Fill out our Membership Form today for 10% extra credit at our Farmers Market stands in 2020! Please read the information about shares below before you sign up
You can enjoy County Rail Farm’s certified organic produce by becoming a Farm Share member. Members pay for vegetables in advance during the winter months to support the farm’s early season activities (like buying seed and paying employees).
Our Farm Share program is based on a relationship between farmers and their community that keeps agricultural land healthy and sustainable. Community members support the farm by purchasing a Farm Share before the growing season. In return, the farmer takes good care of the land while growing quality, local, and healthy veggies.
2020 Farm Shares come in $100, $200, and $300, paid in full early in the year. Don’t be afraid to mix and match shares for the totals you want ($500 or $400, etc). Then, when market starts, members have that amount of credit at our market stand plus an additional 10% when paid by March 1st (10% by March 1st, 5% by April 1st). So, if you chose the $300 option and you get it in now, you’d have $330 to spend at market throughout the year with us. The earlier you get your Farm Share, the more cash you have at market (get a $300 share in January and you’ll have $330 credit!).
THIS YEAR we have added an option to donate to an indigenous non-profit. We run our farm on the traditional lands of the Ktunaxa (Kootenai)* people and we acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. In 2020, we are donating to MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) as part of our community reparations, and we welcome you to join us. You’ll see an option on the membership form to donate your “extra credit” to MMIW; in other words, if you buy a $100 share in February, we’ll donate your extra $10 rather than add it to your share credit.
*PLEASE NOTE we are in the process of making this acknowledgement as accurate as possible to properly acknowledge the tribes that have moved through this valley including Bitterroot Salish (Selis), Pend d’Oreille (Qlispe), Nez Perce (Nimiipuu), Coeur d’Alene (Skitswish), and other Kootenai bands including Ksanka.
As always, we carry over credit from last year into the current season – if you didn’t spend all the credit you purchased in 2019, we’ll keep your share in the books for another full year.
From May to October, we’ll be at the Clark Fork Market every Saturday, under the Higgins Bridge from 8am-1pm (9am-1pm in October), and from July-September at the Missoula Farmers Market every Tuesday evening at the X’s from 530-700pm. Remember that some items do sell out by the end of market, so come early to get all your favorites. Farm Share credit can be used for anything at our stand or any events that we host (members also get first option for tickets to our Farm Dinners and other events).
Fill out our Membership Form today and we’ll see you at market this spring!
Why a market based Farm Share?
On your end, you get to pick out the stuff you want in the amounts you want. If you’re going out of town or want to take a week off, no sweat. If you’re having visitors and need lots of veggies, you can stock up. And you still get to support the farm and know your farmers up close and personal. On our end, we don’t have to worry about planting exactly the right number of broccoli or peppers to make the share quota, we don’t lose produce from forgotten pick-ups, we still get some early income, and we maintain a close relationship with our customers and their families.
We’re dedicated to providing low-income families with the best produce we can offer. Our Farmers Markets both take EBT and have double-SNAP programs, so you get up to $20 matching from our market when you swipe your card at their booth.
Click here for more information about Double SNAP from CFAC!
Simple and easy. If you come up and work for a day, you go home with veggies. No counting days, no hour quota to fill. We’ll make it worth the drive. This is open to anyone who wants to come up and help out, Share member or not.
Looking forward to our TENTH season! Join us for the summer and enjoy fresh, local produce that comes from people you know and trust.
County Rail Farm is more than just a provider. We establish a relationship with our members. We are your farm. We have planting and harvest days when you can come to the farm and help us out (the whole family and friends are always welcome!), and we welcome you to come visit anytime. We believe that maintaining a close relationship with our food changes the way we eat and the way we interact with agriculture and our community. We want to be a positive force in the local food system, one that nourishes both bodies and communities. Moreover, we love hearing from you. Let us know what you think!