Frequently Asked Questions
- What is community supported agriculture (CSA)?
- How does Fox Creek Farm CSA work?
- What kind of produce shares do you offer?
- Are you organic?
- Exceptional produce, what is that?
- What kind of produce do you grow?
- When do I sign up?
- Can I visit the farm?
- How much does the U-pick cost?
- Help! I cannot pick up my share...
- How did you meet (and is that a true story)?
What is community supported agriculture (CSA)?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) began around 1985 and stood for a new relationship between consumers and farmers. Consumers in search of high-quality produce got together, secured farmland, and found a farm to grow the food for them.
The consumers (or members) guarantee the farmer a reasonable income by paying upfront for the season’s harvest. The farmer grows and shares the best produce they can grow.
Over the years, CSA relationships have changed. Most CSA’s continue to have members buy into the season’s harvest, securing the economic stability of their CSA farm – and the farmers continue to grow outstanding crops. CSA’s still foster a unique relationship between the farm and the members – but no longer do you need to go out to find farmland, and the farmers to work it.
At Fox Creek Farm, supporting the farm through a CSA share is your way to a ‘Farmer’s Choice Select Weekly Harvest’ - a great way to exceptional locally grown produce!
How does Fox Creek Farm CSA work?
After purchasing a share in Fox Creek Farm, your farmers will grow, cultivate, harvest, pack, and deliver their exceptional produce right to your door. For 2023, we expect our harvest season to start the week of June 5, and end the week of October 23.
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!
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.
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 farm that you can call your own for the season. Exceptional produce also because we only can cultivate our crops because of unique the relationship with our shareholders.
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, Garlic, Hot Pepper, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Mesclun, Onions, Pac Choi, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Tatsoi, Slicer and Heirloom Tomatoes, and Watermelon.
When do I sign up?
Sign-up is 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 early guarantees your participation (and locks in the best pricing) Shop now.
Can I visit the farm?
Yes! During the growing season, you can visit the farm anytime, no appointment necessary. Enjoy the U-pick and the views. See your veggies grow. Come and join us for the garlic harvest, or a farm tour.
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 FREE to our CSA members. We just ask you to keep in mind that this garden is shared with other CSA members when you come out to harvest!
No appointment necessary - 8 AM to 7 PM daily during the growing season - harvest supplies provided!
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.
Produce that doesn't get picked up, will be donated to hunger relief efforts (we work with Capital Roots Squash Hunger in Troy and the SiCM Food Pantry in Schenectady)
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’. And yes, it is a true story.