Frequently Asked CSA Questions
What the heck is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a farming model based on developing a direct relationship between farmers (the producer) and their community (veggie consumers)! Keeping it simple, this is reciprocity at it’s best, a partnership is formed in which both farmers and CSA members share in supporting and enjoying agricultural success (and on occasion failure). CSA members purchase shares in Red's growing season and receive weekly neighborhood deliveries of fresh produce. These members create a network of support and encouragement for the farmers, which provides us with the vital resources to expand our project and maintain our growth. To ensure members feel a part of the daily operations, Red's will provide newsletters explaining what vegetables are currently in season, the anticipated crop list for the week, and any interesting updates from the farm. Of course, CSA members are always encouraged to visit the farm and will be invited to our special events.
Are y'all organic? What growing practices do you use?
Red's utilizes practices inline with organic standards, however, we are not Certified Organic at this time. Although we are not certified, we never compromise on our standards. Certified or not, we guarantee all of our produce is FREE of any harsh chemicals, additives, or GMOs. When you eat Red's produce you are enjoying fresh, seasonal, and natural produce...the way it's intended to be!
As of 2017, we are officially Certified Naturally Grown! This is an important program that primarily serves medium and large-scale agricultural operations, and is tailored for direct-market farmers producing food for their local communities. CNG farmers don’t use any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms. Find out more here: http://www.cngfarming.org/faqs
What kind of produce am I getting? Will I know how to eat/cook it?
Produce availability depends on season and production success. Some items you might see are: arugula, beets, bok choy, carrots, chard, collards, fennel, kale, lettuce, parsley, peas, radishes, scallions, spinach, turnips, basil, cantaloupe, cilantro, edamame, eggplant, green beans, okra, hot peppers, sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, watermelon, zucchini, mixed beets, cabbage, garlic, fall salad greens, mustard greens, leeks, onions,potatoes, winter squash, and mixed stir fry bunches.
We work hard to keep our produce diverse so members are both excited and inspired by our food week to week. Our weekly newsletter highlights an item with a suggested recipe; often the more unusual items are featured to education and relieve folks who might be less familiar.
About how much food is $22 worth?
Your weekly share will have $22 worth of produce or about 6-8 items. Depending on the season, variety might narrow but we always aim to keep things diverse and exciting. We think our CSA box should last a week for a 2-3 person household if you cook veggies daily. If you're a larger family you will need to supplement at the farmers market or your favorite store. If you only cook 1 meal or so a day, it may take you longer to get through the box. WE REALLY SUGGEST singles and busy couples/households share a box with a friend, family member or neighbor! You are encouraged to coordinate and arrange a pick-up system that works for you. Our new half share, with a every-other-week pick-up schedule, also provides additional time to get through your veggies.
How do I sign up?
There are two simple ways to become a CSA member:
1. Order online now
2. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) today to reserve a spot and pay by check once reservation request is confirmed.
We never want cost to be a deterrent for potential CSA members. If you would like to join, but need to pay in installments please contact us at email@example.com and we'll be happy to help!
How do I pick-up my share?
You will be asked to choose a preferred pick-up location upon purchase. This is where your share will be delivered the entire season. Details and specifics about each pick-up location will be announced before the season kicks off.
This year we are moving away from individual box pick-up. Instead we will deliver crates with each produce item in bulk. Signs will be posted to inform members how much of each item to take for the week. All members will receive reusable Red's totes on week 1 to use for weekly pick-up. We feel this is the most efficient and sustainable process, we are hoping it will cut down on waste and cost.
What if I'm going out of town or miss pick-up?
We always encourage you to coordinate having a friend or family member pick-up anytime you will miss CSA day. If they need help finding us, just give us a shout! If you can't arrange an alternative pick-up just give us 48 hours notice and we'll cancel your box.
If you miss CSA pick-up please contact Caitlin at 248-672-3424 immediately. We will try to coordinate an extended pick-up. However, we cannot always meet the need of alternative schedules and it is our general practice to donate any unclaimed shares.