Why do we get so many greens in the spring and so much eggplant in the fall? Why can’t we get apples in June?
Like flowers, vegetables have a season and there’s a time of year when they are ready to pick. They aren’t available year-round like in the grocery store, where they ship from other climates (over many miles and oceans). CSA teaches us how to eat in season. Please refer to the sample box descriptions here to see what we get when.
How does the cost of a CSA share compare to grocery store prices?
If you go to a farmers’ market, their pricing is comparable to CSA pricing. Organic items sold at Whole Foods, a local natural food store, Giant, or Safeway are more expensive. What is not comparable is pricing for CSA produce vs conventionally grown produce sold at grocery stores. Though cheaper, conventional produce is grown with chemicals and is increasingly genetically modified (GMO).
With CSA, although a small portion of your share price is going to overhead, most goes directly to the farmers to grow organic food. That is not the case in the industrial food system, where shipping and marketing costs are a larger percentage of the price of food. Also conventional food production in many cases has negative impacts on the environment, people, and animals.
In 2008, we were part of a Good Morning America segment that showed that buying food directly from local farmers would save you money because of the rise in gas prices.
Which vegetables can we expect?
It varies from season to season and even within the season. Click here to see what we got in the past.
How many of each vegetable can we expect?
Full share boxes contain 7-12 items; half share boxes contain a smaller quantity of 4-9 items. One item could be a bag of carrots or a head of broccoli.
Is everything organic?
All the vegetables are organic. Some of the fruit is grown using Integrated Pest Management (IPM). To read more about IPM, please consult this EPA web site.
Where do I pick up my weekly veggies?
Click here to see the current pickup locations. You always pick up from the same location. We don’t show the exact locations of private residences on the web for security. At the beginning of the season, we will email you the exact address of your pickup location.
We are always looking for new pick-up locations. If we add one that’s more convenient for you, you can change your pick-up location up until two weeks before the start of the season. If you are interested in being a site host, contact us for more information.
How far can I progress through sign up before committing to payment?
You can proceed all the way through sign up before submitting payment. At check out, the shopping cart will give you the option to pay by check or by credit card through Paypal (a 3% surcharge will apply). Your order is complete when payment is submitted through Paypal or you mail us a check.
How will I know that you’ve received my order?
The shopping cart system will automatically email you an invoice when you submit your order. (If you do not receive an invoice, please contact us.) We will also send you a confirmation email with your pick-up location and start date before the start of the season.
How will I know that you’ve received my check?
We notify you via email that your check has been received and your order is complete. We will also email you your pick-up location and start date before the start of the season.
What are your terms and conditions of membership?
Please click here to read our terms and conditions.
What if my question isn’t answered here?
If you still have questions after skimming the FAQs, contact us here.