The Western Montana Growers' Cooperative is a cooperative of over 30 farm members who have been supplying the wholesale market in western Montana since 2003. In 2008, we began delivering fresh, nutritious food to individual community members through our Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, program. CSA is a community-based model of agricultural production and distribution that links people to the farmers who feed them. Individuals purchase a "share" of what our member farmers harvest each week throughout the season and we deliver it to you!
As a WMGC CSA member, you'll receive a share of each week's harvest delivered to a site in your neighborhood every week of our bountiful season, which runs for 20 weeks, from May 31 through October 11. We also offer an Extended Season Share, which runs for 26 weeks, from May 31 through November 22.
We deliver to sites in Missoula, Butte, Helena, Victor, Stevensville, Lolo, St. Ignatius, Polson, Ronan, Dixon, and Arlee. If you are in a group of 10 or more outside our current delivery area, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see about setting up a site near you!
Our CSA members also have the unique opportunity to purchase additional locally grown and produced goods and have them delivered with their weekly share of vegetables. We offer eggs, beef, pork, milk, cheese, honey, lentils and more!
What You Get
Sample Summer Share
*Please note that a small share is approximately two-thirds the size of a large share. Because members getting large shares are purchasing more, they will receive a larger discount from market prices on their produce. In addition, the large shares include more fruit (apples, plums, strawberries, cherries, pears, melons, etc.), and more specialty produce, such as heirloom tomatoes and shallots.
sample large share*, mid-summer:
1 bunch basil
1 head lettuce
1 lb sweet onions
1 lb summer squash
1 pint cherry tomatoes
6 ears corn
1 lb peppers
1 head celery
1 lb cucumbers
pricing and options
Large Summer Share:
$570 (an average price of $28.50 per week)
Small Summer Share:
$390 (an average price of $19.50 per week)
$170 (an average price of $28.30 per week)
Our Fall Share consists of six weekly deliveries, October 18 - November 29 (there will be no deliveries the week of Thanksgiving).
This is a chance to extend our bountiful season and stock up for winter! Almost all of the produce will store for months (with the exception of late summer favorites like peppers and tomatoes and hearty fall greens like kale).
Sample Fall Share
2 lbs apples or pears
1/2 lb spinach
2 bunches of leeks
2 lbs peppers
2 lbs tomatoes
2 lbs carrots
2 lbs potatoes
Fall Shares (one size):
You may also purchase additional non-produce shares to be delivered with your box. These include:
beef $400 deposit
Beef share customers receive at least 60 pounds of locally, gently-raised, organically grass-fed and -finished beef from Foothill Farm in St Ignatius, about 1/8 of the animal. The cuts of meat will vary with each delivery, but you can expect ground beef, along with this range of cuts: rib steaks, chuck roasts, cross ribs, (either steak or roast), brisket, short ribs, stew meat, t-bones, sirloins, tri-tips, tenderloin, sirloin tip, top and bottom round, filet mignon and rib roasts (organ meat available upon request). You may choose to receive the share in just one delivery or three deliveries in total. The cost is $390 for 1/8 animal, which is about 60lb of meat. If you purchase a 1/4 animal, the cost will be $768. Half an animal, or 240lb, is $1,500. Organ meat, fat and bones may be purchased separately.
pork $225 deposit
Pork share customers receive approximately 30 to 35 pounds of pork from Lifeline Dairy (and Organic and Biodynamic farm in Victor). These pigs are fed whey from the production of the Organic cheeses that Lifeline creates, as well as food scraps and Organic grain. The price will range between $225 and $275 depending upon the exact weight.
For just $100, you will receive 20 deliveries each of 1 dozen eggs. These eggs are from hens that forage on green pasture in summer and eat leafy certified organic green alfalfa hay all winter. In addition, they are free to forage for tasty bugs and other critters they might find in the field. This diet is supplemented with certified organic grains raised in Montana.
10 deliveries of Lifeline Dairy’s cheese will be $90 for a total of about nine pounds of cheese to include sandwich cheeses like Montzarella, Cheddar (Mild, Sharp, Raw Milk), Cheddar cheese curds, and Brie. Lifeline Farm, located in Victor, is biodynamic and the first certified organic farm in Montana. More information about Lifeline is at www.lifelinefarm.com.
Flathead Lake Cheese Co $90
This share will include different types of Gouda cheeses (Doorstop, Wisk o’ Smoke, Hoppin’ Mad, Big Chai, Galicki), Notzarella, Gouda Curds, and Hawaiian Shirt Feta, for $90. Flathead Lake Cheese Company is based in Polson where they create artisanal cheeses by hand in small batches. Their milk comes from Mission Valley and is free of any hormones or antibiotics. When the weather allows, they use solar thermal heat to pasteurize the milk in-house. You can read about Wendi and Joe at www.flatheadlakecheese.com.
Tucker Family Farms $107
This is for the adventurous cheese lover, and will include varieties such as Ricotta, Feta, Zephyr (a blue brie), Harbinger (like Manchego), Bjerg (like a Tomme), Ensorceler (like a Reblochon), Petrachor (a washed rind cheese), and other seasonal varieties, for only $107. Tucker Family Farms is a new cheese producer in Victor (in fact Montana’s first-ever farmstead sheep cheese creamery) that started sourcing through WMGC last year. Their cheese is crafted by Allison Dembek from the pastured sheeps’ milk cultivated on their farm. www.tuckerfamilyfarm.com.
The Full MT Cheese Experience $275
10 deliveries from each of the three cheese makers listed above. There will be about 2lb of cheese with each delivery.
Ten weeks (every other week during the summer season) of delicious, organic coffee, roasted here in Missoula by Black Coffee Roasting Company. We will offer 10 bags of coffee, delivered every-other week, of seasonal roasts selected by BCRC for $110. Double shares also available, for $213. www.blackcoffeeroastingco.com
LIFELINE ORGANIC FARM $75
Lifeline Farm in Victor raises their Brown Swiss cows on Organic pasture and hay on their farm. Their milk is not ultra-pasteurized or homogenized. Choose one gallon of milk ($130) or a half gallon ($83), delivered weekly. www.lifelinefarm.com.
Le Petit Outre $75
We have partnered with Le Petit Outre to offer 20 deliveries of the best bread to be found in Missoula. Each week you will receive a different selection from the following: Birdman bread, Kaiser rolls, sourdough deli, whole wheat deli, Italian deli, and Brewers grain. All breads are made fresh, free of additives and preservatives, and will be included in your weekly produce box. The cost is $75. www.lepetiteoutre.com
Gluten-Free/Vegan Bread and Doughnut Shares:
For those of you who have come to know and love Tandem Doughnuts at the farmers market in Missoula, we offer you the option to have it delivered with your weekly produce.
This year, we are separating the shares: We will have a Gluten-Free and Vegan Bread Share and a Gluten-Free and Vegan Doughnut Share.
Each will be 10 deliveries (every other week during the summer season). The Bread is $71 and the doughnuts $116. www.tandemdoughnuts.com
important dates for the 2018 season:
- May 31-June 1 - First summer share delivery.
- October 11-12 - Last summer share delivery.
- November 29-30 - Last fall share delivery.