FAQ’s:

  • The CSA has two size options and two ‘delivery options:
    • Personal Share  – $20/week. Usually enough for two people, or four when not everyone is a veggie fan.
    • Full Share – $30/week. literally twice the size of a personal share.
    • Home Delivery – adds $2.50. The other option is “farm call.
      • Farm Call lets you point-and-shoot to select what goes in your box. It is Saturdays from 10-2. Most people who do Farm Call do it because, well, it is fun to come out here every week. Most people don’t do Farm Call because, well, it is every Saturday.
      • Delivery to the Lacey area is Friday near noon.
      • Delivery to Tumwater/West Olympia is Wednesday near noon.
  • Bonus Boxes: During the season some large volumes happen due to ripening and demand. An example is Peaches. A personal share box gets two peaches. If there are more peaches than boxes, people who love peaches can buy a bonus box that may have roughly 6-8 peaches. Tomatoes are very popular this way. The charge for a Bonus Box varies; Corn is cheaper than Peaches.
  • Signing up: Email. You send an email to shiloh.farm at gmail.com confirming your preference for size and delivery. You make arrangements on how you want to pay (no pay pal, checks or cash are good) either by the season or by the month or every two weeks or…
  • The Poll: When you sign up, a poll will be sent to you that allows you to specify the things you really love, really hate, and the rest is farmers choice. This does two things: first, it helps with planning. There are fewer Turnips planted because of the poll, for example. It also becomes a pick guideline. Most weeks there are more types than your box will have room; in that case your box is prioritized around your favorites.
  • Handling: The veggies are picked within a few hours of showing up at your porch. Some types such as Chard start to wilt within moments of being picked – it is important that you wash and bag and chill the wilt-prone veggies. The second reason this is important is that the veggies are only given rudimental cleaning. Most members at some time will find a passenger or so on greens, especially greens.
  • Grocery List: There have been several people who found that ‘what is ripe’ doesn’t match ‘what I want.’ So, the portion to choose from may be limited. If your preference is that you really don’t like salads, and you want all carrots and potatoes and cabbage, well, a CSA is probably not a good fit. The rule of thumb is that if you enjoy the surprise factor, and like to experiment with some new veggies, you will enjoy the CSA. 
  • Flowers and Fruits: The CSA has made a significant investment in flowers. When things get going, there are flowers cut for each box. There may in the future be a larger bundle that you can arrange – a kind of ‘bonus bouquet’ but that is still to be determined. Fruits are a big deal as well. However, the share you get isn’t going to be several large flats of raspberries or strawberries. There just isn’t enough resource space to do that. Peaches and Apples are the exception; there are several apple trees and a full extra covered greenhouse for Peaches.
  • Farm Visits: The farmers have been vaccinated; CDC guidelines are pretty open for the farm because of that. We encourage farm visits but we ask for notification. There are lots of tasks that are going on with the farm, and it is best if you do come that we can spend some time with you. Kids seem to either love pulling carrots or hate getting dirt on their hands. It is a a kick to let them learn that dirt is part of veggies.