Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect in my weekly share?
The contents of your share will change by the week and season. Each week, we lay out a wide selection of vegetables buffet style and you take a bag and fill up. In any given year, some crops may do better than others - that's part of investing in local food! Here are some examples of what might be available on your pick-up day and, remember, you can take multiple 'items' of vegetables you like and leave the ones you don't:
- Late May: kale, collards, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, spinach, arugula, head lettuce, mesclun mix, cilantro, parsley, dill, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, napa cabbage, bok choi, fennel, scallions, kohlrabi, peas, swiss chard
- Mid August: tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, sweet peppers, hot peppers, okra, eggplant, summer squash/zucchini, cucumbers, basil, onions, potatoes, watermelon, muskmelon, sweet corn, green beans
- October: sweet potatoes, winter squash, brussels sprouts, pumpkins, kale, collards, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, spinach, arugula, head lettuce, mesclun mix, cilantro, parsley, dill, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, napa cabbage, bok choi, fennel, kohlrabi, swiss chard, select summer items
Can I switch my share size in the middle of the season?
If you find your small share isn't enough, you're welcome to take a step or two up at any point, unless we have sold out. Your payment will be adjusted accordingly.
What happens if I go on vacation or miss a week?
You are welcome to have a friend or family members pick up your share for that week. You may also switch from your regular pick up day if that helps (for instance, picking up Saturday in Albemarle rather than Tuesday at the farm because you were out of town then). Please let us know in advance if you need to switch locations so nothing goes to waste.
Is this a good value?
Each week, the size of the vegetable 'items' we offer are calculated based on their market value--in Stanly County Farmers Market terms--to ensure that you receive, on balance throughout the season, equal or more than what you have paid for. Our produce is also harvested within hours of pick-up for optimum taste and nutrition, and joining our CSA gives you access to a wider selection of ecologically grown vegetables than you will find at many grocery stores (and usually at better prices than organic vegetables from California). CSA members also have priority for our vegetables: if we have limited amounts of a high demand item, we give it to you and don't sell it to the public at market. That said, we strive to grow quality produce in a way that respects the land, this community, other sustainable farmers, and ourselves. Buying pesticide laden peppers from Mexico at Wal-Mart will be cheaper, though in the long run we think you'll be happy you invested in your taste buds, health and community.
Are you certified organic?
No, at this time we are not pursuing certification. However, our standards are stricter than those of the USDA: for instance, there are some "organic" pesticides such as pyrethrin that we would not spray on the farm to avoid endangering bees (we actually spray no pesticides at all - see "The Farm" tab for more on our ecological practices). We also do not use "organic" fertilizers that are the byproducts of confinement animal operations, such as commercial bloodmeal and bonemeal. We find that certifying is mostly helpful for larger wholesale farms. Since we know many of our customers and strive to participate in community-driven rather than bureaucratic solutions, certifying is not currently worth the cost. Please get in contact if you have questions about our practices!