Frequently Asked Questions

What is CSA? 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to learn the rhythms of seasonal produce and discover new, locally grown vegetables. A Farm Share CSA can be thought of as an 18-week vegetable subscription with the “subscriber” receiving a weekly portion of the harvest. Our members receive the finest selection of produce each week. CSA’s are a great way to support your local farmer, eat the finest in-season produce and discover new and delicious foods. They help members learn to plan meals around what is seasonal and fresh rather than what is on the grocery store shelves. Our primary goal, however, is not to stretch your tastes but to provide you with your favorites, so we allow our subscribers to customize their weekly share.

What is a customizable CSA Share? 

It’s a whole new way to shop for local, organic vegetables! Customizable Shares allow you to pick and choose what you receive from our bounty of fresh, seasonal vegetables.  Each week we'll walk the fields and create a list of produce that is at its peak freshness and ready to be harvested. From that list, we will create a recommended share.  If you are happy with the recommended share, you can simply leave it as is and pick it up at your drop site.

If you'd like to customize your share, you can log into your account and make changes. If you already have a surplus of a particular vegetable or simply don't like it, you can remove it and replace it with a different item available on that week's list.  If you need extra produce beyond the value of the share, it can be included in your share for an additional cost.   In other words, if you don’t want any beets, you can replace them with carrots or extra salad mix.  If you need extra sweet corn for an upcoming cook-out, order more! 

What kinds of vegetables are in a box?

Our shares will be balanced between roots, cooking greens, onions, salad fixings and seasonal veggies. The spring will be filled with greens, brassicas and root crops. As the summer progresses so will the diversity of produce, late season crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cherry tomatoes, eggplant and melons will be abundant. Large shares can expect between 8-9 items for a value of $23.50 in their box each week, while small shares will have 6-7 items each week for a value of $18. We hope that our members will expand their culinary repertoire this season but our primary goal is to provide classic produce that can be used to make healthy, simple meals. Each week we will share recipes and cooking techniques for making the most of your share.

What size share should I get?  

A large share is great for members who want more variety, larger quantities of single vegetables have a larger household, love to cook or are prepared to do some home preserving. A small share is great for members who have a smaller household, like to visit the Farmers’ Market or grow their own produce.

When does the season start and how long is it?

The CSA season is 18 weeks long. It begins Wednesday, June 10th and runs through Wednesday, October 7th.

When and where do you deliver?


  • ·     Missoula - Greenough Park Pavilion 1629 Monroe St 5:15 - 6:30 pm
  • ·    Missoula - Big Sky Brewery 5417 Trumpeter Way 4:00 - 7:00
  • ·     Missoula - Western Cider - 501 N California 4:30-6:30 pm
  • ·     Missoula - Private Missoula Residence Hilda & Central 4:45-6:30 pm
  • ·     Arlee - Harlequin Produce Farm 72664 Heart View Lane 4:00 - 7:00 pm
  • ·     Missoula - Private Missoula Residence 6th & Ivy 8:00-9:00 pm (MAXIMUM of 10 members)

How do I join? 

Everyone who would like to sign up for CSA can do so at

Once you’ve signed up, you can pay with a credit or debit card online, pay in cash at the Farmer’s Market or mail a check to:

Harlequin Produce

72664 Heart View Lane

Arlee, MT 59821

When is the order deadline to customize a box?  What if I miss it?

The order deadline to customize a box is Sunday at 6pm. If you miss this deadline, you will simply receive the default share that we have created for that week.  Sorry, no exceptions

What If I will be out of town or would like to skip a pickup?

If you will be out of town or cannot pick up your share for whatever reason, you may put your account on hold. By logging into your account and electing to 'hold my account' by 6pm the Sunday before that delivery date, your account will not be charged for that week. If you have paid in advance for the CSA season, the dollar amount for that week's share will be added to your  account and can be used at the Farmers' Market or toward future add-on purchases.

If you do not pick up your share and have not put it on hold, your share will be donated and your account will be charged.  

What are the benefits of paying in full vs. paying per week?

By purchasing the season’s bounty in full, CSA members provide the farm with capital at the most crucial part of the season. When you pay in full by March 1st, you will receive a bottle of Harlequin hot sauce with your first share and an additional credit of $15 will be put into your account. That additional credit can be used throughout the season to stock up on your favorites or at Harlequin Produce's stand at the Clark Fork Farmers Market.

Choosing the pay-per-week option gives you the flexibility to put your account on hold, without accruing additional credit, if you will be out of town or need some time to catch up on eating your vegetables. It also allows you to pay for your share in smaller increments. This is a great option for someone who travels a lot during the summer or is trying CSA for the first time! You can pause your subscription at any time with one week’s notice.

If I am paying per week, when will my account be charged? 

If you choose to pay-per-week your first share will be charged to your account when you sign up. Once the CSA season begins, your weekly share amount will be automatically deducted from your account on the Sunday evening BEFORE your weekly pickup beginning June 14th.  If you have ordered additional produce beyond the value of your share that amount will be charged the Sunday evening AFTER you have picked up your produce.  

How can I use the credit on my account? 

You may use the credit on your account to customize your weekly CSA shares by adding on extra produce or ordering add-on items (i.e. tomatoes for canning, extra sweet corn for a BBQ).  You may also use your credit at the Harlequin Farmers’ Market Stand by simply letting us know and we will update your account online the following Wednesday.

What if I have credit left on my account at the end of the season?

Credit in your cash account needs to be used by the end of the Clark Fork Farmers’ Market. Credit may not be used toward the purchase of a Winter Stock-up Share.

How can I add credit to my account?

If you would like to add credit to your account, you can purchase it online with a credit card, purchase it with cash at the Farmers’ Market, or mail a check to:

Harlequin Produce

72664 Heart View Lane

Arlee, MT 59821

What is the minimum amount of produce I can purchase each week?

When customizing orders, small share members must spend a minimum of $14 each week and large share members must spend a minimum of $20 each week.  If the produce you customize in your weekly share does not equal or exceed these minimum amounts,  you will be charged the minimum amount regardless. 

If you have paid for your share in advance and customize your weekly share to meet only the minimum, the remainder of your share balance will be added to your cash account and can be spent online at a later date or at the Farmer's market.  Remember this amount must be used online or at the Farmer's Market as there are no cash refunds.

If you are paying per week and customize your weekly share to meet only the minimum, this credit will be applied to your balance the following Sunday after you have picked up your share.  Remember pay-per-week shares are pre-billed the Sunday before your pickup, therefore any overages/underages will be applied to the billing that occurs the following Sunday after you have picked up that specific share.