Flower CSA FAQ
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is made up of a group of members that invest in a “share” in advance, typically in winter or early spring before the growing season is underway. In return for their early commitment to the farm, they receive a bountiful share of the summer harvest and knowledge of their participation in their local agriculture.
What will be asked of me as a CSA member?
Being a part of our CSA requires members to pay for their share in advance with the knowledge that each week will differ due to weather and seasonal availability of the harvest. You will also be asked to pick up your Flowers weekly (or Bi-Weekly) on the appropriate day and time. Then to enjoy a summer of fresh flowers.
What can I expect each week?
As a member, you will receive a weekly e-mail that will include what is happening in our gardens and what to expect in your bouquets. Any changes or crop information will be communicated by e-mail.
I have signed up for a CSA! When should I expect it to begin?
The dates differ each season but for 2020 we will be starting June 24! The flowers are harvested and bunched each Wednesday morning and held for you to pick up anytime after 11 am. As the date gets closer you will receive your first reminder e-mail along with a care packet on how to make your flowers last. Please make sure that you have added firstname.lastname@example.org to your mailing list so that your reminders about pickups do not end up in the SPAM folder. All of our communication with share members is via email.
I am going on vacation! Can I change my pick up day?
Due to the volume of members that we have had in the last few years, we are unable to provide a later pick up service. Shares are held in the cooler at the farm stand from Wednesday- Saturday. Any shares leftover the following Sunday will be sent home with staff or composted. We seed and plan out our summer in the winter months and have trouble accommodating extra bunches in our coolers. We encourage you to have a friend pick up your share as a gift if you are going to miss a week.
I have a party, event or wedding. Can I get extra flowers for it?
Yes of course! We are happy to make a special order in addition to your weekly flowers. Send us an e-mail at email@example.com to create an order!
If a pick up falls on a holiday, should I still come to the Farmstand to collect my share?
In most cases, we will notify you by email of a new pick up day!
How can I sign up?
Sign-ups can be found on our Website www.springledgefarmshop.com or you can stop into the Farmstand on Main Street New London during our business hours. If you are giving a CSA as a gift you must provide the name and email of the person you are purchasing for upon sign up.
I am not getting pick up reminder e-mails. What should I do?
Our Newsletters are sent out through Wix.com. First, check your SPAM folder and the “promotions” tab in your mailbox. To make sure that you are getting our emails, add to your contacts! You can also email that address directly to make sure you are on our lists correctly!
How do I pick up my CSA?
Pickups are any time after 11 am on Wednesdays we hold your shares until Saturday safely in our cooler until they are picked up. To get your flowers at their freshest we encourage you to come on Wednesday afternoon. To pick up come into the farmstand and give your name to our staff and they will get your bouquet from the cooler for you. If your share is not picked up by the following Sunday morning, they are composted or sent home with our staff. I will send out a weekly email on Tuesdays to remind you that it’s a pick-up day for you this week. Hopefully- this will help with confusion about pick up for those doing the half bi-weekly shares!
If you live or work on Main Street in New London there is a drop off service that leaves the farm at about 3 pm on Wednesday afternoons. Please email with your address information if you are interested in getting a delivery.
What should I expect!?
In your bouquet, you should expect our seasonal blooms arranged and ready for a vase on your table! They will be wrapped in kraft paper this year to make the transportation home easier. The bouquets consist of a focal bloom- Dahlia, Sunflower, Rudbeckia, Zinnia.. - and lots of fun seasonal greens, forced bulbs, and Snapdragons. Each week will be different depending on what is growing in abundance out in our gardens.
I want to give this share as a gift, what should I do?
The Flower CSA makes a great gift for Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Birthdays! We have printed gift cards available to send out or be picked up at the Farm. We just will need a name, phone, email and mailing info of the person that you are giving the gift to. Please make sure that you provide all this information so that come to pick up time we have their information and not yours.
I hope that I have gotten all of those questions answered but please feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with anything else you have in mind.