Will I get to preview what's in my weekly share?
You bet. Each week just prior to pick-up, we'll email members with our weekly "What's in this week’s share" which spells out all the fruit and veggies featured in that week's Share. Please remember that we will make our best estimate of what will be ripe and ready for picking by harvest day. But because Mother Nature doesn't always respect well-laid plans, occasional last minute substitutions can occur which will not be reflected in the newsletter.
What varieties of veggies does Adkins Produce grow?
Our farm grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. It's literally A to Z: asparagus, basil, green and yellow beans, , mixed, red and golden beets, purple and orange carrots, pickling and slicing cucumbers, purple and white eggplant, bib lettuce, red and yellow onions, green, yellow, red, orange and hot peppers, red, , sugar and standard pumpkins, radishes, summer and winter squashes, heirloom, Roma, cherry and grape tomatoes, turnips and zucchini. Just to name a few…
We also partner with several local famers that supply us with cantaloupes, white sweet corn, nectarines, peaches, and several varieties of watermelons.
What is a Share (and what is it worth)?
Very simply, a "share" represents our farm's commitment to the C.S.A. members. It takes form as a weekly delivered box abundant with the tastiest, freshest and most nutritious food to be had.
In many ways, however, that question of “worth” is really more linked with the value placed upon eating local and sustainably grown food, on knowing the farmer who grew it and the plot of land where it all comes from. Throw in factors such as strengthened community bonds, the bolstering of local agriculture and economies, landscape preservation and , well, the true "worth" of a share takes on new meaning.
Will my CSA Share be less expensive than the grocery store?
One can always find cheap produce somewhere. But, in the unlikely event that your regional grocery chain carries the same quality produce grown with similar farming methods, we're extremely confident you'll be hard-pressed to find better value and price than that offered by a CSA Share.
Below are some notable results from a CSA Member Surveys:
A word of caution: Beyond the inherent difficulties of making such a comparison, it is not recommended to choose a C.S.A. based solely on price. Despite the real potential for food dollar savings, C.S.A.'s are not about cheap food, which is neither nourishing nor grown with care for you or the environment in mind. Potential members should consider all the beneficial aspects of a C.S.A. experience and how it might mesh with their family's spending habits and lifestyle.
How much produce is in a box?
Given the diverse array of crops and varieties that come and go over the course of the growing cycles, there is no standard content, weight or volume that a shareholder might expect on any given week. Watermelons are bigger than blueberries. English Peas carry a higher market value than carrots but, they're lighter. What can be expected is that each week's Full Share will boast upwards of a dozen different varieties of super fresh, hand-picked fruits, vegetables and herbs with a value of appropriate to your selected share size. The 1/2 Share will boast approximately 6-8 different varieties super fresh, hand-picked fruits, vegetables and herbs with a value of appropriate to your selected share size.
What if I'm not the greatest Cook? Do you have any good recipes?
The secret to good cooking is great ingredients. The second secret is simple and reliable recipes. Luckily, we've got you covered on both fronts. The weekly e-newsletter, CSA Box, and website will contain scores of recipes that coordinate with your weekly box contents.
I just love your sweet corn and tomatoes! Can I get more?
Of Course! While the contents of the weekly share box are fixed, we will be offering an online market which will allow members to purchase additional items online and we will package the items with their share box at the weekly pickup.
How do I know if joining a C.S.A. is right for me? I don't want to pay all that money and then be disappointed.
The most common reason given for quitting a C.S.A. is that people cannot use all the vegetables. Be realistic about your family's lifestyle: if you eat out often, travel heavily during the growing season or consume a lot of pre-prepared foods, a C.S.A. may not work for you. If you live by yourself and think a full share may be too much produce for your needs, consider starting with a ½ share or splitting with a friend, neighbor or co-worker.
Our customers vary from students to singles to large families to retirees. Some are vegetarians or vegans, but most are simply interested in fresh, locally-grown, nutritious and flavorful food. For many, joining Adkins Produce, C.S.A. will herald a whole new way of cooking, eating and sharing food. Members soon find a deeper connection to their nourishment, making more dishes and meals "from scratch" and a renewed interest in trying new foods and different ways of preparing them.
I started the season with a ½ share but it’s proving a bit skimpy the family. Can I upgrade to a full share mid-season?
No problem. If you find that your present volume is inadequate for your band of ravenous locavores, you always have the option to upgrade to your own full share. We will simply prorate the cost of the increase. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you with the transition.
What if I'm on vacation or going to be out of town on my designated pick-up day?
If leaving for vacation and unable to find someone who wants a free box of fresh, delicious produce, members can easily reschedule to an alternative pick up day or place their share "on-hold" while they are away. Basically, this means that we do not build your share and, as a member, you forgo the share and its value for that time period your share is on-hold. Please understand that we cannot double up in subsequent weeks or allow for ‘make-up’ shares.
What if I forget to pick up my box?
CSA Share boxes will be ready for pick-up at the farm on the designated date and time as established by each member upon sign-up. The box is guaranteed during these pick-up hours. If no prior arrangements have been made and you (or your agent) do not pick up during designated hours, your box will be considered a donation to the local food bank.
Please note: Late pick-ups and/or forgotten shares will not be eligible for replacement or credit. There are no exceptions to this policy.
If I decide to cancel my membership, do I get any refund?
This is a touchy subject... and the short answer is no. Here's the good reason why: a C.S.A. membership benefits you in many ways, but it also benefits the farmer because we have an up-front and exact budget on which to plan the season. That means by the time the growing season starts, we've already allocated the funds from our membership fees to pay for the seeds, supplies, equipment, labor and so forth that will allow the season to come to harvest. While we'd sincerely like to accommodate special circumstances, providing a refund would jeopardize the season for all of our members. If you find yourself in an unfortunate circumstance mid-season, contact us to make us aware, and we will recommend that you arrange for someone to take over the remainder of your weekly shares. You will, of course, want to arrange payment details between yourselves, but we can help you determine the value of those remaining shares, and assist in the transition any way we can.