Naturally Grown Fruit & Vegetables
All produce from The Homestead is Certified Naturally Grown. This peer-based system evaluates our farm and growing practices to ensure our produce meets the same standards as organically grown food. Visit www.naturallygrown.org to learn more about the Certified Naturally Grown program.
The Homestead strives to bring fresh, local, naturally grown produce to the people of Central Iowa. We grow more than 30 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs on our farm outside Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Weekly or bi-weekly, our shareholders pick up – either at a drop site or at the farm – a basket of fresh produce harvested that day.
We strive to grow not only Midwestern garden staples, but heirloom and unique varieties as well. Below is a list of some of the crops we are growing.
Summer & Winter Squash
What is a Fruit & Vegetable CSA Share?
A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is a way for individuals or families to create a relationship with a farm and the people that grow their food. Each member of our CSA receives a weekly or bi-weekly basket of fresh produce throughout the growing season, which is typically 18 to 20 weeks, May through September. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become shareholders of the CSA and receive their share of the harvest.
Buying locally grown produce through our CSA program means you are:
- helping employ individuals with autism
- investing in the local economy
- living green by purchasing food that was grown with minimal impact on the planet
- decreasing your carbon footprint by minimizing the distance your food travels to your plate
- living healthy by purchasing food that was grown naturally without the hazardous chemicals used by many in the food production industry
The Homestead makes weekly produce deliveries to shareholders at designated drop sites. Shareholders can, of course, stop by the farm in Pleasant Hill and pick up their produce if they prefer.
Buy a Share Today
Members have the option of purchasing an early season share membership for $100, a half share membership for $255, a single share membership for $475 or may elect to purchase a double share membership for $900. A 5% discount is being offered for our half, full and double shares if you sign up by February 15, 2017.
Early season shares run the four weeks prior to the start of the regular season share. Half season shares run every other week for 20 weeks. Single shares run weekly for 20 weeks and are designed to supplement fresh fruit and vegetable consumption for 1-2 person households. Double shares run weekly for 20 weeks and are designed to supplement fruit and vegetable needs of a 3-4 person household. It may also be useful for those 1-2 person households that eat more vegetables than most or who use food preservation for longer term use.
During the season, members have the option to pick up their produce shares at the farm or at one of several drop sites available in the Des Moines metro area. Please contact us if you have any questions about these options.
To purchase a share or learn more, call The Homestead at 515-957-3382, email Farm@TheHomestead.org, or apply online.