What is Farmshare?
Our Farmshare is the foundation of how we sell vegetables from our farm. It is a subscription agreement in which a family buys a share of what our farm produces during the heart of our growing season. Twice a year we open this up to families wishing to join our farm community and enjoy really delicious organic food.
Why a Farmshare?
For us, it truly is about community. While we are grateful to be part of a large local food movement through the Little Rock markets we also want to share our vegetables and flowers with our rural neighbors. The commitment our Farmshare customers make by forming this membership allows us to do this.
For you, we hope it is because you too want to be part of our community. We hope that it is because you want to know where your food is coming from, who is growing it and how it is being grown. We know that it is because you want the freshest, healthiest, tastiest vegetables available to you.
What is our Agreement?
By becoming a member you agree to take the time to stop by our farm or the Little Rock pick-up point at the designated times for ten weeks to receive a basket of organic vegetables we have grown and harvested at the peak of maturity to be enjoyed by your family. In return, we agree to work our tails off growing you a variety of organic, fresh vegetables that have been selected based simply on
how fantastic they taste.
What scrumptious vegetables are being grown at Rattle’s Garden?
For the past five years we have grown a variety of vegetables including broccoli, cabbage, swiss chard, spinach, snap peas, green beans, lettuce, carrots, beets, kale, garlic, onions, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, purple hull peas, eggplant, sweet peppers, and okra. We also grow a few blueberries and occasionally have luck with strawberries. This year we are going to attempt to grow potatoes for the first time and plant many more carrots since they were a big hit last year. We’ve had such luck with squash over the years that at this point I feel like I need to add a disclaimer…everyone gets a lot of squash! While not all of these vegetables will be available at the same time, most of them will be available over the 10-week subscription period. Inevitably, every year we have a crop failure or three. Despite weather and war with bugs or deer, we always manage to grow a lot of food and we want to share our harvest with you. We hope to fill baskets with at least 5-6 different types of vegetables each week. We want every $25 basket to be equal to or greater than the market value of the individual items in it.
When will this subscription begin?
As with all farming, we are dependent on Mother Nature. We hope to start the Farmshare the first week in May and run for 10 consecutive weeks. If our early spring weather is great, we may start a week early. If the weather is cold and rainy, we may start a week or two later. We will send out weekly newsletters via email beginning in April to let you know how the farm is progressing for the year and when you should expect to pick-up your first basket.
What are the pick-up days/times?
This year there will be two options to pick up in Little Rock. The first will be at the home of Julie Majors on Tuesday mornings from 9-11 am. The address is 1600 Tarrytown, Little Rock, 72227. The second will be at the Hillcrest Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 7-11 am in front of the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church.
The farm pick-up will happen on Thursdays between 9-noon or 4-6 pm.
What if your family needs to miss a pick-up?
We know that there may be a day your family can’t make the pick-up. We are going to have one make-up week at the end of the season to help ensure that everyone receives all ten baskets. If you are going to miss a week, we need you to notify us by 7 am the day before your pick-up via text or email to keep us from harvesting your food. If you cannot give us advance notice or need to miss more than one week, you are welcome to send someone to pick up your share in your place or your share will be donated to a needy family in the area.
Do you get to pick what you want in your basket?
Not exactly…we’ll divide each week’s produce up evenly between the baskets to make sure everyone gets variety and the full value of their basket. As members you will also be given the first opportunity to purchase large amounts of successful crops outside of the Farmshare season at wholesale prices for you to freeze or preserve by canning. If freezing or canning is new to you, we can help!
What about all of those chickens in our front yard??
To get a dozen of our beautiful, pastured eggs added to your basket every week you can simply add the Eggshare option ($50) to your total on the membership agreement. If you are only interested in an Eggshare and not vegetables, please choose whether you will pick up your eggs from the farm on Thursdays or from one of the Little Rock pick-up locations.
One key to success is always communication! We will post farm updates on our blog (www.rattlesgarden.com), on our Facebook page (Rattle’s Garden) and in a short weekly newsletter sent to your email address letting you know what you can expect in your next basket. And we also want to hear from you…keep us posted on which veggies you love and let us know if something isn’t working for you. We can be reached by phone at 501-941-0331. We will start sending weekly newsletters to you the first week in April so keep an eye out for updates.
How do I become a Member?
So, you are ready for the yumminess. Good!
Simply mail us the following Membership Agreement along with your full payment of $250 (farm pick-up) or $275 (Little Rock pick-up).
Thanks for your support! We look forward to working with you this fall!
If after April 1, please call (501-941-0331) or email (email@example.com) to check on availability before mailing payment.