Subscription Signup Instructions for 2017

 You can sign up any time--even just for the remainder of the season.  In the fall we have one of the best selections of our local organic produce of the entire season!  All is prorated.

     If you are an existing subscriber, you need only let us know, via e-mail, you want to continue into 2017 with the same information, size, and options as last season.  If you are new, or an existing subscriber who is changing options, please complete the Signup Form and forward it as an attachment.  Please indicate "2017 Signup" in the subject line.  Then forward the $100 deposit for the season.

Our 2017 Season will start Tuesday May 30th and end Friday Nov. 17th--25 weeks in all. Delivery days again will be Tuesday through Friday, depending on location.

Share Options:

The Standard is a half bushel box delivered every week of the season, from June until the week before Thanksgiving.  The overwhelming favorite sized box, this amount should feed two adults and two small children.  Cost: $625/season @$25/box

The Plus share is a larger size box which should feed two adults and two older children or two vegetarians.  Cost: $750/season @ $30/box

The Light share is about 1/3 smaller than the standard size, and is delivered every week. (There will be weeks when this size will not contain an item the other boxes do.  To be fair, we can only pare down the value where it's possible.  Eg. cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower can't necessarily be cut down by 1/3, or picking bunches of herbs or greens all 1/3 smaller.  This is size is good for singles or lighter eaters, it's not intended to be a family sized box.   Cost: $450/season @$18/box

Dropoff locations**  You can request a particular location from the list, or we will assign you one based on proximity.  Most of them will be the same as in 2015, but some change based on subscriber locations.  We're always looking for good dropoff stops. (**Note: After you have signed up we will send you the specific address of the dropoff location.  You can also click on the hotlink in any communication and access these locations after you have signed up.)

Hosting a Drop-off  You needn't be there when the boxes arrive.  Hosting a drop off involves having a suitable place (shaded porch or garage) large enough for 15-20 boxes, not too far to carry boxes from the street or driveway. We try to minimize the impact on hosts—subscribers have 4 hours to pick up and are asked to call hosts only in an emergency. At the suburban sites, empty boxes are left for the week (they nest and stack easily-usually in two tall stacks). In the city, empties are picked up the following day, so they wouldn’t be on your porch but 24 hrs. Hosts are given a 1/3 discount in addition to door-to-door delivery. We always reconfirm with you again prior to assigning you as a drop off site, to see where you’d like boxes placed, etc. and to make sure you are satisfied.

Preferences  In listing favored and disfavored veggies, list items most important to you first. We print these on your box labels and if it’s a long list, it will scroll off the label. We try to honor preferences, but don’t guarantee it because of the logistics. We tend to look more closely at the disfavored list and use the favored list to plan the proportions of what to plant.

Rhubarb  If you’d rather not get any rhubarb, indicate “no” because the supply is limited.

Coffee  We offer shade grown coffee, at extra cost, from Building New Hope (a farmers’ cooperative).  Coffee is the number one food crop grown in the world and for many Third World farmers it is their only cash crop. The big companies play one farmer or one region against the other to keep prices low.  This Pittsburgh network returns to the farmers a fair return, much higher than the world market, so they can make a living wage. Indicate the amount of fresh ground, whole bean, or decaf coffee you’d like each month.  This is usually delivered the first week of the month.    

Cheeses  There's a phenomenal growth in production of artisinal cheeses by Pennsylvania family dairy farms.  One no longer need import these unique foods from Europe!  Once a month, we offer a few PA cheeses we feel are of highest quality as well as a Cheese CSA composed of a rotating selection of Pennsylvania cheeses put together by the Wild Purveyors. 

Mushrooms  We also offer a Mushroom CSA once a month by the Wild Purveyors.  See the signup form for the prices.  

Meats  You can sign up for a specified number of organic pastured chickens per month from a neighboring farmer.  These are delivered once a month with your veggies in coolers.  They are frozen whole in vacuum sealed wrappers much like you'd see in a grocery.  Signing up for chickens means a commitment in the amounts you sign up for.  These are not available at any of the stops listed with an asterisk on our stops page.

We’d again like to connect you up with the grass fed beef  from our neighbors, the Lewis's, who raise them right across the road from us.  If you’d like to participate, indicate the amounts and they will contact you directly when meat is available and with prices. Checking that you are interested in beef does not obligate you, but gives them an idea of the amount.

With these efforts, we like to encourage our neighbors and especially the young people with opportunities of marketing fresh farm products directly to consumers. This will keep them on the farms, preserve our farmland, and add to the food security of all. 

Vacations/Donating your box  If you’ll be out of town and not able to pick up your weekly veggies during the season, you have two options—take a credit, or  indicate you’d like your veggies donated when you are away. The recipient is usually the Pittsburgh Food Bank.  If you check this option, we’ll assume that when you are away, veggies will be donated. 

Timely response to signup for the season is greatly appreciated, so we can organize and assign pickup locations. We will let you know details of the location and time of your pickup spot in early May. If the site is unsatisfactory, you can request a change of locations or cancel entirely and receive a refund.  You could also suggest the most convenient site or neighborhood with your signup information.  Late signups are put on our waiting list.  In June when things are running smoothly we then begin adding folks from the waiting list and continue to do so throughout the season. 

ASC-Agriculture Supported Community--  We welcome the opportunity to serve everyone in the ‘burgh.  If you or someone you know needs and would use the produce we grow, but cannot make the commitment for financial reasons, please let us know.  We’ll will maintain confidentiality and work out a mutually agreeable amount.

Check this website periodically because we will update it as the season unfolds.

 

Signup Form

For more information contact:

Don or Becky Kretschmann
257 Zeigler Rd.
Rochester, PA 15074
(724) 452-7189
don@kretschmannfarm.com