Q: What are the actual contents of a weekly Farm Share?
A: Your weekly Peak-Season, Summer, or Autumn Farm Share will contain a balanced selection of the best vegetables our fields have to offer each week. The following are sample contents of an individual Farm Share from three different weeks in the season… Early Summer: 2 lbs. fresh fava beans, 1 bunch rainbow chard, 1 head fennel, ½ lb. mesclun, 2 lbs. new potatoes, 1 lb. spring carrots, 1 bunch thyme, 1 bulb fresh garlic, 1 bunch hakurei turnips, 2 lb. summer squash, 1 lb. pac choi; Late Summer: 1 lb. heirloom tomatoes, 1 lb. beefsteak tomatoes, 1 lb. golden Roma tomatoes, 2 pints rainbow cherry tomatoes, 2 lbs. fairy tale eggplant, 1 head broccoli, 2 lbs. cucumbers, ¼ lb. Hungarian hot wax peppers, 1 lb. bell peppers, 1 bunch scallions, 2 heads green oakleaf lettuce, 1 bunch cilantro; Autumn: 2 lbs. rainbow carrots, 1 lb. parsnips, 3 each honeynut winter squash, 1 lb. watermelon radishes, 1 bunch Tuscan kale, ½ lb. arugula, 1 lb. leeks, 1 head escarole, 2 lbs. gold potatoes, 1 bunch Italian parsley, 1 head Boston bibb lettuce.
Q: Will my weekly Farm Share have too much or too little produce for my family’s vegetable needs?
A: Your weekly Farm Share is a half-bushel produce box, measuring 9″x9″x13″, filled to the brim with a sampling of 9-to-12 different varieties of our vegetables on any given week, selected from over 100 varieties of vegetables we grow throughout the season. Households with more modest vegetable needs may choose a FLEX Share; households with more substantial vegetable appetites may purchase multiple CSA memberships. Our goal is for any Farm Share option you choose to be a great start toward enjoying lots of fresh, delicious, organic produce all week long.
Q: What happens when I’m out of town or for some reason can’t pick up my Farm Share on a designated week?
A: We encourage you to send a friend or neighbor to pick up your Farm Share for you; they can simply check your name off our list, take a box, and enjoy! FLEX Share members are of course encouraged to be in touch with us to schedule their FLEX Share pickups or deliveries around vacation or travel plans.
Q: If at the last minute I am unable to pick up my Farm Share for some reason, will it be available to pick up the following day?
A: It’s worth asking, but the answer may be no, depending on location… It is important that our veggies don’t sit around between pickup days, so Farm Shares can generally only be picked up on the pre-designated day. Un-picked-up Farm Shares are donated to charities, sent home with members of our farm crew, put to use in restaurant kitchens, etc.
Q: Can I switch my pickup location or day mid-season?
A: Absolutely! We want it to be as convenient as possible for you to get your veggies — just be in touch with our CSA coordinator, the more lead time the better…
Q: Are Siena Farms CSA memberships refundable or transferable?
A: They are not refundable, but they are transferable. That is, if you realize at some point after purchasing a membership that you’re not able to participate for some reason, we will not be able to refund your purchase. This is because your investment in the farm will likely already be out in the fields, in the form of seeds, soil fertility, equipment — you name it! Instead, we’ll encourage you to find a friend or neighbor to take over the membership for you. Another option is to transfer the value of your CSA to a Siena Farms’ Market Card, which you can used to shop with at any of our retail locations. Just give us a call to discuss either of these options. Meantime, please know that this blanket “no-refund policy” is central to the integrity of CSA as a business model, for any farm that relies on CSA memberships as a substantial portion of their annual income. So, we thank you in advance for your understanding!
Q: What happens to my Farm Share if Siena Farms experiences a natural disaster such as flooding or drought during the season that wipes out a lot of crops?
A: Someday, that could happen, as we saw happen to many farms in Vermont in 2011 after Hurricane Irene. One of the truly progressive aspects of the CSA model is that customers share the risks and the rewards of the growing season with their farmers. Meantime, we’ll focus relentlessly on the rewards, and do our very best to prepare for the variety of challenges the natural world may toss our way!
Q: For pickup days which fall on national holidays (July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day), do the Farm Shares get delivered / picked up on a different day that week?
A: Sometimes, yes, but we’ll alert you to any holiday changes ahead of time…
Q: Does Siena Farms have any work requirements or Pick-Your-Own like some CSA’s?
A: Nope – we take care of all the planting, growing and harvesting, as you’ll have enough work cut out for yourself in the kitchen! However, we schedule a couple of large-group volunteer harvest days in the fall to help pull in our fall/winter storage crops (like carrots!), which is a ton of fun, a ton of help to the farm, and a nice opportunity for our members to experience the deeply gratifying activity of harvesting beautiful vegetables with us. Meantime, you’re always welcome to come visit the farm and check out the fields anytime, just give us a head up that you’re coming.
Q: Are the recipes in the weekly CSA newsletter accessible to home cooks preparing food for their families?
A: Some of the recipes are inspiring in their simplicity and others may be more complex. They all will focus on the contents of a given week’s Farm Share, and aim to help you enjoy the delicious experience of seasonal eating in New England.Other questions? Check out the other “More Info” links on our CSA page, chat with us at our Copley stand or farmstores, or call us at 978-261-5365. Cheers and Happy Eating!