Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much produce do I get in my box?

Each Full Box offers 10 to 12 different items, usually with 1 herb and occasional fruit and the Half Boxes typically have 5 to 7 items. The food in the box is whatever is at the peak of harvest during that week and that season. Some boxes might be fairly light weight and full of hearty greens while other boxes will be quite heavy from pounds of tomatoes, cucumbers, or winter squash. Some people complain of too much food while others finish off the box by the weekend and buy even more from us at the Farm Stand; however, everyone’s eating habits and cooking styles are different. We assure you: you will eat a lot more veggies when you join our Farm Box Program - and your body will thank you for it!

Q: Can I choose what I get?

We are a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, and the best of what we grow each week is harvested and packaged for you in your Farm box. We cannot customize Farm Boxes and keep our prices low. However, at the Farm Stand we allow trading of a couple items. If there is something in your box that you can’t or won’t eat, please feel free to trade it out and pick another item of equal value instead.

Q: How much of the produce is from your farm?

100% of the produce in your Farm Box and at the Farm Stand comes from Sand n Straw Community Farm.

Q: Are you certified organic?

We are not certified organic. We utilize organic and regenerative agriculture practices. However, organic farming allows for the use of toxic organic pesticides, organic herbicides, and organic fungicides. While they generally don’t cause harm to us humans, these organic sprays are very detrimental to pollinators, especially bees, as well as to the entire community of beneficial insects in an ecosystem. Organic pesticides still kill indiscriminately, just like conventional pesticides! 

Organic farming also still encourages the use of plowing, discs and other tillage equipment which has proven to be highly detrimental to soil health and soil biology, increasing greenhouse gas emissions. While we support the organic movement - it is far better than the conventional alternative - we also believe that the organic movement needs to adopt even better management practices. At Sand n Straw Community Farm, we meet or exceed all organic standards, but we also strive to create a healthy, vibrant, natural ecosystem that is strong, biodiverse, and resilient! For more information on our farming practices, join us for one of our Farm Tours.

Q: How can I communicate with the farm?

Every week that you receive a Farm Box you will receive a Tuesday email with our anticipated harvest for that week’s box plus any other notes and extras we may have available, along with a recipe.

Emailing is the best way to communicate with us about your Farm Box and we try our best to get back to you in a timely manner.

Q: I forgot to pick up my Farm Box, can I still get it?

We realize that life happens. Be aware that your produce will be less fresh, but you can pick it up the next day from the Farm Stand refrigerators. However, please try your best to pick up it up on your scheduled day. After that, your box is donated.

Q: What happens when I’m on vacation?

We are always happy for you to have a friend, neighbor or co-worker take your Farm Box. Please share as much information as is prudent with them about pick-up. Alternately if you’re coming back just a day or two late, we’re happy to hold a box here for farm pick-up through Friday.

We are also happy to place your Farm Box on hold for one “vacation” of any length per billing quarter. Please put a hold on your box for the length of time you will need but make sure to do so by the order deadline.  

We strive to maintain as much flexibility as is reasonable while still holding to the principles of CSA programs which allow us to provide food directly to your family at the lowest cost. Additionally we’ve found that the more changes in your Farm Box share, the greater the risk for error and we try to minimize that as much as possible. 

Q: What if I forget to return my empty bag?

Don’t go out of your way to bring bags on a different day. However, our boxes cost us ~ $2.50 each, so please remember to bring ALL of your bags with you next time.

Q: Can I visit the farm?

- NOTE COVID WE HAVE A NO VISITOR POLICY, BUT GENERALLY…As a Farm Box member, we offer occasional free Farm Tours throughout the year.

Q: Are you open to the public?

No, we are not. However, we do offer Farm Tours, Workshops and other special events which will give you ample opportunity to enjoy the farm and learn about our land use management in a very in-depth and informative way.

Q: I am not planning on becoming a member of your farm. Can I still stop by your farm to buy some produce and eggs?

Yes, our Farm Stand is open on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm.

See you on The Farm!