FAQ about our CSA
What is a CSA, and what does it stand for?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. We offer a "share" of what we produce on the farm. Members purchase a "subscription", and in return, receive meat from us every month. This helps our farm's cash flow and gives us an opportunity to know the people who eat the food we produce. And our members tell us they get more flavorful, healthier food and learn more about how food is produced.
What if deliveries have already begun, can I still join? Are there any deadlines?
You may register to join North Mountain Pastures CSA at any time during the season. We will pro-rate costs monthly. However, you may not join one month at a time. Registrations are for the remainder of the season. If this feels like too much commitment for you, then please order from our buyer's club, which we offer to our customers who want more flexibility. The only deadlines are for the Early-Bird Discounts.
Can we choose which meats and cuts are in our share?
Our shares are customizable by meat, but not by cut. We are able to plan how many chickens or pigs we raise, but we can't plan for a scenario where, say, everyone wants only chicken breasts without wasting a lot of chicken legs and thighs, which we don't think is fair to the animal. We do make an effort to keep track of what cuts we provided to you the prior month, so that you get a rotation of familiar and new cuts.
What would I do with cuts that I am unfamiliar with, don't use enough of or like?
Many of our members have been pleasantly surprised to try our recipes with new cuts, which they previously had never considered. If there are still some cuts that you don't like, you can share them with family/friends/co-workers. If there are too many cuts that you dislike in our sample share charts, then North Mountain Pastures CSA may not be for you. We can't promise specific cuts per individual tastes. Alternatively, order from our buyer's club for a small delivery fee.
Where do you deliver?
We deliver to sites throughout central Pennsylvania and around Washington, D.C. Check out our delivery sites here.
Can I change delivery sites once I register?
Yes, you may change delivery sites any time during our season. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, we accept online credit card payments using Visa or Mastercard.
Do you have an installment plan option?
Yes, contact us to set up a month to month payment plan. Alternatively, we now offer the opportunity to schedule automatic payments at time of sign-up. A fee of $100 is immediately drafted and the remaining balance is split over the length of the season and drafts on the 15th of every month thereafter.
If I go on vacation, how do I deal with my share?
Email us to let us know, and we'll switch you to an alternate site, or hold it for you until the next month.
Can I order smaller quantities for a single person?
We suggest you try a medium-share, or perhaps split a medium-share with a friend, co-worker or neighbor. Alternatively, order from our buyer's club for a small delivery fee.
Do you ever need new CSA delivery sites?
Yes, there are times when we seek a new delivery site. For members who are interested in offering their home, church, or place of business as a potential delivery site please contact us to discuss this possibility. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Is it possible to visit the farm?
The farm is ALWAYS open to visitors. We believe it's important for people to know where there food comes from, and we, like many other pasture-based farmers, have nothing to hide. Just email or call ahead of time so we can make sure that one of us can give you a personal tour. We also have open farm days once or twice a year, with activities, prizes and opportunities to meet your fellow CSA members.