Frequently Asked Questions About CSA
Following are FAQs about CSA. Don't see an answer to your question? Contact us.
- What will I get?
- Will I get the same items every week?
- When is the CSA growing season?
- What types of shares are available?
- Do you offer anything else besides fruits and vegetables?
- What are your growing practices?
- May I swap items in my box with items being sold at the farm market?
- When and where can I pick up my weekly share?
- When and how do I pay for my CSA membership?
- Do you offer a CSA program for businesses?
- What happens if I am unable to pick up my share?
- Are there any reminders sent out about picking up our shares?
- What is the best way to get in touch with Stony Hill if we have questions about our share or the items in our boxes?
What will I get?
CSA members will receive boxes of fresh produce each week throughout the growing season from Stony Hill Farm Market. The following are examples of what members may expect to find in their boxes (depending on what is in season at the time): Lettuce, carrots, peaches, kale, broccoli, radishes, leeks, summer squash, cucumbers, beets, celery, strawberries, blueberries, herbs, cauliflower, onions, potatoes, garlic, apples, scallions, peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn etc.
Will I get the same items every week?
No, you will not get the same items every week. Items will vary from week to week and month to month. We pick all of our fruits and vegetables at the peak of their season to ensure maximum ripeness and nutrient content. Weather patterns may also affect the development of certain crops altering the size of the fruit or vegetables.
When is the CSA growing season?
The CSA growing seasons begins in early June and ends mid November. Number of weeks may vary according to location. See our Growing Season page for anticipated produce availability.
What types of shares are available?
We currently offer the following types of shares:
Full Share - A full share is approximately one bushel box of in-season, fresh-picked, assorted local produce recommended for a 4-6 person family. Each full share box is 11.5"W x 16"L x 13.5"H.
Half Share - A half share is approximately one half bruce of in-season, fresh picked, assorted local produce recommended for a 2-3 person family. Each half share box is 10.5"W x 16"L x 11"H.
Personal Share - New for 2016! A personal share is a half bushel of in-season, fresh-picked, assorted local produce suitable for a single family home. Each personal share box is 9.5"W x 13"L x 9.5"H.
Do you offer anything else besides fruits and vegetables?
What are your growing practices?
Stony Hill uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on all our fruits and vegetables. IPM uses site assessment, monitoring, and pest prevention in combination with a variety of pest management tactics to keep pests within acceptable limits. Instead of routine chemical applications, Integrated Pest Management employs physical, horticultural, mechanical, sustainable and biological controls with selective use of pesticides when needed.
May I swap items in my box with items being sold at the farm market?
No, you may not trade any items in your box with produce that is for sale at any of our retail location.
When and where can I pick up my weekly share?
Please visit our Online Store to view pick-up or delivery locations and date options.
NOTE: You may only choose to pick up your share in one location for the entire year. You may not have your share delivered to another location.
Create Your Own Pick-Up LocationCreate your own pick-up location with a commitment of 25 or more shareholders
- Location "Captain" needs to be available for at least 2 hours on Thursdays for 24 weeks between 2pm and 8pm
- Location "Captain" receives 50% off their annual fee for their share
- This option is based on availability
When and how do I pay for my CSA membership?
To become a CSA member, complete the CSA Application found in the Get Started section on the Application page or purchase your share online. You may sign up online OR e-mail, mail, or bring completed application to Stony Hill.
Checks can be made payable to Stony Hill Gardens and mailed or brought to:
Stony Hill Gardens
ATTN: CSA Membership
8 Route 24
Chester, NJ 07930
Payments can also be made online, in person, or over the phone by credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. EBT and Food Stamps are not accepted for CSA memberships.
Do you offer a CSA program for businesses?
Yes, we do offer a Corporate CSA program. Visit our Corporate Program page for more details.
What happens if I am unable to pick up my share?
You are responsible for picking up your share each week. If you are unable to pick up your share you may ask a friend to pick it up for you. If your share is not picked up at your scheduled location and time you may not pick it up at another location. Any weekly share not picked up will be forfeited and you may not get a refund or store credit. Your share will then be donated.
Are there any reminders sent out about picking up our shares?
Yes, we will send out reminders 1-2 days before your share pick-up date about as well as what will be in your share boxes. We also will include some yummy recipes for the items in the boxes.
What is the best way to get in touch with Stony Hill if we have questions about our share or the items in our boxes?
The best way to reach us is to e-mail Kristi Ronyack at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will usually respond within 24 hours. In the subject please put "ATTN: CSA".
You can also keep up to date with the latest CSA news and program updates via the Stony Hill CSA Facebook page.