Shareholders do not choose specific crops, but instead, receive a box of fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season and represent a diversity of vegetables. One of the tenets the Community Supported Agriculture model is that farmers know how many shareholders are participating and what crops they plan to distribute each day throughout the season. This avoids growing crops that farmers don’t have a market for, and keeps costs down for the farmer and consumer. It also means that the produce is as fresh as possible, as farmers know exactly what and how much to harvest, and can harvest the day before distribution to shareholders. We have refined our CSA offering over the years based on survey feedback, and feel pretty confident that it offers a great balance and variety.
Nonetheless, we understand that not everyone likes beets, and some people can’t get enough beets. That’s why at most pickup locations, we will have a “Swap Box”. We will leave a few extra items in the swap box each week. If there is something in your share that you don’t particularly like, you may exchange it for something in the Swap Box.
To get a better sense of what we are you may receive, check out our “Sample Small Shares” document that shows what you may receive on a given week in the spring, summer, and fall.