Share Pickup Instructions


Pickup at the farm on Mondays, 4:30 to 6:30pm

See the farm map for directions.

Upon arriving at the pickup site, sign in on the member sheet – it is helpful for David and Laurie to know when all the members have come and gone.  There may be other announcements near the sign-in sheet as well.

At your first pickup, you will receive a wooden 1/2 bushel basket which you should use to pick up your share and bring back each week (Big Woods Farm does not expect perfection – if you forget your basket one week, one will be lent to you!).

Now is when the real fun starts!  The produce will be set out much like a farmer’s market, with bulk bins of produce and signs indicating how much you should take for a share (e.g., 1 bag potatoes, a head of cauliflower, etc.).  Simply follow the directions and read the signs and your home free.  The only guideline for picking up your share is that all the produce needs to fit into your 1/1 bushel basket (mounding up of the produce in the basket is fine!).

Things to do for produce pickup at the farm:

1) Bring an assortment of plastic bags with you.  The bags separate the different items and contain the drips of water and stray bits of dirt.

2) Ask David and Laurie what’s new at the farm.  It’s a lot of fun to hear how the vegetables are doing.  They can also give you a heads up on what’s likely to be appearing next week.

3) Talk to the other farm members you see at the pickup.  If you don’t know what something is, or how to use it, ask someone!

Pickup at Just Food Coop on Mondays, 4:30pm to 9pm

See the map to the Northfield Just Food Coop for directions.

Pick up time is from 4:30 pm to 9pm.

At  Just Food Coop, you will be picking up a pre-packed, waxed cardboard box from the produce department.  The boxes will be stacked in the produce section near the front door for the first few hours, or later in the evening in the walk-in cooler.  Your box will be labeled with your last name(s).

There is no need to check-in with an Coop employee – simply take your box, though if you need assistance they are glad to help.  If you come later in the evening and don’t find any boxes stacked in the produce section, find a produce employee and tell them you are here to pick up your Big Woods Farm share – they’ll get your box from the produce cooler.  The following week please bring back your empty, carefully broken-down box and tuck it behind the stack of that week’s full boxes.

As part of Just Food Coop’s mission to support local farms, they offer their space as a drop site for several CSA farms – we greatly appreciate this and hope you will enjoy the convenience of doing some grocery shopping there when picking up your Big Woods Farm box.

Pickup at Valley Natural Foods on Thursdays, 4:30pm to 9pm

See the map to Valley Natural Foods for directions.

Pick up time is from 4:30 pm to 9 pm.

At  Valley Natural Foods, you will be picking up a pre-packed, waxed cardboard box from the produce department.  The boxes will be stacked in the produce section towards the rear of the department.  Your box will be labeled with your last name(s) and “Big Woods Farm”.

There is no need to check-in with an Coop employee – simply take your box, though if you need assistance they are glad to help.  The following week please bring back your empty, carefully broken-down box and tuck it behind the stack of that week’s full boxes or give it to a produce department employee; they will give them back to us to be used again.   Unclaimed boxes left at the end of the day will be donated to coop employees as storage overnight would be difficult.  If you know ahead of time that you will miss a pick up day and would like your share that week to be donated to the food shelf,  just let us know by the day before.

As part of Valley Natural Food’s mission to support local farms, they offer their space as a drop site for several CSA farms – we greatly appreciate this and hope you will enjoy the convenience of doing some grocery shopping there when picking up your Big Woods Farm box.

Splitting a share?  Please note, if you are splitting your share that we don’t put each half in separate boxes; you will need to decide how to divide it up with your share partner.  Some folks take turns picking up the share every other week, and others like to meet either at the coop or each other’s home and divvy things up weekly.  When we pack your box we do our best to give you an even number of everything when possible, to ease splitting ( for instance, two smaller cabbages rather than one larger) or we will give you larger items (ie watermelon) two weeks in a row, as long as the garden cooperates.

Pickup in South Minneapolis on Thursdays, 5pm to 6:30pm

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