What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has a purpose of providing local, in-season vegetables to the farm’s surrounding area. It is also a security method for farmers who do not rely on subsidies; members are investing in the farm by purchasing vegetables for an entire season. A goal CSAs have is to develop relationships and allow the chance for members to be a part of the process of agriculture. It provides local produce that is in season at a low cost for its nutritional value while supporting a small local farm.

Why We Do It

We believe that providing delicious and wholesome food for you and the surrounding community is a gift we can share. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than to be able to feed the ones we love and care for.
The lifestyle that comes with being a farmer serves our soul. We find that working outdoors in beautiful and sometimes harsh conditions keeps us healthy and happy.
Another motivation for us is restoring land that has been abused. Soil is quickly stripped of years of nutrients with conventional farming, and it is possible to renew it. We are motivated to use purposeful methods for the well-being of future ecosystems. And… we just love to play in the mud!

How it Works

This year we are trying something new. Sometimes, the cost of a CSA share seems too steep for many people new to a CSA. We want to provide options for all people who want to be involved with our farm. For the vegetable veterans, we are giving you an idea of what amounts would pay for vegetables for the whole growing season, but we also want to accept that some people do not want produce for the entire season, but do want to support us.

Tentative Crop List:

Edible flowers (nasturtiums, calendula), herbs (basil, chives, thyme, oregano, parsley), beets, broccoli, celery,  salad greens, onions, kale, sweet and hot peppers, summer and winter squash, melons, beans, snap peas, brussel’s sprouts, cabbage, cucumbers, chard, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, radishes, sunflowers, carrots, garlic…

Share Ideas

We will accept any amount you are comfortable with.

The amount you pay for is the amount you receive in a gift card form to purchase produce as you will. You can use it however you want! $40 one week, and $5 the next.

  • $600- could provide enough vegetables for a family for 20 weeks
  • $400- could provide enough vegetables for 1-3 people for 20 weeks or a family for 10 weeks
  • $200- could provide produce for 1-3 people for 10 weeks

With a purchase over $300 you will receive a free burlap bag to carry your produce in.

Price and Payment

We will accept cash or checks.

Send to:

Whistling Thistle Farm
905 S. Cherry St.
Shell Rock, IA 50670

Write checks to Whistling Thistle Farm.

You will receive a gift card equal to the amount you paid, and updates on when you can begin purchasing produce.

Shared Risk Disclaimer

There is a certain risk to purchasing a share. The weather plays a large part in how successful our veggies grow. Frost, excessive rain, drought, and pests all could have an effect on how the crops grow and the quality of the produce. Therefore the crop list may be altered. You are investing in us even though these issues may come into effect. Our promise to you is that we will make sure your share is worth the money you are pledging.

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