All of our co-op group members are active participants in our “food community.” Each co-op member needs to work willingly with their host to make sure all the farm pick-up dates are filled and to ensure member shares get from the farm to their pick-up site on time. Some members’ schedules might be more flexible than others, so they generously offer to visit the farm additional times during the season for the produce pickup.
Benefits of picking up the group’s shares are the chance to pick-your-own (PYO) raspberries, blackberries or peas, cut your own bouquet of flowers, or purchase some of the natural farm products we offer for sale but are unable to ship to co-op sites (due to food safety issues). These local products include beef, fresh caught/flash-frozen salmon, artisan cheeses, and fresh eggs. (Members might want to bring a cooler to take frozen products home safely.) We also have many other products such as honey, fruit butters, apple sauces and additional produce for purchase.
If it becomes challenging for the group to fill each pick-up date, members might opt to pool some funds and hire someone to pick up the group’s shares at the farm that week. Sometimes it is necessary to get creative and think “outside the box.”
How many times will I be asked to pick up at the farm as a member of a co-op site?
The number of pickups you will be asked to make at the farm depends on the size of the group. If your group has 11 members, each one will be asked to pick up the group’s shares at the farm and deliver them to your location twice during the 22-week CSA season.
If your group has 15 members, most members will only have to pick up at the farm once. Some members will make the trip twice. All share members are expected to make at least one trip per season. It is up to the group to decide who might come once and who might do the group pick-up twice.
Please note that whoever is picking up the group’s shares and delivering them to the pick-up site will also need to stop first at the host site to load and transport the previous week’s empty share boxes, bags, and empty coolers back to the farm. Please be sure you have access to a vehicle that can hold the number of shares being picked up that week!
How do I become a member of a Vollmecke co-op group?
Simply select the co-op site of your choice when you are completing your membership signup.
May I volunteer to help at the farm?
We welcome assistance with our work projects from time to time and know that our members enjoy participating. If we are able we will schedule special work days during the season when member assistance will be most helpful. We will send an e-mail to announce work day dates and times in advance. Please remember we are a working farm and sometimes we just have to put our noses to the grindstone to get tasks done in a timely manner. At times like this, we will probably not take time out to plan a participatory event.
May I harvest some crops for myself?
Although your share will be pre-harvested, you can always add to your share when Pick-Your-Own crops are available for harvest. Items available for PYO vary and will be announced in your weekly email updates. Examples of PYO crops that are included in your share are garden peas and flowers. PYO red raspberries and blackberries will be available at a special membership price.