Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Wellness Options at Work is proud to partner with local farmers to bring you shares of organic produce, meat, poultry and eggs to sites across UW Health. 

Faculty and staff have the convenience of selecting a pick up site near their work, neighborhood or on their route home!

Please register directly with the farm. Select the farm which delivers to your preferred pick-up location and use the Farm’s Sign-up Forms below.

  Grower/Producer

   Site Host

   Registration links

Vermont Valley Community Farm

Produce, Fruit

  • Research Park
  • AFCH


Vegetable and Fruit Shares still available

Wholesome Harvest Farm

Produce, Eggs, Pork, Chicken

  • 1 S. Park
  • 8007 Excelsior
  • AOB – Middleton
  • ASB/Westfield
  • 1212 Deming Way
  • Digestive Health (public site)
  • The American Center (public site)

 

Main Season has Started

Winter Storage Shares still available

Kettle Range Meats

Beef, Pork, Chicken

  • AOB – Middleton

Shares Available
Buyer’s Club Share Options

Don’t see your workplace listed in the site locations above?

How to start a CSA site at your workplace

Find a CSA in your area: FairShare CSA Coalition

Benefits of joining Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)

One of the best perks of living in south central Wisconsin is an abundance of mouth-watering, fresh-from-the-garden produce, fruits, and herbs. We see these partnerships as a benefit to help you incorporate delicious and nutritious foods into your daily eating.

Knowing that your produce left the farm only hours before you receive it, you have the freshest produce possible. CSA costs are often less than retail, because costs aren’t inflated due to transportation expenses. You are also helping the local economy by supporting local farmers.

Payment Options and HMO Wellness Reimbursements

Area health plans have partnered with CSA farms to provide wellness reimbursements for their members. Contact your HMO for reimbursement details.

 

 

 

 

 

We believe good, nutritious food should be affordable for everyone and that farmers should receive a fair price for their produce. But for some of us, that cost in a single payment in the spring is too much. 

FairShare’s Partner Shares program helps low-income households afford CSA. Those who meet income eligibility guidelines can apply — first come, first served — for a cash grant for half the cost of a share, up to $300, with the remainder of the share’s balance paid with post-dated checks or SNAP (food stamp) benefits processed monthly when the season begins. Spaces fill quickly; please do not delay in applying! 

There is a limited amount of funding for the grants, but SNAP benefits can be processed all season. 

Comments

  1. Roxane Gorbach says:

    Is this a benefit for each family member covered by Unity or only for the employee? Could my kids who are college students living in other states participate?

    • Wellness says:

      Roxane, great question! Unity Health insurance will only cover farms that are part of the Fairshare Collation. So if your kids wanted to join a CSA, they would have to check to see if the farm is part of the supported farms from Unity. I bet that only Wisconsin farms are covered. However, with the brand name changing, the wellness rewards are going to be different starting January 1, 2018.

  2. Melody says:

    The CSA I joined Bluemoon Community Farms has a Farmers market option. You pick out and pick your share up at the market. I love this.

    • Wellness says:

      Melody, what a great option. There are a variety of CSA programs and we are so glad you found one that works best for you! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Donna Bardon says:

    How do I go about getting a Unity reimbursement. I plant my own garden 20X30, I weed my garden, can or freeze my vegetables for use in fall and winter. I also tend my strawberry and red raspberry plants. So I not only get good organic fruit and vegetables but exercise. I know that there are many other employees that have their own garden and we all wonder the same thing.

    • Wellness says:

      Hello Donna –
      Thanks for sending a message to Wellness inquiring about rebates for fruit and veggie farmers.
      Unfortunately, Wellness does not have the resources to offer incentives or rebates, but you may want to check with Unity and their Fitness First and More programming. Another thought – do you have an interest in selling your produce? The Culinary and Clinical Nutrition department at University Hospital hosts a Farmers Market during the growing season and is always interested in new vendors. Please open UConnect and search for Farmers Market for more information.

      Have a good day!
      Amy

  4. Alison says:

    Can we use the Unity credit for a different CSA farm (one closer to our home location, for example) or does it have to be one from this list?

    • Wellness says:

      Alison, your Unity CSA reimbursement can be used for any FairShare CSA Coalition member farm. You just have to double check with the farm.

  5. Jamie says:

    Is the produce the same every week? Also, what are the specifics of what produce you get? How much produce do you get?

    • Diane at Wellness Options at Work says:

      Hello Jamie,
      The produce is not the same every week and this is the great part of the CSA. You really learn about crops and their seasons and the effects of weather. In the spring the shares are on the smaller side and light in weight as you receive veggies such as lettuce, spinach etc. As summer comes in you get all the summer crops and then transition into fall crops. Late summer and fall your share boxes are heavy and packed full. You can get much better answers to these questions by clicking one of the farm links above.

  6. Wendy says:

    I am wondering how the pick up works. I work at 1 S Park and I see pick up is Thursday from 2:00-5:00 pm. Is there a truck somewhere, in the parking lot perhaps, where we go to pick up our items? Are they there for 3 hours?

    • Diane at Wellness Options at Work says:

      Hi Wendy, Great question. The farm drops the veggies off by 2:00. At S Park the veggie pick up area is near the loading dock. This all gets explained to you in a letter from the farm and site host just before the season starts.

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