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Can anyone tell me a bit about the Jupazza/Vitale Cooperative Farm in Rochester Hills. I have been looking at <a href="http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M9036" target="_blank">this</a> site and I am a little confused.<br>
If you scroll down it lists a bunch of veggies and a few other things. If you click on these items it gives you an option to search for them in your area. So, does this particular farm not grow some of these things? If you wanted something that they don't have can you get it from another farm even though you are a member or this co-op?
 

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Hey! I don't belong to this PARTICULAR farm co-op, but one in the area who does just what you describe. What they can't grow for reasons of space, type of soil, or intensity of need of the crop, they put us in touch with other, local farmers, who CAN/DO provide the crop or food we're looking for.<br><br>
For instance, our farm doesn't grow carrots, because the ground is too rocky. However, she knows a farmer who DOES and has an agreement with her to provide us with carrots for a very low price. Same with blueberries and strawberries.<br><br>
Also, she sells eggs for local 4-H families right in her barn, along with butter, cheese, and bacon, all free-range, organically fed, and in the case of the bacon, nitrite free...and for prices quite a bit lower than the grocery store...AND it tastes so much better (and in the case of the eggs the yolks stand at attention and are a bea-u-ti-ful shade of orangy-yellow that even organic eggs at the store don't attain).<br><br>
She also provides a list for us of naturally grown and organic meats (like cows, hogs, chickens and turkeys) in the area. This year, I've ordered several organically grown chickens, a hog, a 1/4 cow to share with a friend, and three turkeys, one for thanksgiving and two for the rest of the winter. When you buy directly from the farmer, and in larger quantities (I have a 17 cu foot freezer in my garage), it is SIGNIFICANTLY less expensive, and sooooo convenient to have it all right there, butchered in exactly the cuts I'll use, in my freezer!<br><br>
So, the point is, it is very likely that the farm you're looking at does much the same thing. Many farmers who farm sustainably believe in supporting other farms who do the same thing, and I wouldn't be surprised if they do.<br><br>
If you decide to go with them, you'll have to let us know how it goes (I'd love to see a list of what you get every week, to compare!)...I know that the farm I belong to is looking for another farm to recommend to people who come in too late to participate (they have a waiting list EVERY year because they only serve 45 families a year). The farm they used to recommend just isn't providing well for the people who buy in.<br><br>
Have fun! WE LOVE OUR CO-OP!
 

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Also, she sells eggs for local 4-H families right in her barn, along with butter, cheese, and bacon, all free-range, organically fed, and in the case of the bacon, nitrite free...and for prices quite a bit lower than the grocery store...AND it tastes so much better (and in the case of the eggs the yolks stand at attention and are a bea-u-ti-ful shade of orangy-yellow that even organic eggs at the store don't attain).<br></div>
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Thanks Coutenay....If I decide to join I will let you know how it goes. Maybe I will get on the waiting list for your co-op, it sounds great. I miss "real" eggs. When I was growing up we had chickens for a few years...it was so fun to to the coup and get fresh eggs every morning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think the best part will be the experience for ds. So he doesn't grow up thinking potatoes are grown in meijer bags...lol
 

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Yup. I LOVE that about our farm. The kids participate in the work for the farm, so my dd (who is five) has hand picked potatoe beetles, helped spread composted leaves on fields to keep down weeds as well as adding "stuff" to the soil. Too, today she helped me pick ground cherries, tomatoes (her hair smelled like tomato bushes!), basil, and lettuce. I thought as I was walking out of the lettuce patch how happy I was that she is having this experience (she even helped dh dig potatoes two weeks ago)...that we're going "shopping" at the FARM every week for our produce, and she knows the people who grow it, as well as the ground it was grown in. THat's pretty cool! She even noticed today that the onion field is now bare. I brought her back to the barn and showed her the last of the onions that were waiting for people to bring them home...and she made the connection that what was growing in the field is now in our basement in baskets, and is used in the food we make every night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think that that rocks. She's even been telling me for two years that she is going to be a farmer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I told her that Michigan State has a GREAT program for agricultural science, and that I'd help her to pay for it as long as she used organic and sustainable practices once she starts farming!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We belong to Maple Creek and really like it. We have a baby and my husband and I both work so we're completely fine with paying a little extra and not having to work the farm.<br><br>
We have a convenient pick up in downtown Rochester which is perfect because then I pick it up and make my grocery trip to Whole Foods afterward.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We belong to Maple Creek and really like it. We have a baby and my husband and I both work so we're completely fine with paying a little extra and <b>not having to work the farm</b>.<br><br>
We have a convenient pick up in downtown Rochester which is perfect because then I pick it up and make my grocery trip to Whole Foods afterward.</div>
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You have got me worried now...I will have to check it out a little more because I was not aware of having to do any of the work besides picking your own stuff. Even though I wouldn't mind helping sometimes, it was not was I was aiming for...lol I was just looking for fresh picked by us produce while supporting local farmers.
 

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Sorry.. didn't mean to confuse you.. each farm is different.. I'm not sure how Vitale works, but I think you have to work or pick your own. That farm is one street from my house but didn't have any shares when we were interested.<br><br>
For Maple Creek we don't pick our own or anything, but we pay a little more than Vitale I think.
 

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You do have to work at Jupazza - which turned out to be a disaster for us. I have a two year old, and I thought - 4 hours a month? easy. But no, it has turned out to be a hassle.<br><br>
Their communication isn't great, either. They said that they'd email to let you know what fruits/veggies are ready. We've only got about 3 emails all summer.<br><br>
We won't be doing it again next year.<br><br>
Monica
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You do have to work at Jupazza - which turned out to be a disaster for us. I have a two year old, and I thought - 4 hours a month? easy. But no, it has turned out to be a hassle.<br><br>
Their communication isn't great, either. They said that they'd email to let you know what fruits/veggies are ready. We've only got about 3 emails all summer.<br><br>
We won't be doing it again next year.<br><br>
Monica</div>
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Thanks for the info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My farm is Rocky Gardens. I was a member at Maple Creek last year, and have friends who are still members this year. My concern about Maple Creek is this: I pay a hundred or two less (depending on when you sign MC has a sliding pay scale) than Maple Creek, and literally get three or four times the food from Rocky Gardens that I would from Maple Creek (making week to week comparisons with my friends' boxes). Yup. I work. And I know other people who have little ones who work, as well. I don't think <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">I'd</span></b> have been able to do it when my daughter was very young, though. HOWEVER. If we had known that we'd get this much more food for our cost...my husband would probably have figured out a way to do it on his own or with a friend or two. When we go as a family, the four hours turns into...at most two, and if it's a job the kids can help with sometimes an hour and a quarter. That's really nice. We spend it as family time, on an evening or a weekend morning. It's a nice community, and I'm really glad we got in!
 
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