Community Support Agriculture

 

Community Supported Agriculture Program

 The 2020 Fall CSA is full! Please contact MSUE.TollgateCSA@campusad.msu.edu to be placed on the waiting list for the 2021 Summer CSA.

 

 

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What is a CSA?

A CSA is a system where members buy shares in the growing season. During the season, members receive a weekly supply of fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Why a CSA?

There is no better way to connect with your food, farmers and the seasons than a CSA! Members receive an abundance of fresh produce, learning to eat and cook with the seasons, while experimenting with new vegetables and varieties. Every week you'll receive your produce within eyeshot of where it's grown by the people who grew it! 

Why the MSU Tollgate CSA?

The vegetable production is a demonstration and training site for 'students' of all ages and types, from 3 years on up! The vegetable production is the home for the apprenticeship program, where novice farmers come to learn production farming during an intensive, season long paid experience.

Before the seed is ever put in the ground, we know who we are growing it for. We take great pride in our relationships with our CSA members and the food we grow for them! We often end up getting to know our members' extended families, their friends and neighbors! We look forward to seeing our members every Wednesday just as much as our members look forward to another haul of great food. Many of our members are involved in other programs on site and become part of the Tollgate family.

 

How does it work?

Each share will include between  seven to fifteen different vegetables, fruits, and culinary herbs every week that reflect the seasonal abundance of the farm. There is a strong emphasis on greens and vegetables, although we do grow some fruits and are working on establishing more. In addition to fresh produce, members may also be provided flowers, ornamental pumpkins and other fun extras! CSA members may also have the opportunity to engage in tours of the sustainable agriculture operation, potlucks and other events catering to members.

Half shares are available! Half shares encompass the same diversity with half the quantity. A full share is great for families of 4-5, or 2 serious veggie consumers. A half share is ideal for a family of 2-3 or 1 serious veggie lover.

The ten week fall season will begin October 14th and continue until December 16th. The fall season comprises a delicious mix of hardy fall greens and storage crops. Members will receive arugula, winter squash, salad mix, carrots, kale, kohlrabi, onions, potatoes, cabbage, scallions, radish, turnips and so much more! 

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A late spring half share (top) and full share (bottom). Photos resized to display accurate sizing.

Location and Distribution Time

Members can pick up their fresh produce at MSU Tollgate Farm in the pavilion on Wednesdays between 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. We also have a cooler pickup option that allows you to pick up at your convenience! 

 

For questions: mailto:MSUE.TollgateCSA@campusad.msu.edu

 

 

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Testimonials from previous seasons:

"Thank you, thank you team for all of the hard work you place into making this such a great experience. Friendly team and delicious produce!"

"Thank you for being so awesome! This is our first time participating in a CSA and I’m in love! My family and I get so excited about going to farm and picking up fresh, healthy produce. Our son has fallen in love with kale this summer due to us coming every week. Before I would have been lucky for him to try it, now after loving kale he tries everything we bring home!"

"Everything was wonderfully delicious, fresh and I enjoyed the students each week."

"Thank you for being such a warm and friendly crew!"

"This was my first year participating in a CSA, and it was above and beyond my expectations. You guys are amazing, the food is amazing, and my life and eating habits have totally changed. Thank you so much! Can’t wait for next year."