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Frequently Asked Questions: CSA voucher

How long does a CSA typically last?

Farms provide weekly farmshares throughout the Kentucky growing season of Spring-Fall. The duration and start/end dates vary by farm. Generally, a 20-22 week and May-October timeframe is common for farms serving the Lexington area - including our 2020 participating farms. When you become a CSA member, your farm will communicate the information specific to their shareholders.

What is included in a weekly CSA share?

Shares 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. Please keep in mind 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/large CSA share? A small/mini share?

The quantity of produce in each CSA share varies by farm and by week, depending on how much was 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 $650 to $700 and a small share is about $450 to $500.

Why become a CSA member?

A CSA offers several unique benefits:
  1. You will experience the diversity of locally grown, fresh, USDA-certified organic produce.
  2. 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!
  3. You can enjoy customization features and either swap items in your share or buy more as needed.
  4. Farms offer many different pickup locations. You can choose whether a farmers market, business or private residence is right for you.
  5. 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 employee on a health plan (HMO, EPO, PPO) is eligible for a voucher. You may sign up through your HR Health and Wellness dashboard.

 How do I use my voucher?

You'll be able to claim a voucher and activate it using your HR Health and Wellness Dashboard. Vouchers and shares for 2020 had to be purchased by May 8. 

Can my friend/colleague/co-worker/family member give me their voucher?

No. Vouchers are non-transferable.

Will my taxes be affected if I secure the voucher but don’t buy a share?

Only the CSA purchase with the use of the UK voucher is considered a taxable benefit. If you secure a voucher but don’t use it you will not be taxed.