Hundred Fruit Farm Buyers Club
**Update 3/26/21: The Buyers Club is currently full, so we are no longer taking new memberships for the 2021 season. If you are interested in joining up in 2022, join our Buyers Club Waitlist here.**
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 $50, and then each week during the growing season, members can place an order for whatever they want to buy, at discounted rates from what you would expect to see at a farmers' market or co-op. Each week we also will include a couple different free items! (More Info Below.)
MEMBERSHIP PRICING AND BENEFITS
Annual Membership Cost: $50
Your membership will last for the entire 2021 growing season - from roughly mid-May to early November.
Benefits of Membership:
Discounted prices on all products from our farm - always grown without pesticides, GMOs, synthetic fertilizers, etc.
$5 pastured eggs (fed transitional organic feed)
Weekly free items
Easy online ordering
Exclusive access to U-pick fruits and berries
Exclusive access to limited items like strawberries and mushrooms
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!
When are pickup days/times?
We will usually have one pickup day each week for 2021. Our pickup day is every Saturday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. We will also have additional u-pick days during strawberry season and possibly for other u-pick items as well.
How do I order?
Members will have access to a Google Forms order form each week (usually sent out each Thursday or Friday) 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!
What kind of items are available for purchase?
Despite the name of our farm, most of the trees in our orchard are still too small to produce much fruit, so mostly we will be selling vegetables, pastured eggs, herbs, and berries. But we will occasionally sell mushrooms and tree fruits as well. And we should have lots and lots of strawberries this year, more than ever before!
Earlier in the season will include more greens and root vegetables and as the season progresses, more things will become available and some things will go out of season. (No matter how much we'd like to, we can't grow tomatoes and eggplants in May and spinach in the middle of summer!) But here's a sample list of some of the produce that will be probably available at some point during the season:
leafy greens: chard, spinach, lettuce, mustard greens, kale, collards, pea shoots, perilla
root vegetables: radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes
onions, garlic, charlic chives, garlic scapes
fruit/berries: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, ground cherries, pawpaws, elderberries
culinary herbs: thyme, rosemary, basil, mint, sage, dill, cilantro, parsley
tea/medicinal herbs: holy basil, catmint, hyssop, anise hyssop, Korean hyssop
tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, hot peppers
cucumbers, zucchini, melon, summer squash, pumpkins, winter squash
mushrooms: shiitake, wine caps, and the occasional foraged mushroom
Are you certified organic? What are your farming methods like?
We use only regenerative, organic-approved methods, but we do not bother with the costly and burdensome certification process, as we would have to pass this cost onto our members. Our customers are able to come directly to our farm and see for themselves the regenerative farming practices we use - without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, or GMOs. Our farm makes use of crop rotations, integrated pest management, beneficial insect habitat, compost, cover crops, and other organic management practices. We also make a point of not using black plastic mulch and only using natural mulches like straw, compost, and wood chips.
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 integrated pest management 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!
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.