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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 Reminder Thursday April 18th and Marion April 19thApril 17th, 2019

CSA Pickup is Thursday in Carbondale and Friday in Marion.  PLEASE RETURN YOUR BOXES FROM LAST WEEK.  Boxes cost $2 to $4 and it really makes a big difference if we can reuse them.   Ev

Whats in my All Seasons share? Much more than you may want to know. April 11th, 2019

Members will enjoy two very different kinds of lettuces in their boxes this first week.....an emerald leaf lettuce, great for salads, on sandwiches, or as a wrap.....a very delicate mild flavor.......

CSA Pickup Reminder Thursday April 11th and Marion April 12thApril 10th, 2019

CSA starts this week!   Members will enjoy lots of greens and lettuces as we get going.  The tomato plants are in and growing like crazy in this warm weather so maybe we will have early

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