Q & A for the CSA program

Updated 2/20/2020

Our FIRST delivery of large and small Summer CSA shares of 2015 ready to go to their new homes!

DETAILS ABOUT THE 2020 CSA SEASON –> https://movementgroundfarm.wordpress.com/2020-csa-shares/

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  CSA’s allow consumers to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from the farmer. Every week your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood. CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront. This early bulk payment enables the farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more.   You also share in the rewards and risks of farming.  During times of scarcity (due to crop failure, disease, hurricanes, etc) your shares may be small, during times of abundance your shares will be extra large with special offerings.

 

What do we get in our box each week?

Every week you will receive five vegetable items, and in the future, there will be meat, egg, and flower add-on options.

 

 

What happens if I go on vacation or cannot pick up my produce?

We will do our best to make sure to get all of your produce even if you go on vacation.   You just have to communicate with us when to hold your share and when you would like to make it up.   We send out a text message every Monday before we start harvesting, and this is your chance to tell us if you would like to either: (1) hold your share because you will be going away, or (2) get a double share to make up for a share you missed.

 

Can I choose which vegetables I get each week? 

You can choose your own vegetables ONLY if you elect to pick up from our farm stand or at a farmer’s market.   But we are still figuring out which farmers markets we will be at this year.  Most likely we will keep our Westport Farmers Market which is every Saturday from 9am – 1pm.

For everyone picking up a prepackaged boxed share, you cannot choose which vegetables you are going to get each week.   Please do not make any other special requests – I just do not have the capacity to tailor any more than I am already doing.  In the spirit of the CSA, share the produce you do not want with others – and let them know where it came from.

By only getting vegetables that are in season you are guaranteed to be getting what is the most fresh and ripe each week.  It’s also a great way to start learning about the seasonality of our foods.   After being a member of my CSA, you will know that the cucumber you see in the grocery store in May has been transported from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.  It’s probably old, genetically modified, gassed with hormones, sealed in a wax coat, and has gone through all the other technological innovative strategies used by the global food industry to continue to provide you your tomatoes in December.  A commitment to eat local means to eat what’s in season; it means you will be supporting your local farmer over big agriculture; it means you will be eating vegetables that are not genetically modified or made with toxic chemicals; AND it means your vegetables will have a slightly higher nutritional value.

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE 2020 CSA SEASON –> https://movementgroundfarm.wordpress.com/2020-csa-shares/

 

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