Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most commonly asked CSA questions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a CSA?
CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. It is an approach to farm marketing in which customers (or shareholders) by a farm share in advance and then receive a weekly supply of produce during the growing season. Our seasons are typically about 20 weeks long from June through October. Our shareholders pick up their shares at the farm.
What are the advantages of the CSA model?
With the CSA model, the growers and customers provide each other with mutual support and share the risks and benefits of food production. For the shareholder, advance payment ensures that you have a fresh supply of prepaid veggies all season long. It’s a great way to try new and unusual veggies and to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen. There is also the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your food is coming from, knowing your farmers, and supporting local agriculture and economies. For the farmers, the CSA model provides some financial security and ensures that money will be flowing into the farm during the off-season, when seed and other supplies need to be purchased. Once the farm season begins, the farmers can focus all of their attention on growing their wares rather than marketing. How many people does a Pleasant Valley Gardens CSA share feed? It all depends, of course, on your eating habits, but we generally estimate that a full share provides enough weekly produce for a family of four or for two adult vegetarians. A half share might be the best option for a single person or for a couple whose veggie consumption is more moderate.
Can I split my share with someone else?
This season, we are offering both full shares and half shares. You are still free to share a share. However, the entire share must be picked up at once! We suggest that you trade weeks with your share partner or pick up the entire share and split it up away from the farm or pick-up location.
What happens when I forget to pick up my share?
If you are unable to pick up your share, you must make arrangements in advance concerning your veggies. You can call or e-mail us here at the farm to let us know about a vacation or other planned absence (this way, we can adjust our harvest totals) or you can arrange for a friend or family member to pick up the share in your place. If you simply forget your share (and this happens once or twice to just about everyone during the season), then your veggies will be sold elsewhere. The summertime can be hectic for everyone, but please try to remember to pick up your share!!
When do I pick up my share?
When signing up, you can choose either Tuesday from 3pm-6pm or Saturday 9am-12pm. If you need to change your pick up day for any reason, just let us know in advance and arrangements can be made for you.