CSA Member Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MUCH PRODUCE CAN I EXPECT throughout the season?
The amount and type of produce one will receive changes with the seasons. In the spring one can expect more leafy greens and spring roots. As summer arrives and temperatures go up, the share gets more robust, consisting of familiar vegetable staples like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers etc. As the temperatures begin to fall the return of hardy greens and cold loving root crops will become apparent. We do our best to ensure each share contains vegetables at their peak throughout the season.. While everyone’s vegetable needs are different, a full share tends to be adequate for a small family or a vegetable enthusiastic couple and a half share tends to be adequate for a couple or single vegetable enthusiast
CAN I VISIT THE FARM?
During our CSA distribution days and while we have something to offer for UPick, you must come visit the farm! For all other visits please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see how our schedule looks.
What is this crop?
Throughout your CSA season you will be presented several vegetables which you may not have previously encountered such as kohlrabi, diakon radishes, mustard greens etc. We grow a wide variety of produce, herbs as well as strawberries to allow our members to experience new flavors and find new favorites. If you ever are unsure how to use an item, ask a farmer, visit our farm stand where offer for sale a fantastic cookbook and great resource called “From Asparagus to Zucchini”.This book provides information, recipes, storage tips for all the vegetables we grow. Finally asking fellow CSA members how they may use their crops will provide ideas and friendships to last.
What happens if I can't pick up my share?
If you are unable to pick up your share during the scheduled CSA pick up times and cannot have anyone else pick it up for you, don't worry! Your share will be available for pick up at the Farm Stand on Wednesday 4pm-7pm, Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 10-3. We pack the shares into plastic bags after pickup to preserve freshness, but to guarantee getting the freshest produce, try to make arrangements to pick up at your specified time.
You may have someone else pick up your share for you while you are gone. or unable to pick it up. We ask that you explain the pickup location procedures to whomever may be picking up your share.
I AM GOING ON VACATION, CAN I SWITCH THE WEEK OF MY PICKUP?
Just shoot an email (email@example.com) to let us know what's going on (vacation, scheduling conflicts, your cat won't get off the ceiling fan and you're hands deep in a recovery effort, whatever!) and we'll do our best to accommodate!
CAN MY FRIEND/RELATIVE PICK UP MY SHARE FOR ME?
As long as you let us know who will be picking up your share for you, send an email to (firstname.lastname@example.org), it is not a problem at all. We won't give away the shares to just anyone! If no arrangements are made for a pick-up, shares are graciously donated to the local food pantry.
Upick is an opportunity for our CSA members to get more hands on with their shares. Depending on what we're harvesting throughout the season, with UPick, you pick! During CSA distribution after you grab your share at the farm stand, hop on over to the farm and harvest your own! Get a little taste of what it's like to harvest and come see where your veggies grow!
I don't see something in my share, but I see it in the Farm Stand. Why?
Based on availability during harvesting there are some items that we simply do not have enough of to offer for our CSA members. We are always welcome to suggestions on items you would like to see in your share for the current season or next, so send em in!
Be sure to check out our Obercreek Farm CSA member group on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Updates on harvesting and share details, opportunity for questions and feedback, and information.