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We support Community Supported Agriculture!

“Our deep respect for the land and its harvest is the legacy of generations of farmers who put food on our tables,preserved our landscape and inspired us with a powerful work ethic.” —James H. Douglas, Jr.

Another month has gone by and we are getting closer to the day when the Wisconsin growing season will begin. Soon the days will be staying lighter longer and we will be spending more and more time outside breathing in the fresh air. It is also time to start thinking about food — and by that we mean fresh, locally sourced food from our hard working farmers! Last year Nature’s Pathways ran a series promoting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). According to the FairShare CSA Coalition based in Madison, “(Community Supported Agriculture) is a partnership between farms and consumers that keeps independent businesses thriving, helps families eat seasonal, local produce, and charges farmers and consumers with the responsibility of building a strong, equitable food system.”

Benefits for the CSA farms:

  • Better cash flow, allowing them to use the money to buy seed and help with the expense of the upcoming growing season.
  • The ability to market their products before their days are spent from sun up to sun down in the fields.
  • They get to know who is purchasing their food and what they like.
  • Strengthens community by bringing people together.
  • Strengthens the local economy.

Benefits for the CSA members:

  • Freshness, freshness, freshness! Produce is usually picked the day of delivery and transported less than 30 miles to the consumer.
  • More nutritious food. Studies have shown that plants start losing vitamins and minerals within 3 days after harvesting. Most produce in the US is picked 4-7 days before being shipped.
  • Getting to know who is growing their food and the methods used by each farm.
  • Since most farms are small, sustainable farms tend to offer more heirloom varieties, which are not genetically modified.
  • Less packaging waste to dispose of. Produce does not come individually wrapped in plastic.
  • Trying new food, and cooking at home!

When you eat from your CSA box that means you will be eating food that is in season, at its nutritional peak. It is also one of the best ways to step outside your comfort zone and try new foods. Let’s face it, even when you go to the local farmers market you will automatically gravitate to purchasing the items you are familiar with. Your CSA box is one of the best ways to get out of that same old rut and try new foods. You will have to dust off that cookbook, check out recipe sites online, or better yet, talk to the farmer who gave you that funny looking, bumpy squash to learn how to prepare it. Only then will you find out how amazingly sweet it is and if you like it better with butter and cinnamon, or salt and pepper. You will be amazed at how many new foods you and your family will come to love!

One of the other benefits we often forget about is that when you have fresh food in the house you have to figure out how to cook it and that means preparing more meals at home. You won’t be reaching for the high fructose corn syrup or the benzoic acid or sodium benzoate to sprinkle in your dish. Chemicals typically found in commercial foods to maintain a long shelf life contain more harmful chemicals than we ever thought possible.

We would like to you carefully consider the food choices you make for you and your family and strive to give them the most nutrient dense and freshest food available, which will mean locally sourced food. And remember, fresh food tastes better!

We need your help!

Nature’s Pathways wants to highlight area farms that offer farm share programs to share the wealth of nourishment with our readers!

If you are a local farm that participates in farmers markets and/or offers a farm share program, and are interested in being featured in Nature’s Pathways Magazine, please email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">.


Check out these local CSA farm share programs!


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Field Notes Farm

1579 Church Street, Stevens Point


Downtown Appleton Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.;

Future Neenah Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon;

Downtown Stevens Point Farm Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.


Every week and every other week pick-up options.

Regular size starting at $285 and Micro shares starting at $145.

Household staples - carrots, lettuce heads, tomatoes, peas, zucchini, green beans, squash, onions and more. Also, apple cider, apples and herbs! We are a certified organic  and worker cooperative farm that takes pride in farming with a focus on soil health, building community and transparency. Each share features a newsletter with a story from the farmers, a list of the share's contents and simple recipes. We also have an orchard of peach, plum, pear and apricots. In the fall, we press apple cider to be fermented. We have a 5-month payment plan for our shares. Pick up sites in Appleton, Neenah, Amherst, Stevens Point and Plover.

Fox Cities Farm LLC

W2594 County Road JJ,


Downtown Appleton Farm Market - Saturdays, Neenah Farmers Market - Saturdays, on-farm store

Full Share every week, Full Share every other week, Fall Add-on Share

A variety of staple vegetables/fruits, occasional heirloom/odd varieties, varieties selected for flavor, canned items, recipe suggestions

Small farm located two miles east of Appleton North High School. All crops/tree fruits produced using organic growing methods focused on soil health. Items from other local farms added for CSA box diversity. Our small orchard of fruits/berries is beginning to bear, and we are adding more perennial fruits every year. On-farm store offers produce, pork, poultry and eggs. All animal products are pasture raised.

Park Ridge Organics

N8410 Abler Road,
Fond du Lac


Downtown Appleton Farm Market - Saturdays 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (our stand is on College Ave. in front of McKinney Photography).

Our on-farm store is open Monday to Saturday from June through October.

Full, Half and Quarter Shares offered every week for 20 weeks (June through October). Late season shares (November and December), Winter Storage shares (January and February).

Vegetables, mushrooms, eggs (available for farm pickup only), pasta and herbs.

Park Ridge Organics has been certified organic since our beginning in 2003. It is a second-owned farm providing produce to over 300 members each season. Our farm grows high quality produce and takes strong measures to ensure food safety. With over 14 years of growing experience and soil management, our produce flavor is exceptional!

The G Farm

9328 Manu Road, 


On farm each Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Online sales delivered Tuesdays.

Possibly the Neenah Farmers Market.

8 pounds with or without eggs, or 16 pounds with or without eggs.

The first Tuesday of each month you will receive your share of pastured meats delivered right to your door. Beef, pork, chicken and turkey are included in the share. Check online to find our food shed or delivery zip codes (in the FAQ section).

We raise animals as they were intended to grow in nature. Cows do not get grain, they do not have a crop. Chickens, pigs, turkey and all of the other animals are raised on pasture and each serves a purpose in building the soil and the ecosystem on The G Farm. Stop by the farm and learn about your food, your farmer and the systems these animals are raised in.

Triple B Produce

E6501 Mickel John Rd, 
New London


Shares can be picked up at the farm and we also deliver to Waupaca, New London, Shopko in Appleton, Anytime Fitness West and Bulk Food Store in Greenville.

Full, Half, Bi-weekly Full share, Egg Share.

Green beans, beets, peas, sweet corn, kale, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, leeks, peppers, kohlarabi and more!

We practice companion planting, which is a natural way to produce bigger and better harvests. We offer eggs and pick-your-own beans, tomatoes and cucumbers. Our shares are available for 14 weeks during the growing


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