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How Does Our CSA Work?

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

     A CSA is a way for you to get the freshest, USDA Certified Organic produce for 21 weeks this Spring and Summer.

     A CSA is a way for you to support local farmers by purchasing upfront a share of the upcoming harvest. The farmers put your money to work immediately, all in preparation for the delicious season to come.

     A CSA is a way for you to demonstrate and support your belief in healthy food, local and small businesses, and sustainable agriculture.

 

How does it work? What do I do?

1. Decide if you want-

  • a small share for $495 (serving 1-2 people for about $23 a week) or
  • a regular share for $695 (serving 3-4 people for about $33 a week).

2. Register online and pay your $200 deposit as soon as possible.

***If you complete this step in January 2015, you will get 21 weeks of produce for LAST year's prices (a $20 discount).***

3. Make your remaining payment in full by April 15, 2015.

4. Pick up your weekly array of freshly picked produce on the selected day and location, either-

  • Wednesday or Thursday, 2-8 pm, the Starlight Gardens Farm Stand at 54 Fowler, Durham, CT or
  • Saturday, 9-1 pm, City Seed Market at Wooster Square in New Haven, CT (extra fee of $40)

5. Bring your food home and enjoy!

 

Is the deposit or amount in full refundable?

Starlight Gardens is dedicated to delivering each CSA member a generous supply of high quality produce each week. We also need you to accept the inherent risks associated with farming and the potential variations in yield that may result. Therefore, no refunds will be provided.

 

How do I pay?

  • We ask that after you register online, you send in a $200 deposit as soon as possible.
  • If this is completed in January, you will receive last year's prices, which means a $20 discount.
  • Payment is required in full by April 15th.
  • Mail your checks to Starlight Gardens, 54 Fowler Avenue, Durham, CT, 06422. 
  • You may also choose to pay with a credit or debit card. If you wish to pay by debit or credit card, you may call us at (860) 349-0166 to give us the information or set up an appointment to meet. If we key in your numbers over the phone, we ask that you assume the 3.25% fee charged by the card company. If we “swipe” your card in person, we ask that you assume the 2.75% fee charged by the company.

When I go to the farm stand, how will I know what food to take?

  • At the farm stand, the amount of each food you should take is listed. It is important to take the correct amount for the size share you have purchased, otherwise someone will be left short.
  • Pay close attention to the signs. You would feel silly walking out with only three cucumbers if you could have three pounds!
  • Check your name of the list after getting your food. This allows us to run back out to the fields if we see we are low on something.

 

Do you provide containers and bags?

No, sorry. As a cost saving measure, we ask that you please bring your own bags. A few large and a few small ones should do the trick.

 

 When can I pick up my weekly share?

  • Please come to the farm stand between 2 and 8. We work all morning to be ready for you on time, but rarely do we have a minute to spare! 
  • Please come on your selected day, either Wednesday or Thursday. Otherwise, again, someone will be left short.
  • If you have elected to pick up at the farmers market in New Haven, we will you see you on Saturdays, 9-1. (Remember this option does include an extra $40 fee.)

 

Can we come tour the farm?

  • Come to our Open House on May 17th! More information will be posted.
  • Call us if you would like to come and visit the farm. We will happily give you a tour by appointment.

 

Is the farm stand a child friendly place?

Children love our farm stand. Helping to choose the three tomatoes or weighing the 2 pounds of carrots- what a great experience! Sometimes we even allow CSA members to walk back to farm to pick their own green beans or peas. Now nothing is sweeter than picking vegetables with your grandchildren, children, nieces, nephews, or young friends.

 

 Can we knock on your house or barn door if we need something?

  • Please only go to our brown farm stand, not our pink house, farm, or red barn. We love farming and we love our CSA members, but everyone needs some privacy and quiet.
  • Please do not park in or block our driveway.  
  • If you need help or have questions, please call or text us at (860) 463-0166, or send us an email at starlightgardens@comcast.net.

 

Thank you for your interest in our CSA. We look forward to hearing from you!