2019 Member Orientation

How Pick-Up Works

Pick-Up in a Nutshell

  • When: Wednesdays, noon to 6:30pm
  • Where: Kingsbury Farm, Route 100, Warren VT
  • What to Bring: A bag or box for your produce, plastic bags for your salad greens, cash if you wish to purchase items from our extras table.
  • How long will it take: 5 to 10 minutes

Step-by-Step

When you arrive at the farm, drive all the way into the main parking area. Be careful – because cars will be coming and going all day during pick-ups.

The washhouse is transformed into the CSA pick-up area on Wednesdays. Come on in!

  • The first thing you come to when you walk into the pick-up area is the sign-in station. Please find your name and check off your share for the week.
  • This year we will have THREE clipboards. One for Large Share Members and two for Small Share Members.
  • The list will indicate if you have a large or small share so if you send a friend to pick-up your share, they will know which size to take.

The share for the week will be listed on the blackboard on the back wall of the wash house. If it is hard for you to read, don’t worry, because each veggie station will tell you what to pick.

  • The pick-up area is set up in a semi-circle that you will walk through station-by-station. If you follow the sequence as it is set-up, the denser, heavier items will be at the bottom of your bag and lighter, easily bruised items will be on top.
  • Items that Large Share Members get that are NOT also in the Small Shares will be at the end of the semi-circle. There will be a sign indicating the items that are only for Large Shareholders.
  • If there is something that you don’t like, you don’t have to take it. However, please do NOT take more of something else to make up for the item you haven’t taken. If you do, you are taking another member’s vegetables.

The Trade Box

  • If you take something you don’t like, you can TRADE it in at the TRADE BOX which will be at the end of the semi-circle, before the items for Large Shareholders only. The farmers send along some extras of all of the items each week to “seed” the trade box. Then, throughout the day, members can trade-in items they don’t want for items they find in the box.
  • Consider each item listed in the share as one unit so be sure to swap one unit for one unit. Sometimes you come out ahead and sometimes a little behind in terms of value, but the idea is to get more of what you like. The trade box is not ideal. Sometimes at the end of the day it is filled with many of the same type of veggie, but other times you may get lucky and find a pint of cherry tomatoes or a melon in the box.

Be sure to read the signs for each item. Sometimes you will take a “bunch,” sometimes a bag, sometimes one item, and other times you will need to weigh out your produce.

Also be careful to take the items and quantities for your share size.

The “Salad Bar”

We are trying something new this year with loose salad greens such as mesclun, arugula and spinach. Instead of the greens being pre-bagged, you will get to assemble your own custom salad mix each week by mixing and matching greens to your liking. You will weigh out your greens on the available scales.

Besides the obvious benefit of each member getting the greens they prefer, we hope that members will bring their own reused plastic bags each week so we can cut down on the amount of plastic waste generated by our CSA.  While we will have plastic produce bags available if you forgot to bring a plastic bag, we encourage everyone to reuse bags that you bring from home.

Add-Ons

This year we are offering two add-ons: A weekly bouquet from Mountain Flower Farm and Local dog treats from Vermont Dog Eats. If you have signed up for either of these, please remember to take your add-ons!

Extras Table

This year we will have some different items available for sale at the extras table.  In addition to extra produce that Aaron will offer for sale (kale, tomatoes, carrots, peas, etc.), All Souls Tortillas will be available for sale.

CASH IS KING at the sale table and is the only acceptable form of payment. Each business will have their own money jar that will be clearly marked.  Be sure you are putting money into the correct jar.

Please Bring a Tote Bag or Box

  • Please bring a bag or box for your produce. We REALLY like the idea of everyone bringing their own, reusable bags – we want Muddy Boots to be environmentally-friendly.
  • In the hot summer or cooler days in the fall, you may want to bring a cooler for the more perishable produce if you are not going right home. Salad greens in a hot car that is closed up can wilt in a matter of minutes.
  • So, what if you forget a bag? The reality is sometimes you simply forget your bag, or it is filled with groceries or your dog ate it – really, true story!
  • If you forget your bag, we will have brown paper bags available.
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