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Where can we get CCR Gardens produce?
Our primary method of providing fresh produce is through our Online Market, direct sales through the farm, the CSA share subscription program, and via Farmers Markets. The best way to stay tuned to where we will be is to follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts. We do limited wholesale sales to small restaurants and local businesses by appointment and advance ordering only.
When are you open on farm? Why aren’t you open more frequently?
We are open to the public only when advertised (either through our eblasts, on social media, or on the main web pages’ banner). This is typically on Saturday mornings from spring to fall, but it can and will vary depending on what is going on.
While we would really love to be able to accessible more frequently, the farm’s scale as well as Kevin and Megan’s full time off-farm schedules make this challenging. So we politely ask that you visit during our advertised hours. The more that you show up and support us, the more effort we can put towards becoming even more accessible! With that said, if the times just cannot and will not work for you, we are more than happy to try to arrange another pickup time, with enough advance notice.
Do you offer delivery services?
We currently do not offer delivery service. But if you have extenuating circumstances, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
How do I sign up for the CSA?
See our CSA Page or Buy Here. You can also get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate whether you'd like to sign up for Farmers Club, Traditional CSA, or if you'd like to just be added to the "e-blast list", where we send periodic updates on the farm and our available products.
How much do the CSA shares cost and what do I get?
Each weekly share costs $20, and contains anywhere from 6 to 10 (or more) different items depending on what is in season. A share is generally suited for a 'typical' family of four to use in a week's time for fresh meals. Families that eat a LOT of vegetables may find that the share does not last the entire week. If this is you, we recommend picking up a couple of extra food items that you like from our farmers market to get you through the week!
What comes in a typical Share?
The typical share consists of a variety of produce generally valued at $20 or greater. The fruits and vegetables you receive will be based on what is in season. You'll generally receive a variety of 6 to 10 (or more) different items.
What if I want to order specific items?
If the idea of a weekly variety of produce doesn’t fancy you, and you'd rather just buy specific items, we'd recommend checking out the Online Market, or coming to visit us at the pop up farm markets, the next Farmer’s Market we are at, or wherever we are popped up for that week! For larger order or restaurant inquirers please contact us to discuss wholesale options.
I FOUND A BUG / SLUG / INSECT OR EXTRA SOIL/DIRT IN MY SALAD BAG / ON MY PRODUCE
a. What gives?
We won’t charge you for the extra protein and minerals! Just kidding! That’s a little organic veggie humor. But in all seriousness – finding the occasional bug in our all naturally grown produce is relatively common, and besides what may be an initial surprise, should not startle you. Since we avoid using synthetic pesticides, our focus is on cultivating produce using natural methods. This can result in the occasional encounters with insects that may have made their way into the produce during the farming process. Bugs can enter the vegetables during the growing process or while they are being harvested. Despite our best efforts, it is challenging to completely eliminate the presence of insects in pesticide-free, all natural farming. However, we implement strict quality control measures to minimize the likelihood of bugs being present in our produce.
b. Are the bugs harmful or dangerous if accidently consumed?
In most cases, the bugs found in our produce are harmless and pose no threat to human health. However, we understand that some customers may have concerned. It is essential to thoroughly wash the vegetables before consuming them to remove any potential insects.
c. What measures do you take to ensure the quality and cleanliness of your produce?
We take several measures to ensure the quality and cleanliness of our all-natural vegetable produce. Our farmers employ integrated pest management techniques, including companion planting, crop rotation, and physical barriers, to minimize the presence of insects. We also conduct regular inspections and quality checks during harvesting, sorting, and packaging processes. We also do not ‘wash’ any of produce, at least not in any official manner. When we harvest our produce, it may get a quick rinse to remove field heat or to remove extraneous soil from the roots, leaves, or fruit; but it should not be and is not considered ‘washed’ by any means. It’s better for the produce if the washing happens once the customer brings the produce home. Preferably the produce should be washed as close to when it will be consumed as possible, to both extend shelf life as well as reduce any cross contamination/pathogens.
d. What should I do if I find bugs in my vegetables?
Please don’t freak out! Normally the bugs can be removed prior to or during the washing process that you should be following in preparing the produce. If you find an excess amount of bugs in our produce, or if even a single bug is too much to handle, please do not hesitate to reach out to us so that we may address the issue – we’ll issue you a no questions asked refund, exchange, or come to an otherwise satisfactory solution!
e. Do you have plans to reduce the presence of bugs in your produce?
We are continuously working on improving our farming and quality control processes to minimize the presence of bugs in our produce. However, it is important to note that complete elimination of insects is challenging, if not impossible, in all natural farming. We remain committed to providing high-quality all natural vegetable produce while maintaining our commitment to sustainable and organic practices.