Open Hands Farm
are open for 2021!
We offer 2 types of CSA shares: Full shares and Split Shares (2 families split a share). If you are interested in a split share, it works best to split with someone you know. But if you can’t find anyone to split with, please write “unknown” for the question “What is the name of your share partner?”. Before the season starts, we will match up all the folks who need a share partner.
If you know who you want to split with, please also have them fill this form out.
After filling out this form, please send a $25 deposit to save your spot. Open Hands Farm 4151 320th St W Northfield, MN 55057
The CSA begins the 2nd week of June and goes until the 3rd week of October. CSA Share pick up hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 6:30pm.
How much does the CSA cost?
A Full Share (CSA share for one family) is on a sliding scale of $550 to $675. Our target amount to meet our budget is $625, but we welcome you to pay higher or lower on the scale.
A Split Share (two families sharing a CSA share) is on a sliding scale of $575 to $700 (or $287.50 to $350 per family). Our target amount to meet our budget is $650 (or $325 per family), but we welcome you to pay higher or lower on the scale.
The share price is on a sliding scale to try to make it more affordable to more people, everyone gets the same amount of produce.
How much food is in a CSA share?
The CSA goes from the beginning of June until the third week in October. Each CSA season could be 19 to 20 weeks long, depending on the weather.
Overall, it is hard to say what an average CSA pick-up will look like because it changes so much throughout the season. (It starts out small and increases—peaking in August and then plateau-ing into the fall.) With that said, on average a full share (divide in half for split share amounts) gets about 3/4 of a clear produce bag of greens and lettuce, 1/2 to 3/4 of a white “thank you” plastic bag (sometimes a full white bag if it is a really good season) of more durable veggies (carrots, beets, peppers, eggplants, squash and cucumbers, cabbage etc), 1/2 to 1 clear plastic bag of cooking greens, and then in the late summer/ early fall there will be the additional 1 to 15 tomatoes, 1 or 2 melons, and 1 or 2 winter squash and maybe some other extras. (These numbers can vary based on the weather and the season.) We distribute the veggies on a mix and match basis, so you can pick and choose what you want. You never have to take it all—whatever is left over goes to the food shelf in Northfield. There are also many u-pick crops available to pick throughout the season! Those include strawberries, peas, beans, flowers, herbs, and cherry tomatoes.
If vegetables are a central part of your meals, than a full share will work great for you. If vegetables are more of a side, than a split share might be a great place to start. We certainly have had members start with a split share and then decide to upgrade to a full share in subsequent years.
If you decide to do a split share, we have found that it works best to split with someone you know since there is some communication that needs to happen.
Thank you for your interest!!
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
We look forward to hearing from you!