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Hail damage means some farm-share customers will have to wait for 1st produce delivery

Some farms have had to push back their deliveries because of Sunday's storm.
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The ramifications of Sunday's storms were stark for several small farms that deliver fresh produce to Minnesota customers, some of which have had to push back their delivery dates because of hail damage.

Some farms are about to start making their first summer CSA share (community supported agriculture) deliveries this week, but the severe thunderstorm that battered Minnesota and Wisconsin wreaked havoc on farm fields.

In CSA shares, customers pay a set amount for regular deliveries of fresh, seasonal produce, dairy or meat, which come direct from local farms.

Among those affected by the storm is Blackbrook Farms in Amery, Wisconsin, which delivers organic produce to the Twin Cities but has been forced to delay its delivery dates twice now because of separate hail storms.

The first delivery was due last week, but it was pushed back to Thursday, June 15 because of hail damage. Now, following the "disastrous" hail storm on Sunday, its first delivery date has been pushed back again to next week, it confirmed on Facebook.

"The damage is so severe we are not even sure what we are dealing with yet," the farm said on Monday, posting images of the damage wrought to its fields. "We will be pushing the CSA back until next week and going forward are not sure what it will hold."

Another farm falling victim is Loon Organics Farm in Hutchinson, Minnesota, which is also pushing its first produce box deliveries back a week after its produce was "shredded" by hail.

Turtle Hare Farm in Lake St. Croix Beach, Minnesota had already harvested some of its micro produce for sale at a farmers market, but when the market was canceled it was left with a surplus of fruit and vegetables that needs to be claimed.

It's holding a sale at its farm Monday from 5-8 p.m.

"We typically donate our extra produce to the food shelf but with the cancellation we have an entire farmers market worth left over which accounts for a significant portion of our weekly income," it said on Facebook.

Other farms luckily survived the storm, but have expressed their solidarity with their fellow farmers.

If you're interested in signing up for a CSA share in Minnesota and Wisconsin, you can find a full list of them here courtesy of the Land Stewardship Project.

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