Hello, welcome to our FAQs page where you'll find answers to questions such as - How do I get a replacement item?. How do I make schedule changes? What happens if I forget to pick up? What about the holidays? Help, what do I do with kohlrabi? How to care for my produce?
Some people prefer to pre-wash everything immediately, then store. Initially, this is more work but it saves time later in the week. The most important thing remember is that the items must be fairly dry before packaging (damp is okay).
1. Remove the green ties and rinse in a large bowl of cool water until clean, changing the water as necessary.
2. After rinsing, spin dry. Then lay everything out on a table containing several layers of terry cloth towels. They can sit for a few hours depending on the weather. But you don't want them to wilt.
4. For storage, use an airtight container and refrigerate. Types of packaging can include tupperware containers or plastic bags. I use the Evert green bags which come in several different sizes. After use, I rinse out each bag and tack them to the fridge with magnets until dry. I have re-used the same bags for almost two years now. If a bag needs more than just a water rinse, spray with a vinegar water solution and let sit for a few minutes, rinse well and hang to dry.
5. If pressed for time, skip the pre-wash but I remove any green ties so that the item will pack loosely into it's storage container or bag. When ready to use, rinse well in a bowl of water until clean, changing the water as necessary. Spin dry.
Root Crops*The most important thing to remember about root crops is to immediately cut off the tops about 1" or less from the root if they are still attached. If stored with the tops on, the roots will lose their crispness and flavor. You can store the tops separately and use in salads or a braising mix.
1. Remove tops, rinse in fresh water, pat dry, and set on towels until mostly dry. Store in an airtight container or bag.
Strawberries , Blueberries, Blackberries
*Do Not Pre-Wash
As soon as you get home, sort through the berries and separate the super ripe from the firmer ones. Use the ripe ones that day or store single layer in an airtight container lined with paper or cloth towels and refrigerate. Use them asap. Store the firmer berries in the same way and use within 2-3 days at most. You can rinse and pat dry prior to using.
Avocados - ripen them inside a paper bag in a warm location. Rinse and dry before cutting. Reed avocados are hard shelled. Test for ripeness by gently pressing the stem end (button end) and then the opposite end. If both give slightly, they are ready. Refrigerate any ripe avocados immediately and use within 2-3 days.
Apples - store immediately in a crisper drawer with no bag or container. Do not leave apples out on a counter as they need to be in cold storage at all times, otherwise they will get mushy. Rinse and pat dry prior to using.
Citrus - store in crisper drawer. Rinse and pat dry before using. The citrus in your CSA boxes are picked tree ripened so do not leave them out on the counter. If you don't like cold fruit, you can remove them from fridge a few hours before using.
Grapes - keep stored in the clam shell but use within 2-3 days. Rinse and pat dry prior to using.
Melons - refrigerate, rinse and pat dry before using. Once cut, use within 1-2 days. If you like your cantaloupe melons soft-ripe, leave them out on a counter for a few days until very fragrant. If they arrive super ripe, refrigerate immediately.
Guavas - Refrigerate, rinse and pat dry before using. These will keep well for several days.
For more information, search 'tips' on our website under individual items name; Celery Tips for example. These pages will contain lots more information.
Are the CSA boxes guaranteed?
Yes, our CSA boxes are guaranteed to be fresh and flavorful. We offer replacements whenever necessary.
Farmers' market pick up sites:
All other pick up sites:
What's the difference between placing a box on hold and a box cancellation?
When you place a box on hold it is automatically added to the end of your schedule. You do not lose the box. A cancellation occurs due to lack of payment.
What happens if my delivery day falls on a national holiday?
NOTE: Schedule remains the same unless an email notification of schedule change is sent. If a change is made it will be as follows:
At farmers' markets - the boxes are delivered to a private residence, in the nearby vicinity, either a day before or after the holiday. A timely email notice is sent.
At all other pick up sites - boxes are delivered either a day before or after the holiday. A timely email notice is sent.How do I make a schedule change?
There are two ways:
What are the deadlines for do-it-yourself changes?
It depends on your delivery day of the week:
Delivery day: Deadline:
Tuesday Saturday midnight
Wednesday to Sunday Sunday midnight
What happens to my box when placed on hold?
It is automatically added to the end of your schedule.
Can only paid boxes be placed on hold?
of your delivery dates can be placed on hold whether paid or not. For
example, if you know your vacation dates now, you can place them on hold
even though they are unpaid. When a renewal order is placed, the
system will automatically schedule the deliveries around those dates on
As soon as you join the CSA, we recommend arranging backup with a few friends or family members who can pick up your box for you.
I've exhausted all options and I have no one to pick up my box or I completely forgot to pick up my box. What happens now?
Our official policy is that we are not responsible for unclaimed boxes. However, as a courtesy, we will add money to your CSA online cash account that will be used towards your next purchase.
At Private Residences - The host should phone with a courtesy reminder at the end of the day. Contact them immediately and make arrangements for box pick
up either later in the evening or the next day. If they do not hear from you by noon the next day, the box is removed from pick up.
At Businesses - If you cannot make it on time, call and arrange to pick up after hours or the next day. They will leave your box outside for evening pick up or hold until the next day but only if you call and arrange the details.
Have the phone number of your host programmed into your phone
What happens to unclaimed boxes?
At markets they are donated to charity. At other sites, the host oversees unclaimed boxes.
Why can't my missed box be saved and scheduled for pick up at another location?
We cannot save and ship boxes to another location for two reasons:
1. The farm has an extremely small refrigeration unit so there is no storage space.
2. We would need to run through several channels to mark the box as yours making sure no one else gets the older box later in the week.
Can I change my pick up location for one week only?
What is the color code index for the online calendar?
The four colors you need to know:
Green - a delivery date whether paid or not
Gray - a delivery date that is on hold
White - a no delivery date
Pink - cancelled for lack of payment
How can I tell how many paid boxes are left in my account?
How do I renew my subscription?
Use the link in you email renewal notices or log in to your account. From your DASHBOARD, make your renewal purchase. If you are not logged in, you will be making a purchase from the Store and will open a new account.
How do I change my subscription at time of renewal?
After logging in to your account, change your subscription order, before making any payments or clicking any renewal buttons. After you make the changes, then process your renewal order.
Why am I being billed again for the $20.00 fees when I place a renewal order?
At time of renewal, the system will show that it is billing you for the one time fees again. Just disregard and proceed with your order. Once it is processed the fees will go away. (The software company will be changing this soon)
I'm halfway through my current order, can I upgrade (or downsize)?
Yes, just send me an email notice and we'll make the necessary changes.
This produce is different from store bought, how do I store? How do I prepare some of these strange, new veggies?
If you are new to CSAs and find it a little challenging, don't fret, there's help at your fingertips. Farm fresh, organic produce requires different handling than store bought. Additionally, there may be some items you've never heard about such as kohlrabi, mizuna, tatsoi or rapini.
Cooking With CSA is an online community of support. They provide 5 weekly recipes that are plant-based, gluten free and made with the produce found in your CSA box. Join them for video demonstrations, one on one coaching and much more!