Q: How much food do I get in my box?
A: Each box offers 7 to 9 different items, usually with 1 herb and occasional fruit. The food in the box is whatever is at the peak of harvest during that week and that season. Some boxes might be fairly light weight and full of hearty greens while other boxes will be quite heavy from pounds of tomatoes, cucumbers, or winter squash. On our CSA page on the left hand column, we have 5 sample boxes from all the seasons during the year. Every week is different. Some people complain of too much food while others finish off the box by the weekend and buy even more from us at Farmers' Markets. Everyone’s eating habits and cooking styles are different, but we assure you: you will eat a lot more veggies when you join our CSA - and your body will thank you for it!
Q: Can I choose what I get?
A: We are a CSA farm, and the best of what we grow each week is harvested and packaged for you in your CSA box. We can not customize CSA boxes and still keep our prices low. However, at most pick-up sites and at the farm we keep “Trade Boxes” stocked with a couple extra items. If there is something in your box that you can’t or won’t eat, please feel free to leave it in the trade box and pick another item of equal value from the Trade Box instead.
Q: How can I communicate with my farmers?
A: Every week that you receive a CSA box you will receive two emails: Monday we will email you with our anticipated harvest for that week’s CSA plus any other notes and extras we may have available. You will receive a second email Wednesday afternoon with a pdf of the newsletter. Please provide us with email address(es) where you would like to receive these updates.
Emailing Charlie the Llama (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the best way to communicate with us about the CSA and we try our best to get back to you in a timely manner.
Q: How do I make a payment via the Redwood Credit Union?
A: Choose pay-by-check option and e-mail us for instructions.
Q: I forgot to pick up my CSA box, can I still get it?
A: At almost all pick-up sites your box is still available on Thursday for just such occasions. Refer to information in your account on your pick-up site. We realize that life happens. Be aware that your produce will be less fresh. Please try your best to pick up Wednesday, and if possible let your pick-up site host know if you will be late. If you cannot pick-up by Thursday evening, your box will no longer be available.
Q: How much of the produce in your boxes is from your farm?
A: For the past 12 years, over 95% of the produce in our CSA boxes has been grown here on our farm. Occasionally, we have a number of simultaneous harvest losses that we can’t overcome and/or we have another local farmer with sustainble practices that we want to support . In these instances, we will buy extra produce from trusted, local (Sonoma County), certified organic farms to fill the gaps.
Q: Are you certified organic?
A: We are not certified organic. Organic farming allows for the use of toxic organic pesticides, organic herbicides, and organic fungicides. While they generally don’t cause harm to us humans, these organic sprays are very detrimental to pollinators, especially bees, as well as to the entire community of beneficial insects in an ecosystem. Organic pesticides still kill indiscriminately, just like conventional pesticides! We practice what is often termed “Beyond Organic,” or "Organic 2.0." Organic farming also still encourages the use of plowing, discs and other tillage equipment which has proven to be highly detrimental to soil health and soil biology, and increases greenhouse gas emissions. While we support the organic movement - it is far better than the conventional alternative - we also believe that the organic movement needs to adopt even better management practices. At Singing Frogs Farm, we meet or exceed all organic standards, but we also strive to create a healthy, vibrant, natural ecosystem that is strong, biodiverse, and resilient... and that also happens to produce food for us humans! For more information on organic farming and our farming practices, join us for one of our fun, inspirational and informative Farm Tours.
Q: Do you provide recipes?
A: We love providing recipes with every newsletter. We try to give you some basic information about your produce as well as some ideas and specific recipes in the "Produce Notes & Recipes" section of our newsletter. Our recipes focus on the new and unusual foods in that week’s box. Some of our members have found it very useful to keep a binder or folder of our newsletters as an ever growing recipe book by Singing Frogs Farm!
Q: What do I do if I’m on vacation?
A: We are always happy for you to have a friend, neighbor or co-worker take your CSA box. Please share as much information as is prudent with them about pick-up. Alternately if you’re coming back just a day or two late, we’re happy to hold a box here for farm pick-up through Friday.
We are also happy to prorate your CSA box(es) for one “vacation” of any length per billing quarter (Feb-Apr, May-July, Aug-Oct and Nov-Jan). Please put a hold on your box for the length of time you will need but make sure to do so by the order deadline.
We strive to maintain as much flexibility as is reasonable while still holding to the principles of CSA which allow us to provide food directly to your family at the lowest cost. Additionally we’ve found that the more changes in your CSA share, the greater the risk for error and we try to minimize that as much as possible.
Q: How can I become a Pick-Up Site host?
A: We request that a minimum of 5 CSA boxes be delivered to any given pick-up site. This means that if you can gather four or more neighbors, co-workers or close friends together with yourself, you may contact us about the possibility of setting up a drop site. We are currently accepting new drop sites in Sebastopol, Graton and Santa Rosa.
Q: What if I forget to return my empty box?
A: Don’t go out of your way to bring boxes to your pick-up site or the farm - it’s not worth your time or gas. However, our boxes cost us ~ $3 each, so please do remember to bring ALL of your boxes with you next time.
Q: Can I visit the farm?
- NOTE DURING SHELTER-IN-PLACE WE HAVE A NO VISITOR POLICY, BUT GENERALLY…
A: As a CSA member, you are welcome to visit the farm. Please do call ahead if it is not a CSA pick-up day as we would like to be present and available to welcome you. We also offer occasional Farm Tours, free to CSA members, throughout the year. See our CSA Member Events page.
Q: Are you open to the public?
A: No, we are not. We are a for-profit business operating on private property. However, we do offer Farm Tours, Workshops and other special events which will give you ample opportunity to enjoy the farm and learn about our land use management in a very in-depth and informative way.
Q: I am not planning on becoming a member of your farm. Can I still stop by your farm to buy some produce and eggs?
A: Unfortunately, no. The best way to get our produce outside of the CSA is to stop by one of our Farmers’ Market booths:
Friday evenings May 15th - October @ Occidental Community Farmers’ Market
Saturday mornings @ Santa Rosa Original Farmers’ Market at the Luther Burbank Center
Sunday mornings @ Sebastopol Farm Market
Thanks for your support!