Wisconsin summer, right in your freezer.
Sign Up for a Frozen Assets Share
Click here to sign up for a Frozen Assets share, or stop by Farmshed to fill out a paper form. Scroll down for more information about the Frozen Assets program and our share options!
Volunteer in the Kitchen
Join us this summer in the Farmshed kitchen to enjoy community, learn about food processing and preservation, and even earn locally grown, organic vegetables! Farmshed staff, shareholders, and volunteers alike will be teaming up to process thousands of pounds of local vegetables throughout the summer starting on July 12th. Processing includes washing, cutting, blanching, freezing, and bagging all of the vegetables. This is no small task, but many hands make light work!
If you are a shareholder, you will earn $10 off of your Frozen Assets share for each volunteer shift you work. If you are not a shareholder, you will receive two bags of Frozen Assets at the end of processing season to thank you for your help.
*Certain Exclusions Apply – If you are part of a large volunteer group, are receiving paid time off, volunteer time off, or are earning community service hours, you are not eligible to receive $10 off your share/two bags of Frozen Assets.
To sign up for a volunteer shift, click here. Pick which day and time appeal to you most and then fill in your name, email, and tell us if you are a shareholder (yes or no). Please note that there are separate tabs labeled with dates at the bottom of the sign up sheet. If you are not able to stay for a whole shift, that is okay! We would appreciate any time you can give us.
Frozen Assets 2017/2018
Wondering how you can savor the tastes of summer even during the winter? Welcome to Frozen Assets, Farmshed’s frozen veggie program. We will freeze and package vegetables picked during the peak of ripeness and then distribute them to you all winter long.
How does it work?
- Farmshed placed orders in the spring for bulk produce with Certified Organic partner farmers in the Local Food Buying Club.
- Field Notes Farm
- Red Door Family Farm
- Stoney Acres Farm
- Whitefeather Organics
- Farmshed members will be offered shares of Frozen Assets (a collection of vegetables that have been frozen at the peak of freshness), mimicking a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model.
- A limited number of whole (100 lbs of frozen vegetables) and half shares (50 lbs of frozen vegetables) will be available.
- As produce items come in throughout the growing season (see attached schedule) the Farmshed Kitchen Coordinator and willing members will break them down, process, and package them into Frozen Assets.
- Participating shareholders will receive $10 off at the end of season for each kitchen session worked. Non-shareholder volunteers will receive a voucher for 2 Frozen Assets products at the season’s end for each kitchen session worked.
- Shares will be available for member pick up starting November 15th and will go until March 22nd at two locations. Members also have the option to pick up all of their shares at once!
- Farmshed in Stevens Point
- Family Natural Foods in Wisconsin Rapids
- Additional product will be sold to the public at Winter Farmers Markets.
What produce was chosen for this year?
Green Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Sweet Peppers, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, and Butternut Squash
What is the cost of a share and what will members get?
Full Share – 10 lbs every other week (1lb of each vegetable listed above)
– 10 pick ups = 100 lbs – $500
Half Share – 10 lbs once per month (1lb of each vegetable listed above)
– 5 pick ups = 50 lbs – $250
What forms of payment are accepted?
- FoodShare/EBT (contact Farmshed to learn more about this option)
Why Start the Frozen Assets Program?
- Funding from the USDA Local Food Promotion Program in 2016 enabled us to finish the Farmshed Community Kitchen and develop a food processing model that will help sustain it long term.
- People have requested more ways to access local vegetables in the winter, this is one, small solution to the short WI growing season.
- Working directly with farmers to set fair prices and contracting for product ahead of the season helps to build an equitable food system.
- In a 2015 community survey, 84% of responders reported that they were most interested in freezing as a preservation technique.
- Freezing food at peak harvest preserves nutrients almost to the level of their fresh counterparts.
Purchase Individual 1lb Packages of our Frozen Assets!
- You can still enjoy Frozen Assets without signing up for a share! Stop by Farmshed to see what products are available for purchase!
- Take a look at our price list here: Frozen Assets Price List
Frozen Assets 2017-2018 Sharehoder Pick Up Schedule
See the attachment below for shareholder pick up schedules at Central Rivers Farmshed in Stevens Point and at Family Natural Foods in Wisconsin Rapids.
Farmshed’s Frozen Assets Program was featured on WSAW’s Sunrise 7 – Farm to Fork Segment on February 13th, 2017. Check it out:
Take a look back at Frozen Asset Newsletters to see recipes and past Farmshed updates!
Hand Packed Harvest
Did you know that we also offer canned goods? Drop by the office to check out our array of delicious jarred veggies.
11/4/17 - Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers' Market
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point Wisconsin
11/11/17 - Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers' Market
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point Wisconsin
11/11/17 - 10th Annual Farmer Tribute Dinner
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI