Frequently Asked Questions for Summer 2017 CSA Season
I've bought a plan, when does it start?
The start date for the 2017 vegetable pickups is weather dependent. We always aim for the first pickup of spring greens in mid June. You will be notified of the exact start date by email or phone the week before the first pickup.
What are the pick-up days and times?
Pickup days are Monday or Tuesday, anytime between 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. We all know life can be crazy, so, if you are running late, or can't make your pickup, please call Maggie at 978.804.9736. Your share can be held in the cooler for pickup the next day.
Why is it only once a week?
Weekly pick-up keeps the CSA manageable, allowing us, the growers, maximum
time in the fields to assure the quality. If you need something in between, you can always visit our farmstand!
What happens to my share when I go on vacation?
With our Select-A-Week options, you can let us know which weeks you won't be coming. Send a list of dates, or give us at least 24 hours notice. If you purchase a full share, you may designate someone else to come and pick up your share for the week. All they have to do is go to the check in table and check off your name. If you do not have someone to pick up your share, please let us know. It helps us plan our harvesting more effectively.
What happens if I forget to pick up my share?
Good communication is key. We are happy to put your share together and leave it for you to pick up as long as you let us know. If you don't notify us in advance to make arrangements for your share, you will have to wait until the next week's pickup.
Will a share be too big for me? I am single; we are empty nesters, my husband hates most veggies, I'd buy a share but I'm going on a few vacations...?
Our flexible share options give you choices. Choose a Select-A-Week option that works for your schedule and make your veggie pickups on only the dates you know you will be in town! You are never required to take every item we offer each week. Please take only what you think you can use or share extra with a friend! At the very least, participate in our composting program. That way, your unused vegetables help us make good soil!
Does a family share provide enough so that I won't have to do other produce shopping?
This is always a difficult question to answer because every family is different in terms of the amount of fresh vegetables they eat in a week. The quantity of food you receive varies with the growing season. Your baskets will be smaller in the spring, larger in late summer, and full of greens and root crops in the fall. We can tell you that being a member of the CSA will give you a significant boost in your efforts to eat local, but it will not keep you out of the grocery store. The CSA will be providing in-season foods. If you want snow peas at the end of August, they will not be available at the farm, but they will be in the grocery store. Our past members say that the CSA helps cut other food costs as well. By going to the grocery store less often, we are reducing our impulse or convenience purchases. Also, our farm stand will be available for any extra veggies you might need.
What is a Flower Share?
The Flower Share entitles you to a fresh farmhouse-style bouquet each week, for ten weeks, over the course of the season. Flowers will be available starting mid to late July.
Can I join for part of the year?
Our flexible weekly options allow you to sign up at any time during the season.
Do you have eggs?
We offer eggs for sale on a first come, first served basis.
Can I get more than my share?
Yes, our farmstand carries additional produce and flowers that can be purchased along with your weekly share.
Do I have to participate in the composting program?
No, but we encourage participation. However, some of our customers have their own compost pile. Good for you! We do encourage anyone who wishes to participate to bring your kitchen scraps to us as a way to give back to the farm and help us create healthy soil.