Life is so busy. With so much going on it is sometimes easier to just run through the drive thru, but it does not have to be this way!
Imagine sitting down to a family meal with a table of healthy vegetables and locally raised meats. Your fridge fully stocked with tasty food that your whole family loves.
We are here to make this dream a reality for you! Our CSA program is helping people enjoy good, healthy food every week.
What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
The CSA model has many different forms, but I think it comes down these things:
- Support local farms & their local community
- Know where your food is coming from.
- Know who is growing your food.
- Know that what they are feeding their families is safe.
How to do you know if a CSA is right for you?
Ask yourself these questions:
Do you enjoy eating GOOD TASTING food? Hint: Those “baby carrots” that you get in the store do not taste like carrots. We grow carrots that are taste like candy. Juicy tomatoes that are full of flavor. Green beans that are so good, you will eat them all raw before you even get a chance to cook them. We raise variety of over 50 crops that will keep your family happy!
Do you want to improve your families health? What kind of food do you have in your fridge? Fill it up with good food that is full of good nutrients that will result in better health for you and your family.
Do you enjoy cooking? If you want to spend more time cooking meals for your family, CSA is for you. Members enjoy the fun of meal planning and the whole family enjoys trying out new recipes.
Do you want to know where your food is coming from? We have been seeing a lot of recalls lately. With the CSA you will know where your food is coming from and you won’t need to worry if it is safe.
Do you like to support your local economy? When you support our farm you support our family and our team’s families. You keep your money in our community.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have a CSA that is just right for you!
2 CSA options are available.
Option # 1 – Traditional CSA:
What is the traditional CSA? It is a pre-sorted box of produce that you pick up at our farm each week.
Are you willing to try new things? Our traditional CSA includes 7 – 10 different seasonal items each week. Members are encouraged to try new foods and new recipes!
Do you not want to think about what you are going to eat each week? The traditional boxes are presorted so you won’t need to think about what produce you want to get for the week. Members LOVE the surprise and meal planning with what is included.
Do you want to encourage your family to eat more healthy food? This CSA will do it! You will get a box of food each week and members enjoy the challenge of using it all up before picking up the next box. You will get creative with fruits and veggies for your main meals, but also snacks.
Option # 2 – Farm Stand CSA:
What is the farmstand CSA? Members choose their share from everything we have available! Stop by any of our market locations (Kalamazoo, Muskegon & farm store) and shop with your pre-paid card. Members will receive 7% of their share price added to their farmstand card. So, if you purchase a $400 share you will receive $428 to spend!
Do you need flexibility for when you pick up your share? If you have a busy schedule our farmstand CSA is for you. You have the flexibility to come to any of our market locations when ever works for you. Members enjoy stopping by and using their grocery list to pick out what they need.
Do you want to be able to pick out food everyone in your family likes? Members can choose their share from everything we have available! That includes a wide variety of produce, meat, eggs and more. This share is for the members that have picky eaters in the house.
Do you often shop at our market locations? This CSA is a great way to save money and is super convenient! Members receive 7% of their share price added on to their farmstand credit. Pick out what ever you would like and check out using your farmstand card.
More questions? Please feel free to email email@example.com
Ready to enjoy healthy good tasting food? Sign up HERE.
We can’t wait to help you feed your family good, healthy food this summer!
Ohh, I almost forgot! We have a specials going on now! Sign up by March 15 and receive $5.00 your full summer produce share. Or receive a free baby bear of honey when signing up for your farmstand CSA. Sign up TODAY and get ready for some tasty food!
Wow, what a week it has been! Definitely one that we will remember.
The kids have snow day # 6 tomorrow. We are all getting restless and I think that the kids are even ready to go back to school.
We have been enjoying warm comfort food the last few days. I wanted to share one of our favorites:
- 1/3 c. flour
- 1 ½ tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- 1 ½ lb boneless stew beef, cut in 1 inch cubes
- 2 T. oil
- 3 cup water
- 5 medium carrots, peeled and quartered
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 onions, sliced
- 1/2 celery root
- ¼ c. water
Combine flour, salt and pepper, coat meat with seasoned flour. Save remaining flour. Brown meat in oil in a large kettle. Add water and cover. Simmer for 1 hour until meat is tender. Add carrots, potatoes, onions and celery. Return to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes. Blend ¼ c. water wth remaining flour. Add to stew, stirring gently; cook until thickened.
This soup is sure to warm up the whole family!
Ready to get out of the house? Plan a trip to the farmers markets on Saturday. We will have everything you need to make this soup along with fresh greens and cherry tomatoes if you are craving a spring salad. Ground beef will be on sale this Saturday, 8lbs for $38.00.
