Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CSA?
A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a way to buy directly from a farmer. A customer purchases a share before the growing season, this share gets them a weekly delivery of the produce at harvest time for a certain number of weeks. CSA members typically pay up front with the understanding that they are investing in the farm as members. By buying the share before the growing season begins, it allows the farmer to purchase their supplies and seeds needed for the year.
Why should I join a CSA?
KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM. By becoming a member you form a direct relationship with the farmer and their practices. You can even visit the farm where your food is being grown! At The Rose Garden, we are wholly committed to growing our produce without the use of chemicals, even though our farm is neither organically nor naturally certified. We also utilize regenerative and responsible land stewardship practices.
FRESH, LOCAL FOOD! Produce is typically harvested the day before or the day of delivery—much better than traveling on a truck across the country.
TRY NEW FOODS. By providing a variety of produce, there are usually new vegetables you have never used before. But don’t worry—we will provide recipes throughout the season to help out!
PRESERVE AND STORE YOUR OWN FOOD. Not only do we provide weekly shares, this season we are offering bulk shares of tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, cabbage and salsa shares for people who want to can or preserve food. We also can provide advice if you are a first timer. (limited availability for the 2020 season)
COMMUNITY MINDED Not only can you receive fresh vegetables from our farm, but you can also receive products from trusted farms and businesses in the community. We fully believe in buying local whenever possible. Strengthening our community through our members as well as our partners.
What are your growing practices?
Our farm is neither organically or naturally certified. Regardless, we are wholly committed to growing our produce without the use of chemicals. We are also committed to utilizing regenerative and responsible land stewardship practices. For more information on the specific practices we employ at the farm, please do not hesitate to ask!
What kinds of vegetables will I receive?
Below is a list of the different types of veggies you may expect to see, and when you may see them in your box.
JUNE — Salad Mix, Radishes, Spinach, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, Scallions, Chard, Kohlrabi
JULY — Salad Mix, Radishes, Spinach, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, Scallions, Chard, Kohlrabi, Head Lettuce, Peas, Zucchini, Fresh Herbs, Cucumber, Beets, Carrots, Fennel, Broccoli, Cauliflower
AUGUST — Salad Mix, Radishes, Chard, Kohlrabi, Head Lettuce, Zucchini, Fresh Herbs, Cucumber, Beets, Carrots, Fennel, Beans, Peppers, Tomatoes, Corn, Melons, Zucchini, Onions, Potatoes
SEPTEMBER — Salad Mix, Radishes, Spinach, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, Scallions, Chard, Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Kale, Peppers, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Squash, Pumpkins, Corn, Onions, Carrots, Beets, Parsnips, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Eggplants, Beans, Peas, Garlic
OCTOBER — Salad Mix, Radishes, Head Lettuce, Beans, Spinach, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, Scallions, Cabbage, Kale, Squash, Pumpkins, Onions, Carrots, Beets, Parsnips, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Garlic
What else do you offer?
We are now partnering up with multiple farms and businesses around the area to bring you fresh local goodies! You can now receive flowers, mushrooms, beef and pork along side you veggie boxes throughout the season. Already grow your own vivacious garden!?! Don’t worry you are not required to purchase our vegetable shares to buy any other shares in our store.
What is the deadline to sign up?
The deadline to sign up for all shares is May 20.
Where can I pick up my share?
This year we have at least three pick up sites. If you have a workplace with a large enough number of members we may be willing to make it a new pick-up site – contact us if you’d like to suggest a new pick up site.
ALPENA — Performance Locker, 1302 South State Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707
Wednesday 11:30am – 6:30pm
FARM — 3834 Gehrke Rd, Ossineke MI 49766
Thursday 12 pm – 7pm
ROGERS CITY — Corner of 4th & Erie Street, Rogers City, MI 49779
Friday 9am – 12pm
When does the season start?
Since we are dependent on so many out of control factors here at the farm, our start date varies slightly from season to season. We shoot to have our 16 week season start around mid-June each year. Members will know a final schedule within at least two weeks of our first pick-up so they can plan accordingly.
Can I customize my harvest?
Sure! If you don’t like collard greens for example, just let us know in the details area during checkout—we’ll be happy to give you more of something you do like instead from among the other share offerings.
Where else can I find your produce?
Not ready to sign up for a farm share just yet? Don’t worry, you can find us with our veggies and other goods at the these local farmers markets during the summer:
Alpena Farmers Market:
Open every Saturday year round
Open Wed and Sat, May thru Oct.
Summer 8:00am -1:00pm At MICH-E-KE-WIS park
Winter 10:00am-2:00pm At the Alpena Mall
Rogers City Farmers Market:
Starting in June every Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00pm
Corner of 4th & Erie Street, Rogers City, MI 49779
Can we visit the farm?
Absolutely! We love showing food enthusiasts around our garden. Give us a call or send us a message and we can set up a time to show you where your food comes from!