CSA FAQ's

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The Sassafras Hill Farm CSA provides its members with a weekly share of the portion of produce that is in season. Our CSA is always open to expanding. Please let us know if you know of a potential pick up location. Please note that all shares (summer and fall) may not be available at every location. Email us for clarification or confirmation. Thanks again for supporting your local farmers!

What type of food is in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box?

The CSA share contains a wide variety of fresh, seasonal food. Each week the CSA share contains a different assortment of seasonal vegetables, and there are often additions that only CSA members will receive. Our goal is to provide you with top quality produce in quantities that you can use. Remember, all the food is grown by us on the farm, which means that there will not be corn in May or tomatoes in October. CSA equals seasonal eating, and that means eating everything in its prime season and peak flavor!

How much food is in a weekly CSA share?

Each CSA share contains about 5-10 items a week. The variation depends upon the season and the specific items. If there are more high-value items in a particular week (such as garlic, salad mix, or melons), the number of items may be around 7. If there are more standard crops that week (such as cucumbers, peppers or tomatoes), the number of items will be 10 or more.

How many people can a CSA share feed?

Depending on your eating habits, a share will generally feed 2-3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Some members use the CSA as their sole source of produce during the season. Others use it to supplement what they are already buying at farmer’s markets or the store.

Does Sassafras Hill Farm offer half-share sizes?

We are not offering half-share sizes for the 2017 season. For those who can not eat all the produce of a full size share we recommend splitting the share with someone, or buying a bi-weekly share. A bi-weekly share is the same size portion as the full share, but is only picked up every other week. This option is for those who can not eat the produce of the full share every week, but instead make the full share portion last two weeks.

When are the CSA pickup days and times?

CSA pickups are either on the farm, or at the MT Burton Gallery located at 1819 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008. Depending on location, the pickup day will be either Wednesday or Saturday. The pickup times vary by location as well.

What if I can’t pick up my share during the allotted time?  Or, what if Im on vacation?

It is important to find a way to get your share during the allotted time frame. If you cannot get to the pickup location on time or are out of town, we suggest sending a friend or family member in your place. It’s a great way to introduce the CSA program to others. We cannot guarantee that CSA shares will be available outside of the stated pickup time.

Is Sassafras Hill Farm CSA organic?

Sassafras Hill Farm is Certified Naturally Grown which is a similar, alternative certification program to organic. We use the same NOP standards as the USDA Organic farms. For more details check out Certified Naturally Grown.

Where is the CSA food coming from?

All of the CSA produce comes directly from our fields here at Sassafras Hill Farm.

Can I choose what’s in the CSA share?

At this time, there is not an option to choose what’s in your CSA share. Other than that, we believe that with good recipes (which we provide in our emails), you’ll learn to enjoy the diversity of produce in the CSA. Most members find new favorites in the CSA share.

How can I find information about cooking the produce in the CSA share?

The weekly CSA email always has recipes related to the specific items in each box.  In addition to that, the internet is filled with wonderful recipes based on seasonal produce; another option is chatting with our farm crew and fellow CSA members during pick ups.

Where are the pickup locations for the CSA?

We keep an updated list of CSA pickup locations under the CSA tab of the website homepage. The exact locations are available upon request or during membership confirmation. (Locations yet to be confirmed for 2017).

Can I be a CSA host site/pickup location?

Yes, we are looking for members who are willing to host a pickup location for the CSA shares. Please let us know your address, and we can assess the possibility of adding your location to our delivery route.

What is required to be a host site/pickup location?

The short answer is, not much. It can be at your home or business. The CSA shares simply need a cool, protected place that is easily accessible to members. It is not required to be present during the pickup, but it is necessary to provide contact information in case we need to reach you. We typically want sites with room enough for 10-20+ boxes (approximately 17”x 13”x 11” each), and parking for CSA customers. Please inquire, we can send you our Statement of Understanding for CSA hosts.