MVAC Food Hub is Southern Minnesota’s first and only non-profit local foods distributor.
How do I buy from the Food Hub?
We offer a subscription program called a CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This is the most common way to buy from the hub.
Subscribers pick up a weekly box of seasonal fruit and veggies grown right here in Southern Minnesota. Your subscription supports local farmers who are a part of the community. Ordering your CSA share is easy at our online shop! For more details on the MVAC CSA, please check our FAQ!
How much do I get?
We offer three sizes: Full, Half and Quarter Shares, to meet the needs of each household. Our full share will average 16-20 pounds per week, the half share will be about 8-10 pounds per week and 4-5 pounds per week – but these will vary based on the time of year and availability.
Here is a sample of what your weekly vegetable bags will look like during the season. Keep in mind the actual vegetables in each week will vary.
Early June: lettuce, eggs, bok choy, radish, scallions, kale, strawberries
Late July: fresh onion, broccoli, shallot, cantaloupe, green pepper, carrot, cucumber, zucchini, wax beans
Late September: Tomato, Delicata squash, sweet colored peppers, garlic, Yukon gold potatoes, Zestar apples
How long is a season?
The summer CSA season is 18 weeks long and runs Mid-June to Mid-October.
What’s in the Box?
You can expect up to 45 varieties of produce during the summer season, along with recipe ideas and information about our growers. You will find some old favorites like strawberries, honeycrisp apples and tomatoes, and are sure to find some new produce you’ve never tried before!
What are my subscription options?
Three share sizes are available: full (sized for four people who cook at home a lot), half, or quarter. Food Hub prices are comparable to what you’d expect to pay at a supermarket: a full share is $565 (averages out to $31.39/week), a half share is $300 ($16.67/week), and a quarter share is $175 ($9.72/week). To make our CSA even more affordable, you can reserve your share with a 25% deposit and then after 3 more monthly payment your subscription will be paid in full!
Why should I buy a CSA?
Our growers are very much part of the rural community in Southern Minnesota. By participating in the MVAC CSA you are not only supporting Minnesota farm families, but you are supporting a more sustainable, robust, equitable and healthy regional food system.
We have found the CSA model offers us a good compromise between paying our growers a fair price for their vegetables and getting our customers the best price possible. These two priorities are directly in opposition to each other but the CSA marketing model helps us strike a good balance.
Learn more about Food Hub and shop the online store via the links below.