What is a CSA? Why Buy Local? Why Buy Organic?
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA is a system of sourcing local, seasonal food directly from the farm by buying shares at the beginning of our growing season. This model creates a support system that allows the farm to focus more energy on producing high quality goods. Shareholders, in turn, get a weekly selection of ultra-fresh produce and the knowledge that their food comes from a well known, reputable source. This approach strengthens the environmental and economic health of the region. CSAs do not require families to participate in farm work, as a farm co-op would. CSAs such as ours are carefully managed to produce the highest quality goods.
Why Buy Local?
Buying food locally allows you to enjoy food soon after it was picked to maximize nutrition and freshness. It also gives you access to a variety of fruits and vegetables that may not be available in stores. Each vegetable we grow has a history and many of them are unique varieties. Have a question about any of our produce? Ask us! We offer weekly recipes to members and you can always ask our cooking advice!
Why Buy Organic?
Organic growing methods support a foundation of good health for our society and for the environment. We grow organically because we believe that our food system must provide safe and nutritious products while preserving the health of the soil. Poplar Ridge Farm is USDA Certified Organic. We adhere to the strict standards of this certification to bring you a bounty of safe, wholesome foods for you and your family.
Have questions about membership? See below for answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions
1. When do you expect the Spring/Summer season to begin and end? When do you expect the Fall Season to begin and end?
Depending on the weather, and therefore production rates, we will begin the Spring/Summer CSA season in May and end in October. We will begin the Fall CSA season the week after the Spring/Summer season ends.
Expect variables! A hot and dry spell during the summer may dictate that we close the farm for two weeks during that time.
The end of the summer CSA season is either 22 weeks or at the completion of delivery of produce that does not hugely exceed the membership fee. We are pleased to say that our CSA membership is always a good $35 – $40 value over the membership fee.
We make the summer season closure and fall season start up announcements by the end of August. It is always our goal to provide great produce and a great value to our members.
Produce quantities can vary due to the season. Your order will contain approximately 5-6 items in early spring and fall when the harvest is just beginning and 6-10 items in high season. Each item ranges from ½ pound – 3 pounds per item. Tomatoes range between 3-5 lbs per week in the high season. Herbs are 2/3 of an ounce. Micro greens are usually received in half ounce quantities. In high season you may pick up a couple grocery bags full of goodies so be sure you bring your reusable bags. Click here for lists of the produce we grow.
There is no pre-ordering available. However, you can purchase more of our surplus at our on farm Market Stand during open hours. Market Stand is open Wednesday 1-6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm April-December. Our projected harvest will be listed in the Harvest List of our weekly newsletters. .
PARTNER FARMER PRODUCT INFORMATION
Through some of our area farmer friends, we provide EGGS and POULTRY. If you sign up to receive these items, we will have them available once a month.
We pre-order all partner farmer products. You must fill out the Partner Farmer Form indicating exact amounts desired products prior to start of season to ensure availability. (i.e. 5 dozen eggs/month & 3 whole chickens/month, etc.)
We will send you an invoice for these items at the beginning of the season once we confirm our farmer’s prices (i.e. if you want 5 dozen eggs a month for all 6 months, we will charge you for exactly 30 dozen eggs at the beginning of the season.)
The poultry can all be ordered in bulk and frozen! Poultry also requires a $50.00 deposit due March 1st with your membership fee. We will send supplemental invoices once the deposit has run out.
Our partner farmer products come from area farmers using sustainable practices.Our poultry and Turkeys come from a neighboring certified organic farm, New Town Farms, just 1.5 miles down the road. The birds are raised on pasture and processed humanely on the farm.
The eggs delivered to Poplar Ridge Farm are produced by an Amish community in Yadkinville. The eggs are Graded A and candled. The hens are totally free-range. They eat their own antibiotic-free, farm raised grain.
PICK-UP AND DELIVERY OPTIONS
All members must pick up at the Farm either on Wednesday or Saturday at our on-farm Market Stand. Hours are Wednesday 1-6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. You Must choose one day or the other for the entirety of the season to help us plan for that days market stand.
7. What happens if I miss my share pick-up at the farm?
You have a second chance. If you miss your pick-up on Wednesday, you can pick up the next day til 5pm arranged by our farm manager OR on Saturday during our Market Stand hours. If you miss your pick-up on Saturday, you can pick up the following Monday til 5pm. Your food will be donated to others by the farm if you miss any of these options provided. Please use this next-day option ONLY as a special circumstance.
Return them each week, when you pick up, to the farm. Returning egg cartons keep our egg costs down and they should be returned as often as you can.
VACATION SCHEDULE AND HALF SHARE MEMBERSHIPS
Half share members receive produce every other week during the duration of the season. It is you and your partner’s choice who picks up first. You both with then rotate weeks for the duration of the season. We will connect you with your half share partner by email from our waitlist. If you have a request for a half-share partner please inform us. Together you should work out your vacation schedules for pick-up.
In the Spring/Summer season, full share members are allowed two weeks of vacation make up. Half share members get one week. Inform us by email about your travel schedules at the start of the season. If you do not know your schedule at the beginning of the season, please email us with as much advance notice as possible to ensure you don’t miss out on any food! We accommodate make up shares mostly during our high seasons, July and October, but can work out other times. Notify us as well with your preference and we will try to accommodate.
No Vacation boxes are allowed during the Fall Season.
There are no member refunds unless we are able to offer your remaining weeks to a customer on the wait list. If we can sell the remaining weeks of your membership we will happily refund your balance. There is $75 administrative fee for this service.
SPECIAL MEMBER ONLY SERVICES
Reference the previous week’s newsletter for last week’s harvest list (the contents of your current box) once you have received your shares. Email us if you are really stumped and we are happy to assist.
Each week, members receive an email newsletter containing updates on farm happenings, the upcoming week’s harvest list, recipes using fresh from the farm ingredients, and info about our farm to table dinner dates, chefs, and guest speakers. Newsletters are sent out on Wednesdays and are designed to assist you in identifying vegetables and making the best use of your produce. They are the farm’s greatest tool for communicating changes in deliveries, event dates, etc.
There is no pre-ordering available. Just come on in to our Market Stand on Wednesday and/or Saturday and purchase what you want. Our projected harvest list will be updated weekly on our website and our newsletter.
It is best to contact us through email at [email protected]. We are also available by phone at 704-843-5744. The office is open from 9 am – 5 pm.