How much food should I expect each week?
Your box will contain 6-18 different items each week depending on what is ripe in the garden. The season will start out with greens and the early cool crops and by July your box will be full with red ripe tomatoes, juicy fresh corn on the cob, and lots of fresh tasty produce and end up the season with potatoes, winter squash, pumpkins and the last of the tomatoes and corn. This year we are offering 3 sizes of shares:
Full share: enough for 3-4 adults or a family
Half share: enough for 1-2 adults of a small family
Single share: enough for 1 adult or 2 adults that don't eat many veggies but still want fresh local produce. You will get 3-6 items each week, not as much variety as the other shares
How do I get my box each week?
Baker: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Baker City Farmers Market .
La Grande: 4:00 to 6:00 pm. at the midweek LaGrande Farmers Market
Other areas as arranged.
You are responsible for picking up your box each week during the designated time or arranging for someone to do it for you. Any boxes not picked up will be donated to the food bank or given to another family.
Do I get to choose what is in my share?
Yes, if you order the custom share. On Sunday each week you will receive an email listing what is available for that week and the quantities you can order. You have until Monday eve. to get your order in so it can be filled on Tues. or Wed. If we do not get your order you will recieve the regular veggie box.
How do the veggies compare to the grocery store?
In my opinion there is no comparison. Your veggies are picked the morning of the day they are delivered to you. You cannot buy anything that fresh in the grocery store. The chance of contamination is very small because your veggies go from the field to you. They do not go thru sorting and packing lines and sit in warehouses and then get on the truck for over a thousand miles. As for price we are about the same as the stores regular price or less. At the peak of the season you get the best value. Our heirloom tomatoes sell for $2.00/# and the grocery store heirlooms sell for $3-5.00 per pound
Why should I join Val's Veggies CSA instead of buy at the market?
When you are a member of the farm you get the best and the first of the crops. Anything that is extra is what is sold at the market. The boxes will have corn and tomatoes for 1-2 weeks before it is available at market. Sometimes we only grow enough for the boxes. If you need extra produce you get 10 percent off at the market or the ranch. For example, you have company coming and need 3 dozen ears of corn, or you want to can tomato sauce and need 20# of tomatoes.