What will I find in my CSA share each week?
A selection of seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits. In the spring CSA, due to our growing conditions, this will be a set basket chosen by us, your farmers. The Market CSA model for the summer and fall CSA seasons will provide opportunity for you to choose most of your weekly veggies; check out the example below. If you sign up for an add-on (goat cheese, eggs, PYO flowers, pork sausage) you will recieve it each week with your veggie pickup.
Other items like meat, seedlings, compost, and MSF swag can all be purchased in our farmstand.
Here’s an example of a late summer share, when we’re swimming in tomatoes and lettuce mix. All the crops we are harvesting that week will be laid out on tables, divided into crop categories. Based on your share size you will pick a certain number of items from each category. You may pick the same item multiple times, just once, or never—unless it’s one of the one or two mandatory items that week
How does pick-up work?
The summer and fall CSA pick-up will be similar to a farmers market, in that you'll be able to choose most of your vegetables from display boxes. For an example of what that might look like, check out the answer to the question above. Some products will be previously bagged (e.g. salad greens). The spring CSA will have more products already weighed and set aside for you. When you arrive on the farm we have a well-marked area designated for pickup. A farmer will always be there to help, answer questions, provide recipe ideas, and tell a good farm story from the week.
What if I don't like a particular vegetable?
During the spring CSA season, there will be a swap box at the time of pick-up where you can put an item you know you won't eat and grab something else off of it that you might like more. With our Market Style CSA model for the summer and fall seasons, we hope you will get exactly the veggies you are excited about, though we will always challenge you to try something new (and provide recipes for it, of course!).
What should I use to bring home my produce? Will they be bagged for me?
We ask that you bring a bag or bags with you in which to take your CSA share home, however we will have farm boxes available for those times you forget.
What if I am on vacation for a week(s)?
We know vacations happen and you have a few options: 1. We are happy to hold your share for you to pickup at a later date (but it will end up a pre-packed and pre-chosen share, even in summer/fall). 2. Give us a 48 hr heads up and you can donate your share to the local food pantry. 3. Give your share to a friend and have them pick it up (they'll love you for it!)
I signed up for just one season of the CSA and loved it--can I sign up for more?
Absolutely! You can sign up (as long as there is still space) for a CSA any time before it begins.
What is the difference between the weekly CSA and Farm Bucks?
Members of the CSA receive a weekly basket of vegetables and fruits during a specified time period as well as, depending on the season, eggs, goat cheese, and flowers. During the spring CSA season this is a set basket picked up at the farm on Thursdays from 3-7pm. During the summer and fall CSA seasons, members have lots of choice at pickup, also on Thursdays from 3-7pm. Members receive 20% off retail prices. In addition, members receive a newsletter with recipes and farm happenings.
Farm Bucks are available for purchase online or at the farm and participants receive an additional 10% or 15% dfepending on how much they spend. Farm Bucks can be used on any product we sell in the farm stand and have no expiration date. They can be purchased at any point in the year. Entered into the participants account, Farm Bucks are easy to keep track of; no need to bring money to the farm stand as money is already in your account! Account holders recieve emailed receipts with each purchase made while logged in and can accrue a negative balance which should be paid off by the end of each month.
The CSA has already started, but I saw the flowers blooming and the sausage in the stand and would love to add them to my weekly bounty--can I do that?
Just give us a call, send an email, or let us know when you pickup that you would like to sign up for an add-on to your share. We can prorate the cost to fit the remaining time in the CSA season. Add-ons include weekly distributions of: PYO flowers, goat cheese, eggs, and pork sausage.
When will I know what is in my share?
We send out the weekly CSA email on Mondays. The email will include the contents of the weeks share (or what you can expect to choose from), farm happenings, photos, and a recipe or two for you to try. Occasionally we have to make a last minute change to the selections and will have it written on the CSA board at pick-up.
What if I don't know how to use a particular vegetable?
Our hope is to provide you with nutritious, tasty, fresh food, some of which you might already use regularly, however know there may be some unfamiliar items. We hope the recipe(s) and information provided in the newsletter will provide some ideas of how to use what is in your share. You can also ask the farmer at pickup!
How does PYO work? (walking, what to wear, time committment?)
Blueberries, beans and flowers (add-on) are some of the PYO crops we typically offer through the CSA. We advise folks to wear footwear that can get a little dirty and clothing suitable for moving around in. We will provide scissors, knives, and/or buckets to be used if they are necessary. In the weekly newsletter it will be clear what is PYO. There will be weeks with no PYO items and then there might be a week with up to two PYO crops. The PYO fields are close the the pick-up area and you'll need about 10-20 minutes. If you are unable to PYO on that day you can come back anytime that week to grab your goodies.
What if I realize that I missed my pick-up?
Give us a call or stop by, we will hold on to shares not picked up for 24 hours. After that we donate your share to the local food pantry.
What if I want extra of a particular vegetable to make a big meal or canning/fermenting/freezing?
There will be opportunities throughout the season to purchase items in bulk for canning, freezing, and soups. Keep an eye out for this in emails or signs at pickup.
Can I sign up late?
If not full, online signups will close 5 days before the CSA season (spring, summer or fall). If you are interested in signing up after the online registration has closed, contact us via phone at (603)-444-0786.
Where do I go to pick up my box? Can I pick up somewhere other than the farm?
The main place to pick up a CSA share is at the farm. When you enter the farm, look for the CSA signs for the pickup location; it should be obvious. We have drop-off points in Lancaster (Wednesdays) and Gorham (Tuesdays) and will establish one in Lincoln if there is enough interest. If one of these pickup points interests you, you can indicate that When signing up for a CSA share.
What will I eat in the winter????
As farmers we continue to work hard to extend the season, but do not currently have a winter CSA--though it might happen this year! However, our stand is open 365/8-5:30. Our Farm Bucks program is a great way to shop at the stand and still get a 10%-15% discount on all items in the wintertime.
Is the quality better in the stand than the farm share? Are the offerings different?
We strive to provide the freshest produce possible to all of our customers whether it be a CSA member, farmstand visitor, wholesale account, or restaurant account. The quality does not differ between each outlet. In some cases we might offer B grade carrots or tomatoes to the CSA and it will indicated in the weekly newsletter (and we will count it as a lesser value in calculating the share size).
When can I visit the farm?
MSF is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. The animals don't take holidays and neither do we! You are more than welcome to come visit us and walk around the farm anytime during business hours. During the months without snow, there is a free-of-charge self guided tour you can take found at the kiosk outside the farmstand. If you would like a farmer-led tour for your school or organization, give us a call or send us an email.
Are there herbs in my share?
Bunches or bags of herbs will show up in your share ideally on a weekly basis. Basil, cilantro, and parsley are the main herbs that we grow as well as some chives and dill. If you would like larger quantities of an herb (pesto making!), contact us via email or phone or inquire at pick-up.
How does produce vary over the seasons in Northern NH?
We wish we could provide everything all year long without breaking the bank. We grow seasonally and are able to provide vegetables and crops that generally go with the seasons. If you look at the CSA descriptions, you will get a better idea of what is available and when.
You can also check out a what we grew in 2018 below!