FAQs

When and where do I pick up my shares?

Distribution takes place on Thursday afternoons.  Members decide at the beginning of the season to pick up at either the garden or at St. John's Episcopal Church in St. Cloud (space is limited at this site). 
4-6 p.m. at the Garden
5-6 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church

SNAP/EBT members must pick up their shares at the St. Joseph Farmers’ Market on Fridays 3-6 p.m.

The garden is on the west side of the property of Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph. Enter from Minnesota Street onto the College of Saint Benedict's North Entrance (near 4th Street SW). At the stop sign, turn right and stay to the right on the gravel road out to the big yellow barn.

What’s in a weekly share? 

Each week you will receive an assortment of fresh, chemical free produce.  We harvest at the peak of ripeness and nutritional value.  A share in the spring will include a lot of salad greens, radishes and broccoli, and as the season progresses the shares grow to include more and heavier crops like green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and winter squash.  The value of the share is best measured over the entire season: just as the seasons nourish and provide different crops, we eat and distribute different crops.  

You may receive vegetables you have never eaten before – each week in the newsletter you will see photos to help you identify vegetables, and recipes to help you love them.  As one member says, “When in doubt, stir fry them!” 

What if I miss pick-up?
Never fear! The barn is open on Fridays and Monday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Stop by and you'll find a gardener or a note with instructions, and your share in the coolers.  Produce is held until Tuesday when it is redistributed to donation sites.  Friends, neighbors or family members are also welcome to pick up your shares for you.  If none of these options work for you, call Kate (262-339-7737) to make other arrangements.

How do I get to the Garden?
The garden is on the west side of the property of Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph. Enter from Minnesota Street onto the College of Saint Benedict's North Entrance (near 4th Street SW). At the stop sign, turn right and stay to the right on the gravel road out to the big yellow barn.

What should I bring with me to pick up my share?
Bags! You are required to bring your own bags or box to carry your share home.
 
Has the produce already been washed?

Most vegetables have already been washed in a water bath (lettuces, carrots, beets, cucumbers, potatoes, etc.).  Our goal is to deliver produce that is as clean as possible and stores well. Therefore, we do not wash green beans, snap peas, basil and other produce that stores better when it has not been handled extensively. While the Common Ground Garden is not certified organic, we do not use herbicides, pesticides or insecticides. We work hard to remove bugs, caterpillars and plant debris, but we recommend that you keep a watchful eye for these garden critters.

What if I want more or less of a certain vegetable?
There is a table of "extra," often "scratch and dent" vegetables at the garden pick-up that subscribers are encouraged to take home.  There are also periodic "you-pick" opportunities for extra green beans and flowers.  You can also ask Kate about specific vegetables, and depending on availability, she will get you as much as possible.

If you do not want a particular vegetable in your share, you can put it in the Swap Bin and someone who wants it, can take it home.

What does “shared risk” mean?  This means that we share bumper crops and failed harvests.  We grow a large variety of crops so that if the weather isn’t favorable for one, something else will thrive.  We will share information about how the weather is impacting the crops so that you know if you will receive more or less than planned.