Flatwater Farms & River Saint Joe To Offer New Subscription Options

Flatwater Farms, the Certified Organic Farm located on Walton Road in Buchanan, is kicking off their inaugural season of Community Supported Agriculture, otherwise known as a CSA. While coming to pick up vegetables on a weekly basis, customers can also get a beer at River Saint Joe, Flatwater Farm’s sister company. River Saint Joe is also offering weekly beer pick-ups, which they are selling as a CSB share (Community Supported Brewing).

Both the CSA and CSB seasons will run for a total of 25 weeks, ending the week of Thanksgiving. For the CSA, the official pick up times are Tuesdays from 4-6pm and Thursdays from 2-4pm, with additional options for using their share, including weekends. For the CSB, customers can utilize their fills any time the brewery is open. There are various share sizes of both options, depending on the size of your household and your needs. Flatwater Farms will be producing a variety of vegetables ranging from lettuce, to tomatoes, to squash. As time goes on they hope to expand their offerings to include pasture-raised meat and fruits as well. River Saint Joe produces a variety of beers including saisons, ales, lagers, dark beers, and their flagship Farmhouse Pale Ale.

Flatwater Farms has been growing hops and grains for the last 5 years. “We’ve always wanted to offer vegetables to this community, while improving the quality of the soil. The hops gave us a great foundation and allowed us to get the brewery started, but now we’re ready to expand our production” says Fran Tuite, owner of Flatwater Farms, and co-founder of River Saint Joe.

River Saint Joe opened in April 2020, and utilizes the hops grown from Flatwater Farms. “We’re so excited for the future of Flatwater Farms! RSJ can’t wait to start utilizing the veggies from right outside our backdoor,” says Brian Dougherty, CEO of River Saint Joe Brewery. “For beer lovers, the CSB is a great way to try all of River Saint Joe’s brews,” Dougherty adds.

The CSA and CSB both kick off at the beginning of June. Since the companies exist at the same address, both the vegetables and beer can be picked up at: 15475 Walton Road, Buchanan, MI 49107.