Are You Ready For The Veggies?
In just a week from today, the first harvest of the 2013 CSA will be headed your way! Members from previous seasons will find the routine of picking up shares at the drop points or here at the farm to be quite familiar, but if this is your first season you may have a few questions about how you'll be getting your veggies. Whether you'll be picking up your share or having it delivered to your house, below you can find all the details of what you will need to do. Though it may be a new routine to learn, we aim for a simple system that's easy for everybody and within the first couple of weeks it will be walk in the park. We're trying to create a new way for you to get your food, from us and other local producers, that supports our small businesses directly without sacrificing the convenience of the modern-day, mainstream food distribution system.
Have you made your final payment for your CSA share? They are due the week of the first harvest, and you can complete your purchase by going to this page here, or by clicking on the Join Our CSA tab on the website. Please don't bring any payment to the drop points, if you're paying by check you can mail it to 63 Spring Lake Rd, Sterling CT 06377, or you can pay online using Dwolla. Both options will be available to you as you check out. There is a bug in the checkout that shows that you've picked Old Mystic General Store as your pickup location no matter what you choose, but your actual choice is registered in our system - please do not worry when you see this! Hopefully the developer will be able to eliminate that bug shortly.
Where To Find All The Answers
The homepage of SpringLakeGardens.com is now in harvest mode! Right on the front of the website you can find all sorts of useful information:
- what's expected to be in the next share
- some recipes that we recommend using that week's harvest
- important CSA updates
- photos from the past week
- and the farmer's blog
The Online Farm Stand Is Open!
We are very excited to be unveiling our new Farm Stand store on the website! If you've ever wished you could have more, fantastic local products delivered to your drop point or door alongside your CSA share, there's an exciting new way to do it! For just $5, you can order as many products from as many farms as you'd like each week, and we'll pick them up and bring them with your vegetables. You pay the same prices that the producers would charge if you bought it at their farm or a farmers' market, and every penny goes to them still. We'll be continuing to add products all season long, so check in each week to see what's new!
We'll Bring The Bags
Each week we will harvest all of the crops on the farm that are ready and split them evenly among the shares. They will be packed in reusable, insulated bags with your last name pinned to the front. If you're splitting a share with another family and have informed us of your plans, both names will be printed on the tag so that you can be sure you're getting the share that was meant for you. It will be important to make sure you grab the right bag so that we know if somebody hasn't picked up and can get in touch with them. In addition, members will be able to order products from other farms and have them delivered with their vegetable share, so you'll really want to make sure you get the one with your name on it.
The second week, and for the rest of the season, you will either bring your empty bag back to the drop point or leave it somewhere easy to find if your share is delivered to your door. Each week you'll exchange your empty bag from the previous harvest with the new full one. Though we don't have an enforcement policy for getting the bags back, please just remember that we really need them and do your best to bring the empty one back each time.
Picking Up At The Farm
Shares are available to be picked up at the farm starting Monday mornings. You will find your shares in the fridge that is just outside the garage, and you can leave empty bags right in the same fridge. There is no schedule to worry about here, come pick up whenever it is convenient and if I'm around and not busy I'll certainly come out to say hello. If you need to get in touch, you can call me, Andy, at 860-705-1838.
Stonington Drop Point - Old Mystic General Store
Deliveries will be made no later than 12PM on Mondays, and will be available for pickup immediately after. The folks there are kind enough to keep your shares in the walk-in cooler, so you can ask somebody at the counter to help you when you go in to get your bag, and also leave empty ones with them. Hours of operation are 7:30AM to 7:30 PM Monday thru Saturday, and 7:30AM to 3PM Sunday, and their address is 47 Main St. Mystic, CT 06355. Their busiest time is during lunch, so if possible they would appreciate people to pick up either before or after the lunch hour, unless of course you need a snack for the road too. If you need to get in touch with them, their phone number is 860-536-7272.
Norwich Drop Point - Ginger Root Health Food Store
Ginger Root is closed on Mondays when we deliver, and share will be available starting Tuesday morning when they open. They are also kind enough to keep your shares in a refrigerator, and they will be happy to get it for you if you ask. You can leave your empty bags with whoever is working the day you pick up. Their hours of operation are 9AM to 6PM Tuesday thru Saturday, and their address is 12 Hunters Ave. Taftville, CT 06380. If you need to get in touch with them, their phone number is 860-889-8720.
Door to Door Deliveries
We've replaced drop points with a door to door delivery system for the areas around Manchester and Mansfield. Shares will be delivered no later than 5PM on Mondays. As the weather starts to warm up, you may want to have a cooler set out for us to put your share in, though we will try to make the deliveries near the time people are getting home from work so that nothing is sitting outside all day in the summer. Please leave your empty bags somewhere easy to see so that we can pick them up. If you need to get in touch with somebody about your delivery, you can call me, Andy, at 860-705-1838.