Notes from the Farm

The 2016 CSA will  begin next week! This means the first pickup days will be as follows: on the farm Tuesday, June 14 and Friday, June 17; delivery to New Haven on Wednesday, June 15.


We had a beautiful moment on Sunday evening with a full rainbow over the farm following the heavy rains of the afternoon.  We are looking forward to many more beautiful moments and delicious produce throughout the season ahead!  Below are some important reminders to get you ready for the pick up next week.  See you on the farm soon.

Best,
Farmer Steve


Important CSA Notes

Communications:  We send out a weekly CSA newsletter during the harvest season, and additional messages throughout the year.  Please read them. There is often helpful information in them, important information relevant to you that might answer questions you have, and possibly even great photos or fun and funny anecdotes from the farm that you’ll enjoy.   Our website is also updated regularly with those newsletters, as is our facebook, twitter and instagram, so you can check us out in the real world and in the virtual world too.

If you have a question, request, feedback, or need to be in touch for any reason, emailing us at  csa@massarofarmcsa.org is the best means of communication.  This email is checked regularly, and we do our best to respond quickly.  We’d love to talk with you when you are here on the farm and we can usually be found around the barn during CSA pickup hours, so grab our ears, pick our brains, chat us up or tell us what’s on your mind!

Pick up Days: Tuesday or Friday, please come to the farm on your designated day. If you need to switch days, please email csa@massarofarmcsa.org to make arrangements. Wednesdays in New Haven, at Cedarhurst Cafe; *Please Note: Since we have limited capacity for delivery, switching from on-farm pickup to the drop site in New Haven is not possible*

Pick Up Times: 2:30pm-6:30pm at the farm; (New Haven: 3pm-6pm at Cedarhurst)
Bags: Please bring your own bags for your produce. Canvas bags, paper bags and plastic bags can all be used to take home your produce. We do have our own Massaro canvas bags available for sale here at the farm.

What if I miss a week?:  If you are not able to make it to the farm to pick up your produce on a given week, you are welcome to have someone else pick up it up for you. Just have them come to the farm and check off your name. Any produce that is not picked up will be donated, so know that it is put to good use! If you do miss a week, please understand that you are not entitled to additional produce any other week.

Produce Donations: Part of the farm’s mission and commitment to the community is to donate produce to local hunger relief organizations. To make this happen, we harvest additional produce for donation on CSA distribution days. Any produce not picked up by our CSA members is added to that donation. Thus, if you can’t make it one week to get your vegetables, know that your produce will go to people in need and is never wasted.

CSA is our #1 Commitment: While the fresh produce donations are at the core of our mission, and while we do offer produce at farmers’ markets and to local restaurants, the CSA has always been and continues to be our #1 priority and commitment.  You, as a CSA subscriber come first.   We know how dedicated you are as our CSA subscribers, and your support is essential to maintaining this healthy, vibrant farm in your community.  Our commitment to you as CSA subscribers means that we will never sacrifice the quality and quantity of our produce distributed to the CSA.  We are grateful to those of you who have been with us in the CSA for many years, and welcome those joining for the first time this year.

Want more of our produce?: We will make extra produce available for sale in the barn during CSA pickup hours.  In addition, you can find us at the City Seed Edgewood Park Farmers’ Market on Sundays throughout the season from 10am-1pm, and at Wooster Square on Saturdays in June, November and December on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. You can also find our produce at the Woodbridge Farmers’ Market on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30pm-6:30pm starting at the end of June, and at a handful of local restaurants including Zinc, Caseus, Heirloom, Miya’s and Roia.

Fruit option still available:
Get 15 weeks of fruit from High Hill Orchard when you pick up your veggies. The cost is $90, and includes blueberries, melons, apples and pears. See complete details on our website: www.massarofarmcsa.org

*Please note: there will be no peaches in 2016, as the peach crop was wiped out throughout the state*
Final payments: If you still have a balance for the CSA, please send in your final payments, or be in touch to work out a payment plan. Email csa@massarofarmcsa.org

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