"Shares" FAQ

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 Membership Details for pick-up site specifics!

 

2)"Do I have to pay it all at once?"

 

Simple answer : no.

20% deposit is all that is required to sign up. For a small vegetable share, the deposit would be $125. The remainder can be paid in 4 equal monthly installments, March 30 through June 30.

Payment reminders are sent via email. We accept personal checks or you may use your online banking bill-pay system. We also accept credit card payments via Paypal, or ACH transfers via Dwolla (free, quick setup).


3) "What happens if I cannot pick up my share on my pick-up day?"

 

This is not a problem. You have plenty of options here:


1) You may have someone else pick up for you that week.

2) You can pick up on another day or at a different pickup location.

3) You can schedule a "hold" on your share and either donate your share for that week or request a "double share" for another week.

We realize that people have busy schedules, and also often plan vacations in the summer. So, we are set up for all members to be able to use 2 "double shares" during the season, to makeup for missed weeks. Or members can choose to donate their share to our local food bank when they are away.

Scheduling pickup changes is easy!

Members can schedule pickup holds, double shares, and pickup location changes by logging into their member account on our website, or by emailing the farmers, by by Sunday evening of the week the change is desired.

 

4) "Can I share a farm share?"

 

Of course! We have lots of members who share with a friend or neighbor, either alternating weekly pickups, or meeting at the farm or pickup site. One person signs up as the primary member, and then enters the partner's information (name, address, phone, and email) as the secondary member. Both members will get all the weekly email updates and have access to the Upick garden. (Upick amounts must also be split between shared members.)

 

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 only. A trade table at the farm also allows members to trade out unwanted items for a different item. We survey all members at the end of the season to determine which crops are most popular, and which are least popular. We strive to create the weekly shares to please as many palates as possible! We also provide you with cooking tips and recipes to use the vegetables which may be unfamiliar to you in a new and delicious way, to expand your culinary repertoire!

 

 

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) Can I purchase extra vegetables?

 

We realize that at times you may want extra vegetables for a picnic, dinner party, or to make sauces and jams. We have created the CSA Extras online store, for CSA members only, to purchase extra veggies as needed throughout the season. These extra orders will be available for pickup on farm or at your delivery site, on your pickup day.

 

8) 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, but you also share in the rewards, the bumper crops, and we help you learn how to use the excess or put it up for the winter months!

 

The Good Farm is a certified organic farm raising vegetables, berries, flowers, and herbs for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and farmer's market. Farmers John and Aimee Good specialize in providing the best quality and most flavorful varieties of the vegetables you love to eat- the staples! We have happy members - over 70% return every year!

 

Many customers say they eat healthier, feel better, learn to cook new things, save money, and even lose weight by joining the farm. We are all connected to farming, as we are all eaters. Experience seasonal eating. Support a type of farm that you can believe in; the kind you imagined as a child; where people pick the produce by hand, the soils are thriving, and the fields are full of life. Become a CSA member or visit The Good Farm at the Trexlertown Farmer's Market. Because "it's all GOOD!"

 

"Eating is an agricultural act" - Wendell Berry

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