Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture is a method of growing and selling food where the farmer and the consumer share in the risks and bounties of food production. Subscribers pay for some or all of their produce at the beginning of the season, and receive a weekly share of the harvest once the season begins. Having operating capital at the beginning of the season gives the farmer greater purchasing power and allows them to focus on growing quality produce instead of marketing.
How long is a “season”?
Our CSA runs for 30 weeks (May-November).
What will be in my weekly share?
One of the beauties of joining a CSA is eating with the seasons. Your weekly share will contain a selection (usually 6-8 items for Half Shares, and 8-10 for Full Shares) of seasonal produce that will change as the weather changes. Generally, during the cooler months you can expect lettuce, kale, chard, carrots, peas, onions, turnips, radishes, and beets. Summer brings tomatoes, peppers, beans, okra, eggplant, potatoes, squash, and greens. When Fall rolls around, start looking for many of those cooler varieties again, as well as winter squash and sweet potatoes. Shares will always feature a choice of herb, and occasionally we’ll toss in a wild card.
Are you Organic / non-GMO?
We grow all our produce using organic and conscientious methods and only use organic-approved fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide when absolutely necessary, however, we do not currently have organic certification from the USDA.
We do not use any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on our farm. Only eight genetically modified crops are grown in the US, and the majority of those are “commodity” crops (corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets, canola). Find out more at the Non-GMO Project.
Where will I pick up my share?
We distribute shares at the farm (1400 Washington Ave) on Wednesdays from 4-6pm and Saturdays from 10-12pm. When you sign up, you’ll be able choose whichever day is most convenient for you. We offer weekly delivery for sites with 10 or more shares. Contact us for more details on delivery.
Can I switch pick-up days if I need to?
If you occasionally can’t make it to the farm on your scheduled day we’ll be happy to harvest for you on our other distribution day (Wednesday or Saturday), just let us know a week in advance!
What if i’m out of town or just can’t make it?
Try to have a friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker pick it up for you or for themselves and let us know who’s coming on your behalf. If you can’t find anyone, please let us know 24 hours in advance so we know not to harvest for you.
Is my deposit/share refundable?
Unfortunately, no. The deposit secures your spot in the CSA and counts toward the total cost of your share, letting us know how much to plant and harvest. Likewise, the balance of your share cost is an investment in the farm that can’t be withdrawn once it’s planted! If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your share, please let us know what we can do to make it a better experience for you!
How much does it cost?
We offer two share sizes to accommodate a variety of members.
The Full Share is $800 for 30 weeks, which comes out to just over $25-worth of produce per week. We generally suggest this size for 2 vegetarians or 4 non-vegetarians.
The Half Share is $500 for 30 weeks, which comes out to just over $15-worth of produce per week. We generally suggest this size for 1 vegetarian or 2 non-vegetarians.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We can take cash, check, credit, debit, and SNAP/EBT (for qualifying purchases).
What if I can’t afford it?
We reserve a limited number of shares for work-trade, where members help work 3 hours/week at the farm in exchange for a Full Share of produce. If you’re interested in a Work Share, please contact us for more information.
Can I split my share with someone, or get more than one share?
Yes, and yes! But to be clear, half of a Full Share is slightly less than what we call a Half Share.
Can I pick up my share early?
Please come during the designated times! We need the time beforehand to focus on harvesting and assembling your shares so you get the very freshest produce.
Are there a limited number of shares?
Yes, we limit how many shares we sell, so reserve yours early and don’t get left out!
Can i visit the farm and/or volunteer?
Of course! We schedule a handful of workdays/tours throughout the season that are open to both CSA members and the community. If you want to bring a group or work on a different day shoot us an email and we’ll happily figure something out.
How can I sign up?
So glad you asked!