About Our CSA
A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a mutual partnership between farmer and consumer, where farmers offer “shares” of produce for the consumer to purchase.
What does it mean to be a shareholder?
A shareholder simply means you have the right to a “share” of a farms harvest.
How does a CSA work?
The consumer pays in advance for their CSA share . In return the farmer provides a weekly basket of seasonal produce. Participation in the CSA is on a first come, first serve basis meaning the sooner you sign up, the sooner your spot is secured for the growing season.
Why Join A CSA?
- Buy Fresh Buy Local
- Support family owned, independently operated small businesses.
- Communicate face to face with the people that grow your food.
- Eat great tasting food.
- Buy the freshest food for your family.
- Explore new foods and learn to cook with a variety of regional produce.
- Find out that beet greens aren’t just good for you, they’re tasty too!
- Be Healthy and expose your kids early to healthy eating habits.
- Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit.
- Protect the Environment
- Cut down on the number of miles your food travels from the farm to your plate.
What seasons are shares offered?
Spring CSA: A vegetable intensive share(green based) with fruits, jar goods, and apple products included weekly.
Summer CSA: Our most popular share! Enjoy a mixture of fruits and veggies weekly.
Fall CSA: An assortment of vegetables, fruits, fall decoratives, and jar products weekly.
- Cost Share Card: A pre-loaded card that allows members to enjoy savings of up to 10% on all purchases.
What types of Shares do you offer?
- Traditional (Vegetable Intensive) In this program, members pick-up a pre-determined list of produce. This program allows members to try a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. This program is great for people who like to eat lots of fruits and veggies and who like to try unfamiliar fruits and veggies grown especially for this program!
- Fruit Share: This program is specially designed for people who LOVE fruit! Some examples of potential units would include: a pint of blackberries, a quart of strawberries, and 2 pounds of peaches. Throughout the course of the program members will be exposed to over 15 varieties of fruits as well as a select group of vegetables and maybe even a few surprises along the way. This is a great option for people who are participating in another CSA that doesn’t offer very much fruit or for those people who just really like eating fresh fruit. This is only available in the Summer.
What Sizes and Costs are your shares?
- Regular Share: 4 units per week (averages $20.00 per basket)
- Large Share: 6 units per week.(averages $30.00 per basket)
- Jumbo Share: 8 units per week (averages $35.00 per basket)
How long and when are the CSA seasons?
- Spring: February - April (10 weeks)
- Summer: May - August (14 weeks)
- Summer Sampler June (4 Weeks)
- Summer Sampler July (4 Weeks)
- Fall: September - November. (10 weeks)
What do you mean by a "unit"
Each unit is a different type of a fruit or a vegetable. The amount of each fruit or vegetable constituting each "unit" varies, but we try our best to give you an "average" amount of each fruit or vegetable every week. Some examples include: 1 quart of strawberries, 1 melon, a pint of blackberries, 3 pounds of beans or squash, and 6 ears of corn.
Examples of the regular (smallest size) share would be: 2 heads of lettuce, 1 quart of strawberries, 5 apples, and 3 pounds of sweet potatoes in May or in August they might get 6 ears of corn, 3 slicing cucumbers, 4 bell peppers, 5 peaches, and 1 pint of mini tomatoes.
Where do I pick up my CSA share?
We have pick ups in Norfolk and Virginia Beach including our Pungo Stand all three seasons. During the summer, we also have a pickup in Chesapeake. If one of our existing locations doesn't work for you, ask us about starting your own or where you think we should offer one.
Can I pick what goes into my basket each week?
No, we carefully select what produce will be included in your basket each week. If you would like to experience the savings and value a CSA has to offer, consider a Cost-Share Card.
Where can I get information on how to prepare my food I receive each week?
We provide a newsletter online (Newsletter) each week detailing what is included in your basket, how to store those items, and hand selected recipes.
What are the CSA Pick Up days and times?
Pick up days vary based on the CSA season but generally include multiple days during the week, as well as Saturday. Most pick up sites have at least a 2 hour window to get your share. We also try to have a mixture of morning and afternoon time frames to best fit your schedule.
What do I do about vacation time?
If you are unable to pick up your basket for a given week, please email email@example.com by 6pm the Sunday prior to that week so you can make alternative arrangements.
What if I miss my pick up?
If advanced notice is not given by Sunday 6pm prior to the week you want to change, your share will be donated to the local food bank. Although we realize events beyond your control happen from time to time, and will do our best to accommodate those. Any notice less than 24 hours interferes with our harvest schedule and packing of your shares.
What do I do with my box and containers each week?
We ask that you please bring back the box that your share is packed in each week as well as any pulp container, plastic clamshells, and egg cartons. We cannot reuse glass jars, apple cider jugs, or containers that have someone else’s logo or brand name on them.
- Members choose a pick up site for the duration of the program and will not be allowed to switch once the program begins.
- Please also pay special attention to the pickup times listed at each location
- The expected items for each week’s basket will be posted each Monday on our website at CFM Newsletter. We will also post information that gives you tips on how to use and store your produce and activities happening on the farm. We also will include hand selected recipes so you can incorporate your week’s bounty into your cooking.
- Please note the list is our best prediction on what we will have available, and is subject to change without notice. A lot can change from in the fields but every effort will be made to include everything we can from the expected list of items.
- One of the benefits of this program is that members get to try new fruits and vegetables. To make sure we have enough product so that all of members can enjoy the same experience, substitutions are not allowed.
- Every effort will be made to provide a wide variety of items to include in your basket on a week to week basis. In order to provide you with the best experience possible we partner with other growers who meet our family’s stringent standards as needed. For example we don’t live in a climate that can grow tree fruit to our standards so we have developed a relationship with a family owned and operated orchard in Pennsylvania that we source our tree fruit from.
- All items in you basket are covered through our 100% satisfaction guarantee. We will replace or refund any items deemed unsatisfactory.
- In the event we are unable to fulfill our obligations, your money will be gladly refunded on a prorated basis. As we are dealing with perishable crops planted seasonally, we may not harvest some crops we planted or may be prevented from planting because of the weather. Therefore, some of the crops on our list may never make it to your basket despite our best intentions. We will be making daily evaluations and harvesting decisions
- The baskets will vary in weight each week. This variation is because of the fresh vegetables and fruits we are able to grow here in Virginia Beach. It is likely that the weight of the items will vary slightly throughout the growing season.
- If you are unable to pick up your basket, please email firstname.lastname@example.org the Sunday prior to the desired change in pick up day to make alternative arrangements. Any items not picked up will be donated to the Society of St. Andrews, a Methodist Network that distributes food to the needy in our community. If prior arrangements have not been made by 6pm Sunday and you miss your pickup, your box will be donated.
- Our family grows with a conscience and is a leader in innovative and sustainable farming practices. We subscribe to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and USDA Organic farming practices. This means that cover crops, beneficial insects, crop rotations, and soft chemicals are used in our production practices. The stewardship philosophy (physiology) is used to sustain productivity and conserve the resource base. Stewardship of the resources will allow younger family members to continue producing quality produce for generations to come.
- Payment is due in full prior to start of the program.
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