CSA Agreement

At Obercreek Farm, we wish to provide you with fresh, seasonal certified organic food grown for you on our farm. As a member you will reveive a portion of our harvest. This CSA agreement outlines both us the farmers and you our member and the commitment to that relationship. 

Obercreek Farm grows and hosts their own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). As a CSA Farm this mutually beneficial relationship between our farm and you as our customer allows for a direct transfer of produce from our farm to you, our member. 

Farm Contact Information:
Obercreek Farm

59 Marlorville Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
email: info@obercreekfarm.com
phone: 845-632-3888

Length of Season:

Our CSA runs for 22-24 weeks. Our first week of distribution tends to be late May/early June. We will let you know the exact date via email, post it on our website and social media accounts, in mid May. We will determine the exact length come October when we understand how our remaining fall crops will perform.

Pick-up days:

Members are responsible for picking up their share at their designated location and on their designated pick-up day.

On-farm CSA members pick-up on their designated day at the farm in Wappingers Falls, either on Wednesday between 4pm-7pm or Saturday between 9am-12pm.  Both Full share members and half share members pick-up weekly

Delivery share members pick-up either their box at their chosen location weekly on their designated days, at the times specific to their location.

U-Pick crops:

 For CSA members picking up at the farm, throughout the season your share will include various "U-Pick" crops including herbs, flowers, strawberries and vegetables. (*U-Pick crops are not included in the boxed delivery shares.) These are items that are easy to pick, but too time-consuming for us, the farmers, to harvest cost-efficiently. For insurance reasons, you will need to bring your own clippers for harvesting. You may do your U-Pick crops on the other pickup day and time before your next pick-up or during the farm stand hours of operation. If the farm stand is closed or there is not pickup occurring the U-Pick areas will be closed.

U-Pick crops are included in Onsite Farm Pickups but are not included in Delivery Shares

What if I go on vacation?

 If you go on vacation you may have a friend or family member pick up your share that week. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute. For on-farm pick-up members, another option is to change your pick up day from a Wednesday to a Saturday or vice versa. Just let us know by email by 7pm Sunday the week before you wish to switch. Unfortunately, because we harvest a precise number of shares each harvest day, we cannot accommodate last minute switches. *Delivery share members do not have the option of switching pick-up days. 

What happens to my share if I forget to pick up?

 Obercreek Farm has partnered with several food banks including Dutchess Outreach. We allow our On Farm Site members 24 Hours to contact us to make arrangements for their share pick-up. As a member you must either email us at info@obercreekfarm.com or call us at 845-632-3888.  If you have not made prior arrangements for someone to pick up for you, or to switch pick up days, at our discretion, some or all of any unclaimed shares will then be donated. Please note that once the pick-up is over, pick-up is over. If you forget to pick up on Wednesday, that does not mean you can just show up on Saturday, or vice versa. We harvested for you, it is your responsibility to be there to pick it up. We are not able to hold food for you to pick-up at a later time or day. 

For delivery shares, if you miss picking up your share during the allocated pick-up time, your site host has permission at their discretion to donate any shares that are not picked up. You will not be permitted to pick up that weeks share at a later time or location.

Pick-up protocol or "what do I do when I get there?":
Before your first CSA pick-up you will receive an email with any specific information you may need for picking up at either the farm or at your chosen delivery site. You are required to sign in first, before proceeding to pick-up your share. You will need to bring your own bags, box, cooler or baskets to take your produce home in. Delivery shares will come in a box, but you will need to remove the bag of produce and leave the box neatly on site. On-farm shares are not boxed up- you will need to read our signage and informational board which lists the share for the day, before gathering, weighing or counting, and bagging your items.

Our growing practices:
We are a USDA Certified Organic Farm and follow only organic growing practices. . We strive to provide high quality, fresh, seasonal produce by enriching and maintaining the health of our soils, water quality and air through our farming practices. By using practices such as composting, cover cropping and companion planting, we are able to encourage our crops and soils to produce and maintain high fertility. Our crops are grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or GMO (genetically modified organisms) and are grown outside as well as in our four passive solar greenhouses year round. 

We are dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of our land by nurturing a biologically diverse environment. We want to foster a place where the community can come together to teach, learn, experience, and celebrate life in the Hudson Valley. In addition we pride ourselves on being able to provide and support our farmers with a fair and sustainable living wage.

 We are certified through the Northeast Organic Farming Association: New York Division or NOFA-NY

Harvest expectations:

The list below outlines some of the vegetables we hope to have and when you may see them in your share. This list is based on our best estimate and experience, but of course weather, pests, and other events will affect actual production and timing.

