(for new & returning members)
what is a CSA?
community supported agriculture (CSA) is a great way to support your local farm in exchange for delicious seasonal produce throughout the year. it is an up-front investment that allows the farmer a financial boost at a time of year when expenses are high and income is low. with this investment, the csa member is rewarded with some bonus bucks to spend on fresh produce and other exclusive benefits throughout the year. it is one of the best ways to celebrate local food!
what does your CSA membership offer?
while a classic CSA model often offers a pre-loaded box of seasonal produce for pickup, our membership model allows for a little more flexibility in the items you receive. in our CSA, you get to choose the items you want each week at the farmers market or with online pre-order for one of our delivery drop-off sites or on-farm pickup days. think of it more like a loyalty program, where a pre-paid membership gives you extra spending money on items we have to offer, priority on limited items, and access to exclusive seasonal deals that we don't offer to the general public. a bonus about our CSA is that we are collaborating with our sister farm, Buckwheat's Market Garden, to expand our offerings throughout the season. See below for their partner profile!
all the details-
how does this program work?
we will be opening our CSA applications to new members beginning on February 14, 2022, with limited spots available. All 2021 members will have priority to re-enroll until March 1st before their spots become available.
this membership is ideally intended for customers who regularly shop with us at the farmer’s markets or online, or have already fostered a relationship with us as farmers, who are willing to invest in the dreamfarm & buckwheat's now to receive extra goodies during the year. by paying in advance, you'll receive bonus credit towards our farm (between 10-13% of your initial purchase) which can be used to shop with us like you normally would at the farmer's markets or pre-order online for pickup at our regular delivery spots (read below for times & locations). you'll receive weekly emails from us throughout the season with a link & reminder to pre-order, news about what's coming into season, farm updates, behind-the-scenes pictures, recipe ideas, product highlights, and more, in hopes to connect you to the bigger picture of what goes into growing our local food.
please read our membership agreement form to determine if this membership is right for you, and send a completed form and payment to us before march 31, 2022.
how will you keep track of my balance?
with a pre-paid membership, your credit will be entered into our online sales platform (Square) as a digital "gift card" linked to your name and the email address. when you shop with us at the farmer's markets, we will process your order on-site using Square, which sends you an emailed receipt of your purchase that day, as well as the remaining balance on your account. if you'll be pre-ordering online with us using our online store, you will receive an email confirmation of your order from the store checkout, AS WELL AS a follow-up receipt from us (via Square) within 24 hours of your pickup. Your Square receipt will include your remaining account balance. Please note: our online store is NOT linked to Square, and is used only to manage our ordering and inventory, and therefore should not be used to reflect your account balance. please refer to your Square receipts only for your correct account information.
what if i sign up for a membership but have money leftover at the end of the year? does my membership expire?
if you sign up to be a member of our farm, you become a part of our "farmily". your credit with us will not expire, and any remainder will roll over into the new year and can be used for future purchases. so long as you have an active credit with us, you're considered an active member of our farmily.
what if I spend all of my membership money and still want more?
that’s great! if you spend your membership balance during the season you are always able to buy more credit, and receive the same discount % you started with. for example, if you buy a $400 credit and re-up with another $100 during the season, you still get the 13% bonus add-on because of your initial buy in. (note that if your initial buy-in is for less than your follow-up buy-in, you'll be rewarded with the greater % bonus of the two.)
how does pre-ordering work?
once you sign up and your money has been received, you'll receive a weekly email from us that includes a link to our online "member's only" store (you're always welcome to bookmark this page to visit when you please). feel free to visit our online store here to poke around and see what it's like (note that dreamfarm members have a link to a special order page that may include more items than on our regular store page). we do ask that you order at least 2 days before your pickup date (ie, order before monday night for wednesday pickup). our online store will be closed on thursday and friday so that we allow ourselves time to update inventory and to focus on harvesting, but you're always welcome to reach out to us personally (text/email) to see if we can accommodate a late order. when you do place an order on the site, you'll be able to select the option to use your CSA funds at checkout, as well as your preferred pickup day.
what can I purchase with my membership?
