Save 25 percent on fresh produce deliveries, meet the farmers Feb. 26
Sign up to get fresh, locally grown produce delivered to you at the Public Service Center. You’ll save 25 percent when you register with a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in the City employee program between Feb. 26 and March 11. CSAs deliver locally grown produce to their members regularly during the growing season.
The local CSA farms in the City employee program are:
- Hmong American Farmers Association
- Shared Ground Farmers’ Cooperative
- Women’s Environmental Initiative
The Hmong American Farmers Association and Shared Ground Farmers' Cooperative have agreed to deliveries Wednesdays every week or every other week. The Women’s Environmental Initiative agreed to deliveries Tuesdays every week or every other week. All three will drop off CSA boxes at the Public Service Center, 250 S. Fourth St. No need to pay for parking to pick your delivery up — just pull into the lot off of Fourth Street and grab your box of produce from right inside the back door.
Meet the farmers
Mark your calendar to meet these farmers between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, in the Rotunda at City Hall. You’ll have a chance to talk to the farmers, ask questions and get information on their produce, pricing and delivery schedules.
CSA members pay for the entire season of produce up front or in installments, which helps the farmers cover their growing costs. The cost varies by farm, but the options range from $275-$595 for the season depending on the number of deliveries and the amount of produce delivered.
How to sign up and get your discount
Register for one of the CSAs between Feb. 26 and March 11. Use these links to sign up:
- Hmong American Farmers Association registration page (Choose “City of Minneapolis Public Service Center” and enter coupon code “MPLS”).
- Shared Ground Farmers’ Cooperative registration page (Choose “Downtown Minneapolis: Public Service Center” in the drop-down menu under Select a Pickup Location).
- Women’s Environmental Initiative registration page (Choose “City of Minneapolis Employee” in the drop-down menu under Drop Site Locations).
Tips and tricks to get the most out of a CSA
- Split a share with a coworker or friend.
- Use recipe websites. Sites such as Epicurious, The Kitchn and AllRecipes give you ideas for the produce that comes in your CSA. Type a food such as “collard greens” into the search bar and you’ll get a list of recipes and recipe reviews.
- Have some go-to recipes. Turn to easy standby recipes when life gets busy, such as stir-fried vegetables with a simple sauce, salads with a few different dressings or sautéed vegetables over pasta.
- Make a plan. On your CSA pickup day, make a list of everything that came in the box. Plan a week’s worth of meals for the produce, and go to the grocery store to pick up items you may need to complete recipes.
- Chop the greens off root vegetables. Carrots, beets, turnips, radishes and other root vegetables often come with their greens still attached. Chop the tops off to prevent the greens from leaching moisture from the vegetables. Don’t forget to look up recipes for the greens too.
- Eat the most perishable produce first. Follow the FIFO rule (first in, first out) when putting your produce away. Keep your list of produce in a prominent place in the kitchen, and cross off items as you use them.
- Learn to pickle. Pickling is a great way to preserve produce.
- Freeze produce.
Published Feb 23, 2016