Late Spring/ Early Summer: arugula, *beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli raab, cabbage, carrots, celery, collards, cucumbers, escarole, fennel, garlic scapes, green garlic, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, new potatoes, radicchio, spinach, spring radishes, scallions, spring onions, *strawberries, *sugar snap peas, summer squash, swiss chard, hakurei turnips

Mid-Summer: *beans, beets, celery, *cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, kirby cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, *hot peppers, lettuce, melons (cantaloupe and watermelon), onions, sweet peppers, potatoes, summer squash, spaghetti squash, sweet corn, swiss chard, *plum tomatoes, red slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, *tomatillos, herbs and *flowers

Late Summer/Fall: arugula, beets, bok choy, broccoli, broccoli raab, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collards, celeriac, celery, eggplant, escarole, *flowers, fresh ginger, garlic, herbs, *hot peppers, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, onions, peppers, popcorn, potatoes, radicchio, shallots, spinach, summer squash, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, *plum tomatoes, tomatoes, *tomatillos, turnips, winter radishes, winter squash.

items marked with a * are U-Pick crops.

Quantities: 
On-farm Full shares will receive 10-15 items weekly, half share members will receive 5-10 items weekly.
Delivery share will receive 5-10 items of the farmers choosing (weekly)

We promise to do our best to provide you with a generous share each week. Our aim is to provide high quality organic produce, however, crops are exposed to extreme weather, insects, or other production factors despite our best efforts may sometimes reduce quality.  By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other members. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:

If only a small portion of crops fail, we will compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown and that are ready for harvest at that time. We grow a large diversity of crops for this reason, so if one things suffers, there is something else that is thriving.

In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to farmers markets, local restaurants, and wholesale distributors. Please note that we produce some items in greater abundance for our other outlets, just as we grow some items in greater abundance for our CSA members.

Periodically throughout the season we will offer bulk vegetables for sale at wholesale prices for those in our community interested in canning and preserving. These case quantities will not be included as part of your regular CSA share. If you are interested in purchasing smaller quantities of "extra" vegetables on top of your CSA share, we recommend you visit us at one of the weekly farmer's markets we attend or visit our farm stand where as a valued CSA member you will receive 10% off your total. 

Food Safety:

We take the safety of your food seriously. We maintain high standards of quality, and wash our produce before being distributed to our members (crop dependent) For your added protection, we recommend members wash all produce again before eating.

Payment:

 By selling membership in advance of the growing season, or members help reduce the burden of up-front costs for the farmer. Your membership fees provide us with money to purchase seed, equipment and ensure our farmers receive a living wage during the off seasons. All payments must be paid in full and before May 1st to ensure membership into the CSA. We do have a cap at 250 members so and are expected once again to sell out. We recommend sign ups before March 31st 2017 to ensure your share. If unable to afforded the full cost up front we offer a payment plan. You may contact us at info@obercreekfarm.com to make arrangements. 

All payments are non-refundable. You may find someone to take over your share if you are unable to continue yours.

Communication:
The best way to communicate with us is via email. Our email is info@obercreekfarm.com or call our office at 845-632-3888.  We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but we are often in the field growing your food and not at our desk. 

We will communicate with you by email and through our social media accounts.. When you sign up, you will be added to our email distribution list. Please read your email from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to farm events.  We do our best to communicate news, photos and information through our emails and social media accounts, so please take time to read it. Every week we will post a photo of that week’s share on Wednesdays, as well as news from the farm. Be sure to follow us on facebook and instagram.   

Summary of Terms and Conditions:

In becoming a member of Obercreek Farm CSA, I recognize that due to the inherent risks of farming there are no guarantees on the exact amount or type of produce I will receive.

As a farm member myself and any other members of my household who will be picking up a share, I am responsible for learning how the Obercreek Farm CSA works and the specific pick-up protocol for my site.

It is my responsibility to pick up my share at the designated time, or to have someone familiar with the pick-up process do so for me. If I do not pick-up my share at the designated place and time, and do not contact the farm within the 24 hour period after pickup to make arrangements to pick up my share, I forfeit my share. At the discretion of the farm and or pick-up location hosts, my share will be donated to a food pantry, composted or redistributed. If I am an on-farm pick-up member and I need to switch my pick-up day, I can do so with advance notice via email, by Sunday at 7pm prior to the week I wish to switch. Last minute switches cannot be accommodated.

I understand that if I chose on-farm pick-up there will be pick-you-own crops, which may lengthen the time it takes me to pick up my share. However, I am free to come back within a week to do my pick-your-own’s on designated onsite pickup times as well as when the farm stand is open.

All parties who split a share should understand that they are entitled to just one share in common, to be collected on the indicated day by one share partner and divided off site.

I also understand that if I cannot continue my share, I will not be refunded the share price.