So Local! Veggie Box CSA

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a weekly fresh veggie box CSA membership?
• Our farmers are so close you can ride your bike to check them out, or volunteer in the field.
• You can taste the difference. Locally grown means no time traveling on trucks or ripening in boxes, this is the freshest and highest quality produce possible.
• Eat what’s in season. Try new varieties of your favorite produce and be amazed at how delicious your meals are.
• Eat more fresh veggies. You and your family become a part of our farm community, deepening the connection between what you eat and where it came from.
• You’ll get weekly recipes, ideas, and advice in our weekly Farmer Newsletter.
• Amazing exclusive deals for CSA members at Yolo Brewing Co.

Why buy our weekly fresh veggie box CSA?
• Because the produce is delicious. Nothing beats Vine Ripened!
• Support the next generation of farmers. Keep California growing strong.
• Try something new and meet other members at our super fun pick up location at Yolo Brewing Company.
• Be a part of the local farm community, get to know the people growing your food.
• Change happens here, support your local economy and invest in the future.
• Our fruits and veggies are picked day of delivery meaning they’re packed with nutrients and flavor.

How long is the CSA season?
The 2018 season is 20 weeks: June 19th through October 30th.

Can I choose what goes in my box?
One of the beautiful things about being a member of a Community Supported Agriculture Program is that you only eat what is in in season and being grown by your local farmers. Members do not have the option to create their boxes but we provide an "exchange bin" at the pick up location where members can remove items they do not like and swap it for other items left by previous members.

Is it all organic?
Our farmers are very small beginning farmers growing on leased land throughout West Sacramento, Davis and Winters. The land is not certified organic but all farms grow using organic methods meaning no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or non-organic pesticides are used in growing your produce. Many of our farmers grow using methods well above Organic certification. Inputs include compost, organic balanced fertilizer, coffee grounds and other natural products. Since our farmers grow at such small scales most work is done entirely by hand meaning we hardly use any fuel making our growing process incredibly friendly to the environment.

How do I pick up my box?
Your fresh Produce CSA box will always be ready for you to pick up Tuesdays between 4-8 p.m at your choice of two locations:

West Sacramento
Yolo Brewing Company
1520 Terminal St.
West Sacramento, CA 95691

Midtown
Big Stump Brew Co.
1716 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

To be as environmentally friendly as possible we do not use disposable boxes. Members must come with their own bags and empty the content of their crates into their bags to take home. Each crate has a plastic liner which you can easily lift out and take with you leaving the crate behind. Or Have 5 or more folks you know join and we will deliver those boxes anywhere, your office, your home, your business! Minimum of 5 boxes at each delivery location.

Can I send a friend, neighbor or family member to pick up my box?
Absolutely, YES! please send anyone you like to pick up your box for you.

Can I pick up my box at a different time from my scheduled pick up?
Unfortunately, no. Our single person staff who operates the CSA cannot physically accommodate changes. We apologize for our capacity at this time. Consider having a neighbor or friend pick up for you.

What if I forget or can not make it to pick up my box?
You will receive a weekly Newsletter and email reminder either day of or a few days before reminding you to pick up your box. As we purchase the produce directly from our beginning farmers to assemble your boxes we can not refund folks for missed pick ups as the produce has already been harvested, washed, packed and purchased from the farmer.

Can I cancel if going on vacation?
With one month’s written notice you may put your subscription on hold for up to two weeks. If you only need to hold your box for one week please let the CSA Coordinator know otherwise your box will automatically resume within two weeks. Without written requests and approval confirmation all boxes that are not picked up will be charged to the customer and donated to the Food Bank to a family in need.

Can I cancel if I find the box does not work for me?
We ask that members stay for the duration of their pay cycle. If you pay ½ season we request you commit to ½ season. If you pay in full we request you stay the full season. For those paying month to month you must complete the month that has been paid for.

When will I be charged?
The membership fee* is charged when you sign up.
*There is a one time, non-refundable CSA membership fee. The higher your level of commitment to the full season, the lower the membership fee.

How do I pay for my box?
Become a member and pay using your credit card on-line: https://bit.ly/2qE8XT2
You may also pay by check. Mail checks to our main office:
Center for Land-Based Learning
Attn: CSA Box
5265 Putah Creek Rd
Winters CA 95691

Who do I contact if I receive damaged produce?
Contact our CSA Coordinator Matt Clement at matthew@landbasedlearning.org to report any damaged product or unsatisfactory items. The CSA Coordinator will do their very best to ensure you receive an exchange of equivalent value in your next box.

For additional information, contact Sara Bernal, West Sacramento Urban Farm manager, sara@landbasedlearning.org.