{Local} Finley’s Fresh Produce CSA now accepting sign-ups for 2013

by Melody on January 10, 2013

I’m so excited to let you know that Finley’s Fresh Produce out of Hermiston has opened up their community-supported agriculture program for 2013!

We have now participated in this program for two years and have been beyond thrilled.  Their produce is amazing, the flexibility and affordability of the program is unmatched and the Finley’s are wonderful.  They are very open about their communication and were available for questions, recipe ideas or just to tease my husband every week at the pick-up.

One of our weekly pick-ups:

Finley’s Fresh Produce provides naturally grown produce that is pesticide-free.  They are Food Alliance certified, which taken from the website means “To show social and environmental responsibility in the food industry and to demonstrate commitment to sustainability in agriculture practices and facility management”.

Here’s how the program works:

  • Choose the amount of weekly shares you want – As low as $171 total or 3 shares per week
  • Send in your sign-up form with a deposit or full payment by January 31st
  • Once the season starts (May – October), you pick up your pre-paid produce each week at a designated spot

The last two years, the delivery spot was the loading dock at Kadlec on Stevens.  Pick-up date was Tuesday from 3 PM to 6 PM.  You bring your own containers and get to choose the produce items you want to take home that week.  You have the flexibility to take more or less each week and if you miss a week, you can make up your shares over the course of the next few weeks.

I seriously can’t say enough about this program.  The first year, we chose to get 3 shares per week and last year we bumped it up to 4.  I’m seriously considering 5 this year.  We rarely had to pick up produce at the store last year, including fruit!  It is so convenient, so easy and flexible and the variety is amazing.  Not only is the produce fantastically delicious, but I feel like the program saved us money by keeping us out of the grocery store and away from impulse purchases.

If you are interested in signing up, head to Finley’s website, fill out the sign-up form and send in at least a deposit before the end of the month.  Tell them Melody sent you!

You can read my review from the first year we participated, plus check out a few additional pictures.  Please let me know if you have any questions about our experience and I’d be happy to help out.  I can’t wait for May!

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KarenE January 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

I live in Hermiston, and Finleys is a good option. Here the pick up is at Alive & Well, last I heard. For me the amount of produce that we eat (family of 7), it added up too quickly to be cost effective for my budget. We also have another produce co-op that is new to the area that I am so excited to have here (Hermiston, Pendleton, North Powder, Baker City, to name a few in Oregon). It’s called Bountiful Baskets. (bountifulbasktets.org) It is not a local grower, but a multi-state group that uses it’s large buying power to purchase produce and offer it at about 1/2 of grocery store prices. Unlike Finleys, you can’t choose what you get in your basket, but I have always been pleased with the selection. Orders are placed on Monday-Tuesday of the ordering week and picked up on Saturday afternoons. Right now it is every other week, but once the word gets out and the orders go up it will progress to a weekly event. Last weeks basket pick up I got strawberries, apples, bananas, lemons, oranges, pineapple, potatoes, onions, avocados, & mini sweet peppers. All for $15 per “basket”. Every time you order the selection is different, and they offer different extras that can be ordered in addition to the baskets. I also ordered extra items, a flat of strawberries (8 – 1lb pkgs $14) a 40 lb box of apples $30, and organic 9 grain bread 5 loaves for $12. Participating in this has drastically cut my trips to the grocery store and improved the amount of fresh produce we eat. When I lived in Arizona we did this and loved it there too. I was really bummed when we moved here and it wasn’t available yet. However, some great people from this area went and trained at an existing site so we could get one running here. I was soooo happy!

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KarenE January 25, 2013 at 8:02 am

That website should have read: bountifulbaskets.org

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