CSA – FAQs

How do I sign up for a CSA share?
Since we are offering a limited number of CSA shares this year, applications will be accepted on a first come basis. To be guaranteed a CSA share, an application and $100 non-refundable deposit must be received. Join now…

How do I pay for my CSA share?
Although we prefer shares to be paid with cash or check, all applications are done online now: online payment options  include credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover), PayPal and Dwolla. You can stop by the farm and pay with a check or cash, or mail a check payment to us.  Please note that share deposits are non-refundable.

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How does the CSA program work?
By joining our CSA program, you are purchasing a “share” of our produce before our growing season begins. That way, we know how much income we can expect and we’ll have the needed resources early in the season when we have the bulk of our expenses. For your share purchase, you’ll get a box of our homegrown, fresh produce each week during our specified harvest season. You’ll pick up your produce at the farm, same day & same time, each week.

What size share offers the best value?
The FULL share offers the best value! Our FULL share will provide you with the best investment possible.  Our full share will not only provide you with enough fresh, homegrown produce for the week, but  will allow you to freeze additional produce to use during the winter or off-season too! Freezing fresh produce is simple, and relatively quick. To freeze sweet corn, for example, requires cutting the corn off the cob, placing it in a zip-lock freezer bag, and placing in the freezer…simple as that!! Freezing peppers, onions, cabbage, broccoli, and other vegetables are almost just as simple. Not interested in freezing fresh produce to use during the winter?? Then consider splitting a full share with family, a friend, or a neighbor! A full share can certainly provide ample produce for 2 families. See a share size comparison.

How much produce is in my box each week?
Some weeks you will receive more produce than other weeks.  This is especially true during the beginning and end of the CSA season, which is also the beginning and end of the Jersey Fresh growing season.  Fewer crops are available earlier and later in the season…but during the summer most crops are plentiful and we will share our abundance with you!   We will do our absolute best to grow an abundance of produce for you each week. Some years, due to insects, Mother Nature, wildlife, and human error (it happens occasionally!), you may get less of certain crops that you would have hoped for, but may get more of other crops. We plan on growing and distributing a lot of produce, but the amounts will invariably change from week to week as well as from year to year.  

We cannot guarantee a specified amount of produce each week, nor can we guarantee specific crops.  That is the risk factor involved with farming.  We can, however, guarantee that you will receive more fresh, quality produce than you are paying for.  When our crops are plentiful, that abundance will be passed on to you.

How much fruit will I receive?
Minimal. Since we don’t grow a lot of fruit, you won’t receive a lot of fruit. When available, we try to provide our CSA members with SOME homegrown strawberries, blueberries, and melons, but it’s not a lot, nor is it often.

Can I choose which produce I receive?
No you cannot choose what is in your basket. We make up the baskets with the produce that we picked fresh just for the week’s CSA program. Each basket (of the same size) receives the same produce. When in season & available, our most popular crops (sweet corn & tomatoes!) can be found in most baskets on a weekly basis. When flexibility within our harvest allows, we try to rotate the frequency of other crops.

Do I have to pick up my basket myself?
No, you can have someone else to pick up your share. Just be sure to have them check your name off the list when they pick up your basket.

What happens to my share if I am going to be out of town on my day?
If you notify us a week in advance we can make up the basket you will miss on an alternative day. We can also donate the basket to a local soup kitchen or family unable to afford their one.

What happens if I forget to pick up my basket?
If you forget to pick up your basket, we cannot replace it. You will receive a delivery schedule when you sign up. We try our best to adhere to that schedule and expect that you will too.

What happens to my share if it isn’t picked up?
Any shares not picked up will be donated to the NJ Farmers Against Hunger Program.  We work closely with this program, and make weekly contributions for the organization to distribute to local food kitchens.

Can I cancel my share?
No.  Your CSA membership is valid for the entire season…and that time period can not be altered.  If you cannot pick up your share of produce or for some reason need to relinquish your produce, you can either gift your produce to a friend or let us know that you would like your produce donated to the NJ Farmers Against Hunger Program.

What happens if there is a crop failure?
We plant several successions of a variety of crops. It is rare that we have a complete crop failure, but there are times that deer & other wildlife devastate some crops. When we do have crop failure, it’s for a relatively short time until the next crop rotation matures. Thus, any crop failure has a limited impact on our CSA. This is the advantage of growing multiple successions of a variety of crops. Nevertheless, joining a CSA connects the consumer to the farmer and to all the risks, as well as bounty inherent in farming.

Is your produce certified organic?
We are not organic certified.  We are responsible with the fertilizers and chemicals that we do use, and are dedicated to our produce, our soils, and our environment.  We work closely with a Rutgers Integrated Pest Management team, and try to prevent disease, insects, and pests before they become a problem.  We not only grow our CSA produce…we eat it and feed it to our children too…so rest assured that all VonThun Farms produce is as healthy, fresh, and delicious as can be!!  Through our farming practices, we strive to help build the soils, protect wildlife and waterways, encourage biodiversity, safeguard human health and produce healthy, delicious food.  We believe that soils are a precious resource. To protect the soils, we add organic composts, plant nutrient building grasses, and rotate each crop to different fields each year. Our belief is that healthy soils grow healthy food!