all dreamfarm and buckwheat's homegrown items are able to be purchased with your membership funds. this includes our fresh produce, spring transplants, mushrooms, and anything else grown and produced on our farms. unfortunately, gift cards may not be purchased using CSA money. in addition, you will not be able to use your CSA credit to purchase any dreamfarm or buckwheat items sold elsewhere (such as another farm or store, or with the Torch Lake Co-op).
do I have to pay it all at once?
we are happy to offer a payment plan option for those who are interested, but not able to pay everything up front. please reach out, as we are happy to consider alternative arrangements in unique circumstances.
what if I sign up and decide that it's not for me? can I get a refund?
unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds of the CSA membership. a big component of the CSA model is that the members agree to invest in both a farm's successes and failures, and the investment is directed faithfully towards the plants we grow. if you encounter an unexpected life event which prevents you from receiving the benefits of the membership, we will happily consider alternative options for you. in addition, if you receive any produce from us that doesn't meet your standards, we are more than happy to refund you for that individual purchase. if you have questions or concerns about whether or not a membership is right for you, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
where can I redeem my CSA money this summer?
you can use your CSA funds at any of our summer market locations:
Bellaire Farmer’s Market, Fridays, Memorial Day--October, 8:00-12:00pm
Please note: After much consideration, we do not plan on attending the Harbor Springs Farmer's Market in 2022. Please do consider our pre-order options below:
we deliver to the following locations (online pre-order only):
Bellaire ASI Community Center, Wednesdays1:30-2:00pm (year-round)
Bellaire Downtown outside Terrain Restaurant, Fridays 9:00am (starting after last outdoor market through winter)
Petoskey: Biweekly Saturdays, 8am (1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, starting in May)
Harbor Springs: Biweekly Saturdays, 9am (1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, starting in May)
Boyne City: Biweekly Saturdays, 10:30am (1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, starting in May)
and have an on-farm pick-up option (online pre-order only)
Daybreak Dreamfarm, Tuesdays and Fridays 4:00-6:00, or flexible pickup time with discussed pre-arrangement.
please check our winter 2021-22 schedule here if you're looking to get started right away!
what happens in an unforeseen circumstance?
in the event that the farmers are not able to make it to a scheduled market or delivery, you will be contacted via email as soon as we are able. this happens on occasion due to unforeseen circumstances, such as in the instance of weather events, illness, or family emergency. while we are not able to guarantee presence at every farmer's market, but we are happy to make arrangements outside of these days on an independent basis. in addition, if you are unable to pick up your order for any unexpected reason, we allow the same grace to you with no charge. in the event that a forgotten order becomes habitual, we'll discuss making some alternative arrangements.
sign me up!
STEP 1: make sure you understand our FAQs above
STEP 3: submit form and send check or money order to:
daybreak dreamfarm, 1388 n skinkle rd, east jordan MI 49727
alternativelty, we can accept paypal online payment below
(please add 3% transaction fee)
or cash in person
partner profile: BUCKWHEAT'S MARKET GARDEN
Hey (future) Dreamfarm CSA members!
A quick synopsis for those unfamiliar with the two of us and our farm: Doug and I met in 2016 during a year-long organic farmer training program through Michigan State University. Near the end of our time at MSU, we were provided the opportunity to rent a small farm in Central Lake. This was the perfect circumstance to put our newly acquired farming knowledge and business plan to the test. Kelly and Patrick were some of the first friends we made when we moved up here!
During our time since, we have grown and sold an array of fresh produce for the community all the while working to maintain the unique ecological and biological diversity of Northern Michigan through organic farming practices. Heirloom tomatoes, beets, carrots, garlic, and onions are some of our favorite things to grow. Our crop plan this year will also include a variety of specialty greens and (back by popular demand) Chinese cabbage. In 2019 we purchased our own land in Central Lake and began the reconstruction process of our farm. A Buckwheat’s 2.0!
We look forward to growing for you this season, and to continue collaborating with two of our favorite farmers!
Adrienne Wolff & Doug Burke
Buckwheat’s Market Garden
read more about BMG on their website, www.buckwheatsmarketgarden.com