Frequently Asked Questions
Can I visit the farm?
Absolutely!! If you are interested in a membership we are happy to show people around. Please use the contact information link and let us know ahead of time.
When can I pick up my share?
Pick up times for the CSA shares are Thursday 4-7 pm and Saturday from 10-12 noon. Items purchased from the farm store are available seven days a week. After you purchase your items you will receive two emails. The first is a confirmation email and the second one will let you know that your order is ready for pick up.
Can I choose my own vegetables?
Sure. We may pre-bag some items if its too hard to do it any other way but most of the time items will be displayed market style. If you would prefer not to take something you certainly do not have to take it.
What if I don’t know how to use a vegetable or I am not an experienced cook?
Using vegetables and herbs can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it. In order to help you explore the use of new products we have included a recipe page on our website. The recipe page will have at least one recipe for each item offered in this week's haul. As farmers, we often don't have much time for cooking during the growing season, so we personally focus on recipes that are quick and easy to prepare after a long day at work! And of course, we always welcome questions about the vegetables, as well as YOUR suggestions on how you like to use them. A big part of CSA is sharing knowledge and passion for food.
Are you organic?
We are not certified organic, but we practice organic methods. We use organic-certified products for pest control as well as for fertilizers from time to time. For weed control we use other methods such as natural barriers and crop rotation.
What if I can’t pick up my share at the allotted time or I am on vacation?
Our desire is to be accommodating as much as possible. We understand things will come up from time to time. These are some of the options we have offered to members in the past. If you are on vacation but would like to have someone else pick up your share that is no problem. Just please let us know by Wednesday. If you know that you will be able to pick up your share by Sunday we can prepare a box for you and leave it in our fridge and we will work with you about the best time to pick up the box.
Where do I park?
We have two options. If you are going to quickly pick up your veggies and then move along with your day, then you are free to pull up along side of the pick up area. If you think you might want to stay a little longer to swap recipes, let your kids out to stretch their legs or to ask us a question, please pull to the back of the barn and you can park at the end of the gravel facing the trees.
Is there a deadline to sign up or what happens if I want to upgrade my membership?
No, there is no deadline to sign up. Since we still consider ourselves starting out we are happy to be flexible with our customers. If you sign up mid-season we will pro-rate your membership. If you have a half membership but would like to move to a full membership we will be happy to pro-rate your upgrade. And if for some reason, you know that you just want more produce for one week we are happy to sell you additional items a-la-carte. The additional a-la-carte items will depend on availability and advance notice will help ensure we can fill your order.
Can you tell me more about your add-ons?
We hope that one of the aspects you will enjoy most about our CSA are the add-ons. Our all-natural beef comes from our family farm in Orbisonia, PA (Huntingdon County). All-natural beef means that we do not use preventative antibiotics or growth hormones. The cattle are free range and their diet is mostly grass although we do feed the cattle a helping of corn throughout their life to provide marbling. If you would like to try the beef ahead of time you can head to the Station Taproom in Downingtown and order the burger. We sell eggs from our Downingtown chickens that are fed organic feed and free range daily. This year we will also hopefully sell honey that is raised here on the property, or continue to sell our beekeeper's honey from bees raised in Glenmore. We will be raising all-natural lamb again this year and will introduce all-natural pork. Both of these products will be available in the Fall. We will sell poultry, chicken and turkey, and sheep milk cheese products from Day Springs Farm. We are also excited to partner with North Star Orchards for a fruit share. Members will sign up for a fruit share through North Star Orchards. Your fruit share will ready for your pick up when you pick up your veggie share.
Why choose our CSA?
We are a new CSA and with any new endeavor there will be bumps along the way. One of the best parts about choosing a new CSA is that you get a good price. We are offering really great rates to get the word out to people as we grow. We also think we are a good choice because of our larger mission of providing a vocational program to young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. This has really been the impetus for our farm all along and as a customer you are helping us to provide a great place for our interns to learn agricultural skills that will hopefully lead to permanent employments at other locations.