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Ward's 2017 CSA

This information is for Farmer's Choice Boxes,
Ward's CSA with pick up at the Farm only.

For other locations please click here.

A BOX for all SEASONS - YEAR ROUND CSA!

    CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a system in which people invest in their local farm in return for a share of the produce during the growing season. This benefits both the farms and the consumers! Shareholders receive fresh, bountiful local produce and play an active role in supporting their community food system. Their investment provides pre-season income to the farms at a time when they must make great expenditures but do not yet have crops to sell.

 

We are very excited to be offering Farmer's Choice Boxes, our own CSA, year round! Each week farmer Jim Ward selects a variety of local produce (most of which is picked fresh right here at Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon, MA) to fill the boxes. The contents of the boxes vary from week to week as the season progresses, so not only do you get fresh produce, but you also gain a real feel for our local cycle of crops!

 

Every week an approximate list of the contents of that week's box is posted on our website on the Farmer's Choice Boxes order page. Actual contents may vary; if crops don't come in as expected, we must make substitutions. Any substitutions are items as similar as possible, and of equal or greater value.

 

Questions? Please scroll down to read the information below, and check our our FAQ section, where you will find answers to most questions. For any further inquiries, please email us.

 

  • SHARES:
  • We now offer 4 share seasons:
  • SUMMER/FALL SHARE
  • LATE FALL SHARE
  • WINTER SHARE
  • SPRING SHARE

 

  • PURCHASING OPTIONS:
  • WINTER SHARE - $192
    One box every week from 1/6/17 - 3/24/17 (12 weeks)
    Ordering Deadline:  January 2, 2017
    Shares may be purchased after 1/2 for $204.

 

  • SPRING SHARE - $160
    One box every week from 3/31/17 - 6/2/17 (10 weeks)
    Ordering Deadline:  March 27, 2017
    Shares may be purchased after 3/27 for $170.

 

  • SUMMER/FALL SHARE - $440
    One box every week from 6/9/17 - 10/27/17 (21 weeks)
    Ordering Deadline:  April 15, 2017
    Shares may be purchased after 4/15 for $460.

 

  • LATE FALL SHARE
    Details to be announced.

 

  • WEEK-BY-WEEK
    11/4/16 - 6/2/17  •  $18/box
    6/9/17 - 10/27/17  •  $23/box
    This option is not a subscription; you may order any number of boxes any weeks you choose.

 

  • PICKUP SCHEDULE:
  • Fridays, from 11AM until closing
    You may also pick up during store hours on
  • Saturdays and Sundays, but we encourage you to pick up on Fridays when everything is super fresh!

 

  • ORDERING:
  • WINTER SHARES
    Ordering deadline: January 2, 2017
    You may order and prepay on our order page. Or you may fill out a Winter Share Application and mail it along with your payment to:
    Ward's Berry Farm, 614 South Main St., Sharon, MA

 

  • SPRING SHARES
    Ordering deadline: March 27, 2017
    You may order and prepay on our order page. Or you may fill out a Spring Share Application and mail it along with your payment to:
    Ward's Berry Farm, 614 South Main St., Sharon, MA

 

  • SUMMER/FALL SHARES
    Ordering deadline: April 15, 2017
    You may order and prepay on our order page. Or you may fill out a Summer/Fall Share Application and mail it along with your payment to:
    Ward's Berry Farm, 614 South Main St., Sharon, MA

 

  • LATE FALL SHARES
    Ordering deadline: TBA
    You may order and prepay on our order page. Or you may fill out a Late Fall Share Application and mail it along with your payment to:
    Ward's Berry Farm, 614 South Main St., Sharon, MA

 

  • WEEK-BY-WEEK
    All Week-by-Week boxes are prepaid. You may order and prepay on our order page. Please be sure to have your receipt (either printed out or visible on your phone) with you when you pick up.
    Ordering deadline:
    10:00 PM Wednesdays for the coming Friday's box.
    All cancellations must be made by the ordering deadline.

 

  • FAQ:
  • When does it start?
  • Our first box for 2017 Winter Share is Friday, January 6.
    Our first box for 2017 Spring Share is Friday, March 31.
    Our first box for 2017 Summer/Fall Share is Friday, June 9.
    Our first box for 2017 Late Fall Share is Friday, November 3.
    The list of approximate contents will be posted on our order page and emailed to people on the email list.
  • Where do I pick up?
  • Pickup is in the Farm store.
  • Can someone else pick up my box for me?
  • Yes, just have them give your name. Please be sure that whoever picks up has your receipt.
  • Can I start with Week By Week, then change to a share?
  • No, all shares must be purchased before the season begins.
  • How do I pay?
  • All boxes are prepaid. You may order and pay (Paypal or credit card) for all Shares and Week-By-Week boxes as they become available online on our order page. Please bring your receipt (either printed out or visible on your phone) when you pick up. Shares can also be purchased at the farm or by mail.
  • Can I order by telephone?
  • No. Please see ORDERING above for detailed purchasing information. Please use email for all inquiries about the CSA program.
  • How much food is in each box? Will I be able to carry it?
  • Our boxes are about 12" X 17" X 7", with hand-holes for easy carrying and a separate lid. The weight varies with the type of produce, but a box will usually weigh between 10 and 20 lbs.
  • Is all the produce from Ward's Berry Farm?
  • Initially, all produce will be from Ward's. Later in the season, we may add items from other Massachusetts farms, but at least 90% of the produce in each box will always be from Ward's. For example, since we do not grow apples, in fall we often add apples from a farm about 40 miles away. You can see when our crops are in season on our Crop Calendar.
  • Is the produce organic?
  • No. Ward's crops are grown using IPM (integrated pest management) and judicious use of pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Can I get pro-rated for my vacation week, or weeks that I can't pick up?
  • No, but you are welcome to have someone else pick up for you. If your box will not be picked up, we'd appreciate an email letting us know.
  • Can I order a share for every other week?
  • We do not have a bi-weekly subscription, but you are welcome to order every other week (or whenever you please) using the WEEK BY WEEK option.
  • Do you have half shares?
  • No, all our boxes contain the same amount of produce.
  • Will my box contain the exact items listed in the email and on the website?
  • There are many factors (weather, pests, etc.) that can affect crops right up until the moment they are picked. So although our predictions are usually accurate, sometimes we must make substitutions. We always substitute with something as similar as possible, of equal or greater value.
  • Can you make substitutions for specific items? I have food allergies. There are some fruits and vegetables I never eat.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot make any substitutions for any reason.
  • What happens if something is missing from my box?
  • We try to be perfect, but mistakes happen! Ward's is always glad to replace any missing or unsatisfactory items. Just ask for it the next time you are in the store. It's always a good idea to check your box against the enclosed list before you leave the store; that way any problems can be fixed on the spot.
  • Who should I speak to when I call the farm?
  • For all problems, questions and concerns about Farmer's Choice Boxes, please email directly. This will assure that the right person hears your problem, so you will get a quick and accurate response.
  • Can I bring back the empty box for reuse?
  • Yes, please! We will reuse boxes while they are in good condition, then relegate them to dirtier farm chores.
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