What will be in my CSA box? Do I get to choose?
Your CSA box is filled with seasonal produce. Each week we scout the fields to identify what is in peak season and ready to harvest. Your CSA box will consist of sustainably grown produce harvested on one of our two farms. Our boxes are pre-assembled and packed by our employees. You do not choose what goes in your share but know that we strive for variety and types of crops that most people would enjoy. Spring shares are full of greens, cabbage, lettuce and onions. Summer shares move onto the tomatoes, peppers, corn, melons and eggplants. Fall will finish with butternut, and winter squashes. Eating seasonally means that zucchini is not typically available until late June and that lettuce will be out in August. But the joy of experiencing nature’s bounty is trying new veggies out or tasting your first heirloom tomato.
I ordered flowers this week. What’s next?
Awesome! We will let you do the flower arranging. When you arrive at the farm or at your CSA delivery site to pick up your box of produce, you will have the opportunity to choose your favorite bouquet of flowers from among a selection. We operate on the honors system. Please take a bouquet only if you have paid for your flowers in advance on this website.
Can I visit the farm?
Yes, we love it when people come to the farm and volunteer. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Because we work with a vulnerable population group, we require a background check before your volunteer shift. JK Moving donates the background check service to us, and will help us set those up for you.
I’m going on vacation or can’t pick up my box. What should I do?
We would prefer it if you found a friend or family member to pick-up the box for you. This is a great way to introduce new people to our program, and a chance for you to share some beautiful, local produce with them.
You may also log in to your account and choose not to have a box delivered for those days. This must be done by midnight at least one day before the normal CSA pick-up/delivery day. CSA days are incredibly busy for us on the farm, and it is extremely difficult for us to accommodate last minute changes.
I forgot to pick up my box during my scheduled pickup time! Can I still get it?
Forgetting happens. We all do it! However, it is the responsibility of the CSA member to pick up their box during the designated time period. If a member is unable to do so, it is their responsibility to entitle a friend to do so (no need to contact us, but please give your friend instructions on pick-up procedures.) If a box is not picked up on the designated day, during the designated time frame, it will be donated at the discretion of the site host. Consider the pick-up times firm. In respect for the site host, we ask that members do not show up early or late. These hosts are being generous in allowing us to use their site. Leaving behind fresh produce overnight allows nature to take over; no one wants rotten produce lying around or the bugs that come with it.
Is there any sort of deadline during the week for placing orders for add-ons, changing pickup sites, etc?
Yes! The deadline for requesting changes to your Summer and Fall Shares is by midnight, a full day in advance of your delivery (Tuesday night for Thursday shares, or by Wednesday night for Friday shares).
Do you offer half shares?
We do not offer half or every-other-week shares. For smaller families or for individuals who don’t cook as often, we encourage you to split your share with another family or friend. A Farm Less Ordinary is all about food and community—many members have found it a blessing to have partners in the adventure of seasonal eating that is Community Supported Agriculture. Another factor to consider: the veggies in the Summer Share are perishable and are freshest if eaten within 7 days, so sharing the bounty with someone else would be a great way to ensure that the fresh produce is eaten by someone!
Can I split my share at the site or do I have to take it home first?
It’s best to take it home or meet your partner there to split it so you can each get more of what you like in the share and there’s less confusion at the site. If that doesn’t work, take your part of the share (make sure to check your name off the list first!), label the rest with the other party’s name, and set it aside so others don’t pick it up by mistake.
Can I cancel my membership?
As a non-profit, we depend upon our CSA members’ financial commitment for the full season. With that said, we can offer partial refund of Summer Shares before May 1st, and Fall Shares before August 1st. Other options may be possible in cases of financial hardship. We all, members and farmers, are in this community together. Our membership is generally very stable and reliable, and this makes it possible for the farm to be somewhat flexible when some members meet unexpected difficulties.