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post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Okay, please tell me more about this program.
I would like to know how fresh is the produce
what is the cost? How many times a month/week do you get a box?
What comes in a box? Do you get to pick the foods?

Thanks!
post #2 of 41
I did Full Circle Farm CSA for a few months before Wolf Lake Wellness started ordering organic produce for us.

My opinion on FCF is that their produce is pretty good. You can switch out up to 5 items in your box. Delivery is reliable. The price is exorbitant. And it really annoyed me to see potatoes and carrots and cabbage that I could find locally. See, Washington is NOT my community. It just kind of aggravated me.

Shopping through Wolf Lake Wellness is a FAR better deal and way more flexible.
post #3 of 41
Saw the title and had to click through.

I live about 10 minutes from the farm here in WA. We used to subscribe, but started getting stuff from places like Earthbound Organics in our box regularly, which kind of irritated us. Really, at least here I can buy that at Safeway and it is not remotely local in most cases.

Now that being said, being in AK, you have far fewer options and we were always happy with the service and such. We had a few quality issues, but they were always resolved if we brought it up to them. A few years ago we did have our box delivered to us in Juneau when they first started offering delivery to AK (we were up there for a week visiting my grandmother) and it was great at the time. But of course that was before we became upset at their lack of "self-grown" produce and cancelled with them.

As for frequency, I think you can subscribe weekly or bi-weekly unless they have changed that.
post #4 of 41
We got one box from them, and cancled the next day.
$50 dollars for a rather small amount of poor quality veges and fruit. considered to be enough for two people for one week.

2 8" Zucs
6 rather green romas
6 mushrooms
2 limes
2 grapefruit
1 onion
4 apples
a tiny bag of moldy grapes
1 litlle squash
3 tiny sweet potatos
2 avacados
2 handfulls of greens that were covered in dirt and wilted.

No way am I going to spend $200 a month on that stuff!
Especially when our food budget is a little over $130 a month, and that includes our raw milk and cream!
post #5 of 41
Wanted to add, Wolf Lake Wellness rocks!!
We are not doing the vege order, but we do use the Azure order!
We will be growing everything we need in the future. Just ramping up the amount every summer, with hopes of putting in a root cellar this summer as well.
post #6 of 41
Thread Starter 
I appreciate your honesty.
I'll look into Wolf Lake.

I would rather buy as local as possible! I'm so sad I can no longer find Alaska Grown Carrots.
post #7 of 41
I'm site coordinator for Nunapitchuk/Kasigluk! Out here, it's the best quality we can get for the cost of the box (heck, there isn't even organic produce at the stores in Bethel, and the Fred Meyer bush order system is... difficult to navigate). I'm not sure it'd be worth it if I lived on the road system, though. I'd have to crunch the numbers.
post #8 of 41
We have been doing Full Circle Farms, off and on, for about 2 years. It is fun because you are able to get fruits and vegetables that you would not normally buy. Therefore, you are "forced" to try out new recipes. The down size is the quality of the food. Sometimes, it was slightly moldy or under ripe. For the price that you pay it is frustrating to open up a box with squished tomatoes or moldy fruit.
post #9 of 41
www.glaciervalleycsa.com in Anchorage and the Valley. $30/box and this winter (their first), they're bring in stuff from outside to supplement (fruits, etc).

FCF is $38 for a small box to Anchorage with the pre-pay discount.
post #10 of 41
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Originally Posted by sairy_gamp View Post
www.glaciervalleycsa.com in Anchorage and the Valley. $30/box and this winter (their first), they're bring in stuff from outside to supplement (fruits, etc).

