What is the Membership Agreement?
Please read here.
How long does a CSA membership last?
Spring Season = 17 weeks, March 8 – July 1, 2017
Fall Season = 10 weeks, October 25, 2017 – December 30th, 2017
We take a break from CSA distribution to most of our pick up sites during the months of July, August, September because it’s just hard to grow a wide diversity of food in the summer. We take a break again in January and February when farming is more risky due to freezes and crops grow more slowly in the cold weather.
Special Memberships for the School Year
We offer special schedules tailored to the academic calendar for our members picking up at the University of Florida. Select the Gator CSA for this option.
What crops do you grow and when are they ready?
Please see our Crop Availability Calendar for the eighty two types of produce we grow!
What do I get?
100% Certified Organic Produce grown on our farm.
Many weeks we offer eight or nine items. The exact amount can vary depending on the harvest, this is representative of what we have done the past four years. All of our produce is certified organic.
Add On Items – Eggs, Pork, Flowers: Our eggs are not certified organic. We raise our hens outside, free-ranging, and supplement them with certified organic, soy-free feed. Our kitchen products produced with all organic ingredients, the finished products are currently not certified organic. Flower shares are available during the months of May and June. Pork shares are not certified organic. The locally sourced piglets (This Lil Piggy Farm) are brought to the farm at about 8-10 weeks old after weaning, and from that point are grazed on crop land and pasture, and supplemented with certified organic and soy-free swine feed.
*All of our animal products are available to CSA members only, and are “not labeled for human consumption” due to USDA regulations. If you require pork that is processed under USDA inspection, please contact us to purchase of a whole animal and to arrange special handling.
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How much does it cost?
CSA Memberships range from $26-$49 per week, depending on the size of your share and your pick up location. Payment is accepted in full for the season via cash, check, or credit card online. Various details apply, please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Where can I pick up?
We offer multiple pick up locations in Gainesville, at the farm in Hawthorne, in Winter Park and Orlando, and St. Augustine, Florida. Please contact us to arrange a custom pick up location for your group at home, school, office, gym, place of worship, etc! All you need is sheltered space for drop off, and a group of a dozen people ready to join.
Is a CSA membership right for me?
Yes: CSA is great for people who like to try new foods, who cook several nights a week at home, who have a dependable schedule and can pick up at the same time each week, who prefer getting a box full of surprises rather than shopping from a specific list, who want to eat lots of greens & root veggies, and people who tend to arrive later at the market but still want to get great veggies. CSA membership is great for people who want to know where their food is coming from every week, and can budget ahead for their produce, and who want to support a local business.
Maybe Not: CSA membership is not good fit for picky eaters, people with allergies/restrictions to eating entire families of vegetables (nightshades, for example), people who travel a lot with erratic schedules, people who don’t like to cook, anyone who cannot tolerate improvisational cooking, people who cannot budget for produce for several months at a time. If any of these apply to you, just come to the market or shop online and select exactly what you want, when you want it.
I receive SNAP/EBT benefits – can I still participate?
YES! We now accept SNAP/EBT at the farmers market for CSA Shares at Winter Park and Gainesville. Please contact us to make arrangements to pay for your share using SNAP/EBT. We also accept WIC and Eldercare Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for purchases made at Farmers Markets during the dates when they are valid.
Can I work for my share?
We accept a limited number of work-trade CSA memberships. Members receive a Family Share of produce for each harvest day (approximately 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, lunch is included). Please email your work experience and availability for more details. You must be available on the same day each week for the entire season, able to stand for several hours, lift boxes up to 50 pounds, and willing to work in all types of weather. Work typically includes washing and packing produce and CSA boxes, but may include anything that needs being done on the farm. This is a job that is paid in food, not a “volunteer” job.
Do I get to pick what produce I get each week?
No, we carefully select and pack the box for you ahead of time. Each week all of the CSA members typically receive the same items throughout the week unless we have to adjust based on crop availability. If you’d like to select your own items, come to the farmers market or place an order online.
What if I don’t like an item?
We recommend sharing with a friend, co-worker or neighbor, or giving it a second chance with a new recipe. If you pick up at a farmers market location, you may swap an item from your box for any item of equal pricing on our market table. You may request substitutions, and we will do our best to accommodate when possible.
I will be out of town – what do I do?
You can have someone else come and pick up your share at the designated time and place. You can also schedule a delivery hold in advance by emailing us at least three days in advance of your pick up day. You will receive “Market Credit” for that week’s share which you can use to purchase other items at the market or apply towards future season’s memberships. This credit expires two months after the end of the season.
What happens if I forget to pick up my share?
The produce will be used for meals on the farm, donated to a local shelter, fed to our pigs, etc. It won’t be wasted. If you miss a week, you do not receive double the following week.
I am a student, and I leave Gainesville in May. Can I still be a CSA member?
YES! We offer a shortened season to students. Select the Gator CSAshare for Fall or Spring separately, it is aligned with the academic calendar and there is no pick up during breaks.
Can I get a refund after I join?
CSA memberships are not refundable except under these conditions:
We can no longer fulfill the delivery day or location as agreed when you joined.
We do not receive enough memberships to serve your location and we have to cancel delivery.
You have to move away (really far, like out of state, not just across town).
For workplace/school drop offs, you may receive a refund if you are no longer employed by the organization where your pick up is located or you no longer attend the school.
If you’re not sure about joining, try ordering a trial box and checking it out for a week before joining for the whole season. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange. You can also call our office at 352-468-3816 with any questions you may have and someone will get back to you soon!