How long does a CSA typically last?
Farms typically provide weekly CSA shares, or produce boxes,throughout a Kentucky growing season during spring through fall. The duration and start/end dates vary by farm. Generally, about 20-22 weeks and a May through October timeframe is common for farms serving the Lexington area - including our 2019 participating farms
. When you become a CSA member, your farm may share their specific start and end dates.
What is included in a weekly CSA share?
CSA shares, or produce boxes, vary based on the farm and the time of year. Farms grow various crops and each week different fruits and vegetables are growing into and out of maturity. An example of a share in June could be beets, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, green onions, squash/zucchini, and radishes. Many farms show examples of past shares on their websites and social media platforms, but remember that each CSA season can be different depending on several variables such as heat, rain, soil, and labor, although every farm takes appropriate measures to deliver quality weekly shares as they are able.
How much food is included in a weekly regular CSA share? A small share?
The quantity of produce in each CSA share varies by farm and by week, depending on how much was able to be harvested. Typically, a regular share is designed to supply two adults, or a small household, with most of their weekly produce needs, while a small share is designed to supplement weekly produce needs for one to two adults.
How much does a CSA cost?
The cost of a CSA varies by farm and by the size of the share. Typically, without a voucher, the cost of a regular share ranges from about $600 to $650 and a small share is about $450.
Why become a CSA member?
A CSA offers several unique benefits:
You will experience the diversity of locally grown, fresh, USDA certified organic produce.
You get to know your farmer and how your food is grown. Some farms offer member-only access to tours, events, and u-picks. If that access is important to you, you can choose your farm accordingly!
You can enjoy customization features and either swap items in your share or buy more as needed.
Farms offer many different pickup locations. You can choose whether a farmers market, business, workplace, or private residence is right for you.
You keep your food dollars in your community.
What happens if there is crop failure or bad weather?
CSA is a mutual commitment between a farm and its supportive members. CSA members share in the rewards of a great season and the risks that come with bad weather and pests. Members must understand the shared risk and that refunds are not given. Participating farmers have been growing food for many seasons, and they typically grow a variety of crops. This decreases the likelihood that all crops will be ruined from a pest or weather problem.
Who is eligible for a voucher?
Any UK employee on a UK health plan (HMO, EPO, PPO) is eligible for a voucher. You may sign up through your HR Health and Wellness dashboard.
Why is there a lottery?
There is a limited supply of CSA vouchers. This process gives everyone interested a more fair chance at receiving one.
How do I enter the lottery?
The lottery will open on Tuesday, January 15. You will be able to access it through your UK HR Health and Wellness Dashboard. The lottery will close on January 22 at 4:30 p.m. Voucher recipients will be announced Thursday, January 24.
I haven't been notified, but is there still a chance I could win a voucher?
Winners will be notified on January 24 and must make their CSA purchases using their vouchers by the end of business day on January 30 (4:30 p.m.). If vouchers remain available, there is still a chance you could win.
If I already purchased a CSA, can I still use my voucher?
No, vouchers cannot be used retroactively. If you are already planning to purchase a CSA, enter the lottery! You have nothing to lose, and you will still have time to make a purchase (and possibly take advantage of any farm-provided early-bird discounts) even if you don't win.
How do I use my voucher?
You will receive an email with instructions about how to redeem your voucher. Winners will be notified on January 24, and will forfeit their vouchers if they do not use them by January 30 at 4:30 p.m.
Can my friend/colleague/co-worker/family member give me their voucher?
No. Vouchers are non-transferable.