CSA Membership Overview
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What's in a CSA Share from Root 5 Farm?
- We grow over 150 varieties of vegetables. CSA members receive a weekly box filled with a diverse selection of freshly harvested organic vegetables, herbs, and some specialty items like melons, ginger, dry beans, and sauerkraut.
- Weekly boxes will be filled with 8-10 seasonal items. A share is designed to feed 2-4 people with a mixed diet, or 1-2 vegetarians by providing all of their vegetable needs for one week. The shares are often most abundant during the heavy harvest months of August, September, and October.
- Displayed below is a sample of the quantity and variety you can expect in a typical weekly share throughout the seasons. Timing and availability will vary based upon weather conditions.
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How to Get the Most Out of Your CSA Membership
When you become a CSA member of Root 5 Farm, you'll receive a regular supply of fresh organic vegetables each week at a significant savings over retail. Your membership gives you a direct connection to the people growing your food, and helps support our regional food system in the Upper Valley. Having a regular supply of farm fresh organic food is great way to get more vegetables into your diet and help you to become a more creative cook. Don’t worry, we have lots of recipes and culinary tips to share!
We've come up with a few concepts that will help you have an excellent experience as a CSA member this season:
Familiarize yourself with what grows when.
Many of us have gotten so used to grocery store shopping that we don't know what month local tomatoes ripen or how to best store vegetables once we get them back to our kitchens. If you're new to seasonal eating, it's a good idea to get familiar with what kinds of foods to expect when, so you can pace your anticipation. Also, check out our recipe pages from time to time for new ideas on how to prepare vegetables that may be unfamiliar.
We do our best to keep you in the loop prior to each delivery about what to expect in your next share. However, occasionally we need to make last minute substitutions because of quantities available due to weather conditions, pest pressures, or other variables that are out of our control. We ask for your flexibility and trust that we are working our hardest to get you the best quality vegetables for each delivery.
Make peace with visits to the produce aisle.
Most CSA members supplement their CSA box with a few items from the produce aisle, as many families want to eat more fruit than is provided in their box, or find they need something special to make a particular recipe work. Most people find themselves eating a wider variety of vegetables with a CSA, but if you find yourself missing some of what you're used to getting at the supermarket, by all means supplement.
Read the policies.
Each CSA operates a little bit differently when it comes to vacation policies, and pick-up procedures, and credits. Part of being happy with your CSA is understanding the way things work. Get familiar with our CSA policies here.
Get to know your farmers and the farm.
We really appreciate CSA members who look beyond the food and become interested in the farm itself. We love when our members ask us about the people who work on the farm, the culture of the farm, how the work is done here, and what it's like for those who do it. We welcome visitors any day of the week. Just give a call or send an email to make an appointment. We'd be happy to give you a tour of the fields and greenhouses.
We want to hear your feedback.
The contents of our boxes are guaranteed. If for any reason, you are dissatisfied with the quality of an item, we happily offer replacements. We take pride in the freshness and quality of the vegetables we grow and deliver to you. Since we are dealing with highly perishable items, there is bound to be spoilage at one time or another. We invite members to give us feedback right away if something is amiss.
Here's what our CSA Members are saying about their experience:
"We eat healthier because of our CSA. It has also opened me up to so many new vegetables and recipes as a result."
-2014 Root 5 Farm CSA member
"My grocery bill has dropped! Beautiful Vegetables, unparalleled freshness, love the variety!" 2015 Root 5 Farm CSA member.
'I love seeing my kids so excited to pick up our vegetables each week! The flexibility is terrific and I appreciate the ease of using the website to add items, the email reminders about what will be in our share, and the payment system is very simple." 2015 Root 5 Farm CSA member.
"Your vegetables are so fresh and taste COMPLETELY different and have so much more character! Your vegetables truly shine compared to even the organic options at the COOP."-2015 Root 5 Farm CSA member
"It's wonderful to try new varieties of vegetables and have fresh salad fixings each week." -2015 Root 5 Farm CSA member
"I love opening the box each week. It's like Christmas comes every Tuesday. I appreciate the variety of items in the box, and I appreciate the fact that you give us enough quantity of each item so that I have enough to serve at a meal."
- 2014 Root 5 Farm CSA member
Strategies for Managing My Weekly CSA
Notes from a 2015 Root 5 Farm CSA Member
Being a CSA member is the most effective step I’ve taken toward healthy eating. Managing the box makes healthy eating much easier for me, because I organize meals around a box of fresh organic vegetables 32 weeks a year. I don’t need to spend time wandering around the produce aisle searching for well-priced, delicious-looking produce, many times in vain. Instead, each week I’m treated to a wonderful treat when I open up my CSA box of luscious-looking vegetables of the most amazing variety.
I’ve heard some folks lament they don’t know what to do with a supply of fresh vegetables every week. There are several strategies I use to help me get the most enjoyment from my CSA and use every bit so nothing goes to waste. Here’s a summary:
- Plan my meals around the box. When I receive the weekly email with a list of what’s to come or open the box at home, I make a list of what I can make with the ingredients (e.g. egg plant parmesan, Greek tabuli with cucumber, tomato and basil, black bean chili). I follow this direction for the week.
- Don’t go to the grocery store until after I pick up my CSA box. This way I’m not tempted to buy things I don’t need. I save money and avoid waste by focusing on the healthy food I already have in hand.
