What can I expect in each share?
The amount of produce will vary each week depending on the season but generally the individual share contains 5-7 items and the large contains 7-9 items (and usually in larger quantities). We aim to keep the value of the box consistent from week to week though summer shares may be slightly on the higher value side, while spring and fall are slightly lower. Our goal to give you a variety of items each week that combine well together.
The following are the main crops you will see in your share and when they tend to be in season. You can expect some additional items on occasion as well.
- June: beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, kale, lettuce, salad mix, radishes, spinach, summer squash, strawberries, zucchini
- July-September: most June produce + basil, beans, cucumbers, garlic, onions, sweet peppers, potatoes, tomatoes
- October: most earlier season produce + leeks, sweet potatoes, winter squash
- Winter: beets, carrots, cabbage, chard, kale, leeks, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, winter squash
Which share size should I choose?
Go for the Individual Share if - you are one person, or a couple that enjoys vegetables but doesn't necessarily cook with lots of them every night. You eat out some during the week and you like the ability to buy any additional things you're in the mood to eat that day at the store or farmers market. This is a share that is smaller than what you may find from other farms. It grew out of the desire to give those individuals who want to support a local farm the option of a farm share without having a ton of produce left over each week.
Go for the Large Share if - you are two people that go through a good amount of vegetables each week. Or are a larger household but your eating habits are more like those described above. Still focused on staple items, the large share has greater quantities of most items in the Individual Share plus an extra couple of items.
If you are new to our CSA and unsure what size to get we recommend starting with the Individual Share - you can always switch to the Large if you find you want more produce.
I don't like tomatoes. Can I get something else instead?
Although we don't offer complete customization of shares we are happy to cater to special requests if there is a certain item you never want to receive. Even if it's tomatoes. During a week that item is to be included in the share we will switch it out for something else in season.
I'm taking a trip to Fiji, can I put my share on hold?
We want to accommodate your life's normal schedule - vacations to exotic locations included. Just log in to your online account and put your share on hold for that week. You can receive extra veggies the following week (or donate your share if you prefer). You can also have a friend pick up your share and make them feel better about not getting to go to Fiji.
Do you include a newsletter and recipes with your shares?
We do send out a weekly CSA e-newsletter that includes item descriptions, storage tips, some general use suggestions, and musings from the farm. It is often short, occasionally funny, and hopefully worth your time to read. But we don't include full recipes as there are much better resources for recipes than we can offer, some easily searchable by ingredient. A couple of our favorites are smittenkitchen.com and 101cookbooks.com.
I've tried CSAs before but drowned in turnips. Will I drown in turnips with your shares?
We know this is a concern. No one likes to meet their demise by turnip drowning. It's one reason we offer a small share size that won't overwhelm members. We also focus on items that are easy to use in your daily cooking, and try to vary the selection week to week. And while spinach, lettuce, and tomatoes are often in the shares, rutabaga is not. We understand that lots of unusual vegetables can be overwhelming in a farm share and think our customers may be happiest picking those up on the occasional trip to the farmers market.
How do I know if my location qualifies for home delivery?
If you are in Portland, then we can most likely deliver to you. However, if you are unsure if your location is within our delivery area, check with us before signing up. Large apartment buildings do sometimes pose a problem for safe share drop-off so a pick-up location may be a better option in such cases.
How do I get my home/office added as a pickup location ?
If you have 4+ people interested in getting shares delivered to the same location - whether a home or office - contact us to have the site added to as a pickup location and ensure that you do not get charged the delivery fee otherwise added the home delivery option. For offices please let us know the name of the business, address, and any specific instructions on how to enter the building and where to leave the shares. Also let us know if this location can be one where non-employees can also pick up shares, or if it will only be open to employees of the business.
Similarly, if you would like to offer your address as a host site where other members in the neighborhood can pick up their share, please let us know. There is no other work on your end and we waive the delivery fee for host sites regardless of the number of shares we end up delivering there. A place that is off of the street and in the shade is always best, and easy parking (or double parking) is helpful. Please give us any additional instructions on where to leave the shares and if there is a maximum number you can host. We're looking for at least 2 additional host sites for this season in different Portland neighborhoods.
Why should I choose your CSA over all the CSAs in the world?
Well that's a hefty question. We actually think each CSA program has unique qualities that may be most attractive to different people. If you like trying new recipes with unusual items you haven't tried before, there's probably a different farm CSA better suited to your needs.
What we will give you is just about the best quality produce you can find. Our produce is picked fresh and the shares are packed in insulated boxes that stay in the cooler until they leave the farm. We aim to make our pickup and delivery options as convenient as possible, just as easy as making a trip to the store for your weekly vegetables.
In the end a CSA program is also about connecting with where your food comes from and knowing your farmer. And while we may not get the chance to see you in person each week, we look forward the opportunities to connect in person and hope you feel that you become a part of Left Field Farm through the food and interactions we share.