Hundred Fruit Farm Buyers Club

What is our Buyer's Club? It's kind of like a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system, but it's structured more like a COSTCO or BJ's membership, in which members pay a membership fee and then have exclusive access to everything we sell. The annual membership fee is $60 for new members and $50 for returning members, and then whenever we have things to sell (usually once every week during the growing season), members can place an order for whatever they want to buy. Each week we also will include a couple different free items! (More Info Below.)

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MEMBERSHIP PRICING AND BENEFITS

 

Annual Membership Cost: $60 ($50 for returning members)

Your membership will last for the entire 2022 growing season - from roughly mid-May to early November.

Benefits of Membership:

  • Exclusive access to U-pick fruits and berries

  • 10% discount on all nursery sales

  • Discounted prices on all products from our farm - always grown without pesticides, GMOs, synthetic fertilizers, etc.

  • $6 pastured eggs (fed transitional organic feed) when available

  • Weekly free items

  • Easy online ordering for most items, some limited items purchased in person first-come-first-serve

  • Exclusive access to U-pick fruits and berries

  • Lots of animals to see each week (and baby lambs in the spring)! Supervised kids are welcome, too!

  • A big thank you from us for supporting our farm!

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FAQ

What kind of items are available for purchase?

Hundred Fruit Farm is as much a farm as it is a plant nursery, permaculture design business, homestead, and education center. So growing food for sale is only a small part of what we do. So we want to be completely upfront with the fact that we don't have large amounts and large varieties of produce compared to most CSAs. Our focus is mostly on berries, herbs, tree fruits (most of which are still just starting to produce), and pastured eggs. We do sell vegetables too, but more sporadically because it's less of a focus for us. What we can offer is a lot of unique and unusual things you just won't find at other CSAs! Here's a list of most of the various crops we should be selling at some point (barring any crop failures):

  • strawberries: U-pick and pre-picked options and usually quite plentiful! (June)

  • currants: U-pick and pre-picked, red/white and black currants (mid June through early July)

  • blueberries: plants are still small but producing more every year (mid June through mid July)

  • aronia berries: U-pick and pre-picked, native berry superfood! (mid-late August)

  • autumnberries: U-pick and pre-picked (September)

  • elderberries: flowers (June) and berries (August)

  • pawpaws: delicious native tree fruits (mid September through mid October)

  • potatoes: usually several different kinds (early July through August)

  • sweet potatoes: delicious and sweet (October through end of season)

  • thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, hyssop, garlic chives (all season-long)

  • other culinary herbs: basil, dill, cilantro, parsley (mid-season)

  • mints: spearmint, pineapple mint, chocolate mint (almost all season-long)

  • shiitake mushrooms: log-grown flushes (sporadically through spring and fall)

  • wine cap and other foraged mushrooms (sporadically when available)

  • perilla leaves: minty Asian leaf vegetable (mid July through end of season)

  • peas: U-pick and pre-picked (mid June)

  • beans: tricolor string beans (late summer)

  • tea/medicinal herbs: catmint, anise hyssop, Korean hyssop (most of the season)

  • basils: Italian basil, holy basil, Thai basil (mid to late summer)

  • wildflower bouquets: from a mix of seasonal wildflowers and other flowers (most of the season)

  • tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, hot peppers (late July through end of season)

  • other veggies: lettuce, kale, chard, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, winter squash, okra (sporadically, seasonally)

  • melons: hopefully! (late summer, if we can keep the groundhogs away)

  • other tree fruits: as other tree fruit crops like peaches and pears and persimmons start to produce more, we will start selling them in the buyers club. No promises, but fingers crossed we should have some of these available this year in limited amounts (sporadically, late summer to early fall)

  • other berries: raspberries, blackberries, Nanking cherries, ground cherries (limited amounts, seasonally)

  • sorry, no garlic this year!

We also sell various edible/native nursery plants, which all Buyers Club members receive a 10% discount on. In terms of plants, we sell pawpaw trees, red/white/pink currants, black currants, elderberries, native strawberries, beach plums, trifoliate orange, semi-dwarf apples, semi-dwarf pears, and more!

 

When are pickup days/times?

We will usually (but not always) have one pickup day each week for 2022 on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. We will also have at least one additional U-pick day per week during strawberry season.

How do I order?

Members will have access to a Google Forms order form each week (usually sent out every Friday morning) where they can pick from whatever we have available that week. We'll harvest your order and have it ready for you on the pickup day, where you then pay for it. The online ordering process is quick and easy - you can easily place your order in under a minute! 

How do I pay for my order?

Orders are always paid for in person at the time of pickup, because we often have some limited items that aren't on the order form and available first-come first-serve, and sometimes (rarely) we may make a mistake and not have enough of a particular item that you ordered. The easiest way for people to pay is with Cash App, Venmo, cash, or check. We don't accept credit cards. 


Are you certified organic? What are your farming methods like?

 

We subscribe to the permaculture ethics of care for the Earth, care for the people, and fair share. So we use only regenerative, organic-approved methods, but we do not bother with the costly and burdensome organic certification process. Our customers are able to come directly to our farm and see for themselves the regenerative farming practices we use - without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, or GMOs. Our farm makes use of crop rotations, beneficial insects, compost, cover crops, no/low-till, and other organic management practices. We also make a point of not using disposable black plastic mulch and only using natural mulches like straw, compost, and wood chips. If you are ever curious about any of the practices we use, ask us! We welcome the questions and curiosity.

I heard that organic farms still use certain pesticides. Do you do this?

It's true that many organic farms use natural pesticides allowed under the organic certification rules, but we do not use pesticides of any kind, even the ones approved for organic production. We have a completely no spray philosophy. We rely instead on a combination of birds, beneficial insects, and preventative measures to holistically manage pests in a natural way without using even organic-approved sprays. 

Do I have to order something every week?

No, absolutely not! You only place an order if you want to get something that week. But if you place an order, we expect you to come pick it up and pay for it.

Is there a work commitment for this?

Our buyer's club requires no work commitment. If you want to volunteer, let us know, as we can always use extra hands during the weekdays. But it is in no way required as part of membership.

Any additional questions?

 

If you have any other questions about our Buyer's Club which are not addressed here, feel free to email us at hffbuyersclub@gmail.com