When and Where is FarmShare Pick-Up? Summer pick-up is each Monday from 3AM-6PM in the Little Red Barn @ Full Heart Farm in Ledyard. For those who prefer, we will also offer contactless pick-up of pre-boxed shares in the outdoor cooler on Tuesdays from 10AM-4PM.
What are the Pick-Up Dates for Summer FarmShare 2021? June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 5, 12, 19, 26 August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
How do I sign up? You can sign up online by clicking "SIGN UP TODAY" at the bottom of the Summer Vegetable Share page. You can sign up by email by contacting us at email@example.com and arranging to pay by cash or check.
What happens if I miss a share pick up? We encourage our members to visit the farm each week during market hours to pick up items for their share, but understand that commitment is not always possible. Members are encouraged to send a friend or neighbor to pick up their share on weeks when they cannot make it to the farm.
Unclaimed shares will be donated at the end of the day and members of our local community are always grateful for the donation!
What happens if there is a terrible storm this season or bad disease? As members of the farm community, shareholders assume the risk of farming. In cases of bad weather (drought, floods, storms), disease, pests, and other unexpected challenges, there may be shortages in farm products or a lack of diversity. The farmers will do their VERY BEST to deliver high-quality farm products in their full value each week. We are part of a large network of local growers that we work with to fill in gaps in our growing schedule, to the best of our ability.
There are no refunds for missed shares (on the shareholder's part) or smaller shares than planned (on the farmer's part). The farmers also reserve the right to reschedule a market day during weather situations where it is deemed unsafe to harvest or travel to the farm for pick-up.
Why should I join the FarmShare, instead of just purchasing food from somewhere else? First, the FarmShare program is the best way to ensure you have access to fresh, seasonal food each week. The easiest way to eat healthy is to surround yourself with fresh produce. It's a great way to learn about what's in season, gather new recipes, and be part of a growing community.
Second, the FarmShare program is one of the best ways to support local farmers! It provides us with the money needed upfront at the beginning of the season and spreads out some of the risk of growing food for others. Your investment in our farm directly supports our young family and our local community.
Third, FarmShare members play an ACTIVE role in the local food movement as they spend a season learning about how food on our farm is grown, prepared, and enjoyed. Through our weekly newsletters you learn about our life and local agriculture, as well as new recipes and menu ideas.
What are the benefits of joining the FarmShare program compared to ordering from the Farm Collective? The FarmShare Program is the best way to support the farm. The upfront sign-ups also allows us to get an idea of WHO we are feeding, so we can grow more of the things that you like and develop a recipe selection that best suits your cooking interests. Our members receive a detailed weekly newsletter that includes anecdotes of life on the farm, recipes, meal planning ideas, and even tips on preserving the harvest to add diversity to your winter meals. Visiting the farm each week gives our members an indescribable sense of place. Our members try more new foods and eat more vegetables compared to ordering from the Farm Collective.
What types of vegetables are included in the share? Full Heart Farm grows over 100 different varieties of vegetables, berries, herbs, and flowers throughout the calendar year. A short list includes; beans, beets, bok choi, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, greens, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, peas, peppers, potatoes, onion, swiss chard, tomato, turnips, winter squash, zucchini, and so much more!
Can I buy extra items at the market? Yes! For the 2021 season our mini farm stand will be open during share pick up hours to members only and our extra harvest will be available for sale.
Can I shop at the market if I’m not a member of the FarmShare? No. Our harvest is prioritized for our FarmShare members. Extra produce will be available to the public by pre-order through the Farm Collective.
How do I know if the FarmShare Program will be a good fit for me? Our members come to the farm from a variety of backgrounds and stages in their lives, but they all value good food, enjoy trying new foods, and set aside time each day to cook. They value learning about the farm and testing out new recipes. They value their health and recognize the importance of nutrient dense foods in their diet. They value developing a relationship with their farmer so that they can become more informed consumers. In our experience, people that have very busy schedules or enjoy only specific foods usually prefer to shop at the grocery store or farmers market.
What if I can’t use my entire share? You are always welcome to send a friend or neighbor to pick up your share or a portion of your share. We also maintain a list of families in need and regularly make donations to the Food Pantry, if you would like us to donate your unneeded share items to someone in need. Fresh food is ALWAYS appreciated by those in our local community and nothing at the farm goes to waste.
How will the FarmShare be set up? Inside our little red barn there will be signs indicating what is available as part of the share each week. Members can then choose their selections and pack their own bag. Members are asked to bring at least one bag with them to pick-up each week to bring their share home in.
Masks and social-distancing are required at pick-up.
Can I sign up for just one month? In following the spirit of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), we ask that all members commit to the entire share season. This allows us, the farmers, to best plan the farm. In our experience, members that commit themselves to the farm for several months at a stretch are the ones that have the best experience overall, because they are able to immerse themselves in the experience and develop positive changes in their cooking and eating habits. They also get to enjoy the a taste of our full selection of vegetables.
If you are moving or traveling for a large portion of the season, you are welcome to email and add your name to a waiting list. In the past, we have been able to match up traveling members so that they can participate in the share, without creating lapses in harvest on our end.
What about the AutumnShare and WinterShare? We will have more info coming late summer 2021, once we have an idea of how the growing season is shaping up, but likely our produce in the spring, fall, and winter will just be available through the Farm Collective.
Are your raising meat this year? Or offering a meat share? For the 2021 season we have chosen to not raise livestock. We are excited to focus our efforts on raising quality produce and beautiful flowers for our local community. We have a full selection of locally grown meats, as well as dairy, seafood, and other products through the Farm Collective.
Do you offer payment plans? It is our hope that members will make a commitment to the farm in advance of the season and budget to pay the remainder of their deposit before the share season, but we are always happy to work with families to make our food accessible to all. If you are in need of an alternate payment plan, please contact Farmer Allyson at allyson (at) fullheartfarm (dot) com, and we will do our best to develop an arrangement tailored to your needs.
We accept weekly SNAP benefits for those who qualify.