CSA Info & Pricing

Sorry - No CSA for 2015
We will not be offering a CSA for 2015.  I am looking for an off-farm job and Stephanie has moved on to another job and to focus on her own farm, Two Tracks.  So, I am not comfortable with hiring a new manager and not being able to help out on a daily basis.  Stay tuned re. what veggies might be available for sale.  I know we will have a lot of tasty garlic (July on) as well as tomatoes, peppers and chilis toward the end of the summer/early fall.  Thanks to everyone who has supported our farm over the past 7 years.  We will miss seeing you every week!

Info from the past:

It's time to sign up for Fall, 2014!

Do you have questions?  Give Jennifer a call at 734-347-3320.  Thanks!

We now offer veggies year round via 4 sessions:  Heart of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

  Fall, 2014.  Cost $315 for the equivalent of 9 weeks.  The session starts October 1 and ends November 19. This will include a holiday box which will be distributed the week before Thanksgiving.  Pick up is Wednesday only from 2:30 - 6:30 from the farm.

Fall veggies include remaining warm weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, beans and eggplant plus cool weather crops like lettuce, salad mix, greens, bok choy, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, rutabaga, leeks, winter squash, potatoes, etc.  It's the largest variety of any season and the plants are generally very large during this time of year.

Spring, 2015:

The Spring Session runs from mid-March 18 through May 27.  Distributions are Wednesday only from the farm.  You can pick up veggies between 3:30 - 6:30.  If you'd like to join, please let me know.

This session is for serious greens-lovers and include some remaining root crops along with a lot of greens (mustard, kale/collards/chard, lettuces, spinach, choi, yukina savoy, tatsoi) along with limited herbs, maybe dried spicy peppers, etc.  If you don't like cooking greens, this isn't the season for you.  But, if you do like greens, they are truly unsurpassed  during the cold months of the year..

  • Spring distributions will be on Wednesday only from 3:30 - 6:30
  • Cost = $330.  
  • Each distribution will include between 6 - 10 items.  It's not a huge amount but should be enough for 2 veggie eaters or a small family.
Option 2:  Summer, 2013.  Cost - $600 for 18 weeks.  The first distribution is June 4 and the last distribution is October 1.  We will offer 3 pick up options this year:  
  1. On-farm on Wednesdays from 2 - 6:30
  2. On-farm on Saturdays from 10 - 12 
  3. From the Ypsilanti Farmer's Market on Saturdays between 9 &1.

The summer session brings on some very tasty veggies.  For example, early on you can expect an assortment of greens along with  peas, fava beans, spring onions, garlic scapes, etc.  About 4 - 6 weeks later, you'll be eating some small summer squash and cukes, along with kohl rabi and other root veggies.  From mid-July on, most fruits will kick in so summer squash, cukes and beans will be growing earnestly and the tomatoes and  peppers will begin.  Mid to late August through the end of Sept.is peak harvest for tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, etc and winter squash will begin.  We still serve a large amount of greens but try to balance it out with the fruits of summer and root crops.

Summer squash
Page down for more info. about how the summer CSA works, what you can expect in the box and for answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Each distribution will include between 8 - 14 items.  In the beginning the distributions are smaller and they increase over the summer.

 Please let me know if you'd like to sign up for any of these upcoming sessions.

Option 4: Winter

Winter runs from January through mid-March, 2015. This is an every-other week winter session and distributions are from the indoor Dexter winter farmer's market.

  • Winter distributions will run from early January through mid-March and will cost $27.50/week.  
  • Each distribution will include between 6 - 10 items.  It's not a huge amount but should be enough for 2 veggie eaters.  Generally from mid-February through mid-March, the share is a bit sparser than at the beginning and toward the end of the session.  During those times I might supplement with frozen squash or sauer kraut or something.

Capella Farm is located on Scio Church Road, approximately 1.5 miles west of  Zeeb Road in Ann Arbor.  We are a small farm and, along with vegetables, raise laying chickens, Boer goats and a few turkeys.  We sell eggs but do not sell chicken meat.  We have been raising our own vegetables here since 2003, completed our first year as a CSA in 2009 and are committed to continuing to grow good food, support local farmers and care for the land.

    What is a CSA?

    •  A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a group of people who get together and pre-pay a farmer for a weekly box of veggies.  The group shares the risks and the rewards of the growing season.  It is a way to support your local farm, connect to the land, and eat good food.
    • By pre-paying for your veggies, the farmer is able to budget accordingly.  Workers can be hired, machinery purchased, etc.
    • This is a place where people get together to change how we eat, one meal at a time.  The biggest change most new members notice is that we eat what's in season.  For example, cucumbers are not generally available in September and tomatoes aren't generally available in June.

    How does Capella Farm's CSA work?