- Cook a lot of different dishes at one time. Then I store them in the fridge for ready- to-eat meals later in the week. I freeze any extra for a winter day when I’m longing for some healthy vegetables. Freezing extra vegetables is much easier than I ever imagined. It’s a great way to extend the season all year long.
- Cook the leafy greens at the first opportunity. This way they’re not wilting in my fridge or taking up a lot of room. This also makes them immediately available to consume for an easy, healthful lunch or dinner.
- Search for recipe ideas. When faced with an ingredient I’m not familiar or looking for a new way to prepare an old standby, I use the plentiful resources available at www.root5farm.com/recipes.
- Share with friends. I invite friends for dinner to enjoy the harvest, and send them home with a welcome gift of an organic vegetable sample. When visiting a friend, I bring a sample of fresh vegetables in a nice bag, instead of a bottle of wine or other typical house gift.
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How much does it cost to be a CSA member?
Full Season Share $928 ($29 per week)
*monthly payment plan option available at $114 per month*
This share is our best value. Enjoy our entire season and save 20% off retail. Receive 32 weekly deliveries from May 16th thru Dec 21st
Summer Share $496 ($31 per week)
*monthly payment plan option available at $124 per month*
Enjoy our summer season and save 12% off retail value
Receive 16 weekly deliveries from May 16th thru Sept 2nd
Half Share Full Season $496 ($31 per week)
*monthly payment plan option available at $124 per month*
Enjoy a delivery every other week for the smaller appetite
Receive 16 bi-weekly deliveries from May 16th thru Dec 21st
Fall Share $496 ($31 per week)
*monthly payment plan option available at $124 per month*
Enjoy our fall season and save 12% off retail value
Receive 16 weekly deliveries from Sept 4th thru Dec 21st
ADD-ON SHARE OPTIONS:
We're pleased to offer additional share options from our neighboring farms that may be included in your Root 5 Farm CSA deliveries.
Grass-fed Beef Share (Shire Farm) $250
Average price is $9.95 per pound, save 20% off retail value.
Receive 26lbs of assorted grass-fed beef cuts. The Shire Farm Beef Share includes ground chuck, sirloins, roasts, quick cooking cuts (minute steaks, skirt and flank steaks) as well as premium steak cuts (ribeye, T-bone, porterhouse, NY strip steak). Cuts will be packaged, frozen and delivered in two bulk distributions during the CSA season.
Pastured Pork Share (Hog Wash Farm) $225
Receive a 20lb selection of assorted pork cuts. Pigs are raised on organic pasture and fed non-GMO grain. The Hogwash Pork Share includes bacon, sausages, pork chops, ribs, roasts, and ground pork. Cuts will be packaged, frozen and delivered in two bulk distributions during the CSA season.
Pastured Chicken Share (Hog Wash Farm) $162
Receive 6 whole chickens (average 4.5 pounds each). Hogwash Farm Chickens are raised on organic pasture and fed non-GMO organic grain. Chickens will be packaged, frozen and distributed twice during the CSA season.
Sweet Corn Share (Hodges Family Farm) $30 *summer only*
Receive a dozen ears of sweet corn for five weeks in July and August while it's in season at the Hodge Family Farm. The corn is conventionally grown by our neighbors on Route 5 in Fairlee.
VT FARM SHARE PROGRAM:
We are committed to making good food available to members of the community in a wide range of economic situations. Root 5 Farm participates in the VT Farm Share Program sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association. This is a cost-sharing program that offers financial support to limited-income Vermonters for purchasing a CSA share. Participants receive up to a 50% subsidy of a CSA share from Root 5 Farm.
To apply for a subsidized share, please visit NOFA-VT, fill out the application. Please also contact us and let us know that you are applying for a NOFA Farm Share.
To donate, you can help to share the harvest by donating to the Farm Share Program as you sign up online for your CSA share this season.
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When and where can I pick up my share?
Tuck and Thayer, Dartmouth
Geisel School of Medicine
Lyme Country Store
White River Jct, VT
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2016 CSA Policies
Your Personal Account & Payment
We use an online system powered by Farmigo to process your CSA Memberships. You will create your own personal account on this system, track and make payments, place special orders from the online farm store, set up vacation dates, change pick up locations, change your contact information, and renew your membership from year to year.
Detailed information about how to store your vegetables once you get them home is available on our website. We also encourage you to check our website for frequent updates to the recipe section and for newsletter updates about what's new at the farm.
Your box will be at the specified pick-up location on the designated delivery dates and time. Your box is guaranteed during pick-up hours. If you do not pick up during designated hours, your box is left to the host’s discretion. Each delivery site runs
differently, so you will need to coordinate directly with the host to make any special arrangements.
We have flexibility built into our system, so you can manage your own account and change your pick up site up to 24 hours before your delivery. Simply log-in to your online account and change your delivery site. Make sure to change it back to your original site after your delivery, if that's your preference.
Pick Up Procedures
Online Root 5 Farm Store
The contents of our boxes are guaranteed. If for any reason, you are unhappy with the quality of an item, we happily offer credit at our online store for a replacement. Since we are dealing with highly perishable items, there is bound to be spoilage at one time or another. We invite members to give us feedback about box quality and contents at any time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. When reporting quality issues, please include when and where you picked up your box and how you're storing the produce.
You are responsible for using any available credits by the end of the delivery season. Credit cannot be carried over to the next season. No refunds are available.
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