Thanks for your desire to learn more about Hug-A-Root Family Farms home delivery partnership. Our hope is to partner with you and your family to ensure families all across Abilene and the Big Country (including yours!) get high quality produce and other food products.
If you are interested in having fresh, delicious vegetables delivered to your home each week, fill out this form to get started.
For more information, you can also browse the frequently asked questions below:
What does it cost, and is it tax deductible?
Our home delivery partnership starts with a completely tax deductible donation of $200. This fee is your only risk if we never delivered a single basket of beautiful naturally grown and chemical free produce to you. This fee helps us get the garden planted, pay for compost tea, diesel fuel for the tractor, irrigation supplies, equipment repairs and many other things. You then choose either a $25 or $50 weekly basket based on your needs. You are pledging to receive a basket weekly until we run out or suffer catastrophic loss. Last year this was 23 weeks for most partners, this year we are shooting for 28. You pay monthly for basket delivery. There will always be 4 deliveries, sometimes 5. You will receive a minimum of $15/$30 retail value of 100% naturally grown by us or another grower we are in relationship with. We will do our best to deliver 6 different varieties of produce weekly. You do not get to choose what is in your basket as you will basically be getting your share of the harvest that week, but we can promise it will always be freshly picked and delish. Your weekly fee above what value you receive in produce is tax deductible as well. So, for example, the original fee of $200 plus 28 weeks of home delivery (at $25 weekly) would be a total of $900, with a total of $480 being tax deductible. That’s over half of your total!
What have you or partner gardens planted?
We have lots of varieties planted. Several Tomatoes, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Bell Peppers, Jalapenos, Watermelons, White, Purple, and Yellow Onions, 2 Elephant Garlics, Diakon Radishes, Green Beans, Japanese Cucumbers, Spaghetti, Butternut, Acorn, Blue Hubbard, and Pink Banana Squash, Royal Burgundy, Star of David, and Clemson Spineless Okra, Blacked-Eyed Peas, Cabbage, Broccoli , Carrots, Cauliflower, Leeks, Kale, Collards, Turnips and I am sure we are forgetting some. No guarantee all of this makes it but we can promise we are trying real hard to be successful with all we grow.
What about vacation weeks, or when we travel and are not home?
You get two “vacation” days a year. Notify us a minimum of one week in advance and you can skip that delivery and billing will be adjusted the next month. After 2 off weeks you can, with advance notice, ask us to surprise a family member or friend with your produce that week, or donate it to the amount we will be giving to local organizations.
What other products do you offer or might you offer in the future?
Right now we have local eggs, on a monthly commitment basis. What that means is your family commits to a certain amount of eggs per week (or bi-weekly egg delivery) and we source those eggs from partners. Eggs are currently $6 per dozen. The only eggs we distribute are fed a Non-SOY/GMO diet and extensively free range. We only distribute eggs from farmers who have let us pay a visit to them, and look around. If Farmer Josh’s family would not trust it we will not bring it to you. Other products we would like to provide include sauerkraut and other fermented foods, kombucha, raw honey and whatever is legal to distribute. Any of those products would not be available until we secure a certified food kitchen and either obtain or are supervised by a certified food handler. Canned foods that were bountiful in the summer may also be distributed in off-season months.
Can we come help at the farm?
ABSOLUTELY! There are currently no paid salaries at Hug-A-Root Family Farms. We are completely dependent on volunteers. Just call or text for a work schedule.
Will there ever be bulk product available?
Yes. Last year we had bushels and bushels of blacked-eyed peas and green beans. Large quantities of tomatoes were available. If you ever want “more” produce than we normally deliver or you are having a family reunion or you yourself want to can up a surplus you will have Farmer Josh’s number for communication.
You mentioned raw honey above. Please elaborate.
We have 2 Honeybee Hives at the farm currently. We harvested a good amount of honey last year. It is not for sale to the general public unless our home delivery partners do not want it. We will package our unheated, unprocessed honey in one pint jars and divide that by the number of home delivery partners we have. You will be informed of how much honey is your families share and how much it cost, and at that time you can decide if you want it all then, spread out over your deliveries, or that you do not want it. We have no problem at all getting rid of it.
How does Hug-A-Root Family Farms Work?
This is a great question. We currently have less than $500 monthly of pledged income.
We have collected donations for t-shirts, installed irrigation systems for other churches or organizations, installed turn key private gardens, and generally been involved in any situation concerning local food that we been asked to. We are a God centered 501c3 domestic missionary organization completely dependent on the Provision of The Father and our peers. We are seeking consistent financial support so we can spread His Love all over this region and beyond with the local food message. We desire to eventually give thousands and thousands of pounds of organically grown vegetables and fruit away every year.
Do you have any wearables?
Yes, we have or extremely popular “do you NO your farmer” t-shirts for a suggested donation of $20 or more. They are available in Independence Red, Heather Blue, Natural, or Chocolate. We have childdren’s thru 3xl.
I am not interested in home delivery but would like to donate. How do I do that?
All donations are tax deductible and 100% of your gift goes right back into raising food right here in your area. Click here to donate.
What about fruit?
A previous orchard project was not super successful. We have a few fruit trees at the farm and already have some trees paid for at a nursery. We will wait until we can properly care for a fruit operation before we try again. We plan to plant Apples, Pears, Plums, Peaches, and Apricots. We are also hopeful for Blackberries, Figs, and Pomegranates. We need to get great at growing veggies first. This year we were asked to come pick 2 pear trees and ended up with 10 bushels. Kinda like the eggs. As we enter relationship with people who grow fruit that meets our standards we will acquire it and bring it to your table.
Home Delivery Partnership Sign-up
Fill out the form below, and someone will contact you within 3 business days to finish setting up your home produce delivery.