Tips for Potential Harvest Moon Market CSA Members:
Don't expect all your produce to come from the CSA
Most CSAs do not provide families with enough fruit to meet their usual intake. Many don't provide any fruit at all, so it is good to ask what to expect in that regard. Depending on the size of your family and how much you cook, you will probably find that you need to supplement the vegetables as well, especially staples like onions, garlic, and carrots.
(Harvest Moon has at least one or more fruits each week in our boxes and usually have onions and carrots knowing these are common staples)
If you are not used to eating seasonally, do some research.
If you are not accustomed to eating seasonally, you may find that it takes a while to make a transition from eating whatever is at the grocery store (pretty much everything) to whatever is in your CSA basket (what's in season). It may surprise you to find that tomatoes do not ripen until August in your area. You should expect the season to start off lighter than it finishes. In most areas, the first crops will be salad greens, peas, green onions and the like. By the end of the season, the boxes should be much heavier, with things like winter squash, potatoes, tomatoes, and broccoli. Many farms provide a list of what produce to expect when. It's worth reading. If they don't offer you such a list, ask.
(One good thing with our CSA is Harvest Moon's greenhouse which operates 10 months out of the year even during the winter months which means delicious pesticide free tomatoes weekly!)
Quantity varies – good to ask up front.
When filling the weekly CSA baskets, farmers try and provide a variety of items, in a reasonable quantity. They don't want to be skimpy, and they don't want to overwhelm their members. Too much of even a good thing, and it ends up going to waste, which makes everyone feel bad. Over time, farmers develop a feel for how much is the right amount for their particular community – what's fair, what's reasonable, what will get eaten. Of course, the weather and other mitigating circumstances can get in the way of their ability to provide the ideal amount, as discussed above. One of the most important questions to ask before you sign up is, "About how much produce do you expect to deliver each week, and how does that vary from the beginning of the season to the end?"
(We welcome you to visit us and let us show you the three different sizes to choose from, plus we have an example of each size box on our web site www.harvestmoonmarketllc.com)
If you want to preserve food for winter, ask.
Some farms allow members to get extra quantities of certain vegetables for canning or freezing. If this is something that interests you, talk to the farmer early in the season.
(Many of our customers can or preserve vegetables and we welcome the opportunity to help you with getting the quantity and type of produce for your needs. If we are not growing it, we have the connections to order your vegetables for you at wholesale prices)
Make sure you understand the policies.
Farms differ in their policies regarding what happens with your box if you don't pick it up (e.g. vacation, something-came-up, I forgot, etc.) Make sure you know how these situations are dealt with, before the season starts
(We want to work WITH you, so if you notify us before delivery day, we gladly hold your subscription for that week and "roll it over" till the next week!)
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