THE WALLACE CENTERS OF IOWA: sustainable food & civility initiatives

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Direct to Your Table: Prairie Harvest CSA

What’s a CSA?

The Prairie Harvest Community Supported Agriculture program joins subscribers in sharing the risk and bounty of the growing season by purchasing a share in The Wallace Centers of Iowa’s fruit and vegetable production. Shares are offered in the spring, summer, fall and winter.

What do I get?

• Sustainably grown fruits & vegetables (using organic practices, but not certified organic)
• At least 5 different kinds of produce each week
• Weekly newsletter with easy recipes, storage tips and event invitations
• Super-fresh produce with longer storage life, less waste, more taste
• Satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from and contributing to Iowa’s food dollars
• Opportunities to visit the garden where the produce is grown

How do I get my share?

Produce is delivered to Des Moines, Johnston, and Greenfield or ready to pick up at the farm near Orient on Tuesdays. You’ll receive an email early in the week to remind you the location and pick up time.

What if I can’t use a full share?

A typical share will feed 3 to 4 people. Find a friend, neighbor or co-worker to split your share. You can take turns picking up each week’s share or meet to divide up the produce. Weekly newsletter tips can help you preserve the garden’s goodness for later use.

Pick Up Times and Locations

Wallace House, 756 16th Street, Des Moines, 4 to 6 pm
Weiland Home, 402 NE 2nd Street, Greenfield, 5 to 6 pm
Country Life Center, 2773 290th Street, Orient, 4 to 5:30 pm
Pioneer’s Carver Center, 7000 NW 62nd Street, Johnston, 4 to 4:55 pm

The brochure has all the details, or contact the Country Life Center at 641.337.5019, the Wallace House at 515.243.7063 or Farm Programs Manager Andy Boone.


To subscribe, print one of the registration brochures, fill out the form, and mail with a check to WCI at 756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314. Phone orders and credit/debit card payments are also accepted at 515.243.7063.

Please note that a 3.5% transaction fee will be added to credit/debit card payments.

2017 CSA Survey Results

Every year we survey our subscribers to see what went well and how we can improve. Here’s the latest:

Helpful CSA Publications

Don’t know how to keep your arugula fresh? Not sure what chiffonade means? Our guides for storage tips and culinary terms will help:
carrots, produce, vegetables, CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, shares

New in 2018:
We’ll be testing several new varieties this year including tomatillos, bok choy, parsnips, lavender and more.

Share Options

Spring Share: 5 Weeks, $160
Offered at all locations. Planned produce includes arugula, spinach, carrots, kale, head lettuce, asparagus, radishes, kohlrabi and green garlic. Four high tunnel hoop houses provide ideal growing conditions for early harvesting.

Summer Share: 18 Weeks, $480
More than 30 different kinds of produce are grown over the summer including apples, garlic, cantaloupe, carrots, onions, spinach, beets, cabbage, chilies, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, peppers, summer squash, eggplant, potatoes, green beans, lettuce, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, winter squash, and broccoli. Pick up bundles of herbs such as basil, parsley and cilantro.

Fall Share: 5 Weeks, $160
Root crops such as potatoes, beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic, and onions come on strong in the fall, plus the potential for cool weather crops such as red cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, apples, spinach, and greens.

Winter Share: 5 Weeks, $160
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, parsnips, apples, and carrots will still be available. Another crop of fresh leafy greens will be coming out of the hoop houses.

Please note: Beginning April 1, 3.5% will be added to credit card payments.

Upcoming Deliveries



756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
2773 290th Street, Orient, IA 50858
Ph: 515.243.7063 (DM)
Ph: 641.337.5019 (Orient)