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Details about our 2018 Veggie Box program are now available! 

Sign up for a subscription to local, seasonal & sustainably-grown veggies & food products, all from Mid-Michigan farmers!

How to enroll: enroll online here

Interested in bringing fresh, local food to your workplace?

email exchange@allenneighborhoodcenter.org for details.

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Veggie Box 
The Veggie Box program provides a convenient way of obtaining fresh, high quality, locally grown and produced foods. Our goal is to ease the amount of effort involved with health-conscious eating by bringing the farmer’s bounty to you. Each week, we purchase the best in-season produce from an array of local farmers, pack it into a box, and deliver directly to your workplace, or have it available for pick-up at the Allen Market Place. We source our products from local growers and producers in MidMichigan who utilize sustainable growing practices and stringent food safety measures. Therefore, we can ensure a safe and healthy product for you and your family that is also good for the environment! Each box includes a newsletter with healthy recipes utilizing that week’s produce, a bio of the farmers providing the various items, and preparation tips for featured vegetables.

Summer Veggie Box & Add-On Items run for 14 weeks, June 7 – September 6.

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Summer Veggie Box costs $280 (add-on items available for an additional cost). Summer Veggie Box includes a seasonal assortment of fresh, locally grown vegetables & fruits. Projected items include: asparagus, cooking greens, salad mix, lettuce, peas, radish, okra, herbs, beets, carrots, cabbage, green beans, peppers, kohlrabi, tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, sweet corn, onions, winter squash, potatoes, garlic, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, & more.

How to enroll: enroll online

*Some crops may be unavailable due to adverse weather conditions or other factors outside of our control.

 

Fall Veggie Box & Add-On Items run for 14 weeks, September 20 – December 20.

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Fall Veggie Box costs $280 (add-on items available for an additional cost). Fall Veggie Box includes a seasonal assortment of fresh, locally grown vegetables & fruits. Projected items include: onions, potatoes, winter squash, kale, collards, Swiss chard, salad mix, lettuce, garlic, apples, cabbage, carrots, beets, turnips, herbs, & more.

How to enroll: enroll online

*Some crops may be unavailable due to adverse weather conditions or other factors outside of our control.

Add-On Items

In addition to fresh, local produce, we also offer optional add-on items of other locally produced foods to further increase the diversity of items in your box.

You can select multiple shares of each add-on item.

  • eggsBrown Eggs: 1 dozen bi-weekly. From Grazing Fields Cooperative (Charlotte, MI), a multi-farm cooperative of small to mid-sized local farmers who are dedicated to raising healthy, happy hens! Pasture raised and cage-free, these brown eggs are a delicious, healthy source of locally produced protein.
  • breadBread: 1 loaf weekly. From Stone Circle Bakehouse (Holt, MI). Owner, Kevin Cosgrove, is committed to producing delicious artisan bread that is gently mixed, slowly fermented, hand-shaped, and baked in a wood-fired oven.
  • coffeeeCoffee Beans (whole): 1 pound bag of whole beans bi-weekly or monthly. From Rust Belt Roastery (Lansing, MI). Paul & Emily Nicholls offer wood-roasted coffee that is delicious, Certified Fair Trade and Organic, and from 1 of only 8 wood-roasted coffee producers in the U.S.!
  • Cold Brew Coffee: 1 pint bi-weekly. From Rust Belt Roastery (Lansing, MI). Paul & Emily Nicholls offer wood-roasted coffee that is delicious, Certified Fair Trade and Organic, and from 1 of only 8 wood-roasted coffee producers in the U.S.! The cold brew process produces a smooth, less acidic coffee with a powerful punch!
  • Cheese: ½ pound bi-weekly. From Hickory Knoll Creamery (Onondaga, MI). For 15 years, Mike Metzger and Rusty Plummer have been creating delicious, artisan, pasture-raised cow & goat cheeses at their farmstead where both the milk and the cheese are produced. Cheeses include a variety of Tommes, sharp cheddar, Kronberg (Appenzeller-style Swiss), Poitou (Raclette-style), and mozzarella.
  • 196279_119002584843892_1808881_nChevre: 7oz bi-weekly. From Hickory Knoll Creamery (Onondaga, MI). For 15 years, Mike Metzger and Rusty Plummer have been creating delicious, artisan, pasture-raised cow & goat cheeses at their farmstead where both the milk and the cheese are produced. Rotating chevre flavors include: plain, pesto, and sun-dried tomato.
  • Dry Black Turtle Beans: 1 pound monthly. From Ferris Organic Farm. The Ferris family farm was established more than one hundred sixty years ago and was farmed organically until the early 1950’s. The 200 acre farm consists of about 150 tillable acres and has been certified organic since certification began. Ferris has an ‘on farm’ certified organic dry bean and grain cleaning facility, the first one certified organic in the mid-west.
  • Honey: 1 pint per season. From Bee Wise Farms (Lansing, MI). Adam & Lacey Ingrao provide mentorship and education in responsible beekeeping practices, and their high-quality honey is delicious.
  • meatMeat Variety: 1 package of frozen weekly. Animals are humanely raised without the use of growth hormones, preservatives, dyes and antibiotics. From Stone E. River Ranch (Eagle, MI), Trillium Wood Farm (Williamston, MI), Heffron Farms (Belding, MI), and Grazing Fields Cooperative (Charlotte, MI).
  • Chicken Only: 1 package of frozen chicken bi- weekly. From Stone E. River Ranch (Eagle, MI) and Trillium Wood Farm (Williamston, MI).
  • Beef Only: 1 package of frozen beef bi-weekly. From Heffron Farms (Belding, MI). Originally settled in 1921 by Thomas and Cecelia Heffron, they are in their fourth generation of being good stewards of the land.
  • Pork Only: 1 package of frozen pork bi-weekly. From Grazing Fields Cooperative (Charlotte, MI).web-logo
  • unnamedFruit Pie of the Month: 1 pie (9”) monthly. From Glory Bee Sweet Treats (Mason, MI). Owner, Diane Allarding, uses high quality ingredients to create delicious, assorted varieties of fruit pies which you will look forward to each month.
  • Sweet Treats: 1 packaged sweet treat weekly. From Glory bee Sweet Treats (Mason, MI), Good Eats Diva (Lansing, MI), Rooted Home Farm & Goods (Lansing, MI), Stone Circle Bakehouse (Holt, MI) and Teff-Riffic (Lansing, MI). Local bakers prepare scrumptious baked goods such as fudge, biscotti, sweet breads, cookies, and mini pies fresh for you each week. No artificial flavors here- all natural and local ingredients bring the best treats to you each week.

