Reviews for: Treasured Haven Farm
From Day One
By: Ken Harris (Nov 14, 2013)
I am the first person outside of the Johnson family to participate in Treasure Haven Farms CSA program. I want to acknowledge the farmers, Pete, Peg, Zack and Ike for their hard work, Integrity and dedication in providing locally grown fresh vegtables, poultry, beef, and a variety of other products to my family and the other CSA members.
Since 100% their vegtables go to the CSA members(nothing is sold wholesale), the quanity and quality of the produce over the years is unsurpassed. I especially love the potates grown on the farm, the taste is the best I have ever had.
Thank you Treasured Haven Farm for another successful year! I will be back next year and I am also looking to participate in the the various trail runs you are having in 2014. It is always fun to visit the farm.
See you next year,
We are converts to CSA and have a CSA baby!
By: Amy Harrison (Nov 13, 2013)
We heard about CSA's through some friends and clients over the years, but never joined one until 2 years ago, and we are SO glad we did! We had quite a few recommendations to Treasured Haven Farm from clients so we decided to join that CSA. Our family was in a transition of getting away from SAD (standard American diet) and eating much healthier.
We have loved every single box we have received...It has been like opening a surprise present every week, wondering what is inside. And every week we are excited to see it full.. and in peak season...overflowing...with beautiful and yummy selection of farm fresh, picked that morning, organic bounty. Yum! I am hungry just thinking about it!
We have ordered the large family box weekly both years, and the every other week large fruit box both years, and this year I added the extended season veggies and a fresh turkey. The value for what we get and the quality is fantastic. There is absolutely NO WAY we could buy this fresh or this quality at our local store. It is the only way we will ever buy produce in the summer and fall again. I just wish our growing season was longer in MN!
I am especially excited about the extended season boxes we are receiving because not only am I able to stock our freezer and root cellar with our bounty but now I am able to have fresh organic homemade baby food for our new addition to our family. You see we were a family of 5 desperatly trying for the last 7 years to add to our home another baby. Nothing we tried helped us get pregnant and we had all given up when I found out 3 months into our 1st year of our CSA we were pregnant! We believe 100% it was because of our healthy organic change of eating! You can not eat healthier or fresher than farm grown organic! Our DR agreed that was what my body needed! I shared our story wih many others and I was surprised to hear about so many other CSA babies out there....Wow, who knew? I wish I would have done this sooner! Anyway, we have a beautiful baby girl who is starting to eat solids next month when she turns 6 months and I will be feeding her squash, potatoes, pears and peaches all homemade all from our CSA boxes that I have frozen for her!
We love Treasured Haven farm! We have and will continue to recommend them to all of our friends, family, clients and my husbands patients in his clinic! Peg and Pete are wonderful along with their boys and truly make you feel part of the family. The boxes are very affordable and as the season grows they get fuller and fuller until overflow! At the end of the season each year we are all invited out to the farm to pick out our pumpkins and decorative gourds and corn stalks and fill our box ourselves with our favorites. Our kids look forward to this and love going. We are always invited all season and we hope to take them out there to help with picking produce next summer! What a great family experiance!
Was hoping for the best, left disappointed.
By: Steph Manthe (Oct 31, 2013)
As avid organic gardeners on our urban lot, we were excited to join our first CSA. We understood the risk we took, investing in the farm through thick and through thin. Unfortunately, even with that understanding, we are ending the season underwhelmed, under stocked, and unwilling to return to Treasured Haven Farm.
Every week, the CSA newsletter came. I anxiously awaited it for the first couple of weeks: excited to hear news from the farm, the produce that would fill our boxes, the recipes that would be shared among this community of farmers, consumers, and enthusiasts. Instead, I came to dread it. Every week, the first three paragraphs quickly became the lament of the week: too much sun, too much rain, bad CSA members at the drop-sites. What about the positives? Tell me how delicious those cherry tomatoes are if you slow roast them at 225 for 6 hours on a cool fall day. Explain that even if you don?t like squash ? try spaghetti squash sautéed with just garlic and olive oil and it really will change your mind. Be grateful for the 99% of members that aren?t squealing tires outside of a drop-site or using profanity (Really? Could we not have narrowed that down to those involved? I felt scolded.). We know there are struggles. We get that. That?s why we chose to support a local farm. But, that can?t be the whole story.
With a box never more than half-full, I end this season feeling similarly. Beets, carrots, cabbage, arugula, eggplant, brussels sprouts, bok choy? I missed you this year. With so much money invested in the CSA, we couldn?t justify more money at the market on vegetables in addition to the staples we?re able to grow at home. I thought that?s what we would be getting: the variety of our brief Minnesota growing season. I know that not all CSAs struggled to fill boxes this year. We had the opportunity to pick up one of my sister?s shares from another farm earlier in the season, and they could literally not close the top. She forwarded the newsletter, as well, filled with photos and recipes and stories collected from their members. It?s what I?d always hoped a CSA would be. Unfortunately, Treasured Haven just wasn?t that CSA. It?s back to the farmers? market for us.
Comments on this Review:
Steph Manthe says: (Nov 5, 2013)
Peg reached out to me after this review, and I appreciated the response. She provided us with a VERY full box of extra veggies from the farm to make up for challenges during the year.
Peggy Johnson says: (Feb 24, 2014)
For a great CSA experience, open communication is key between members and their farmer. We sadly did not know of any challenges for this member until this review was posted and immediately sought to find the cause and seek a satisfactory remedy since the regular delivery season was already complete. We now realize we must communicate more clearly to members how critically important boxes be picked up by designated times, and if not, boxes may, or may not, be left intact as business site hosts do utilize any remaining produce quickly so it does not go to waste.... Our CSA has been built strongly on member input. Members have desired for newsletters to serve more as notifications and reminders with a few pics and most of the recipes, suggestions, meal ideas, etc. either on Facebook where members can interact, or linked from newsletters to the farm's or other websites, we will make this notice more prominent..... Through surveys, members have also decided what specific veggies we grow and a list is available on our website as we do not want anyone to be disappointed expecting something we do not grow. We apologized that smaller partial or infrequent shares like this one may unfortunately not receive every crop or variety simply due to peak quality harvest and delivery schedules not aligning, but there would have always been another crop packed in their place.... As farmers, especially with multiple meteorologists in the family, the weather blurb is a key educational component that most of our CSA Families love as it directly impacts the crops grown and veggies received. We will do a better job of explaining why we include it..... We apologized to this member for any newsletter content they felt inappropriate, but it should be acknowledged personal interpretation can occur and context is everything. We will strive for better clarity in the future.... As in anything that happens in life, sometimes to no fault of anyone, styles may just not match, and as such, no CSA is going to be a perfect fit with every potential member. For others looking to join a CSA, please always research each farm thoroughly and make sure all your questions are answered before you make your CSA choice.... Thanks and Blessings!