CSA Distribution Methods

 

We have two distribution methods: Box or Debit (same as 2015) ; you must pick one when you sign up.

 

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Comparison Criteria

Box Method

Debit Method

 

 

 

 

 

Overall value

 

 

Get more than you pay for (~10% more  in 2012 to 2015)

Get what you pay for

Weekly share value

Determined per Box Share Value graph.

You chose what and how much you get each week, we keep track and debit your original payment.

Vegetable selection

Some flexibility but not as much as Debit.

Full flexibility: each week you order online what and how much you want for your next pickup

Vacation

Share must be picked up weekly by you or someone you choose. Cannot skip any weeks.

You can miss up to 3 pickups with minimum 1 day notice.

Other differences

Don’t have to think about money after initial CSA payment; we make sure your share goes the full 20 weeks and you get what you paid for or more.

Need to be aware of your balance (we’ll keep you informed); your share may or may not last the full 20 weeks depending on how you chose to use it. You must use up all your credit by the end of 20 weeks, or else you lose it.

 

Possibly quicker pickup time. Less decision making

Likely longer pickup time. Must place weekly online order for the next pickup.

 

The Box Method

This will be the same as in 2015. Our Harvest Chart shows what vegetables you can expect to get at different times of the season. Each time you come to the CSA, we will have several tables set up, each with different groups of vegetables (for ex: roots, greens, herbs, salad, and so on). You will pick something from each table to make up your share for the week. You will have some choice (between items on any given table), but within set limits (for example, you cannot skip one table and take more from another).

 

The chart below shows what a regular Box share looked like in 2014 at three different times of the season. Note: in the cells where a number of items are listed, for example “Eggplant, peppers, beets, jalapenos or tomatillos” you only get one of those items, not all, but you can choose which one.

 

June 23 ($28 value)

August 4 ($36 value)

Sept 22 ($36 value)

Regular or spicy salad

Slicing or pickling cucumbers

Winter squash or watermelon

Chard, kale, or spinach

Summer squash, zucchini or eggplant

Onions or garlic

Beets or carrots

Cherry tomatoes

Radishes or bok choi

Strawberries

Regular or heirloom tomatoes

Regular or heirloom tomatoes

Parsley, chives, dill, cilantro, marjoram

Beets or carrots

Cherry or Roma tomatoes

Garlic Scapes

Kale, chard or cabbage

Eggplant, peppers, beets, jalapenos or tomatillos

Peas, summer squash or cucumbers

Lettuces

Kale, arugula, chard, collards or mustard greens

 

Beans

Lettuce or spicy salad

 

Parsley, cilantro, dill, sage, chives or oregano

 

 

 

In 2015, the weekly Box share value varied as shown in the following graph: Box Share Value. We expect 2016 to be similar. The graph shows that people got the most vegetables in August and September when crops are naturally most abundant, and less at the beginning and end of the season. Summed up over the entire season, we plan to give you at least the value you paid us for (in the past we’ve given people around 10% more than what they paid for). 

 

The Debit Method

As in the past, with this method you select what vegetables you get.  You will use our online ordering system to let us know what veggies to harvest for you each week. At each weekly pickup we debit the total dollar value of your purchases from the sum you paid us at the beginning of the season, and we periodically inform you of your remaining balance. The disadvantage with the Debit method is that you need to select your vegetables each week and be aware of your account. If you don’t use all the money in your account by the end of the CSA, you lose whatever is left. Conversely, if you use your share all upfront, you will not be able to come for the full duration of the CSA unless you want to pay extra and we have enough vegetables.