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February 17, 2019
A little more about the VALUE of your CSA Box
By Charis Lindrooth
Since launching our new CSA registration via the new platform Harvie we have had a few questions about cost vs value/size of the new shares. First let me clarify that with the new system we are able to place a VALUE on your box that more accurately ensures that you are getting your money's worth each week. Rather than focusing strictly on the number of items in your box, we will be ensuring that what goes in your box matches the weekly value. This means if you like a lot of low cost items you will get more items in your box, but if you prefer the premium items (say heirloom tomatoes) you might get fewer. This means that the new Partial Share is actually a more valuable share than last season. The number of items in your box will be based on the $28/week value rather than last year’s $21/week. The Solo Share is $23/week which more closely resembles last year's partial share. In retrospect perhaps we should have re-named the Partial Share to better proclaim it's difference from past year's. This is a bit of a learning curve for us too, so as the season progresses we are looking forward to your feedback about how you think it is going.
Also please note that Cheese and Egg Shares will be delivered for 11 weeks this year, rather than 10. This adds to the overall cost of these shares, but again, the value is increased.
As is the case every year there has been a modest increase in price which helps the farm with the rising cost of labor and a 5% payment that we make to Harvie for their services.
We are hoping that the benefits of a payment plan (at 0% interest), customized pre-ordered boxes, vacation skipped boxes and other benefits that Harvie offers will actually serve our customers better and they will actually end up with a better value than previous years.
We are working hard to make this farm a viable operation - not easy for a thousand reasons! and still make it a rewarding, delicious and valuable opportunity for our customers interested in supporting local farms…especially this one! Many of you have been long-time supporters of our farm and we hope that you give the new system a try. If you are not happy with it you can opt out with a refund for the remaining season any time.
Please let us know if we can clarify anything. Thank you!