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Anyone know much about CSA's up around Anchorage? I'm guessing theyre all out of the Mat/Su Valley? Anyways, we'll be moving up there in April and are interested in getting a full share. I have searched on LocalHarvest.com and found a few, but am wondering if any of you have a favorite or one that youd recommend. Thank you!
 

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<p>Glacier Valley Farms</p>
 

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<p>My family loves Spring Creek Farm.  We've done it for 3 years now and have split the share with another family every time and STILL have a hard time eating it all (we are a young family of 3).  They work with APU (Alaska Pacific University) and have pick ups both at the farm and at the university once a week (usually Mondays).  I believe this will be the first year that they will not be using a grant to run it, and I dearly hope that all the numbers work out, and they will be self sufficient enough to have it continue.  You may want to email them to get on their "waiting list" so they will contact you when it's time to sign up for it, usually in February.</p>
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<p>wow! Those guys are expensive! $3.50 a pound for a pig. Plus $100 to slaughter. Plus $1.00 per pound to butcher!  Better be the KOBE of Pork.</p>
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<p>Josie, can you explain more about how the CSA works with Spring Creek?</p>
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<p>Thanks!</p>
 

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Thanks for the replies ladies! I checked out both and heard back from the lady at Spring Creek and think we'll probably go with them since I've tried to contact Glacier Valley several times and no ones gotten back to me....? Spring Creek looks great, though ---- glad to know you liked it JosieAK.<br><br>
How does the Glacier Valley one work though? From what I read on their website I gather you don't just buy a share upfront like a regular CSA? Couldn't get a clear sense of how it all worked....<br><br>
Also JosieAK, were you able to freeze any of your share? That's something I'd like to look into. I figure if we got a whole share and were able to freeze half then we could make it last all year? Maybe? Who knows....<br><br>
And yes that is SUPER SPENDY for a pig! That would be an insane amount of $$$.....
 

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<p>Glacier Valley is different then the Spring Creek in that the average consumer can buy a box of produce each month or every 2 weeks. Much like Full Circle Farm (another CSA we use here in Alaska) We don't buy an actual share in the farm I guess. (honestly I did not know there were different CSA types until this thread).</p>
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<p>With Glacier Valley and Full Circle, you are not bound by anything. you can order when you want, how much you want.</p>
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Oooh, really? That's kinda cool! I thought that might be how they did it but wasnt sure..... How big is a topical box? And how much per box? Does it vary?<br><br>
And would you happen to have any more info on Full Circle Farm?<br><br>
Thank you!,!!
 

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<p><a href="http://www.fullcirclefarm.com/" target="_blank">http://www.fullcirclefarm.com/</a></p>
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<p>I personally like Glacier Valley better because it is Alaskan Farm based. They "shop" Alaska first, and then supplement the boxes with other organic produce from the lower 48.  But many many people love the Full Circle better because they offer you more options. :)</p>
<p>You might need to "register" with the Glacier Valley site to view it all. But you are not bound to do anything. They will send you email reminders if you want to order. I have not ordered in about a year  but we got a full box (like a normal produce sized box) full of potatoes, carrots, onions, greens, radishes, tomatoes, strawberries, etc etc... depending upon what was in season. They also send a news letter with recipes for that boxes stuff.<br><br>
I think Full Circle is the same except they are bigger and can offer you more variety. You can also pick and choose certain things. If you have plenty of potatoes, you can ask for more greens.  They also deliver to your home for $5 extra.  Full Circle is based out of Washington or Oregon? Not sure.</p>
 

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Oh wow, thank you! This is exactly the info I was hoping to get!! Thank you thank you thank you!! Xoxo9
 

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<p>You're welcome!</p>
 

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<p>Glacier Valley is local 1st, then organic. Fill Circle is all organic, but not much from AK. in summer especially i find it ridiculous to fly in organic lettuce, kale or beets when its abundant locally and organic.  No subs with GV though, you can with FCF.</p>
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<p>I buy half a pig from Alex Davis in Palmer.  About the same pricing - it works out to about $5.50/lb. And it is awesome - but very different from conventional pork. Very lean. Cleaner 'porkier' taste.  Mat Valley meats processes it and their bacon is more like canadian bacon.  I won't buy any other ham anymore.</p>
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<p>I've been very tempted by Spring Creek - anybody else happy with them?</p>
 
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