Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Fox Creek Farm's response to the COVID-19 crisis?
- 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 is your delivery area?
- 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 am not home to receive my share …..
- How did you meet (and is that a true story)?
What is Fox Creek Farm's response to the COVID-19 crisis?
(10/06/21) As an employer, Fox Creek Farm has implemented a workplace safety plan in accordance to the NYS HERO Act, on top of food safety protocols already in place.
We keep a close eye on the developments around COVID-19. Please understand that we reserve the right to close the farm for visitors, if warranted by the public health situation.
Over the last two seasons, our home delivery program has proven to be a safe and efficient way to give our customers access to our exceptional produce without making public health concessions.
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’ - with the added convenience of home deliveries!
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 2022, we expect our harvest season to start the week of June 6, and end the week of October 24.
What kind of produce shares do you offer?
We offer full and medium shares. However, for the 2022 growing season, all MEDIUM shares are sold (2/19/22). 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 discuss which share might be best for you!
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, packing, and delivering 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 is your delivery area?
We are currently making deliveries in and around Albany, Delmar, Slingerlands, Clifton Park, Schenectady, Altamont, Averill Park, East Greenbush, Malta, Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam. The gray area in the map shows you where we are going at this time. If you are unsure if we can deliver to your home, please contact us.
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 (as happened for our 2021 season). Fox Creek Farm grows for a limited number of CSA shares, so reserving a share early with a small deposit early guarantees your participation. 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, and plenty of space to keep social distance!
Help! I am not home to receive my share …..
If you are not home to receive your share, keep a cooler out for our driver. That way you'll receive your produce in the best possible condition!
And if you are on vacation, ask your neighbor to pick up your share from your cooler. Or leave a note for your driver, and we will donate your share 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.