Each fall, FairShare accepts applications from farms interested in being formally endorsed for the following growing season. Farmers must submit a full application and undergo an in-person interview conducted by currently-endorsed farmers. FairShare farms must grow or produce the vast majority of their products on farm, be certified organic or in transition to organic certification (for fruit and vegetable crops), and demonstrate an ability to provide a high level of customer service.
Butterbean Community Farm – Farmers Sarah Luetzow and Dan Neely’s farm served up 15 CSA shares in the 2013 season. They are currently farming an acre of rented land in Marshall that is certified organic but are looking to buy property. In 2013, they hosted a market-style CSA pick-up on the east side of Madison.
Elderberry Hill Farm – Farmer Eric Elderbrock operates 2.5 acres of rented land in Waunakee and markets to Madison. In 2013, he operated a 60-share CSA. He is applying for organic certification. “My ideal farm is a place where many people love to spend time, learning and working together, with a great diversity of fruits, veggies, animals,” he writes.
Full Harvest Farm, LLC – Farmers Terry Vlossak and Chuck Frase own and operate a 40-acre, certified organic operation in Hartford, and market in West Bend and Oconomowoc. In 2013, their farm produced 187 shares. They regularly sell at the West Bend Farmer’s Market.
King’s Hill Farm – Farmers Delia and Mark Gallo rent 45 acres of certified organic land in Mineral Point, and they market to Madison and Chicago. In 2013, they managed a 196-share CSA. Their farm produces vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, shiitake mushrooms, and honey.
Los Jalapenos – Farmers Juan Gonzalez and Celia Langer operate a 3.5-acre farm on rented land at The Farley Center in Verona and market to Madison. They will gain certified organic status in 2014. This year, they had 22 shares. Juan is a Mexican immigrant and particularly interested in serving low-income households.
Plowshares and Prairie – Farmers Chelsea Chandler and Scott Laeser started their CSA in 2013 with 15 share on 2.5 acres rented from family in Argyle. They are currently marketing to Middleton and Fitchburg. They are applying for organic certification. In addition to produce, they grow and sell native prairie plants.
Taproot Farm and Fruit – Farmer Eric Udelhofen is also applying for organic certification on his land in Ridgeway; he owns 40 acres, 11 are tillable. He markets to Spring Green. He started his CSA in 2013 with 8 shares; he mostly sells to farmer’s markets.
Drumlin Community Farm, Gardens of Goodness, Nature Sense Gardens, The Rustic Table and Prairie Bluff Farm will not be returning to FairShare in 2014.