CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a direct customer/farmer relationship that is similar to a shareholder agreement. Purchasing a farm share at the beginning of the season is an investment in the farm and CSA members are given a share of the harvest every week throughout the season, for their commitment. This allows farms to plan the growing season around their customers' needs, and gives CSA members the freshest, highest-quality produce available. CSA programs are a great way to build communities around local food!
Puddle Produce Farm has a weekly vegetable box program (CSA) starting in May and ending in September. Customers who purchase a CSA share get a box of veggies every week during the program.
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What is Harvie?
Why it's Awesome
We want to give CSA customers as much variety & convenience as possible, and Harvie allows us to do that. Harvie is a software platform that helps farmers offer their customers a customizable CSA program.
Each week's share will be based on a combination of your preferences and what our farm has available that week. For example: don't like beets? Rate them a “not for me” and you will never get them in your share! Love carrots? Rate them “I love them” and if we’ve got them, you’ll get them! And each week you can further customize your share by swapping items too!
Bottom line, Harvie gives you more choice and flexibility while still supporting local, seasonal farmers!
How it Works
Once you sign up, you’ll get to set preferences to all the products we offer. This tells the Harvie algorithm what to give you every week. Don’t worry, you can change these preferences at anytime!
Prior to your delivery you'll receive the “It’s Time to Customize Your Share” email. You'll have 48 hrs to make swaps, place a hold, reschedule your share, or purchase extras. If your share looks good you don’t have to do anything, just pick up as usual.
Pick up your fully customized share!
With Harvie managing our CSA program, you get all the same perks & features as you did before, including:
flexible payment plans
recipe suggestions with every delivery
first dibs on all the best produce from the farm
10-15% more value than buying from the Farmers' Market
But with Harvie, you also get more choice. Because you get to choose what you like and don't like, as well as adjust your box contents every week, there is much more flexibility than the traditional CSA program provides, while still being manageable for the farm. It also allows us to have more CSA customers because it's easier to manage, getting more local product to more people.
Here is a great video about setting up your Veggie Box share using the Harvie website.
We want customers to know that you have to do this setup only once! After you have purchased your share and set your veggie and delivery preferences, you will simply get the customization email each week and make changes if you want to. That's it!