We deliver Boxed Shares weekly to several sites in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Members or business owners who have offered us the use of their garage, porch, etc. as a place to drop off pre-boxed shares of produce host these sites. We are looking to deliver to more communities! If you have an interest in hosting and recruiting members for a new Boxed Share drop-off site for us for 2017, please contact Rachel, our Boxed Share Coordinator, at 609-737-8846, or email the office!
In the 26 years since we have been offering a CSA program, vegetable eating habits have changed, the average family size has decreased as one-person households have increased and requests to diversify our produce offerings and membership types have increased. To address the changing needs of our community and to ensure that the Boxed Share program also works economically for the farm, we offer the following four Boxed Share sizes:
Personal Box (delivered in a .28 bushel box; approximately 3-5 lbs. of produce): 3-5 produce items (crops) per week (box photo below).
Basic Box (delivered in a ½ bushel box; approximately 6-12 lbs. of produce): 6-8 produce items (crops) per week.
Premium Box (delivered in a 3/4 bushel box; approximately 9-17 lbs. of produce): 9-12 produce items (crops) per week. This option has more variety and overall quantity than the Basic box.
Deluxe Box (delivered in a 1 bushel box; approximately 12-22 lbs. of produce): 9-12 produce items (crops) per week. Largest size delivered on our Boxed Share program. More variety and overall quantity than the Premium box (box is depicted below, with fall produce).
While the produce will be delivered in .28 bushel, ½ bushel, 3/4 bushel and 1 bushel boxes, depending on share size, please know that at certain times of the season the boxes may not be completely full, and at other times of the season, there may be additional produce located outside the box, such as pumpkins, cabbage and watermelon. Please know that during the first two weeks of the season, the above-listed weights and crop diversity may be a little light, as less weighty crops, such as lettuce and kale, may be the only crops mature enough for harvest at that time.
The boxes are pre-packed by farm staff, so no need to box your own at your pick-up site! The boxes are delivered to host sites in our refrigerator truck, and contain assorted produce that has only been grown on our farms. As always, all produce is 100% certified organic. The Deluxe Box is perfectly sized for about three to four adults with average vegetable eating habits; the Premium Box is appropriate for two to three adults; the Basic Box is suitable for two adults, or one small family; and the Personal Box is designed to accommodate an individual or couple who often eats out. Again, during the height of the season, there may be produce such as watermelon, cabbage and pumpkins located outside of the box, in separate crates or boxes.
What do the boxes look like at the pick-up site?
A poster of our four different share sizes will be posted soon!
We serve the following neighborhoods in our Delivered Boxed Share program:
Belmar, Basking Ridge, Branchburg, Brick, Collingswood, Cranbury, Fair Haven, Flemington, Haddonfield, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Highland Park, Lambertville, Lincroft, Maplewood, Medford, Metuchen, Middletown, Monroe Township, Moorestown, Morristown, Neptune, Ocean, Pennington, Princeton (4 locations!), Princeton Junction (West Windsor), Roseland, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury, Somerville/Bridgewater, South Orange, Spring Lake Heights, Summit & Woodbridge
Bloomberg (Skillman), Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ (New Brunswick), Novo Nordisk (Plainsboro), J&J Consumer (Skillman), Tyco & NRG (both in Princeton) & Janssen Pharmaceutical (Titusville)
We are always looking for new Boxed Share host sites. If you live in eastern Pennsylvania or New Jersey and have an interest in hosting, please contact our office to speak to our office manager.
During our 2017 application processing season (between December 2016 to whenever we sell out for 2017, usually some time in August), you would choose the site from which to pick up a Boxed Share on our Application. Please keep in mind you may not alternate with other locations throughout the course of the season. For example, if you chose to pick up your box in Summit throughout the spring and fall, but want to switch to picking up in Moorestown throughout the summer, we are not able to accommodate you. However, occasionally you may pick up share at the Pennington or Chesterfield farm in lieu of picking up your Delivered Boxed Share, provided you call or email in advance. Delivered Boxed Share members may not cancel their box delivery in person at the farm.
Also included in your Delivered Boxed Share fee are weekly pick-your-own privileges to the pick-your-own crops at either the Pennington or Chesterfield farm (you will be assigned one of these PYO farms depending on which Boxed Share site you choose, download the PYO location chart HERE). Please download your Boxed Share Handbook to determine which farm you would visit. The This Week’s Distribution and PYO lists page of our website lets you know what’s available for pick-your-own harvesting from week to week, and is updated a minimum of three days a week. We will occasionally harvest some of the pick-your-own crops for you, such as strawberries, hot peppers and green beans, and include them in your box. However, please try to set aside a few days each season to visit the farm to do you own pick-your-own harvesting, since nothing compares to the freshness of a fresh-picked strawberry or snap pea! Many of our members tell us that the CSA membership is still a good value even if they don’t partake in PYO harvesting.
For members’ convenience, a weekly newsletter is emailed. The newsletter lists the produce selection for the week, allowing members to plan their weekly meals. It is essential that Boxed Share members read their weekly emails, in order to know if there changes to procedures or items outside their boxes for pick-up. Delivered Boxed Share members also enjoy reading our monthly online newsletter, The Local Harvest, in addition to participating in our events.
Boxed Share members receive an email in mid-May enclosing directions to their pick up location, and confirming their pick-up day. Handbooks will be found on this webpage in 2017 & members are encouraged to read prior to your first pick-up day.
It is really important for members to read their Handbook. The Handbook is a member’s “owners manual” and answers commonly asked questions about the farm, i.e., how to store produce, what to do when you get to your pick-up site and pick-your-own harvesting rules, etc. Please keep in mind that if you have additional questions, you can always call the Veggie Hotline during office hours (during the distribution season, office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm). Please also keep in mind that members who do not adhere to our CSA program’s rules run the risk of having their membership terminated.
The start date of the distribution season varies from year to year depending on the weather, but is usually sometime in late-May, early June. For the exact date of the first pick-up and the start of pick-your-own strawberries, please visit our website, Facebook page or look for an email from the farm starting May 10th. The first pick-up is sometime after May 10th. Again, it is really important for members to read each email sent to them from the farm.
This Week’s Harvest
Plan your meals for the week.
Our harvest calendar indicates produce availability throughout the growing season.
The Local Harvest
Please read our newsletter The Local Harvest to connect with the farm and the larger community.
Buying A Share
Become part of our community by purchasing a share.