Have a great weekend, stay warm!
Have you ever been to the market or farm store and thought…
A potato is just a potato, right??
What is with all of the colors?
Those purple ones…are they really potatoes?
Find out what is special about each one of 8 potatoes we grow!
Blue Potatoes – This beautiful potato is full of antioxidants because of its color. It has a sweet, nutty, earthy flavor and is perfect for boiling, baking, mashing, grilling and frying.
Butterball Potatoes – A creamy, rich, buttery potato. Perfect for steaming, baking, frying & mashing.
Fingerling Potatoes – This potato has an earthy, nutty flavor. Good for roasting and steaming.
Purple Fingerling Potatoes – An antioxidant packed potato because of its beautiful purple color. It has a dry, earthy flavor and is good for roasting and steaming.
Red Skin Potatoes – This customer favorite has a mild, earthy, buttery flavor. They are perfect for boiling, mashing, baking or roasting.
Russet Potatoes – This dry potato has a mild, earthy flavor and are good for baking, mashing or fries.
White Potatoes – The white potato is more starchy and has a rich, nutty flavor. It is perfect for baking, roasting or frying.
Yukon Gold Potatoes – This all purpose potato has a creamy, buttery flavor. It is great for roasting, grilling, mashing, sauteing and boiling.
The best way to store your potatoes is in a cool, dark place. **Note: In the early summer when we have our new potatoes it is important to keep them in the fridge! The new potatoes are dug when the plants are still green and the skins are very tender.
Potatoes are one of our favorite things to grow. While we love to eat them all I think some of our favorites are Red Skin & Yukon Gold potatoes. Of course, Red, White & Blue potatoes are a must during the summer holidays!
Let us know below which kind of potato is your favorite!
Happy New Year!
The holiday parties are done.
Do you feel like you have eaten to much sweet, unhealthy food the last few weeks?
Are you ready to eat healthy?
Start 2019 out right!
- Our CSA program will help you to eat more healthy, local produce.
- Try new recipes and new types of food.
- Know where your food is coming from.
- Support a local family farm!
Weekly produce boxes will include a variety of fresh veggies. Pick up is available at our farm (5888 120th Ave, Holland) and for employees at Bronson Hospital or Gentex.
One of these locations don’t work well for you? You can also join our farmstand CSA program with pick up’s at the Muskegon Farmers Market or Bank Street Winter Market in Kalamazoo. Farmstand members are able to choose their share from everything we have available.
Sign up for healthy local produce today! The weekly box program begins next week and the deadline to sign up is this Friday, so don’t wait!
Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you all have a great 2019!
There is so much going on this time of year. Planning, shopping, wrapping and baking. Are you feeling stressed to cook a healthy supper for you family?
This quick & easy recipe was shared by a CSA member a few years ago. It is called Farm Market Breakfast, but we enjoy this recipe for lunch and supper as well.
Farm Market Breakfast:
3–4 strips bacon
2 large potatoes or the equivalent
½ onion, chopped into bits
3 cloves garlic, chopped into bits
1 generous bunch of leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach, whatever is fresh)
Hot pepper flakes (Optional)
1. Cut the bacon into medium-size bits and start frying it over high heat.
2. Wash the potatoes, cut out the bad bits; peel if you must. Score them with a fork and put them in the microwave whole for 2 to 4 minutes until they are almost done.
3. Chop the heated potatoes into medium-size chunks and add them to the skillet (with the bacon). Stir to evenly coat them in the bacon fat.
4. Let potatoes cook with the bacon for a few minutes. When the potatoes start to crisp up, add the onion bits and garlic. Stir.
5. When everything is just about ready, fry the eggs in another skillet.
6. At the last minute, add the greens to the potato, bacon, and mushroom mixture. Stir, allowing the heat of the other ingredients to cook them just slightly.
7. To serve, add a whopping spoonful of the vegetable mixture to a plate. Add grated cheese (if you wish). Add the egg. Add a splash of hot pepper flakes (if you wish).
Wondering if you have a favorite healthy quick & easy go to recipe? Let us know below!
Sounds too good to be true right?!
I thought so to when I first read it.
Microgreens have 4 – 40 times more nutrients by weight than their fully-grown counterparts. (Source: NCBI)
That is huge.
It can be hard to make sure that you get all the nutrients needed.
Microgreens will make this much easier.
These mini greens pack in a full punch when it comes to flavor and nutrition.
They contain polyphenols that prevent the build up of harmful free radicals. They improve heart health and reduce your chronic disease.
Microgreens taste just like the flavor of the matured crop. The celery micros taste like celery, pea micros taste like sweet peas and so on. We grow several varieties. (Our spicy mix is my favorite.)
