Tips to Make Your Farm Pick-Up Go Smoothly
- Come to a CSA orientation. Our CSA orientations are held in spring and are great opportunities for new shareholders to tour the farm, meet the farm staff, and ask questions.
- Read your CSA newsletter. Our CSA newsletter, delivered by email each week during the CSA distribution season, will include a list of what crops are being harvested that week, recipes, and any important dates or information that you need to know. Our newsletter is the primary way we stay in touch with our shareholders during the growing season. It will also be posted on our website each week - CSA newsletters.
- When you arrive at the farm, check in at the distribution barn. Our staff and work share helpers will assist you, provide you with any special information, and be able to answer many of your questions about picking up your share.
- If you are splitting a 20-week share, remember to make arrangements with your share partner so that you can pick up the entire share at one time each week. You can meet your share partner at the farm (or carpool, which helps with the parking on the farm!) to pick your own vegetables, herbs, and flowers; or you can alternate pick-up weeks with your share partner if that works better for you.
- Bring bags for your share. Bring canvas bags or used grocery bags to hold your vegetables.
- Check the barn and pick-your-own stand for information about your share. Most of your vegetables will be harvested, rinsed (but not cleaned) and on the tables, for you to select and weigh or count. Remember to take veggies only up to the limits listed on the blackboard. Vegetables and fruit should be washed before eating.
- Ask questions! There will always be a staff person at the CSA pick-up to answer your questions about the pick-up, pick-your-own crops, or our farming practices.
- Don't forget your pick-your-own crops! (see below)
Pick Your Own Instructions
- Pick-your-own hours are during daylight hours every day throughout the 20 weeks of the summer CSA. PYO is open to 10-week shareholders only during their specified pickup week.
- Check the PYO stand for picking information including crop locations and amounts available per share. Please limit your picking to the crops and amounts listed on the board.
- The PYO stand also has scissors and pint containers available for your use.
- Please do not pick on rainy days, since water helps spread plant diseases.
- Please stay on pathways (in tractor tire tracks) at all times and watch out for baby plants.
- Please avoid stepping on fluffy soil, even if there are no visible plants. If it's fluffy, it is probably a bed we've prepared for planting or seeding.
- The best picking can usually be found 30-50 feet into the row. Take a few extra steps beyond the ends of the rows and the picking should be satisfying!