1) When and where will I pick up my share?
CSA shares can be picked up on the farm, Tuesdays from 1-6 pm, Fridays from 2-7 pm, Saturdays from 9am-noon, or Thursday afternoons at several delivery locations throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Trexlertown, Kutztown, Hellertown, and more. See Member Signup for pick-up site details.
2) How do I pay for my share?
Members can pay in full at the time of signup or pay only the 20% deposit. For those members paying only the deposit at signup, email payment reminders with invoices will be sent for future payments. Balances after deposit can be paid in installments. We accept personal checks or you may use your online banking bill-pay system. For online payments, we accept credit card payments through Paypal (3% fee added) or ACH transfers from your bank account through Dwolla (free, quick setup).
3) What happens if I cannot pick up my share on my pick-up day?
For delivered shares, you may have someone else pick up for you that week. You can also let us know in advance and we will not deliver your box.
For on-farm pickup, you are welcome to switch to one of the other pick-up day for that week, as long as you let us know in advance. You can have someone else; a friend, neighbor, or family member, for instance, pick up your share for you.
Our Vacation Policy is as follows: Each member is entitled to two double pick-ups per season, which can be taken either the week preceding or following a vacation. The double pick-up is simply twice the amount of that week’s share, or two boxes for delivered shares. A double pick-up MUST be scheduled at least 1 week in advance.
4) Can I choose which items I get in my share?
We divide the harvest evenly among all members for the more popular items and staple crops, such as tomatoes, garlic, onions, lettuce and potatoes. The less popular and more unique items are choice items for on-farm pickup, and included in boxed shares on a rotating basis. A trade table at the farm also allows members to trade out unwanted items for a different item.
5) Can I share a farm share?
Members are welcome to split their share if the amount is too much or to share the burden of weekly pickups. However, you are responsible for splitting your share. Only one member may pick up per week, or both members must come at the same time to pick up. Additionally, only one member may use the UPick garden per week, or both members must split the amount to be picked in the garden that week. For items such as flowers and herbs, that are “pick what you need’, please be conscientious of your amounts.
6) What is my commitment? Am I expected to participate in the farm in any way?
We do not have a work requirement for our CSA. We simply ask that you contribute by being a good CSA member: make your payments on time, be courteous in the harvest barn during share pickup, provide feedback in our year-end survey or when you feel moved to do so.
We do however always welcome volunteers. Please contact the farmers if you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis, if you are available on weekdays. We offer paid seasonal positions on the farm as well. Please see Jobs & Services for more information.
7) What happens in the case of a crop failure?
Each season is different because of temperatures, weather conditions, etc. So there are always certain crops that thrive in a given year, and others that do less well under the particular conditions. We use farm diversity as our insurance against crop failure.
We grow over forty different crops and at least twice that many varieties. We plant most crops in succession throughout their growing season. For example, lettuce is planted every week and carrots every three weeks in the cool weather of spring and fall. Summer squash and zucchini are planted every three weeks throughout the warm summer.
We plant crops of many varieties and in successions to ensure that we can provide a diverse and abundant harvest every week of the growing season. Because we are reliant on Mother Nature, there will be variation in the share from week to week and also from year to year. However, the good years, of which we have had many, generally outweigh the occasional bad year. In farming there is the threat of natural disaster. In a decade of farming, we are thankful that all the disasters we have witnessed have been able to be overcome by hard work and support. As your farmers, we pledge to do everything in our power to provide a plentiful share. As a CSA member, you join the farmers in sharing the risk inherent in farming.