whoo hooo! this is awesome! I just bought a box. Too super excited about getting some AK produce. I just LOVE the AK carrots!
post #11 of 41
I just signed up this week for the FCF CSA, and will be getting my first box on Tuesday. I was really excited to get some fresh produce because we are going through serious veggie withdrawals after having spent the past 2 years in Washington! Good to know there are other options if the FCF box is disappointing!
post #12 of 41
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Originally Posted by treetop View Post
We have been doing Full Circle Farms, off and on, for about 2 years. It is fun because you are able to get fruits and vegetables that you would not normally buy. Therefore, you are "forced" to try out new recipes. The down size is the quality of the food. Sometimes, it was slightly moldy or under ripe. For the price that you pay it is frustrating to open up a box with squished tomatoes or moldy fruit.

honestly, I would be totally pissed. I take great care in picking out the "perfect" tomato. We pay high enough prices that I cannot afford to get home with squished produce. In fact, 1/2 the time I bag my own produce because it seems most of the baggers now days either don't care or don't have a clue.

Anyway, I am also eager to support our local farmers and I'm gonna give this Glacier Valley thing a try.
post #13 of 41
Wow...the Glacier Valley Farms looks neat! I am sending out the link to friends and family back home. I am also bookmarking it because we plan on moving back next year!!!:
post #14 of 41
We have gotten some FCF, and out here in rural southeast, it is about the best option. it IS expensive (box cost plus $14 freight on the seaplane!) so we did the every-other-week option. There were a couple of times that the box got held up in Juneau because of bad weather and the seaplane not getting out here to us in Pelican, and those times I did have some wilted veggies...but in general we've been pretty happy with it. We just learned to not try to count on the boxes in winter...we told them to cancel all our boxes Nov-March It's not worth it to me to pay that much when I cant' count on the stuff getting here in good shape. It's sad to be stuck with frozen/canned all winter, but that's the reality of living out here.

With all that said, we don't have a real grocery store, so FCF is our only realistic option for decent produce...if I lived on the road system instead of an island I would not be using them. They *are* pretty dang expensive, especially when you have only some choice over your box content (they let you exchange up to 5 items from whatever the 'list' is that week, but not more than that...)
post #15 of 41
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Originally Posted by treetop View Post
Wow...the Glacier Valley Farms looks neat! I am sending out the link to friends and family back home. I am also bookmarking it because we plan on moving back next year!!!:
I totally agree! I think this will become a really great option for All Alaskans!
post #16 of 41
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
whoo hooo! this is awesome! I just bought a box. Too super excited about getting some AK produce. I just LOVE the AK carrots!
I am very pleased to say that we picked up our first Glacier Valley Box today and it was great!
Everything was in very good condition!! We ate all the strawberries with dinner and tomorrow I will cook Kale for the first time!

We got
1 lb Strawberries
2 D'anjo pears
2 large naval oranges
1lb AK carrots (baby ones! super sweet!)
4 really large AK potates
6 small AK onions
1 wonderful looking bunch of Kale
1 HUGE bunch of Arugula
2 large Fuji Apples
1 large bunch of Radishes (yummy and sweet too!)
and a nice head of Cauliflower

All organic and all from USA farmers.
post #17 of 41
Yummy! I am coming over for dinner tomorrow!:
post #18 of 41
Thank you for sharing the content of your glacier valley produce, I just may switch over from full circle farms. I've been ordering from them since the holidays and I learned to take any leafy greens off the list because they would be wilted by the time I got my box (I live on the road system). The last couple of boxes were disappointing. sigh.
post #19 of 41
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Thank you for sharing the content of your glacier valley produce, I just may switch over from full circle farms. I've been ordering from them since the holidays and I learned to take any leafy greens off the list because they would be wilted by the time I got my box (I live on the road system). The last couple of boxes were disappointing. sigh.
You're welcome!

I live in Anchorage and can buy this stuff in town but I really like supporting as many local farmers and small businesses as I can. Plus, like someone else mentioned, I am forced to try things I would never buy on my own. It is a fun food adventure!

You can check out their website and preview the next box contents. We already bought for next week too!
post #20 of 41
Hi again. The pick-up sites are only in Anchorage, oh well. I'll be sure to let my family up there know about the program.
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