How to Get Our Veggies
Veggie Box 2018
The Veggie Box season runs from April 4 through December 19, 2018. Sign-up for the 2019 season will begin in late winter.
To learn more about how the program works, please read the list of FAQs below from the 2018 season, including info about our Veggie Box Scholarship Fund.
If you still have questions after reading the FAQ, please email CSA Manager Jennifer Porter at email@example.com.
What is Veggie Box? The FAQs
The Veggie Box program lets you share in our harvests, using the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. Being a Veggie Box member allows you to enjoy local, seasonal, vegetables directly from Lynchburg Grows. In addition to the food that we grow, our shares also include food from other local farms, local orchards, and from local food artisans. This approach allows us to bring you the most diverse harvest shares that we can, while also providing an important distribution outlet for other local farmers and small businesses.
How does it work?
Pay a fixed price and receive a selection of our best produce on a weekly basis. The items in your share are freshly harvested and they rotate with each growing-season.
What's in a share?
Each week you'll pick 6 items total from two lists; each list has 6 to 8 options from which you pick 3 items. Items vary by season. In early spring and late fall, you'll see cool-weather crops such as lettuce, arugula, swiss chard, collards, kale, mache, beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, broccoli, and more. In warm weather, harvests yield produce like squash and zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, herbs, strawberries, and green beans; then melons, fall squashes, and apples, before cycling back to the cool weather crops again.
Yes! Also depending on seasonal availability, we include products such as local cheeses, breads, popcorn, honey, tea, cider, and more. Plus, we'll have local eggs available almost every week.
When does it start?
Veggie Box 2018 starts April 4, 2018 and ends on December 19, 2018. (That's 38 weeks of food!)
What makes us different?
Lynchburg Grows is a non-profit farm that gives back to our town through produce donation, through our Veggie Van program, and through our support of Lynchburg’s community of farmers and small businesses. Plus, almost all the members of our amazing farming team are individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The Veggie Box program is our most important source of farm-based revenue, so as a member, you're supporting us in all of our work.
How much food will I get in my share?
Each share contains 6 items and should last 2 to 3 adults for a week. Sometimes the produce is heavy (like a watermelon) and sometimes it's light (like a bunch of kale), so the weight and volume of your share depends on which items you choose, and also on the nature of the season's produce. Generally speaking, if you choose items with a variety of sizes, you'll walk out with about a paper grocery bag's worth. During the height of harvest season (early fall) it's often more than that.
How much does it cost?
A share costs $22 per week, which totals $836 (+ $20.90 tax = $856.90) for the whole season. BUT, if you pay in full, you get a 5% discount, so your total is $794.20 (+ $19.85 tax = $814.05). You can also pay monthly: 4 weeks @ $88 + $2.20 tax = $90.20 per month. The first payment is due at on or before first pick-up, April 4th. We'll invoice you based on the payment preference you choose in the sign-up form below.
If you join after the season starts, we'll pro-rate the amount you owe based on the time remaining in the season.
We also accept EBT as payment. If you're a SNAP recipient, your rate is reduced, and you can pay monthly in person at the farm. Please contact us about signing up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I can't afford it?
We have a few work-trade positions available. If you can work as an assistant to our CSA Manager for 4 hours on pick-up days (Wednesdays), you can get a Veggie Box membership in exchange for your work. If interested, please contact email@example.com for more information.
How do I sign-up?
Sign-up is over for the 2018 season. Check back here in late winter, when we’ll open up sign-up for 2019.
When/where do I pick up?
Pick up is at the farm (1339 Englewood St.) every Wednesday from 11AM to 6PM.
What if I can’t pick up one week?
Don't worry! You still have options:
1. Tell a friend or family member to go pick up for you and let them enjoy your share!
2. If it's an emergency or last-minute problem that keeps you from coming, let us know and we'll pack up a share at the end of the day Wednesday for you to pick up on Thursday.
3. If those options don't work, we'll donate your share to the Veggie Van or to help feed the hungry. If you would like a letter of acknowledgement at the end of the year for the total value of all your donations, please let us know toward the end of the season.
What if I change my mind?
We do a lot of planning - both for farm production and for the organization as a whole - based on the number of Veggie Box shares we have to fulfill, so it is something of a commitment. That said, we understand that people's lives and circumstances do change, so our policy is:
If something completely unexpected happens to you, such as a major illness, or an unanticipated move out of town, you can cancel your membership and we'll issue you a refund for any portion of the season remaining that you've paid for already.
If you just have a change of heart, however, we charge a $50 cancellation fee to cover the administrative time and expenses required to cancel and replace a membership.
We're here to help, so please don't ever hesitate to reach out to Jennifer with your questions, concerns, or suggestions about anything Veggie-Box-related.
The Veggie Box Scholarship Fund
Our scholarship fund supplies Veggie Box shares to local families in need. We hope you will help us make some Veggie Box shares available to families who have participated in our FreshRx veggie prescription program, so that they can continue to receive fresh food from Lynchburg Grows, even after they have completed their 10-week session with us. (Read more about FreshRx here.)
You can donate to the fund a few different ways:
If you want to pay in full for your Veggie Box membership, choose the "Donate My Discount" option when you sign up and your 5% discount ($41.80) will be donated to the scholarship fund.
If you want to pay monthly for your Veggie Box membership, choose the "Add $5/month" option when you sign up, and your monthly invoices will reflect that donation to the scholarship fund.
You can visit our DONATE page and making a donation of any size. Just write "Veggie Box Scholarship Fund" in the message field when you fill out the donation form.
Mail or bring by a donation check made out to "Lynchburg Grows," and write "Veggie Box Scholarship Fund" in the memo field.
We'll distribute scholarship-funded shares through the season as soon as we have enough money to cover them. We'll keep you posted on our progress.
If you have questions about the scholarship fund or FreshRx, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.