Frequently Asked Questions
How big is a CSA Share?
Potential members of our CSA always ask the important and obvious question, “How big is a share?” This can be a very difficult question to answer for the quantity of produce distributed will vary as the season progresses.
The initial boxes of the season typically contain less, since this is the start of the harvest and few things have reached picking size, but at the season progresses more items ripen. In August and September the boxes are the fullest as most items are at peak production.
Another consideration is that people consume vegetables in varying quantities depending on their own personal tastes and life style. Conservatively, a Family Share will feed a family of four for a week. A Half share will be more appropriate for one or two people since it is a bi-weekly distribution of fresh picked veggies that will easily keep for 2 weeks.
Members should plan on bringing a tote of some sort to transport their share back home. Laundry baskets work well as do bushel boxes and cloth shopping bags.
We estimate that Full Share members will receive about 450 pounds of produce in a season. Distribution runs from June and continues until October, for a season of about 16 weeks.
What crops are included in a CSA Share?
It's hard to say since the success of each crop can change each season based on the weather. However, we have compiled a list of our projected crops, based on a ten year average.
What types of meat do you have for purchase?
We offer chickens, beef, pork, lamb and Thanksgiving turkeys! Orders for these items can be placed in advanced seasonally.
What are heirloom varieties?
Many of the crop varieties that we grow are known as heirloom varieties.
Heirloom varieties are not hybrids, and their seed can be saved from year to year to produce the same plant each time. Hybrid seeds are special crosses developed for certain traits and cannot reproduce themselves.
We grow heirloom vegetables for their excellent flavor. The hybrids have been developed to capitalize on certain traits such as resistance to certain diseases, fruit uniformity, or longer storage capabilities. Unfortunately, with this selection, sacrifices in flavor are often made. Because we don’t have to worry about many of the problems that hybrids address, we can use the better-flavored heirlooms instead.
We are not exaggerating when we say that you can really taste the difference! Some of our members have even said that they have not tasted a tomato like ours since they were kids picking veggies in their Grandparent’s garden!
I just received my weekly share and I'm not sure what some of the crops are, how can I find out?
Each time you visit the farm to pick up your share, you can check the board for a complete list of items included in your share for that week!
If you forget to look, no worries! We also post the list weekly on our Members Updates page, under What's In My Share?
What other items can I buy from you besides my CSA Share?
Have a question that you don't see listed above? Just ask!
RC Organic Farms offers annual CSA Memberships to area residents interested in purchasing fresh, nutritious and organic farm-to-table vegetables, locally grown, and organically raised chicken, turkey, beef, pork, lamb and eggs fresh from our farm in Macomb County, Michigan. READ MORE