cabbage (green, savory, and large storage), cauliflower (white, green, orange, and purple), cucumbers, garlic, honey, kale (curly and flat leaf), kohlrabi, lip balm, potatoes (15 varieties), sweet peas, tomatoes (cherry and plum varieties), zucchini.
Price: $130 - $230
Pick-up: A la carte, shop online
Contact: Maria Papp or Brad Deitrich at 987-6908 or visit www.bendermountainfarm.com(link is external).
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center
What: Calypso offers several different types of shares, so the produce you receive is dependent upon the share for which you sign up.
Price: $100 - $625
Pick-up location: 5:00 – 6:00 pm Tuesday at the Southside Community Farmer’s Market – corner of 24th Ave & Rickert St. adjacent to the JP Jones Community Center in the South Cushman neighborhood; 2:00 – 3:30 pm Thursday at the Farm (Mile 5 of the Old Nenana Highway); 5:30 – 6:30 pm Thursday at Ester Park, next to the Ester Volunteer Fire Station; 5:00 – 6:00 pm Thursdays at UAF's Lola Tilly Commons.
Season: June through September
Contact: Susan Willsrud or any of the knowledgeable people at Calypso at 452-0691, and visit their website for more information about the different shares available: http://www.calypsofarm.org/our-products/community-shared-agriculture-csa/
DogWood Gardens CSA
What: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, celery, peas, beans, Swiss chard, salad, lettuce, spinach, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, rhubarb and much more!
Season: mid-June through mid-September
Pick-up location: Experimental Farm UAF, Mondays from 5:30 to 6:00 PM
Contact: Cheryl or Bill Wood at 451-0061 or email@example.com.
Pioneer Produce of North Pole
What: arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choi, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, Chinese cabbage, collards, mixed baby greens, lettuce; herbs: sage, thyme, oregano, cilantro, dill, marjoram, rosemary, savory, parsley, basil, mint; mustard greens, pie pumpkins, kale, kohlrabi, onions, peas, pac choi, potatoes, radishes, Romanesco, rutabagas, spinach, string beans, summer squash, zucchini, sunflowers, turnips, winter squash
Price: $300 - $500
Pick-up location: farm in North Pole (Thursdays 2:00-8:00 PM), Heart Stream Yoga West (Tuesdays and Fridays 5:00-7:00 PM)
Season: mid-June through mid-September
Contact: Jen Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the farm's website www.pioneerproduceofnorthpole.com(link is external).
Spinach Creek Farm -- NO SHARES LEFT FOR 2017!!!
If you're still interested in what Spinach Creek has to offer (see below) you can find them selling their extra produce at the Tanana Valley Farmers Market this summer.
What: baby lettuce, lettuce, onions, basil, parsnips, beans, peas, beets, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, Brussel sprouts, radishes, cabbage, rhubarb, carrots, spicy greens, cauliflower, spinach, cucumbers, Swiss chard, fennel, tatsoi herbs, tomatoes, kale, turnips, kohlrabi, winter squash, leeks, zucchini
Price: $430 for 14 weeks
Season: June to September
Pick-up location: the UAF Botanical Garden Mondays from 4:30 to 6:00 PM and at Spinach Creek on Murphy Dome road.
Contact: Lynn or Pete Mayo at 455-6043 or email@example.com.