Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Agriberry Farm’s CSAs.
What's in a Weekly Share?
Weekly shares for the Full Season CSA typically feature a total of six “units,” of which two to four units will be berries, plus additional units of other seasonal fruit. During the Full Season CSA, the type of fruit changes weekly depending on what’s in season We try to provide as much variety as possible. The fruit typically included through the season may include, roughly in order of appearance:
- Several varieties of Strawberries
- Several varieties of Blueberries
- Several varieties of Raspberries
- Several varieties of Cherries
- Apricots (if we’re lucky)
- Several varieties of Japanese-type Plums
- Several varieties of Peaches, including white peaches, yellow peaches and “donut” peaches
- Several varieties of Nectarines, including white nectarines and yellow nectarines
- A cantaloupe
- A watermelon
- Several varieties of Pears
- Several varieties of Apples
- Several varieties of European-type Plums
- Concord grapes, and
- Anything else we discover along the way that’s really delicious!
During the first few weeks of the CSA, when nothing is ripe except strawberries, we will include some early season asparagus or other tender spring sugar snap peas to use in fresh salads. Want to see a quick video with pictures of some of our Full shares from the 2014 season? (The one with the watermelon is missing for sure.) We promise to update this after the 2018 season!
Here are some of the top reasons cited by last year’s CSA members:
- Consistency and quality of the fruit
- Variety of fruit, including hard-to-find and heirloom varieties not available elsewhere
- Belief in the value of family farming in their community
- Nutrition and health reasons
- Creating a consistent routine for attending a farmers market
- Support for the farm’s Young Worker Program
Want to know about some of the additional benefits for members, the farm and the community?
What about vacations and emergencies?
Vacation planning varies by CSA location, so please be sure you understand how to schedule your time away, but in general, with a little advance notice, you can schedule a Make-Up Share for any remaining delivery week of the CSA season.
Options for handling emergencies will also vary by region, and we will work with you to the fullest extent possible. Cash refunds, however, will not be provided for missed shares.
A few more great questions!
When does the CSA start?
As soon as we are harvesting enough strawberries each day to fill the CSA shares, we will begin distributions. For the 2018 season, we should be able to begin in mid-April. Watch for email notifications of the actual start date.
How many different pickup locations can I have?
We ask that you select a single pickup site for the season at the time of registration. If your schedule changes during the course of the season, you can switch to a different site on a short term or permanent basis. We understand that schedules can vary–sometimes without much warning–and we try to offer you as much flexibility as possible, but options for changing locations vary by CSA region. Please check with your CSA Coordinator for additional details.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept payment via credit or debit cards via Paypal, as well as checks and cash. If you wish to establish a payment plan, please email us so we can work something out that fits your needs. We ask that all memberships be paid in full by the time of the first pickup.
May I join once the season has started?
Absolutely! Once the season has begun, we add members as space permits. The registration system automatically calculates the pro-rated fee at checkout based on the number of remaining weeks.
Where does the fruit for the CSA come from?
The fruit included in the Agriberry Farm CSA is grown by Agriberry Farm in their fields, or is grown by other family owned and operated farms in the mid-Atlantic region, which are carefully selected by Agriberry Farm. These family-owned and operated Partner Farms are chosen by the Geyers based on their multi-generational involvement, the quality of their fruit, and the safety and sustainability of their growing practices. The family appreciates the trust you place in them to make those choices.
Do you allow split shares?
Sure! If you wish to team up for a share, we ask that you designate a “primary” member–usually the one that initiates the registration–under who’s name the share will be listed for pickup. The details and logistics for splitting your share (alternating weeks, dividing each week, etc.) are up to you; let us know how we can help.