FAQ’s

How do I place an order?

Create A New Account so you can place an order with us.

When the market is open for ordering you can browse the site and fill your shopping cart, than go to check out to complete the order.

It is open from 3pm Thursday to Monday night 10pm.

Will I have to buy products I don’t want?

You do not have to buy vegetables or anything you do not want. With CSA Farmers Market you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want. The website lists the produce, milled products, meats, baked goods, cheese and many other goods available that week, and you can browse the items on this website before you place your order.

When do I pay?

If you pay online when placing your order we accept Paypal, Visa and Mastercard or you can pay cash or checks when you pick up your order. We prefer checks. We also accept Bridge Cards also called EBT, to use the EBT you must let us know ahead of time so we can provide you with a voucher for payment.
We pick up prior weeks payments when we drop off the new orders. Overpayments and underpayments will be credited/debited to your account on the Monday after we picked up your payment. [Any bounced checks we will charge what our bank charges us, which is $10 for one bounce $20 for two bounces]

When and Where do I pick up my order?

We deliver orders to many locations located in Lapeer, Genesee, Tuscola, Oakland & Macomb County.

Find location details and a map on our Pickup Locations page.

DISTRIBUTION DATES

September 24, 2017
September 25, 2017
September 28, 2017
September 29, 2017
September 30, 2017
October 1, 2017
October 5, 2017
October 6, 2017
October 7, 2017
October 8, 2017
October 9, 2017
October 12, 2017
October 13, 2017
October 14, 2017
October 15, 2017
October 19, 2017
October 20, 2017
October 21, 2017
October 22, 2017
October 23, 2017
Why Support CSA Farmers Market?

Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.

Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.

Provide learning opportunities: CSA Farmers Market supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.

Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.

We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.

Are there any rules or recommendations I should know about.

Recommendations

  • We recommend that you bring a cooler with ice during the summer to your distribution location so you can transport your frozen items.
  • Distribution locations will do their best to keep frozen things frozen and cold things cold. Although some have limited storage so the sooner you can pick up your items the fresher they will be.
  • Communicate with the distribution site directly.
  • Take your invoice with you.

Rules

  • All items are labeled. Please take only your items.
  • Pay for your items when you pick up your items.
  • You are still responsible for paying for orders even if you don’t pick up your order.
Whom do I contact if I have a problem with my order?

You can email us.

You should also contact the farm from which that item was purchased.  To view the contact information for a grower, visit Our Growers page.

How can I sell through this market?

To be able to sell at this market you must be one of the following

  • Certified Organic
  • Certified Naturally Grown
  • Grows Organically
  • Makes products from local and/or organic ingredients
  • Willing to participate and help with the success of this market. (If you cannot participate with the market’s operation you can sell wholesale to the market.)
  • Call 810-688-7442 or email us with questions.
  • We are always happy to discuss how other farms can be involved.
  • Since we are also farmers we will accept applications throughout the year, although we only have time to review applications between December and March.
  • Print and fill out the following forms Participation Agreement and the Application
How to create an account?

Creating an account is as simple as completing our on-line registration form.

Now you can shop. The information in the form lets us know where to distribute your orders or how to contact you if there is an issue with the order.

How to shop on-line?

Log-in to your account at www.csafarmersmarket.com
Go the “Shop the Markey” tab.
Select items to place in cart by clicking the Add to Cart button.
Review your shopping cart, which is located in the top right corner below the main menu.
When your cart is full click “Checkout”
At the invoice page click “Place this order”

How does pre-order for freezer meats work?

You can make a deposit by placing an order for the meat on line. That will reserve the animal for you. The farmer receiving the sales notification/deposit will contact you and make the arrangements on the meat. The farmer takes the animal in to the processor and the customer goes to the processor to get the meat. The meat will not be delivered with the normal distribution system. Much of how that works depends on the type of animal being processed.

When deciding rather to or not order freezer meats consider the following.
Do you have a manual defrosting freezer? Meat will keep longer in manual defrosting freezer as opposed to self defrosting freezers.
Do you have enough room in your freezer?
A cubic foot will hold about 30 pounds of meat depending on the cuts. To help visualize a cubic foot consider that a milk crate is slightly smaller than a cubic foot.

Is there a minimum order size?

NO there is no minimum order size and you can place as many orders as you like while the market is open.

Do you accept EBT?

Yes, it is available at all locations. We will send you a voucher with the total due and a self addressed stamped envelope. Please place the signed voucher in the self addressed stamped envelope and mail it to us as soon as possible.

If you are going to shop online and use the snap benefits please be reminded that the only things you can buy are food and seeds. If you want to buy items that are not covered under your snap benefits please place a separate order for those items.

When is the Market Open for shopping?

The market is open Thursday afternoon and closed Monday night each week from May to December except for certain holidays.

It is open from January to May every other week from Thursday to Monday prior to the Friday delivery.

Can I get a distribution Location Nearer to me?

If you would like a distribution location nearer to you we would need your help finding an appropriate location. Since we do not live in your neighborhood, we are not familiar with the businesses who might be appropriate for a distribution location. Please fill out the following form and we can begin the dialogue.Request for Distribution Form If you know of a location that might be willing to host us please read and print the following document HOST INFORMATION. It will help a location understand how we operate.

Who do I make my check out to?

Please make your check out to CSA Farmers Market.

Are there membership fees?

We charge a 7% distribution fee on orders rather than a membership fee. This helps to cover costs of operating the market, such as gas for deliveries, supplies, software fees, employee etc.