What is a farm cooperative?
Our farm co-op is an alternative model for farming that partners consumers with their local food producers. By being a member of the farm, you are taking a more active role in agriculture. The basic idea is that members of the community take the risk of farming along with the farmers in their community. So if the farmer has a great year, the members do as well. If the farm suffers from extreme weather, the community helps keep the farm from going out of business by absorbing some of the impact on the farmers.
I already grow my own garden. Why would I join?
Because you can spend your points however you like, you can use them on items other than what you raise at home! In addition, our offerings go beyond vegetables to include meat, eggs, baked goods, and mushrooms. The Savage River Farm co-op can be a nice complement to your garden!
Why should I join when I can just buy what you have at the market?
Many reasons! As a member, you will get produce at a lower price than we will sell to non-members. It is worth it to us to have your commitment, and we are happy to cut you the best deals we can. Also, due to high demand, we do not sell meat to non-members. If you wish to obtain our pasture-raised meats, you must be a member of the farm, not just a customer at the market.
What all do you get to choose from for your shares throughout the season?
We grow an enormous array of vegetables and fruit including different varieties of beans, cabbage, carrots, beets, turnips, lettuce, arugula, spring mix, radishes, onions, garlic, potatoes, spinach, scallions, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, sweet corn, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkins, chard, kale, kohlrabi, collards, broccoli, peas, celery, gourds, herbs, strawberries, popcorn, and melons. In addition, we raise mushrooms, free-range laying hens, meat chickens, goats, turkeys, lambs, beef, and pigs. We sometimes also offer baked goods made with locally milled organic grains and ingredients from the farm.
Can I really put whatever I want in my share?
Because this is a free-choice cooperative, weekly shares are given on a first-come, first-served basis. This means there is a chance that some popular items will "sell out" faster than others. Please understand this. Further, we will at times put a limit on the number of points each member can spend on a single item so that everyone gets a fair crack at it.
Where is the farm located?
We are located in the Savage River watershed on the western side of Big Savage Mountain in the community known as Avilton.
Approximate driving distances:
Grantsville, MD - 9 mi.
Salisbury, PA - 10 mi.
Frostburg, MD - 11 mi.
Springs, PA - 12 mi.
Meyersdale, PA - 16 mi.
Accident, MD - 21 mi.
Cumberland, MD - 22 mi.
Keyser, WV - 22 mi.
Deep Creek, MD - 24 mi.
Friendsville, MD - 24 mi.
Oakland, MD - 32 mi.