Spurgeon Veggies CSA

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a share cost?

That depends. Shares come in different sizes and in different lengths of time. To get the full share for approximately 6 months will run $520 (this is the best value of all the options). 6-month half shares are $285. 11-week summer shares are $160. 

 

How much produce will be in my share?

Full shares can generally expect 6-8 different produce items, with one of those usually being some kind of herb. Half shares can expect 4-6 items in smaller quantities. A full share example box might be a dozen ears of sweet corn, 2 pounds of potatoes, 2 pounds of green beans, several large tomatoes, 2 zucchini, 4 cucumbers, and a bundle of basil. A half share in summer could be 1.5 pounds of potatoes, 1 pound of green beans, 1 zucchini, 3-4 tomatoes, and 2 cucumbers. Unless there’s sweet corn in the share, a full share will generally fill up a regular-sized reusable grocery bag. Half shares will take up a little less than that. You can find photos of all the shares from previous years on our facebook page in the photo album “2015 Shares.” Full shares will give the most produce for the price.

 

What happens if I can’t pick up my share?

If you can’t make it to your regular pick up, you will need to find someone else to retrieve your veggies for you. You also have the option to switch to a different pick up site as long as we are given a week of notice (this gives us time to adjust the harvest schedule for you).

 

I forgot to get my share and now it’s after the pick up time. What should I do?

After the scheduled pick up time, all forgotten shares are donated, used by the drop site hosts, or sold elsewhere. We aren’t able to hold forgotten shares and will pack up promptly at the end of the pick up time, but the food will not go to waste. We no longer offer makeup or double shares as they tend to get too overwhelming for most members.

 

Will I be able to choose what goes in my share?

The short answer is no, the season chooses for you! We put together all of the CSA boxes beforehand with what is seasonally available from the farm, and we make every effort to keep the shares diversified and interesting from week to week. However, at most of the drop sites, we have an “exchange box” which members can use to trade different items. The contents of the exchange box isn’t guaranteed, but our members last year used it frequently to leave behind veggies they knew they weren’t going to use, or to take home extras. Summer shares will have more of the “staple” crops, such as potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, and sweet corn, whereas regular full and half shares will include more variety since they cover a longer growing period.

 

Are you certified organic?

Again, the short answer here is “no.” HOWEVER, we generally follow spray-free practices. We tend to stay away from most synthetic pesticides and fungicides, and prefer to tackle pests, disease, and soil care through other practices, such as crop rotation, companion planting, composting, planting cover crops, and using row covers. We try to be as open as possible about our growing practices, so if you’d like to know more, please contact us.

 

I have more questions. How can I get in touch with you?

Easy! You can email us any time at spurgeonveggies@gmail.com. You can also call or text Dusty at 815-953-4384.