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Frequently Asked Questions

What is community supported agriculture (CSA)?

It’s difficult to quickly explain what Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is. We believe it mostly is about GOOD FOOD. Grown locally, on small family farms. Harvested with care. And moved from the farm to your kitchen in a very timely fashion.

And it is also about your commitment. Your purchase of a share in the season’s harvest provides the farm and farmers with funds to run their business. You reap the benefits: a harvest season of weekly deliveries of wonderful produce, freshly harvested, carefully handled, and packed with flavor.

Want to learn more? Watch our YouTube movie: What is Fox Creek Farm CSA? Your farmer explains!

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How does Fox Creek Farm work?

After purchasing a share in Fox Creek Farm, your farmers will grow, cultivate, harvest, pack, and deliver their exceptional produce right to convenient pick-up sites in your neighborhood. For 2024, we expect our harvest season to start the week of June 3, and end the week of October 21.

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What kind of produce shares do you offer?

We offer full and medium shares. Which share is best for you depends on your eating and cooking habits. Give us a call or send us an email, and we are happy to give you more information about the size of the share and help you figure out which share is likely your best option! Or, if you want to see some examples, watch our short YouTube video: Fox Creek Farm, Full and Medium share explained

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Exceptional produce, what is that?

Fox Creek Farm has been growing and harvesting only the best produce for our CSA membership. We like to call it exceptional produce. Not only because it is fresh, locally, and organically grown, but also because it is of outstanding quality. And it is grown on a beautiful family farm.

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Are you organic?

We always have been using organic farming practices – cover crops, compost, crop rotations, no use of herbicides, limited use of OMRI (organic system) approved pesticides and no GMO’s.

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What kind of produce do you grow?

We grow over 50 different kinds of vegetables, that change over the growing season. Some of the vegetables we grow are Arugula, Basil, Beans, Beets, Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Swiss Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Cucumber, Radish, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Hot Pepper, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mesclun, Onions, Pac Choi, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Tatsoi, Slicer and Heirloom Tomatoes, and Watermelon.

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Explain your sliding scale, please!

Increasing costs for labor and other inputs over the last couple of years is starting to have an impact on the farm’s economic viability. We introduced a sliding scale pricing fee, considering that the farm offers more than exceptional produce alone. We farm for climate resiliency, using regenerative farming practices. Our farm is a beautiful place to visit and relax. We’re keeping alive the tradition of small direct to market family farms. And we are keeping you in the loop with our excellent weekly newsletter.

The sliding scale gives you the opportunity to contribute to the farm viability at a level that is comfortable for you, while keeping the basic share pricing very reasonable.

For even more detailed information about the ideas and reasons behind the sliding scale pricing, please read our late 2023 newsletter (sliding scale explained)

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When do I sign up?

Sign-up opens in the fall, and goes until all shares are sold out. Fox Creek Farm grows for a limited number of CSA shares, so reserving a share early with a small deposit guarantees your participation.

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Can I visit the farm?

Yes! During the growing season, you can visit the farm anytime, no appointment necessary. Enjoy the member-only, and free U-pick. See your veggies grow. Come and join us for the garlic harvest or a farm tour!

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How much does the U-pick cost?

The U-pick with cutting flowers, a wide selection of cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, hot peppers, ground cherries, pole beans, and culinary herbs is an exclusive member benefit and FREE to our CSA members. We just ask you to keep in mind that this garden is shared with other farm share members when you come out to harvest!

No appointment necessary - 8 AM to 7 PM daily during the growing season - harvest supplies provided!

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Help! I cannot pick up my share...

If you cannot make it to the pick-up site, we encourage you to send a friend - either to pick up for you, or for them to try our exceptional produce. Our farm shares make surprisingly appreciated gifts!

Produce that doesn't get picked up, will be donated to hunger relief efforts. Currently, we work with the Albany Free Food Fridge project (Albany, Niskayuna), the CAPTAIN food pantry (Clifton Park), and the SiCM Food Pantry in Schenectady.

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How did you meet (and is that a true story)?

We first met in Senegal (West Africa), catching a ride in a bush taxi at the Gare Routière in Dakar. Sara was in Peace Corps, while Raymond, from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was just ‘passing through’. We are still amazed how a chance meeting has evolved into this farm, feeding so many people exceptional produce!

And yes, it is a true story.

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