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See what our CSA members have to say about their experience.



“The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations.”

Barbara Kingsolver



"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison."

Ann Wigmore



If you have a connection with the farm, if you’ve actually walked on the soil of the farm, it nourishes your soul.

Nigel Walker



When it becomes a revolutionary act to eat real food, we are in trouble.

Mark Hyman



"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it's liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."

Thomas Jefferson
August 23, 1785



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CSA FAQ 

If you can't find your answer here or still have questions please call us at 616-862-2973 or shoot us an email.

What does a Vegetable CSA Membership include?
  • A weekly or every-other-week delivery of seasonal vegetables and herbs bursting with flavor and freshly harvested from our fields.
  • Invitations to Chimney Creek Farm Member events, farm workshops, gardening and cooking classes, as well as our annual Spring open house and Fall Pumpkin Day so you can see where your food is grown and meet the people who produce it.
  • A picture and recipe filled weekly newsletter that includes details about how to handle and store your produce. Each week we also share news from the farm and cover events and happenings in the local West Michigan food and farming community.
  • You will also have access to our Pinterest online recipe, cooking and storage tips database.
  • You will receive our free e-book, The CSA Survival Guide, our own creation that will help you make the most of your CSA share. Take the stress out  with hints, tips, stratagies, and gadgets. Good for new CSA members and experienced ones too.
  • You are also invited to join us on Facebook. Each week we post a picture of that weeks share along the names of the vegetables.
  • The option to expand your CSA vegetable share with a Premium Share add-on.
What kind of vegetables can I expect in my share each week?

It depends as different vegetables are in season at different times of the year. A share usually starts in the spring with 8-10 vegetables in the box and quickly grows to 12 vegetables in the box.

Here are some examples of what you could expect at different times of the year.
  • Spring - leaf lettuce, bibb lettuce, arugula, beets, bunching onions, garlic scapes, radishes, peas, spinach, kohlrabi, chard, kale
  • Summer - leaf lettuce, cabbage, corn, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, summer squash, tomatillas, beans
  • Fall - winter squash, melons, lettuce, kale, onions, garlic, parsnips, leeks, herbs, eggplant, brussel sprouts, corn, tomatoes, peppers
What vegetables do you grow?

We grow over 40 different kinds of vegetables and herbs. When you include all the different varieties of each it totals well over 150.

arugala beans beets boc choi
broccoli brussell sprouts cabbage carrots
cauliflower corn cucumber eggplant
garlic kale kholrabi leeks
lettuce mellons onions parsnips
peas peppers potatoes pumpkins
radishes rutabaga squash spinach
swiss chard tomatillos tomatoes turnips
basil chives cilantro dill
mint oregano parsley rosemary
sage tyme

Can I choose which vegetables are in my weekly share?

The CSA shares are all packed the same and include the vegetables that are ripe that week. You cannot choose what goes into your individual share. Many people actually find that this encourages them to try new vegetables, and helps them realize that fresh, locally grown vegetables can taste dramatically superior compared to the supermarket versions that they thought they didn’t care for. We also have many wonderful recipes on our Pinterest page that utilize the vegetables you will be receiving to help you create meals your family will rave about.

When can I expect my home delivery?

The delivery day for 2015 is Thursday (another day may be added depending on how many choose farm pickup vs home delivery). Your home delivery will arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on your scheduled delivery day. Your delivery time should be around the same time each week however it may fluctuate based on traffic and the driver's scheduled route for that day.

How can I prepare for my home delivery?

To help keep our costs down and be be as sustainable as possible we do not supply boxes for our home delivery. To maintain the freshness of your share if you are not going to be home we ask that you provide a large cooler with ice or freezer packs outside your door.

How can I prepare for my farm pickup?

Please be on time for your pickup. The farm pickup day for 2015 is Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. To help keep our costs down and be be as sustainable as possible we do not supply boxes for our farm pickups so please bring a container or bags to take your share home with.

Can I split a share with a friend?

Sure. We do offer half shares but if you feel that any of our shares is too much food for you we encourage you to find a friend or family member to share with.

What if I am unavailable to receive my share or I go on vacation on a certain week?

Farm pickup - Ask a friend or a family member to pick it up for you. Please call or drop us an email to let us know when they come so we don't think a stranger is taking your food. If you are unable to have some one else pick up your food, your share will be donated to a local family.

Home delivery - Ask a friend or a family member to pick it up at your house and enjoy it. If you are unable to find anyone you may call us and let us know so we don't delivery that week and will donate your share to a local family.

Alternatively you have the one time option to skip a delivery and schedule a double delivery in the coming weeks.

Do I live within your delivery area?

We deliver to the City of Grand Rapids and the surrounding metropolitan area (all suburbs). If you live outside this area we may be able to deliver to you (especially if you live in Kent County and north or east of Grand Rapids). Please call us 616-862-2973 or drop us an email if you have a question.

Can we visit the farm?

Yes, unlike the farms that produce grocery store food, you can actually visit our farm! We are a working farm, so please understand that we won't be able to spend a bunch of time visiting. We do request that you check with us to make sure it's a good time to come! Also, we host two "farm days" annually - these days are set aside to be spent with you! 

What is your cancellation policy?

Members may cancel at any time, for any reason

What is your refund policy?

In the CSA model, members are seen as active farm partners, sharing the risks and rewards of the harvest. Should you choose to cancel your subscription, we cannot offer a refund for shares already paid for or partially paid for.

All shares must be paid in full before the season starts. Deposits are non-refundable and there are no refunds for partially paid or canceled shares – The money that you pay for your share is used to grow the crops for the term for which you are subscribing.

Are the vegetables organic?

We use organic growing methods. We use NO genetically modified seeds, NO chemical pesticides, NO herbicides, and NO chemical fertilizers.

The "Organic" label is a defined food industry term legally protected and regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Compliance requires certifications, inspections and fees which we do not want to pass on to our members in the form of higher share prices. Our produce is grown using the highest, healthiest and most sustainable standards possible (higher than any certification requires!) and we invite you to check it out yourself with a farm visit.

Instead we have taken the Michigan Farmer Pledge which covers organic growing practices and 10 other important farm concerns.

Please note: 
Occasionally, vegetables and fruits may be sourced from outside the farm. All are local and we strive to source the most healthy options but some may be conventionally grown.


 






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