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#1 of 41 Old 03-27-2009, 07:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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!
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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!

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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.
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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!!!:

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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...)

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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!
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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.
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Yummy! I am coming over for dinner tomorrow!:

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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.

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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!
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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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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.
they also have eagle river and Wasilla and Palmer.
I'm sure they will expand to other places! Did you leave a comment?

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Has anyone gotten food from the Glacier Valley CSA yet? I am thinking of switching since the FCF is so expensive ($15 a box is a big difference!) but I wanted to hear some experiences before we make the switch!

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Has anyone gotten food from the Glacier Valley CSA yet? I am thinking of switching since the FCF is so expensive ($15 a box is a big difference!) but I wanted to hear some experiences before we make the switch!
I have gotten 2 boxes. I found the food to be very nice actually.
We got strawberries from CA and with the second shipment, the "owners" even wrote out an apology letter for the quality of the strawberries but I thought they were really quite good considering I can hardly buy them from the store looking that good.
Anyway, I found the whole box to be good quality and a good price. The only thing we never ate was the arugula but we did try the Kale. We found the box to be too much to order it every week so we will probably just do once a month boxes in the summer and every other week in the winter.

With our second box, someone had taken the wrong one from our pick up location but we got it all sorted out quickly and were able to pick up our replacement box the next day. The people who run the program were just awesome!

I really have nothing bad to say about them. I really really like the fact they try to get as much local stuff as they can.
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Awesome thank you for posting! I will cancel my FCF order tonight I was reading through the list of foods for the winter boxes and thought, yum, we'll be having alot of yummy stews this winter :

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I would order from the Glacier Valley one if it was an option but it is not. That being said I love my FCF box, I have been getting them for about 2 years now. I do put them on hold in the summer and shop at my farmers market but they are a life saver for me in the winter.

I have learned not to get tomotoes in my boxes because they get squished but that is about it. Yes sometimes I get stuff that is not grown in the pacific northwest but it is still better than what I can get in the grocery store. I don't really think that price is bad, it is less than I wouold spend at the store for the same amount of produce.
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I would order from the Glacier Valley one if it was an option but it is not. That being said I love my FCF box, I have been getting them for about 2 years now. I do put them on hold in the summer and shop at my farmers market but they are a life saver for me in the winter.

I have learned not to get tomotoes in my boxes because they get squished but that is about it. Yes sometimes I get stuff that is not grown in the pacific northwest but it is still better than what I can get in the grocery store. I don't really think that price is bad, it is less than I wouold spend at the store for the same amount of produce.
YOu make some very valid points! I think that more of us Alaskans need to contact GVF's and let them know we want them to try and offer boxes to more places!!!

I know they are new and just getting started but I am sure they would love to hear your feedback on this!!
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With Glacier Valley, do you know ahead of time what is coming in the box, and can you change stuff out? I like FCF because I can tailor the boxes to our family's preferences.

Also, you listed what you got in your box-can you order larger boxes or more than one? That really wouldn't last us very long. We go through our whole small FCF box every week and are thinking of upgrading to a medium box.
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I think they do let you know ahead of time, as on the website they made a post on April 23 with the contents of the box for April 29.

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With Glacier Valley, do you know ahead of time what is coming in the box, and can you change stuff out? I like FCF because I can tailor the boxes to our family's preferences.

Also, you listed what you got in your box-can you order larger boxes or more than one? That really wouldn't last us very long. We go through our whole small FCF box every week and are thinking of upgrading to a medium box.
If you are really big into veggies or have a large family or this is your only source of produce, then yes, you most certainly may want to order more boxes. I dont recall a per family limit.
GVF is just starting out, right now they pre-order boxes and only have so many available for purchase. First come first serve.

As far as swapping out foods....I dont think they are doing that quite yet but I do think they have plan on being able to offer that soon.

Remember they are just starting out. So things will change and grow and get better as time goes on.
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I pre-paid for 10 boxes from FCF. A hold on the account after 7. For two boxes in a row I didn't get extra produce I selected and paid beyond the regular price or they just didn't include produce they said was in the box (with no substitution). I emailed them and they said it happens - they'll make up for it next week. The next week - the box didn't have the replacement produce and was missing new stuff as well. I emailed again to complain and as for an explanation. I stated that if there wasn't a reasonable explanation I couldn't continue buying their produce. They said "It happens" and froze the account. No apology. No information on re-activating the account. When I inquired they said they don't issue refunds for un-used prepaid boxes. I was less than pleased. I don't know when I'll order my remaining 3 boxes.

I now use Wolf Lake Wellness & Glacier Valley Farms. I've been very happy with GVF.

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