CSA FAQ

questions & answers

Freshly Inspired Community Supported Agriculture (csa)

what will I get each week?

Your freshly inspired box will vary based on which delicacies are ripe and in season.

In June, typical boxes will delight you with a variety of salad greens, strawberries, herbs, radishes, asparagus, rhubarb and more.

In August, a typical freshly inspired box may contain tomatoes, corn, assorted peppers, peaches, blueberries, summer squash, fresh cut herbs, and eggplant.

The variety continues throughout the fall with over 50 different varieties of apples, fresh pressed apple cider, pumpkins, winter squash, potatoes, and more.

how long is the season?

Our Farmer’s Harvest is 31 beautiful weeks which begins May 1st and ends November 29th.

Our Heart of the Harvest is 20 beneficial weeks which begins June 12th and ends October 25th.

Our Holiday Harvest is 4 ideal weeks which begins December 4th and ends December 23rd.

Join the freshly inspired program at any time in the season, and we’ll reduce your price and number of weeks accordingly.

when does our csa program start?

Our Farmer’s Harvest begins May 1st and ends November 29th.

Our Heart of the Harvest begins June 12th and ends October 23rd.

Our Holiday Harvest begins December 4th and ends December 23rd.

can I change my pick-up day?

Certainly. We ask that you please call the office a minimum of 48 hours in advance to advise of any changes. The administration fee for changes is $7.

can I skip a week?

Yes. We ask that you please call the office a minimum of 48 hours in advance to advise of any changes. To skip a week because of vacation, just let us know and you can get a double share the following week. There’s a $7 administrative fee. You may also choose to donate your share with no administrative fee. Donated shares will be provided to the Interfaith Food Pantry and Chester Food Pantry.

what if I do not know how to use (or even recognize!) the vegetables in my box?

Not to worry! Your weekly newsletter tells you all about the product and its culinary possibilities. Plus, our team loves to answer questions. We’re always available by phone or email, or Facebook.  Let us guide you in your culinary journey – throughout the season, we’ll tell you how to prepare each crop in a delicious, family-friendly dish.

how often will I receive a box of produce?

Your harvested delights arrive once a week during any of your preferred seasons. When you register, you will select either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday as your pick-up day based on the location desired.

where will I pick up my box?

You may choose your pick up location when you enroll. Options include:

  • Convenient pick up for locals at our Farm Store, where you may pack your own share or swap items at our Sharing Table.
  • Local chapters established in towns throughout Morris, Somerset, Essex, Passaic, Union, and Middlesex counties. Each chapter’s delivery date and pick up time is determined by the chapter host.
  • Corporate business chapters. These private chapters are open to employees of our corporate business partners. Delivery dates and times are determined by the designated company chapter host.
  • You may request weekly home delivery with an associated delivery fee.
  • You may also request to have your box delivered to one of our weekly farmer’s markets near you.

what time can I pick up my box?

Pick up time varies by location and is generally 2 pm – 7 pm

how do I enroll and pay?

You can enroll in one of three ways:

  • Visit us at 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930
  • Call us at (908) 528-8823
  • Enroll online

We accept cash, checks, Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

is there a deadline to enroll?

There is no deadline to enroll. You can even enroll partway through the season for a pro-rated cost. Sometimes, we may offer incentives to sign up early, so don’t miss out on those timely chances to save.

can I upgrade to a larger sized freshly inspired box?

Yes, if you want more than your current box, you can switch up to a larger box. We make it easy by prorating the cost. You may also call ahead to add items to your weekly share for convenient one-stop shopping.

can I downgrade my freshly inspired box size or cancel for a refund?

No. The cornerstone to any CSA is the idea of a seasonal commitment—both from the farm to you and from you to the farm. If you’re unsure what size box to get, start small as you can always upgrade.

how do I contact the farm?

You may contact us via mail, phone, fax, email, Facebook, and through our website. Our preference is that you contact us in person or over the phone; we love to talk to our customers!
Phone: (908) 528-8823
Email: maggie@alstedefarms.com

why choose the freshly inspired csa?

Our 31-week season is the longest and most inclusive CSA program in North Jersey!

Produce is certified organic or sustainably grown and contains more varieties of fruits and vegetables than any other CSA in the area.

 

Genuinely local, non-GMO
You’re tasting our best efforts, grown here in Chester just for you.

 

Variety you’ll come back for
It’s the kind of variety you’d expect from a 600-acre farm with 250 different fruits and vegetables.

 

Come for the veggies, stay for the fruit
Your freshly inspired box includes seasonal homegrown fruits at no additional charge, featuring: strawberries, peaches, blueberries, apples, pears, plums, and much, much more!

 

Size options
You may choose from 3 box sizes and three seasons to find the best option for you.

 

Convenient pickup
You may choose from 3 pickup days at our market as well as home delivery options and many local chapter sites. See chapter locations LINK!.

 

Corporate partnerships
Share the harvest love at work! We can deliver freshly inspired boxes directly to your workplace. For details, call 908-528-8823.

 

More flexibility
We allow changes in pick up days. If you need a one-week vacation, we allow a double share the following week. You may also donate your share or designate for someone to pick it up on your behalf. We just need 48 hours’ notice and a $7 administrative fee.

Free benefits for this visit—and the next and the next
Free pick your own (PYO) admission for you and your family! That means 100% free access to our PYO fields, plus unlimited hayrides, every day during our PYO season. You would solely pay the price-per-pound for what you harvest in our fields.