Pay in full by check
This is our preferred payment option. It embraces the spirit of a CSA where farmers are paid in the beginning of the season and this enables them, at a time when cashflow is at a mere trickle, to ramp up for the season purchasing necessary seeds, soil amendments and other supplies. The benefit of paying by check is that the full amount that you write your check for goes to the farmers and you can also take advantage of our Budget Plan.
If it helps to spread your payments out over a period of time, no problem! We try to keep this flexible so it works for everyone and is also fair to the farmers, so if you are unclear of how it works, just give Robin a call (496-3567) or email her with your questions.
Here is how our Budget Plan works:
Send ALL checks at once, post-dated on the days you wish they be deposited – please always use a FRIDAY as that is the day the Budget Payment checks will be deposited. PLEASE write the clearly clearly so that they can be mobile deposited. If mobile deposit rejects them, there will be a delay in getting deposited because I have to deposit them when I have other errands to run in Burlington or Montpelier.
If you have signed up for the FULL SEASON you may send up to EIGHT post-dated payment checks. Please be sure you are paid in full by September 1, 2023.
If you have signed up for just the SUMMER OR FALL PERIOD you may send up to FOUR post-dated payment checks. Please be sure you are paid in full by August 1, 2023 for the summer or October 1, 2023 for the fall.
NOFA Farm Share Program
NOFA-VT’s (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont’s) Farm Share Program reduces the cost of a local CSA (community supported agriculture) share for Vermonters in need of financial assistance. In past years we have supported up to two families each summer and fall. This year we are going to increase the number of Farm Share members to 4 families. In a nutshell, if you meet the income eligibility requirements you can apply to NOFA-VT. They administer the program and handle the application process. If you meet their requirements and we have one of our four Farm Share spaces available, you will pay half price for your CSA share. Then 25% is paid for through NOFA-VT funds and we cover the other 25% through our fundraising efforts. Here is more info and a link to the application. Limited funds are available from NOFA-VT so apply early if you are interested and meet the requirements.
Credit cards are convenient and easy, but they come with additional costs to the farmers. For every $1,000 we receive in CSA payments through credit cards, almost $30 of it actually goes to PayPal as processing fees. That is money you are paying that is not going to the farmers. In 2020, our credit card fees were around $1,000 – that 3% adds up fast! We know that it is important to some of our members that you can pay for the season using your credit card, but encourage you to pay by check if you are able.
Where to send checks:
Please do not drop off cash or checks at Cloud Water Farm. Please send your checks to:
Muddy Boots CSA, PO Box 449, Waitsfield, VT 05673