    The pick up is buffet-style.  There will be a white board with a list of instructions.  In general, this is the routine:
      • You enter the farm using the east entrance (our driveway is a semi-circle).  Follow signs for parking and park facing the east garden.  Walk to the small barn.  Please note that the goats are enclosed by an electric fence so don't touch the wires!
      • You bring your own bag or box.  If you forget one, we have boxes that you can use.
      • You follow the instructions and pack your box with veggies.
      • Things like herbs or other items that people may or may not want, are placed on a table and you take them as suggested on the board
      • There might be extra items on the table and you can help yourself to these.  If you don't want something in a box, leave it on the table for others to take.
      • Occasionally there are items that you choose from.  For example, I might prepare 15 boxes of okra and 15 boxes of eggplant and you choose one or the other.
      • Flowers (later in summer only) are u-pick.  Generally you are able to pick between 15 - 20 stems to make your own bouquet.  Flowers are started from seed and take time to mature so they generally aren't in full production until mid to late July.  Flowers are u-pick only so if you're picking up at the market, flowers are not included but you might be able to purchase some if they're available.

    What’s in a share?

    Check the link above, titled What's in the Box, to see what we gave out in past seasons.

    The share is intended to provide 2 adults and 2 young children with veggies for a week.  It is hoped to be a generous amount of veggies.  We do have 2 member households who eat a full share every week and others that share a share with another household.  We do not prepare 1/2 boxes but you can alternate weeks with another member if you'd like and we can help you to find a share partner.  Some members share a share with a neighbor or friend and split the box up every week.  Depending upon the time of year, your share will vary.  It will primarily include veggies but may also include flowers and fresh herbs, as available.  In the spring, we’ll share the cold-weather crops which we’ll start in the hoop house in late March.   Moving into July and August, the leafy veggies will give way to our warm weather friends that are more heat-tolerant. In late August through October, we’ll return to our cold-loving veggies but also move into prime harvest which includes tomatoes, potatoes, winter squash, etc.  

    See above under Options re. applicable prices per season.

    There is no work commitment but we'll have a few work days throughout the season so you can come out to lend a hand if you're able and would like to.  We strongly encourage this as it helps members understand what's happening in the soil and with the plants.  If you have a day to volunteer, give me a call - there's always something to do here, any time of the year and in any weather.
    Planting flowers - 2009

    Starting Seeds in Feb, 2010

    Back from spreading mulch, 2010

     The work days are fun.  Last year we followed them up with a potluck lunch.  This year we're planning for Volunteer Mondays - come on over around 8 or 9 and work until lunch.  Let us know you're planning to come.  In addition, we're planning volunteer days on the first Saturday of each month.  Work from 9 - 12 and join in for a 1 hour potluck lunch.  Bring gloves, a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, a favorite hand tool if you have one, rain pants, etc. depending on the weather.

     If the crops do well, we may be able to offer bulk purchases of veggies at a discount to members so that you can stock your freezer for the winter.

    Returning members will receive first dibs on membership and day of week preference for pick up.  Deposit for the summer session is $100 and is due by Jan. 31.  Deposit for the other two sessions is 1/2 the cost of the session and is due 8 weeks prior to the start of that session.  The balance is due by March 30 (for summer) and 4 weeks prior to the start of the other 2 sessions.  If you'd like to make payment arrangements, please let us know.

    How to Participate in Capella Farm

        1.  Call or e-mail.  Phone - (734) 347-3320, e-mail capellafarm@gmail.com.
    2. Send in your deposit after we've confirmed that we have space for you.
    Frequently Asked Questions
    1. What if I can't pick up on my pre-set day?  If you are going to be on vacation and would like to move your pick-up to another pick up day (summer option only), give us a call at least 3 days in advance and we can change your date.  If you want us to hold a box, we can hold it for 1 day but after that we'll use the produce (it will probably wilt).
    2. What if I forget to pick up?  Please call as soon as you remember (within 12 hours of scheduled pickup).  If we don't hear from you by noon the next day, we'll probably use the produce or give it away.
    3. If I forget to pick up my box or get stuck at work and can't make it to pick up, can I just come on the next pickup?  Since distribution days are back to back, you can come the next day if you forget on the first but please let us know that you're doing that.  After that, we won't pick another box for you unless you want to buy additional veggies.  Sorry but if we've already picked it, we'll have to charge to pick it again.  Generally the produce is still good the day after your scheduled pick up so just give us a call and we'll be sure to set it aside for you.
    4. If I'm out of town, what do I do?  Most people try to find a neighbor or relative to use their share - just let us know if someone else will be picking up and we'll try to help them at pickup time.  If you can't find someone to use your share, please let us know so that we don't prepare a box for you.
    5. What if I continually forget to pick up my box?  If you don't pick up your box 3 times in a row and haven't called or contacted us to let us know what's happening, we'll stop preparing a box for you.  You can call to let us if you plan to start picking up again.
    6. Is there a form that I need to fill out in order to join?  No, at this time there is not a form.  By sending in your check, we hope that you have read the info. here and understand how the distributions work.  Thanks!