Why should I join a CSA?
CSA’s are progressive partnerships that benefit both farmers and eaters. Your early-season commitment to the farm gives us the opportunity to buy the supplies we need for the season, and in return you’ll have access to local, high quality, organic produce – much of which isn’t available in stores – all season long. You’ll get to experience the story of your food by reading our weekly farm updates and feel the change of the seasons through your constantly evolving weekly box. Your weekly CSA share is beautifully arranged and is a great way to get more vegetables into your family’s diet and eat more meals with friends. By cooking with occasionally less-familiar vegetables you’ll become a better cook, and have the opportunity to try farmer-recommended recipes and share what you create with other members! CSA memberships also make a great gift – contact us about setting up a share for a friend, family member, or client.
Is our farm organic?
The farm follows the organic regulations outlined in the Northeast Organic Farmers Asscociation Farmers Pledge.
Will the vegetables in my box already be washed?
Yes, your vegetables will be already be harvested, washed, and packed into your box when you pick up. Although we pre-wash everything, the occasional insect or pocket of soil sneaks by us – this is one of the joys of being a part of an organic farm!
What if I can’t pick up my box?
If you know you are going to miss a pickup day you can email us in advance to change your pickup day or location that week, or login to your account to make the temporary switch. Please let us know TWO days in advance if you’d like to change your pickup day. You may always send a friend to pick up your box in your place without telling us ahead of time. If you are unable to pick up your share at all or change your pickup to another day that same week, we will happily donate your share to the food pantry, where it will be greatly appreciated.
What if I have to change my pickup day?
You can email us TWO days in advance to change your pickup day, or login to your online account to temporarily change your pickup.
What are some examples of a weekly box? How big is it?
Each weekly box contains between 9-12 items with a strong mix of leafy greens and heavier solid foods. We aim to include in each box at least one of each of: a cooking green, salad green, root vegetable, allium (onion, garlic, etc.), herbs, cucumbers or zucchinis, peppers or eggplant, tomatoes as soon as they’re ready, and other specialty items. We grow nearly 300 varieties of fruits and vegetables on the farm and no two boxes throughout the season will be the same. In the spring there are plenty of luscious greens, in the summer we’re swimming in tomatoes and eggplant, and in the fall we love sweet potatoes and winter squash. If your family cooks a lot and loves vegetables you may get through the box in a weekend, but if you go out to eat often or only dabble in using vegetables in your meals you may have a hard time finishing it in a week. Some families juice nearly the entire box instead of cooking with it! No matter how you choose to use your box you’re getting a great value: the retail price of the box is higher than what our members pay – and the quality and variety is unparalleled. As a member you also get to take advantage or our seasonal surpluses; there is usually an “unlimited” bin of zucchini, eggplant, or tomatoes at CSA pickup in the height of the season. Here’s a look at last year’s boxes.
What if I don’t like something in my box?
We celebrate variety and biodiversity at Amber Waves Farm, which means testing new crops in our fields and sharing them with you – many of these items can’t be found in a grocery store. We offer weekly recipes for the best way to use that week’s share and the less familiar items you may encounter. We call these new and sometimes unfamiliar items “opportunity vegetables.” We encourage you to try everything at least once (maybe twice?) because it might become your new favorite – and that’s the fun of being a member in a CSA! If there is a vegetable that truly doesn’t agree with you, you may leave it behind. We have been refining our crop planning for seven seasons, and we do our best to listen to our members through conversations and surveys to see what they like best (this season: less okra, more carrots, spinach, tomatoes, and arugula!)
Can I get a half-share or split a share with someone?
You are welcome to share a share with a friend – but we do not pack “half-boxes.” We suggest you either alternate pickup weeks, divide it between yourselves after pickup, or arrive at the farm at the same time to divide the share.
What if I can’t pay all at once?
We will happily work with you to figure out a payment plan that works for your family. Amber Waves Farm is a community farm, and everybody deserves access to local, high quality, healthy food. Please email us at AmberWavesFarm@gmail.com for more details.
Can I volunteer at the farm?
Yes! This season we will begin offering regularly scheduled volunteer days! We will send reminders about upcoming volunteer days in our weekly CSA newsletters and have the dates posted on our website in the calendar of events.
How can my kids participate at the farm?
This season we’re excited to offer regularly scheduled programming for kids and families during the week led by our Directors of Education, Farmer Chris and Farmer Laura Rose! And as always, Saturday mornings are a great time to visit the farm with the whole family to pick flowers and visit the chickens.
I want to keep my wooden CSA box! Can I?
You can buy a new one! Let us know if you’d like a box (or a few) and we’ll build it for you! We build our CSA boxes by hand in the spring and we need you to return your box each week so we can keep up with packing shares for other members – so please remember to bring last week’s box to pickup!