Farm Share FAQs
What is a Farm Share? And how does it work?
A farm share is the purchase of a share in an animal herd(cow, goat, etc) for the purpose of receiving products from that animal.
The farmer and the consumer enter into a contract where the farmer cares for, boards and milks the animal and the consumer pays the farmer their share of the costs and receives the products from that animal. The consumer is not buying products from the farmer, but rather paying the farmer for the service of keeping the animal and the labor for milking and processing that into other products such as yogurt, butter or cheese.
Do I need to become a Member of the CT Ranch, Private Membership Association to access CT Ranch products?
Yes! You must have a membership contract signed with us, and pay your one-time farm membership fee of $10. This allows you to access all our farm share products. You will also need to agree with our Farm Share Cost Policy each time you receive products from the farm.
What is a share?
1 share is equal to 1 gallon of raw milk. You may also have a share processed into a value added product like cream, butter or yogurt. Your family is able to purchase as many shares as you need. Half shares are also available for families that do not need quite as much.
What is my initial and subsequent costs for products, jars & membership?
Sample Farm Share Costs Sample #1:
- One-Time Farm Membership Fee: $10
- 1 Share: 1 Gallon Raw A2 Milk: $12
- 1 Share: 1 quart Raw A2 Yogurt: $10
- 1/2 Share: 1 pint Raw A2 Cream: $8
- Jar deposits: 4 Glass Jars x $5: $20 (refundable or trade out on next pickup)
- Total Initial Farm Share Cost: $60 for the first pickup of product, jar deposits and membership fee
- Next visit cost, for same products and jar trades, is only $30.
Sample Farm Share Costs Sample #2:
- One-time Farm Membership Fee: $10
- 1/2 Share: 1/2 gallon of Raw A2 Milk: $6
- 1/2 Share: 1 pint Raw A2 Kefir: $5
- Jar Deposits: 2 Glass Jars x $5: $10 (refundable or trade out on next pickup)
- Total Initial Farm Share Cost: $31 for the first pickup of product, jar deposits and membership fee
- Next visit cost, for same products and jar trades, is only $11.
Do I need to place my order online or can I just come buy directly at the Farm Store?
Once you become a farm member, you have the option to purchase farm store products online and choose a date that you would like to come pick them up from the farm, or delivered to one of our delivery areas. You may also come by the farm during our open Farm Store hours, (11-4 Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) and purchase available products.
We try our hardest to keep all products in stock for online and in-person orders, but for a variety of reasons, we may not always have all products available.
Where do I pickup my products? Do you offer delivery?
Currently, you may pickup your farm share products directly from the farm located at 1143 RS County Road 2300 in Emory, right off of Hwy 19. Our open hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 11am-4pm.
We offer delivery of our farm products to farm members Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 in Terrell. All delivery orders must be placed 2 days before delivery day.
I forgot my jars to trade on accident. Can I just take my product and promise to bring back the jars next time, or do I have to pay another deposit?
Unfortunately, you will need to pay another jar deposit on each jar taken. We understand that accidents happen but we have a zero-allowance policy for jars leaving our farm without being traded out or left a deposit for. All jar deposits will be refunded or traded out as soon as the jars come back.
Where can I get more information about raw milk?
Check out these resources to learn more!