WHAT IS THE PTB Farm COOP?

The PTB Farm Coop is a unique and flexible community supported agriculture (CSA) model for the Piedmont Triad. To accommodate the complex schedules and dietary needs of members, we have designed a more flexible CSA model that still supports us, your farmers, at the time of year we need it most.  The PTB Farm Coop is designed as a Cooperative -- so we call it the Coop, and it works like a farm credit that provides members with 10-15% discount, depending on membership level.  Our Coop membership is a great way to support your farmers by paying up front for your vegetables, meat, mushrooms, and flowers. This helps pay for seeds, feed, fuel, and marketing costs when farm income is at its yearly low.

Essentially, you are purchasing a renewable farm credit early in the year. Then, you can simply visit our stand at the Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market (April-November), or the Greensboro Curb Farmers Market (year-round) or here at the farm (monthly, April-October) and choose the exact farm products you want from our bounty. By becoming a member, you are taking an active role in supporting family farming in the Piedmont Triad agriculture and ensuring that safe, healthy, and ecologically centered food remains viable in this region.

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how does the PTB Farm COOP work?

You can use your PTB Coop membership to purchase anything -- veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers, pork, beef or lamb -- we have for sale. We will keep track of your purchases and let you know your balance each time you visit.  We know this arrangement gives members maximum flexibility to enjoy the bounty of our farm, while working to fit the different lives and needs of members. We hope you’ll be as excited as we are to join in this adventure! By becoming a PTB Coop member, you will enjoy a discount on every purchase. These member discounts allow you to share in the bounty throughout the season.

what’s included?

We grow an array of delicious and nutritious vegetables, fruits, and herbs, as well as grass-fed lamb and beef, pastured (GMO-free) pork,  gourmet mushrooms, and seasonal flower bouquets. Throughout the year, members will get to choose from what we have available each week. Some members may opt to only get vegetables, others only meat, while other members may get a weekly sampling of all we have to offer. Check out our seasonal availability page for more info on what we hope to offer in 2017.

Disclaimer: Coop members choose from what's available each week; all items are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 

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In exchange for your support, each Coop member will receive a discount on every purchase with us. Thank you for supporting our farm! Your membership buys you a discounted farm credit, and you decide how and when to spend down your credit.  This also means if you are a vegetarian and only want vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs, you can use your credit on only those items.

2017 -- A little different

In 2017, we will offer on-farm pickups on a monthly basis, the second Friday of each month. We want to encourage all of our members to come out to the farm to check out how we grow your food.  If you live close by and want to regularly pick up on the farm, or volunteer, we will work out details individually. Also, if you want to come out by appointment, we can also manage that, just let us know! We are here for you!

membership levels

We have 3 different membership levels: Basic $250; Full $400; and Family $600, and we have 3 different discount levels based on when you join the COOP: 15% in January, 12% in February, 10% in March.

membership level            cost        % discount          your farm credit

January

Basic                                               $250                          15%                            $287.50

Full                                                 $400                          15%                            $460

Family                                            $600                          15%                            $690

February

Basic                                              $250                          12%                           $280

Full                                                $400                          12%                          $450

Family                                         $600                          12%                          $672

March

Basic                                              $250                          10%                        $275

Full                                               $400                           10%                        $440

Family                                           $600                         10%                         $660                       

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does my COOP membership expire?

Each member has a full year to spend down your credit balance. When you use up all your credit and want to renew, you can do so at any time, with the same level of discount at which you first purchased! We will keep track of your purchases and let you know your balance each time you visit. 

where/when do i pick up?

As a PTB Coop member, you have the option to use your credit at any of the following locations. Please note the *seasonality* of each pick up option. Second Fridays on the farm are for Coop members only, and give members a time to connect and visit with us on the farm. If you plan on stocking up for a special occasion, please let us know in advance so we can plan and have the right ingredients at the right time.

at PTB Farm Second Fridays of each month, April - October 4-6pm

at Greensboro Curb Farmers Market Saturdays 7-12, February - December

at Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market Saturdays 9-12, April - November

possible mid-week pickup available -- inquire if interested. also please let us know if you have preference for Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or on-farm pickup

I’m interested, but I can’t afford a COOP membership....

We feel strongly that healthy, high-quality food should not be available only for those who can afford it financially. At both of our farmers markets, we accept EBT/SNAP for all of our meat, veggie, herb, and fruits available. For those wanting to take advantage of the Coop membership, we can offer a limited number of EBT and work-exchange shares. Please inquire for more details.

why it matters

Your investment in our farm helps us start our season. Cash flow is a major issue for every small business, but in farming, the seasonal nature of production and associated income drop is especially significant. This is a major reason why CSAs have been so widely adopted. The modern farmer is continuously managing cash flow for short- and long-term investments. Farmers must find ways to pay for things like seeds, supplies, and farmer’s market dues at the beginning of the season, while income is at its yearly low. With the Coop model, we ask our customers to invest in our season and our business. By buying upfront, in advance of the season, you are helping us fund our spring planting and winter feeding. When you invest in local agriculture in this way, it ensures that local, ecological, and healthy foods will be available throughout the season and in the coming years, in exchange for a commitment to support our farm. For your support, we offer an excellent discount program and many “members only” perks like on-farm pickups and special products.

how do i join?

If you are interested in becoming a PTB Farm COOP member, please fill out our membership form here or find us at market to answer any of your questions. We accept cash or check for the COOP membership. We can take your payment via card at market, but will have to add a 3.5% charge to cover our usage fees. You can find us at market to pay, or drop a check in the mail, payable to PTB Farm 600 Church St Ext, Reidsville NC 27320

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