Sun Gold Farm
FAQs for CSA Harvest Share

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Frequently Asked Questions

about Harvest Shares

1. What if we need more for a special occasions or for preserving?

We will announce if there is an over zealous crop and take orders.  We also have an online store where you can purchase extra items and have it delivered with your share.  Follow this link.   You can also purchase items at 10% off at any of our farmers markets.

2. How much is in one share?

This has always been a very difficult question to answer.   Early in the season the shares usually prove to be smaller due to the fact that there just isn't that much fruit and produce ripe on the farm during those weeks.  As we enter into the true summer harvest season, the shares may fill the bags.  A vegetarian family who rarely eats out may need more than that of a "weekend gourmet."   Additional shares may be added at anytime during the season at a prorated amount.  At any rate, our CSA shares will make a great compliment to your weekly menus.

3. Do you take credit cards?

We are now accepting credit cards.  You can pay online, using farmigo.  You may also find us on location at a market or other drop-site and pay with your card directly using the Square network.  Both ways are very secure.

4. Do you offer full shares and half shares?

We now offer both full and half shares, depending on the delivery site.  Full shares are delivered weekly (18 weeks) and are offered at every delivery site. Half shares are a full amount delivered on alternate weeks (1st week, 3rd week, etc.) and only offered at delivery sites actually "manned" by a family member or employee.  See our delivery site page for a list of these sites.  

5. How long is your season?

Our season runs 18 weeks, the week of June 6 through the week of October 3, 2017.   The CSA week starts on Monday and ends on Sunday.
 

6. Can I pick which items I receive?

Sorry, no.  Sun Gold Farm is a working farm. We grow everything in its season and pick it at its best. The share is a balanced mix of what the farm has available in the field on that particular week.  Our members tell us they love getting surprised each week, and they enjoy trying things they wouldn't otherwise have tried. 

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7. Can members visit the farm?

Each season we try to have an Open Farm Day.  We hold this event when time and weather permit.  All harvest share members and friends of the farm are invited.  We don't discourage other visits, but please keep in mind that we attend markets four days a week. On the other days we are picking produce and getting your bags and boxes together!  Needless to say we are very, very busy. Please call or email first for a visit.

8. How do I pick up my Harvest Share?

Specific instructions will be sent for each delivery site before the season starts as well as always being available on your Farmigo account.

9. What happens if we are out of town on distribution day?

We suggest you have a friend/relative/neighbor pick up your share. We cannot give refunds because we've planted months earlier. We can on occasion change drop off points for you, however, this has been becoming increasingly difficult for us. We suggest having someone else pick it up for you.  If a change is needed please go to your farmigo account. 

10. What are we doing during the months we are not delivering produce?

The work never completely stops on Sun Gold Farm. We attend some winter farmer's markets.  We will clean and prepare the fields as much as possible before winter sets in. All the planning of crop rotations and seed purchasing has to be done. We do repair and maintenance work on equipment for the next season. Fine tuning the CSA Harvest Share program for another year takes quite a bit of time.  And honestly, we take a vacation - hopefully somewhere warm!

11. How much does it cost to become a member?

The price for the 2017 harvest season is $486 ($27/week) for a full share, and $290.25 ($32.25) for a half share.  Thanksgiving shares will cost $42.

12. What if I can no longer receive a Harvest Box?

The harvest box program is prepaid early in the season so that we can better prepare for the harvest. Each person is counted on to take the share of the harvest for which they've paid. No refunds can be given because your share is already planted, being weeded, watered and cared for until it is ready for you.

13. When and how can I sign up?

Right now!  No need to wait any longer, here is the link to our signup page.  

14. How do I know what I will be receiving in my harvest share week-to-week?

You will receive news about each week's CSA share a day or so prior to delivery via email.   These newsletters will contain news of what's happening on the farm that week and a list of what produce you'll receive that week.  

15. How do I get my newsletter?

Newsletters are sent out via email.  Please provide us with a good, legible address on your sign up form.  If you want additional addresses to receive the newsletters, please write these in as well.  There is no additional charge.  Sometimes the newsletters get spammed.  If you think you have not received your newsletter, it is most likely in the Junk Mail Box.  Please add us to your contacts.

16. What if I miss my pick up time?

Please understand the time and logistics we have put into share deliveries.   It is difficult for us to change our weekly routine and still have time to farm! If you have forgotten or are not able to pick up your share, it will be distributed to the Oregon Food Bank or the Gleaners of NE Portland and will not go to waste.

17. What is Farmigo?

Farmigo is the program that we use to manage our CSA information.  It assists in signups, payments, drop off site management and as a portal for our members to access.  It enables our members to purchase addtional items to be delivered from our online store.  It has brought to the farm an easier way to manage and cut down on clerical mistakes for our CSA program and caring for your produce.

18. Farmigo links:

Join the CSA: http://www.farmigo.com/join/sungoldfarm/2107sungoldcsa

Account Login: http://www.farmigo.com/account/sungoldfarm

Payment: http://www.farmigo.com/pay/sungoldfarm

Online Store: http://www.farmigo.com/store/sungoldfarm 

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