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Questions to Ask

Questions to Ask When Joining a CSA

CSA's differ from farm to farm, this is one of the beauties of the CSA concept, unlike industrialized agriculture......there are unique differences in each farm's approach to memberships, producing foods, and management practices.  When you are considering joing a CSA, be sure to consider a variety of farms, and see which one fits your personality and needs the best.  

Here are some questions to consider posing to your prospective CSA Farmer:

1)  Can I visit your farm anytime while a member in order to better understand your growing practices?

2)  Can I depend upon consistent weekly deliveries, or do you miss some from time to time?  If so, how do you make up the balance?  

3)  Are you Certified Organic?  Do you use certified organic seed, fertilizers, and pesticides?  Are these practices reviewed by an independent party?

4)  What happens if i decide a CSA is just not the right choice for me and my family?

5)  How do you insure the quality of your production?  do you have a cooler?, do you use high tunnels or row covers?  

6)  Can I call other members of your CSA to see how they feel about your farm's CSA program?  

7)  Do you have a way i can pay and/or have a record of my payments online?  If not, what kind of receipt do you provide me upon payment?  

8)  Do you provide weekly updates letting me know about how growing is going, and what recipes i can use for my box?

9)  Are your pick up times and locations convenient to me?  

10)  What are my payment options?  Do I have to pay all upfront, or can I pay over time?  

11)  Do you have other products I may be interested in, such as eggs, mushrooms, fruits?  If so, how can I buy them?  

12)  What can i expect in my box each week for each season?  In other words, what kind of produce do you specialize in?  Will you include bakery goods and other items in addition to produce?  or can i expect mostly produce?  

CSA Pickup Is today Thursday Feb 6th. See you there or text me!February 6th, 2020

Members will enjoy fresh spinach, head lettuce, beets, garlic, and sweet potatoes on this cold wintry day!  Spinach and sweet potatoes are so nice together....especially if you have some nice pas

CSA Pickup today Jan 30th. See you there!January 30th, 2020

We are getting into deep winter now and most of our outside crops are looking sadly, though the kale looks pretty good still!  Lots of potatoes still and the lettuces are looking nice in the high

Greens Cooking in the Winter CSAJanuary 18th, 2020

CSA members have lots of winter greens in their shares, here is a great starting place for how to use your greens for best taste and nutrition.  Historically, greens have been very important

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