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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR CSA

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HOW MUCH PRODUCE CAN I EXPECT?

The amount and type of produce you receive changes with the seasons. In the spring you 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 and melons. This leads into a fall of hardy greens and cold loving root crops. Each share consists of some quantity of each vegetable that is in season that week. For example: one bunch beets, 1 bunch carrots, 1 head lettuce, 2 pounds potatoes, 3 pounds tomatoes, etc.

 

Amounts depend on the variances of Mother Nature, but often correspond to the size unit you would see at the grocery store. While everyone’s vegetable needs are different, a full share tends to be adequate for a small family or a vegetable enthusiastic couple.

For more details and photographs of harvest expectations, CLICK HERE.

WHAT IF I AM UNFAMILIAR WITH A CROP? (OR WHAT THE HECK IS KOHLRABI)

Part of the CSA experience, and many would say it’s one of the bonuses, is trying new vegetables- some of which may go on to become your favorites. We post recipes and cooking tips on our BLOG that are created from that week’s CSA share. You can search the blog by ingredient. We also offer for sale a great resource, the cookbook “From Asparagus to Zucchini” which is geared toward CSAs and gives information, storage tips, and recipes for most veggies we grow. The distribution center camaraderie of your fellow farm members is also a great opportunity to swap cooking tips and recipes. The internet is another great resource.


WHAT IF I GO ON VACATION?

One option is to “Share your Share” with a friend. You can have someone else pick up your share while you are gone. However, 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 Tuesday to a Thursday or vice versa. Just let us know by email or phone 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, or picking up at a different site.



PICK-UP PROTOCOL OR “WHAT DO I DO WHEN I GET THERE?”

Closer to the 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 a delivery site. No matter where you pick-up, you will need to sign in first, and then proceed 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 the large hanging chalkboard which lists the share for the day, than move about the room gathering, weighing or counting, and bagging your items.



WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SHARE IF I FORGET TO PICK IT UP?

Blooming Glen Farm has partnered with Rolling Harvest Food Rescue. Rolling Harvest Food Rescue collects donated produce from local farms and markets, and distributes immediately to the non-profit hunger-relief agencies helping the most needy families in our community. 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 to Rolling Harvest. Please note that once the pick-up is over, pick-up is over. If you forget to pick up on Tuesday, that does not mean you can show up on Thursday, 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.



WHAT ARE U-PICK CROPS?

For CSA members picking up at the farm, throughout the season your share will include various “Pick-your-own” crops. (*Pick-your own crops are not included in the boxed delivery shares.) These are items that are easy to pick, but too time-consuming for the farmers to harvest cost-efficiently. In addition to vegetables and herbs, this also includes about 14 weeks of pick-your-own flowers in the summer and early fall. For insurance reasons, you will need to bring your own clippers for harvesting. You may do the pick-your-own crops on another day and time within the week before your next pick-up, preferably within a few days. The farm is closed to pick-your-owns after 3pm Saturday and all day Sunday.



WHAT IF IT’S RAINING ON MY PICK-UP DAY OR I DON’T HAVE TIME TO PICK MY OWN CROPS?

You may come back on a different day during that week to do your u-pick crops, ideally within a few days. Please note: The farm is closed to pick-your-owns after 3pm Saturday and all day Sunday.



WHAT IS THE SHARING TABLE?

The Sharing Table is a place in the distribution center to put things from the share that you may not want that week. Then another member can enjoy it. For example, you hate beets- so you put your bunch on the table. Someone else didn’t want their eggplant, but you love it, so you take theirs. If everyone remembers to utilize the sharing table it can be a great way to be sure everyone gets what they want. Sometimes we put on the sharing table a crop that we may not have enough of to include in the share, or that we are trialing. The sharing table works on the honor system.



WHAT DOES CERTIFIED ORGANIC MEAN?

In order for a farm to be certified organic it must follow the practices approved by the National Organic Standards Board. Each year the farm must gain approval from a USDA recognized certifying agent. The farmers at Blooming Glen manage the land according to the organic standards, and have done so since starting the farm in 2006. In the summer of 2014 we became officially certified organic through Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), a step we felt was necessary as we expand into growing more produce for wholesale to local restaurants and stores, through Zone 7.