There are three payment options for Veggie Box:

1. Lump Sum– Pay your whole balance at the start of the program by check or credit.

2. Split Lump Sum– Pay your balance in two installments.

3. Weekly SNAP Payments– Available for SNAP payments only. Pay at the point of pick-up for your share. This payment option is only available to individuals who pick-up their Veggie Box at the Allen Market Place on Thursdays 12-6pm and pay with SNAP. A $40 deposit (payable by check or credit) is due before start of season. The $40 deposit will be forfeited if you drop out mid-season; otherwise deposit will be applied to the final weeks of the Veggie Box season. Weekly SNAP payments are not accepted for add-on items; the full cost of the add-ons is due with the deposit. You are responsible for paying for each share, even if you miss a pick up. SNAP can only be accepted at point-of-sale (not in advance or after).

Important Information

• You are responsible for paying for each share, even if you miss a pick-up.
• We accept payment by check or credit card (Visa & MasterCard by phone).
• Checks made payable to: Allen Neighborhood Center (Veggie Box in the memo line) and can be dropped off or mailed to 1611 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing, MI 48912
• Check bounce fee is $12.00
• If you pay via lump sum or split lump sum and drop out mid-season, we will refund your balance less $20 (cost of  one week of Veggie Box). There is no refund for add-ons.

Delivery & Pick-Up

We will deliver your freshly packed Veggie Box to your workplace on Thursdays between 3pm-5pm (we ask for a minimum of five Veggie Box orders per workplace in order to make a delivery) or you may pick up at the Allen Market Place on Thursdays between 12pm-6pm. Produce will be packaged in a reusable box labeled with your name. Temperature controlled items (meats, eggs) will be placed in a cooler or refrigerator, depending on the resources available at your workplace. Empty boxes must be returned to your delivery site each week by delivery time so they may be picked up and reused. Reusing boxes ensures a low environmental impact and helps us to minimize program costs.
* The Allen Market Place does not provide make-up deliveries or pick-ups. We recommend you coordinate with a co-worker or friends who will pick-up your box in the case of your absence.

 What are people saying about Veggie Box?

  • “The Veggie Box has changed the way I eat.”
  • “My son is interested in vegetables and local farmers because of Veggie Box.”
  • “I love the challenge of using all the ingredients in the box each week.”
  • “The newsletters and recipes are a great resource and I have learned so much from them! I will use the tips beyond the Veggie Box!”

Contact Us

If you would like to become a member, you can mail or drop off a completed and signed copy of the attached application and agreement to Allen Neighborhood Center, 1611 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing, MI 48912 (Attn: Allen Market Place Veggie Box). If you have any questions, contact 517-999- 3923 or exchange@allenneighborhoodcenter.org