Treat microgreens just like your lettuce. Wash and dry with a salad spinner. Store in your fridge.
Enjoy them as a garnish, as a tasty addition to sandwiches or as a salad.
Give these delicious, healthy mini greens a try!
Have you seen our Christmas giveaway?
Follow our facebook page to join in on all of the fun.
We also have customer appreciation sales going on this month as well.
We are so thankful for all of you and wish you all a very happy holiday season.
– The Visser Family
Winter is here.
Gone are the days of fresh green beans and sweet corn.
You may be thinking…
“I want to eat local, but what is there to eat in the winter?”
“Ok, you have root veggies but they look kind of odd.”
What do you do with them? What do they taste like?”
I was thinking the same thing a few years ago.
When we were first married I bought a cauliflower from the grocery store. My farmer husband showed me what disease it had and how old it was.
After the cauliflower incident he told me that even in the winter, we don’t need to buy veggies at the grocery store.
The next day he brought home a bag of root veggies.
I thought to myself… I can do potatoes and carrots, but what in the world do you do with a beet or that odd looking celery root.
It took a while, but I figured out what to do with everything and now we don’t have to buy any veggies at the grocery store.
Are you ready to give the root veggies a try?
First, let start out with what they all are:
What do they taste like? Here is my description of them:
Beets: We grow 3 kinds – Golden, Candy & Red. Golden beets are the most mild beet that we grow. They do not have a strong earthy flavor and are great for a person who does not like red beets or have not tried them before. Candy beets are a really pretty pink & white stripped on the inside. They are not quite as sweet as the golden, but not as strong as the red beets. Red beets are your traditional beet flavor.
Rutabaga: Rutabaga is a golden color on the bottom with a purple top. They are more milder in taste than a turnip, often substituted for potato when mashing.
Turnips: Turnips are very white on the bottom with a purple top. They taste like a cabbage/radish cross.
Parsnip: They look like a white carrot, but have a thicker skin. They are sweeter than a carrot when cooked.
Radish: These come in lots of colors & varieties. They have a spicy, peppery flavor.
Celery Root: This odd looking veggie does get the attention it deserves! It tastes just like celery. Great to be eaten raw, added to salads, roasted or for soups.
Carrot: Carrots come in all colors. Our carrots are super sweet and delicious raw or cooked.
How to I store them?
We recommended that you leave your root veggies in a bag or container where they won’t be in the air. They also need to be kept in the fridge. If you leave them out of the bag or on the counter they will get soft.
What do I do with them?
The first thing I always recommend to do is roast them. Roasted veggies can bring out completely different flavors, often making the sweeter. Here is how we recommend to roast them.
Need more ideas? Check out the recipe section of the website for tons more recipes. The recipes are organized by the crop along the right hand side. Find the veggie you are looking for and click on it for more ideas.
I hope that this helps you give them a try! Trust me, they really are delicious and it is possible to eat only local food in the winter months.
Along with the root veggies we also have greens, brussel sprouts, potatoes, fall squash, onions, apples, eggs, meats and more available so you definitely won’t be going hungry this winter.
What is your favorite root veggie? Let us know below!
Several years ago we had a dream.
We wanted to farm year-round.
There was not enough income to support all of the families during the winter months. And so, other employment need to be found. The economy was not great and finding a place to work for just a few months out of the year was difficult.
They would also plow snow for extra income. This lead to many 18 hour days with out much time for rest or family. After a busy summer this was exhausting and not what we had wanted for our family.
So we set out with a goal… find a way to sell product year round.
We started with a few restaurants that would order our root crops in the winter. It was just Saturday deliveries with a small pick up.
Then a winter market opened.
Then we started a winter CSA.
We expanded our offerings, added some greenhouses and finally, after several years, we did it. Enough restaurants jumped on board. More winter markets had opened, and the winter CSA grew. Our dream became a reality. We were able to farm year round. No more early morning snow plowing, no more long days of never seeing each other.
This is our fourth winter now and not only are able to keep our three farmers busy but also EIGHT employees. Eight employees! How amazing is that!?!
Do you know why this has been possible?
It is because of YOU!
You choose to shop at the local farmers markets even in the cold winter months.
You choose to enjoy meals at restaurants that support local farmers.
You choose to join our winter CSA.
YOU CHOOSE TO SUPPORT A LOCAL FARM!
When this time of year comes around I remember that dream. Remember how far we have come and are so grateful.
Thank you for supporting our farm. Thank you for supporting our family. We truly could not do this with all of you.
Wishing you many blessings this Thanksgiving season,
– The Visser Family & CCA Crew