CSA Members - Help & FAQ's
  • Can I Pay in Installments?
    • Some farms offer split payments. Although most prefer to have payments in full as soon as possible, so they can cover our operating costs.
  • Can I Pay with a credit card?
    • Some farms offer credit card payments.
  • How do I contact the farm?
    • Most farms is can be contact us via e-mail or phone that can be found in our website under the "Farms Information" after you have logged in
  • What is a CSA?
    • A CSA is a system that brings together community members, farmers and agricultural land into a relationship of support. Based on an annual commitment to one another, community members provide a pre-season payment to purchase a “share” of the season’s harvest. The member then receives a weekly box of a wide variety of fresh organic vegetables and fruit through the growing season, harvested at the peak of ripeness and flavor delivered to a convenient location in your neighborhood.
  • What is a share?
    • With a pre-season payment you may purchase a “share” of the farm’s harvest season. You then receive fresh produce throughout the harvest season. This provides the farm with a secure market for all their efforts. The farm, in turn, commits to providing an abundant, diverse and quality array of fruit and vegetables.
  • What is a share worth?
    • In a strictly dollars and cents view, the worth of a share may represent a fair price for the produce offered, if such food could be comparably found in supermarkets. More philosophically, the worth of a share is certainly linked with the value you place upon eating fresh, locally grown food, knowing who it is that grows your food, sustainable methods of food production, in keeping locally economy robust and your own eating habits and life style.
  • How long is the harvest season?
    • The CSA range from a few weeks to year round, most are about 20 weeks, beginning in June and continuing into October.
  • How often do I receive a share?
    • Most farms offer weekly pick-ups, some farms also offer every other week pick-up. Many farms also offer one-time special offers, like cases of tomatoes, or sacks of potatoes.
  • Is the produce organic?
    • Some farms are certified Organic, smaller farms are exempt. However most CSA farms practice Organic standards but are not certified, mainly due to the cost of certification.
  • What is a member?
    • In signing up with a farm, you commit to being their customer, or member, for the season. This provides the farm with a secure market, a guaranteed outlet for their produce and a fair return for their efforts to be your farmer.
  • What does it mean to be a member?
    • The farm will do their best to provide you with a bounty of fine produce each week. A premise of a CSA is that the members, through the vegetables, shares the farmer’s experiences of Nature. Weather difficulties may alter a crop outcome though it is unlikely to eliminate all your vegetables. As Nature is unable to offer guarantees, nor are the farms.
  • How Does a Working Share Work?
    • Some farms offer a working share for folks with limited cash but available time. In return for a discounted Share rate, you help the farmer on the farm with CSA tasks. The tasks can be anything from weeding and harvesting, to picking flowers or helping pack shares. The work requirements vary from farm to farm. This is a great way for folks to get involved with their food and know how and where it comes from!

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