Common Questions

What are my responsibilities as a CSA member?
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The CSA Member Pledge:
Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of farm members. By participating in Common Thread CSA, I understand that while the farmers are committed to the best of their ability to provide ample high quality produce, there are risks involved in agriculture and I am prepared to share in the risks of the farm as well as the bounty. I also understand that it is my responsibility to pick up my share each week.

Do you have tips about how to use the vegetables in the share?
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Each week in the e- newsletter there is information about using the vegetables in your share. If you pick up at the farm, the distribution room is a good place to pick up ideas from others about how to use the vegetables.

You can see our Recipe Index for a list of resources on the storage, preparation, and usage of vegetables in your share.

When can I harvest my pick-your-own items?
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When they are ready, pick your own (PYO) crops are available for picking any day of the week during daylight hours. Check the PYO page to see which crops are ready. The PYO Board in the barn (on the right as you walk in the door from the road) has current information about the locations of the crops, picking limits as well as clippers and containers.

Is there any way I can know what's in my share each week and what's on the way?
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Members with delivered shares will receive an email a few days before the box arrives with a list of the planned items, so they can remove and add items as desired.
We encourage members to read their weekly e-newsletter to keep updated with what's happening on the farm, how the crops are doing, and what crops are on the way. We post the vegetables that are available each week on the "What's In" Page. You can also look at the sample harvest schedule further down on the "what's in" page to get idea of what time of year to expect different vegetables.

Is there a work requirement for members if I join the farm?
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No, there is not a work requirement for our members but volunteers are always welcome. We will host one or two work parties throughout the season. We welcome members to volunteer June-October on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings primarily during harvest times - please contact us to arrange a volunteer shift.

What will happen to extra produce that the farm produces?
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Produce that is not picked up from CSA distributions or left over from farmers markets will be donated to local food pantries serving folks in need.

If we have a significant amount extra of particular items, we will make them available to CSA members buy in bulk as well as selling to restaurants and health food stores.

What if I am in the area for only part of the year?
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We have a fall share available for students and others who are only in the area in the fall. We also have a summer only share. It is also possible to pro-rate a share if you are interested in starting your share late or early, just contact us to set that up.

What if I miss a week of distribution?
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In 2019, we will be offering that option of vacation holds (scheduling a box for a different week). This must be arranged at least 2 days ahead of your pick up day so that we don't pick and pack your share.
Another option is giving your share away to a friend or a neighbor, or asking us to donate your share to a soup kitchen. If no one picks up, the share will be donated to a local soup kitchen or food pantry.

Can I purchase half of a share?
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Yes! We offer a "mini" or "small" share that is equivalent to half a standard share.

Can I split a share with someone?
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Splitting a share if fine, we just ask that the share is listed under one primarily contact's name. If you would like your share partner to receive the weekly CSA newsletter, please just list their email on your share form, or they can sign up for the e-list on our website.

How many people does a share feed?
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The standard share is enough food to feed a small family for the week. The mini/small share is half the size of a standard, a good amount for a single person or a family that doesn't cook a lot of vegetables.

What if I am not happy with my share, can I cancel and receive a refund for the remainder of the season?
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Yes, if you let us know that you no longer would like to receive a CSA share, we will cancel your share and issue a refund for the remaining boxes, deducting a 4% processing fee. We must be notified of the cancellation at least 2 days before pick up so we don't pick your share. We will refund the entire amount less the 4% processing fee if the CSA share has not started yet and a pro-rated amount if the season has started.