Questions about Elmwood Stock Farm CSA shares:
- How much food will I get?
It’s difficult to quantify an exact amount of food as far as pounds of potatoes or number of tomatoes because each week is different throughout the season, and each season differs, too, based on how well our crops are doing.
We offer three sizes of vegetable shares that are delivered weekly during the summer season and one size that is delivered every two weeks during fall and winter. Please read the descriptions of each to determine what size is right for you. Also check out newsletters from past CSA seasons for an idea of what has traditionally been in each share.
- What if I don’t like a vegetable that’s offered?
At each pickup location, we offer a “swap” box. If you don’t care for peppers, for example, and there is something in the swap box that you prefer (maybe Swiss chard), you are welcome to leave your peppers and take the chard. We are happy to offer you this choice at your pickup location, but we cannot pack your CSA box with special requests.
However, on-farm pickup offers you choice in customizing your own vegetable share. Pick out your own vegetables from the bins of produce harvested for CSA, or grab a pre-packed share and be on your way.
- What is the sign-up deadline?
There is no formal deadline to sign up for a CSA share, but once the shares sell out, they sell out. It’s possible we’ll have room to accept members after the CSA season has begun, but that is not always the case. This page shows the prorated price if there is room to sign up after the season has started.
- Can I cancel if I decide CSA isn’t for me?
When you join our CSA, you are signing a contract to be a partner of the farm for that season. If you are unsure of whether a CSA is right for you, you might start with our Mini Share. You can scale up from there during the season, but you cannot scale down from a larger share. You might also consider splitting a share with a friend, family member or coworker.
We realize our CSA offers a lot of food, and we try to help you with that quantity through the recipes and advice provided in our weekly newsletter (both provided in print in your share and offered online). If there is some way we can help you manage and enjoy your CSA share, please let us know. Elmwood Stock Farm staff members love talking about food.
In the event that you really cannot continue to receive your CSA share, our CSA agreements allows for you to transfer your share to another person.
- Can I change my pickup location?
You cannot change your pickup location from week to week, but you may change once during the season (for example, if you move from one area of Lexington to another).
- Can I order meat, eggs or other vegetables to pick up with my CSA share?
- Can I split my CSA share with someone else?
You can divide up your CSA share however you’d like. We are unable to prepackage CSA shares to be split, but we do have some customers who will set up a system between themselves. For some, one customer picks up and keeps the CSA share on odd-numbered weeks and another on even-numbered weeks. For others, the customers pick up the share together and divide up what’s in the box.
- What if I can’t pick up my CSA share this week?
We encourage you to send a friend to pick up your share for you, as it is a good way to introduce the concept to friends or neighbors. If you do not want someone else to collect your share, it will be donated elsewhere.
- Can I host a CSA pickup at my home/workplace?
Elmwood Stock Farm offers more than 20 CSA drop-offs in Lexington, Georgetown, Frankfort, Louisville, Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. If CSA-customer demand is there, we welcome additional sites. You need at least 10 people to commit to pick up their CSA shares at your location to open a new site. Please contact us before the start of the season to discuss this option.
- What do I do with all of these boxes?
If you receive your CSA share packed in a waxed-cardboard box, do not throw away your box! These are a significant cost to our CSA program, and we reuse them each week. Please return your box to the pickup location next week, or bring it back to us when you see us at the farmers market. Waxed-cardboard boxes are compostable but not recyclable.
- Do you offer CSA work-trades?
You might know of other farms that ask their CSA members to be involved in the production of their food, but Elmwood Stock Farm does not have such a requirement; however, if you have an item or service that you think we might be interested in, please contact us.
- My friend gets a rebate from his employer for belonging to a CSA. How do I get that deal?
Ask your human-resources department to contact us for information about employers that offer organic-vegetable CSA rebates as part of their health and wellness program. We are happy to help set up a voucher program or something as simple as a employer-sponsored discount on CSA shares.
Questions about Elmwood Stock Farm’s offerings:
- Does Elmwood Stock Farm grow all of the items in the CSA share?
You bet! Everything we offer is produced on our sixth-generation family farm in Scott County, Ky., under USDA organic standards.
- Are any of the items in the CSA share GMOs?
Everything we produce at Elmwood Stock Farm is certified organic, meaning it is produced with respect to the land and the environment; without the use of genetically modified seeds or substances; and without synthetic, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides or other -cides. Read more about our farming philosophy, and browse our blog.
- Can I see how this food is produced before I sign on?
As a busy working farm, Elmwood Stock Farm is not able to offer individual tours, though we do welcome groups interested in farming, gardening, responsible food choices, the environment and nature to set up farm tours with us. We also offer a free CSA-member open house each spring and regularly scheduled farm tours throughout the year, to which CSA members receive free or discount admission.