The Western Montana Growers' Cooperative is a collective of over 30 diverse farm members who have been supplying the wholesale market since 2003. In 2008, we expanded our goal of making fresh and nutritious local food available to our community by delivering food directly to local households, through our CSA or Community Supported Agriculture program. A CSA is a locally-based model of agriculture and food distribution that links individuals to growers. Individuals pledge support of local farms by purchasing Summer produce before the season begins, sharing the risks as well as the benefits of food production.
As a WMGC CSA member, you will receive a box of produce delivered to a drop point in your neighborhood every week during Western Montana’s bountiful season. We offer an Extended Season Share which goes for 26 weeks, from May 31 through November 22. This is a combination of our Summer Season Share (May 31 through October 11) and our Fall Season Share (October 18 and November 22).
We deliver in Missoula, Butte, Helena, Victor, Stevensville, Lolo, St. Ignatius, Polson, Ronan, Charlo, Dixon, and Arlee. If you are in a group of 10 or more outside our delivery area, contact us about shipping our weekly boxes to you.
We also offer you a unique opportunity to buy additional locally grown products at discounted prices from all of our producers. Each week you may order extra products directly from our website. In season, we offer fruit, vegetables, herbs, cheese, milk, eggs, beef, pork, chickens, lentils, barley, honey, soap and more. These offerings change weekly so CHECK BACK OFTEN! All are grown without synthetic chemicals and fertilizers and all are offered at wholesale prices to our members. We also offer a milk share, an egg share, a bread share, a Gluten-free bread share, a Gluten-free donut share, a coffee share, three different types of cheese shares, a beef share, a pork share, and grain shares.
What You Get
*Please note that a full share is approximately two-thirds the size of the small share. Because Full Share members are purchasing more, they will receive a larger discount from market prices on their produce. In addition, the Full Share will include more fruit (apples, plums, strawberries, cherries, pears, melons, etc.), and more specialty types of produce such as heirloom tomatoes and shallots.
Sample Box for a full share*, mid-summer:
1 bunch basil
1 head lettuce
1lb sweet onions
1lb summer squash
1 pint cherry tomatoes
6 ears corn
1 head celery
pricing and options
Full Summer Share:
$570 (an average price of $28.50 per week)
Regular Summer Share:
$390 (an average price of $19.50 per week)
Unlike most other CSAs we do not require a full payment up front. Upon sign up we require one-third of the share price to hold your membership, and the remainder of the payments are in two installments. It is important to note that you will receive a significant discount if you pay your share in full by our Early Bird dates; please see a breakdown below. We are proud to announce that we also accept SNAP payments and are proud to partner with Community Food and Agriculture Coalition to offer our customers Double SNAP Dollars toward their CSA share. SNAP customers will receive the second Early Bird pricing. Please email us for more information.
The Regular (small) Summer Share is approximately two-thirds the size of the Full Summer Share. Because Full Share members are purchasing more, they will receive a larger discount from market prices on their produce. In addition, the Full Share will include more fruit (apples, plums, strawberries, cherries, pears, melons, etc.), and more specialty types of produce such as heirloom tomatoes and shallots.
1) Paid in full by March 1: $530 for a full share and $370 for a regular share.
2) Paid in full by April 15: $555 for a full share and $380 for a small share
3) Paid in full by July 1: $570 for a large share (= $100 deposit to secure share + $280 by May 15 + $190 by July 1)
$390 for a small share (= $100 deposit to secure share + $160 by May 15 + $130 by July 1)
Our Fall Season CSA Shares are a little bit different this year -- we will do a weekly delivery for six weeks immediately following the regular Summer CSA Shares. All the produce is of course Organic or MT Homegrown, and all from growers from the Flathead down to the Bitterroot. For six weeks of produce, it’s $170. Please note that the weekly boxes will be approximately the same price point as the Large Summer Share boxes. Almost all the produce will store for months, except for a few of the greens (spinach, kale, chard). This is a chance to extend the bountiful season of MT produce and begin to store up for the winter as well. Here is what we plan to have in the first week’s box, to give you an idea of what to expect: 2lb apples or pears, 1/2lb spinach, 2lb peppers, 2lb tomatoes, 2lb carrots, 2lb potatoes, 2 bunches of leeks. If you sign up for your Fall Share with your Summer Share, you will receive a $10 discount from the price. The Fall Share will need to be paid by August 1 to receive this discount. If you pay the whole thing with the Early Bird specials, you will receive a $20 or $15 discount from the Fall CSA Share, depending upon which Early Bird date.
1) Fall Season CSA Share only: $170 by October 1.
2) The Extended Season Large CSA Share (Large Summer Share plus Fall Share) paid in full by March 1: $680.
The Extended Season Small CSA Share (Small Summer Share plus Fall Share) paid in full by March 1: $520.
3) The Extended Season Large CSA Share (Large Summer Share plus Fall Share) paid in full by April 15: $710.
The Extended Season Small CSA Share (Small Summer Share plus Fall Share) paid in full by April 15: $535.
4) Paid in full by August 1:
The Extended Season Large CSA Share (Large Summer Share plus Fall Share): $730 = $100 deposit to secure share + $280 by May 25 + $190 by July 1 + $150 by August 1)
The Extended Season Small CSA Share (Small Summer Share plus Fall Share): $550 = $100 deposit to secure share + $160 by May 25 + $130 by July 1 + $150 by August 1.
We will again offer the Fall Choice Menu (or Fall Self Select) this year, which allows customers to pick and choose produce item by item, in wholesale quantities and at wholesale prices.
We also will have additional fall shares available, to be posted soon: Fall Milk Share, Fall Egg Share, Fall Cheese Share, Fall Meat Shares.
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 will vary depending upon the total weight of the cut and wrapped meat, and will be calculated after the animal is processed. It will most likely be between $470 and $550, again depending upon the total weight. A deposit of $400 will be required to hold the share, and the final amount will be paid before the meat is delivered. This share can be received in one delivery, or split into three. 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 (and 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 Doughnut Share and a Gluten-Free and Vegan Bread Share. Each will be 10 deliveries (every-other week during the summer season). The Bread Share will be ten loaves of bread (alternating multigrain and white) for $71. The Doughnut Share will be 10 half-dozen doughnuts for $116. www.tandemdoughnuts.com
important dates for the 2018 season:
- March 1 -- Deadline for First Early Bird Special.
- April 15 -- Deadline for Second Early Bird Special.
- May 25 -- Last day to sign up for a Summer Share.
- May 31 -- First summer share delivery to Flathead, Mission, Bitterroot, and Missoula.
- June 1 -- First summer share delivery to Butte and Helena.
- October 11 -- Last summer share delivery to Flathead, Mission, Bitterroot, and Missoula.
- October 12 -- Last summer share delivery to Butte and Helena.
- October 22 -- Final Fall Share delivery (October 23 for Butte and Helena).