What is the CSA U-Pick program?
The U-Pick program is a guided educational experience that will give participants a deeper connection with their food. We invite you to the farm each week where you'll pick a combination of heirloom vegetables, culinary herbs, and berries.
You'll go home with a mix greens, roots, herbs, seasonal fruits, and a floral arrangement. You'll also receive original recipes for creating delicious vegan dishes with your produce and bouquet of flowers.
As a CSA member, you'll get a share in the farm’s harvest and experience the full arc of seasonality –from our humble but vibrant roots and shoots of spring, to the bountiful and richness of summer fruits and flowers.
When are Harvest Days?
The program runs from June 9 - August 11, 2018.
You have the option to come to the farm and harvest on either Fridays or Saturdays. Friday harvests are from noon- 3:00 p.m. Saturday harvests are from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is an alternative farm-to-consumer model in which the consumer forms a deeper connection to the farm by making a financial commitment in advance of the growing season.
What produce will CSA members receive?
Sweet Farm grows over 30 different varieties of heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers. Each week, members will take home a mix of greens, roots, fruits, herbs, and a simple flower bouquet.
The season’s offerings begin with leafy greens, fast-growing roots and herbs and evolve into sun-loving tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans and flowers.
How much produce will U-Pick CSA members get each week?
It is impossible to promise exact yields and share quantities, but in general, each harvest is expected to provide enough to create one main dish and ingredients for an additional side dish, salad, and appetizer for a 2-3 person household.
What about flowers?
With each harvest, you'll take home a bright bouquet of sweet peas, zinnias, or dahlias and sometimes herbs like fennel and dill heads.
Is Sweet Farm produce grown using pesticides or synthetic fertilizers?
Sweet Farm uses growing methods that are gentle, harmonious with nature and free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. All of our soil and seedling inputs are approved for use on organic farms by the National Organic Program. Our produce is not yet certified organic, however we grow only non-GMO, open-pollinated seeds from quality seed producers.
What do participants need to bring to U-Pick harvest days?
Sweet Farm will provide the tools and instructions on how to harvest, but we are asking participants to bring their own bags and containers. They are advised to bring 7-10 bags for greens, herbs, and vegetables; 1-2 large sturdy containers for bulkier items; and a 4-qt container or tub for strawberries. Participants are advised to wear close-toed shoes or boots that can get muddy and comfortable, layered clothing.
What if I am unable to attend one or more harvest days?
1. Gift your share to a friend. A participant can send someone in their place for harvest. To do this, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date(s) you will miss and your friend’s name and email address so we can share harvest event details.
2. Designate someone to harvest your share on your behalf. To do this, email email@example.com with the date(s) that someone will harvest your share on your behalf and your designee’s name and email address so we can share harvest event details.
3. Donate your share back to Sweet Farm. To do this, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject: Donate and the date(s) you would like to donate and we will pass your share on to one of our volunteers or another cause that supports Sweet Farm.