Fresh Stop Community Supported Agriculture Program
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Fresh Stop Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program?
• The Fresh Stop CSA program is a partnership between First Presbyterian Church, Centenary United Methodist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Woodland Christian Church and a local farmer. The farmer provides fresh local produce to members of the CSA program. The CSA provides the farmer with an assured market at a guaranteed price for the fruits of the harvest. Members who can afford to do so pay a higher price so that 25% of their purchase goes towards supporting a basket of produce for a family in need of nutrition assistance.
• In a CSA program, you are contracting with a farmer for a share of the harvest. A CSA program is more profitable for the farmer because the middleman’s marketing and distribution costs no longer need to be paid. A CSA program is good for the consumer because the produce is harvested and delivered to you when it is ready and ripe, instead of harvested prematurely to make sure it can be shipped long distances before it spoils.
What will I receive as a member of Fresh Stop?
•A wide variety of fruits and vegetables are planned for this season (and possibly honey).
• More than 20 vegetables and fruits ranging from apples to zucchini with several varieties of tomatoes, bell peppers, and winter squash. There will be heirloom varieties and varieties not often seen in the grocery store.
• Fruits are expected to include apples, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
•We will be eating what comes ready for harvest. The first few weeks will be lighter and leafier, variety and quantity will increase through the middle 12-15 weeks, and then taper off towards the end.
Click this link fresh stop 2014 shares included to see a list of the produce that came with both types of shares each week last season.
How often and where would I receive produce from Fresh Stop?
•Each Saturday or Sunday, depending on location. You would sign up to pick up your share from one of our three locations:
- Calvary Baptist Church – Saturday 11AM to Noon (in the gymnasium)
- Woodland Christian Church – Saturday 11AM to 12:30 PM
- Centenary United Methodist Church – Sunday, 10AM to 12:30PM (in the gymnasium)
- First Presbyterian Church – Sunday, Noon to 1PM (Mill Street Entrance in the Fellowship hall).
Will I keep getting the same things week after week after week?
• Planting times are being staggered so that all of a particular crop does not come ready for harvest at the same time. For example, there may be green beans for two or three weeks in a row, then there would be a break for a few weeks and they might return to the basket again. Some crops like peas are a cool weather crop, so they would only come in the early part of the season. Some crops like winter squash would only come in the later part of the season.
How much will I get each week?
• The weekly CSA large share would typically contain 6-10 different vegetables and fruits. A share would provide for 3- 5 people for a week. Not so large shares are also available.
How long does the CSA program last?
• The program season lasts 20 weeks (June 7 – October 19 depending upon the weather).
• You can also join for just the first 10 weeks or the last 10 weeks.
How much does it cost to be a part of the CSA program?
• The ‘large’ share for members not in need of nutrition assistance is priced at $485 for 20 weeks. The ‘not so large’ share is $300 for 20 weeks. The 10 week large shares are $285 and the 10 week not-so-large shares are $175. These can be paid in advance, or be spread over 3 payments. To encourage timely registration, which helps planning and planting, prices increase by $15 for late signups after May 1st, if space is still available.
• Prices for families in need of nutrition assistance are $10/week for a full share (negotiable).
Is the farmer an organic farmer?
• Becoming a certified organic farmer is a long, complicated and expensive process for the farmer. The farmer is farming for the CSA program in an organic manner, but he is not certified organic. The farmer has been assisted in his efforts to farm in an organic and sustainable manner by a graduate of the sustainable agriculture program in the UK College of Agriculture.
Are there any risks to participating in the CSA program?
• Yes. After eating fresh produce from just up the road, you may never again be satisfied with produce shipped in from hundreds or thousands of miles away at the grocery store.
• There is some risk of crop failure due to pests or weather conditions such as drought or hailstorm damaging the crop in the field. In event of crop failure, your payments are not refundable except at the discretion of the Fresh Stop Board.
How will I make my payments?
• Payments by check can be mailed or dropped off at the pickup prior to the due date for your payment schedule. Cash payments can also be made at pickups.
What if I don’t have e-mail?
• Please provide your mailing address so we can stay in touch with you. Newsletters and other information are sent via email so please make sure to pick up a paper copy of newsletters at distribution each week if you do not have email.
Will baskets or bags be provided to bring my produce home?
• No. You will need to bring your own bags, boxes, or baskets to take your produce home. If you forget something to carry your produce home, reusable grocery bags will be available for purchase. Recycled plastic bags will be available as a last resort.
What if I go on vacation or I can’t get to the pickup location one weekend?
• You can arrange for a friend or family member to pick up your produce. Or let the Fresh Stop Coordinator know and your share will be donated on to a local hunger relief organization.
What if I don’t like, don’t want, or don’t need something in that week’s CSA distribution?
• We will have a trade table (called the “take a veggie, leave a veggie” table) at the distribution point. You can put what you don’t want in it, and take something that somebody else did not want. Anything left in the bin will be donated.