What Makes Us Different?

What makes Vollmecke Orchards & CSA different?

Farming experience. We have been a CSA farm for nearly 20 years and farming for over 25. We have learned a lot in this period of time and continue to hone how we do things. We work to improve both the farming side of things as well as offer more choice and services to our members.

We have continued to add to our infrastructure for all these years, most recently a new cooler for our root crops and a new (and larger) share shed which allows our members to have a greater choice of produce instead of simply offering pre-packed shares. It is amazing how much it costs to farm! Tractors, seeders, planters, cultivation equipment, harvest containers, refrigeration, irrigation pumps and pipes. The list goes on and on.

We mention these things because we hope that it will allow us to preform at a high level as farmers, and give you a rewarding experience as a member. We can’t change the weather, but we can try to prepare for those “less than perfect conditions”.
 

How else do we stand out?

Fruit. We grow both fruits and vegetables at our farm. Fruit is included in the cost of our shares. Cantaloupes usually begin ripening the middle of July; watermelons in August and early September; peaches are going strong in August; and September and October is apple time.

Members can pick their own red raspberries and blackberries at a nominal fee.

We do not grow strawberries or blueberries at this time, but are sometimes able to get some from our local grower friends and offer them for sale on CSA pick-up day. Each fruit has its season — when there is an abundance you can plan on seeing it included in your share. There are times when there just isn’t enough for everyone, so we offer smaller quantities for sale to those who wish to purchase or supplement their share.

Sweet Corn and PotatoesSome CSA farms don’t grow or include sweet corn or potatoes in their share offerings (these crops take up a lot of space and add complexity to crop rotations). Both of these crops are included in the Vollmecke CSA shares.

Choice. While one of the main tenets of the CSA model is members share the harvest, we realize that our members prefer to have some control over their share choices. Our on-site farm pickup shares are not pre-boxed. We offer Farm Market Style pickup, where you may customize your share from the choices available. Members who pick up at one of our Co-op locations will have more choice this year as well, as we now offer an online customization tool. We also offer a Swap Box at all of our locations to further customize your share.

Payment Discounts

  • If you sign up before April 10, you avoid a $20 Late Season Surcharge.
  • If you make your membership payment in full, you receive a $25 discount.

Payment Options

  • Pay in full to receive the best price.
  • Take advantage of our payment plan: $150 down at sign-up, and monthly payments starting in June.
  • We accept online credit card payments as well as personal checks

Multiple Share Sizes. We have three different share sizes – pick the one that’s best for you:

  • A full share with a weekly pickup (to feed 2 adults and 2 small children–22 share distributions per season)
  • A full share with a bi-weekly pickup (to feed 2 adults, or a small family that doesn’t cook often–11 share distributions per season)
  • A mini share with a weekly pickup (to feed an individual or couple who doesn’t cook very often–22 share distributions per season)

Make-Up / Deferred Day.  We realize that many people like to go away at least once during the summer.  Since you have paid ahead for your share, we hate to see you miss out on even one pickup if we can help it! So, we offer a make-up day, or the ability to defer one share, until the end of the season. Our regular season is 22 weeks, but on week 23, as long as you let us know in writing before your missed pickup, you can come pick up a share.

Pick Your Own (PYO) crops. We offer PYO peas in season and PYO cut flowers, both of which are included in the price of your share. PYO berries are a nominal fee for members.

One-Stop-Shopping. When you pick up your share, you have the ability to purchase additional produce as well as other local, sustainably produced products such as artisan breads and cheeses, wild-caught salmon, pasture-raised beef, free-range chicken eggs and local honey. You have the ability to feed your family locally produced, nutritious foods, while keeping your dollars local and directly supporting these other fine producers. Check out our Retail Sales for a full list of these producers.