FAQ about Big River Farms CSA and more

Are your vegetables certified organic? What about GMOs?
Yes. In 2008, Big River Farms (the farms owned by MFA) became Certified Organic by MCIA. Our grower standards prohibit the use of Genetically Modified Organisms.

A CSA box is not for me, but how can I support your work?
Donate to MFA-Help support MFA’s Agricultural Training Program. As a Donor Share member, you receive donor recognition on our website and an invitation to all Big River Farms events. Your donation is also tax-deductible. Choose from preset options or your own level of support.
Harvest for the Hungry-Your dollars will be matched 100% by the Emergency Foodshelf Network and used to purchase produce from farmers in our agricultural training program. Food shelf users will enjoy fresh, healthy greens and vegetables. Your donation also is tax deductible. Everyone wins!

A CSA box is too big for me, are there other options?
Our Summer’s Best Boxes are fit for 2-4 adults depending on your eating habits and needs. Regrettably, we are unable to offer a small/half share option. If you think a full share might be too much, we encourage you to find a friend, relative or neighbor to split your box with. In past years, members have split boxes each week as well as alternating weeks – both styles have been successful. If you do not have anyone to split with, we can assist by connecting you with other members at your neighborhood dropsite who are interested in splitting a share.

How do I know local food is safe to eat?
It is a good question. The best way to know your food is safe is to know exactly where your food is coming from. At Big River Farms, we invite all of our members to come out to the farm and see for themselves how we do things here. If you have any further questions, the farm manager is always available to talk. At Big River Farms we have always strived for clean and safe farming practices. We get our compost and our water supply tested every year for levels of harmful bacteria and have always passed with flying colors.

I like to can and freeze. Do you ever have bulk produce?
We do sell bulk vegetables from time to time during the season when there is an abundance of any one crop. We will send out information on bulk purchasing possibilities a week or so before we offer them for sale.

Do you grow ethnic vegetables?
The farmers in our training program come from all over the world. As such, we often have many unique ethnic crops growing in our fields. We often will put some bok choi, lemon grass, and mustard greens in the box once or twice. If there are other more specific ethnic crops you are looking for like sticky corn, bitter melon, or spider plant, please let us know. The farmers in our program are always interested in selling their produce.

What if I don’t know what a certain vegetable is in my box?
You have come to the right place. Each week, along with a box of yummy vegetables we also send you a newsletter. This letter includes a list of all the vegetables in the box, information on how to store and process any unusual vegetables, plus three to four recipes using items from the box.

How do I pay for my CSA share?
There are two options for payment. You may pay by credit card by going to our Website and clicking on ‘Join the CSA’ icon. This will take you through the steps necessary for credit card payment. Here you will find the option to make a down payment and then pay in installments if you would like. Secondly, you may pay with a check by mail. Here too, we are able to accept up to three postdated checks to reach the amount of your share. All we ask with either method of payment is that we receive all your payments by May 31st.

What happens if I am unhappy with my box?
If you are unhappy in any way with your box or CSA share, we will do everything we can to help you. We appreciate your support and trust in us and want to honor that trust with quick responses to any worries or unhappiness. We have in the past had the rare occasion to give a refund to an unhappy member. Almost always we are able to work with you to ensure that your relationship with us is a good one.

Am I required to volunteer on the farm?
Absolutely not. By buying a CSA share from our farm you already have shown a huge amount of commitment and support to our farm and programs. We greatly appreciate it. However, we do have work days and events that you are more than welcome to come to if you would like. We do these events mostly as a way to create a community around the farm and to get to know you better. Periodically you may receive invitations to work events throughout the season. Please do not feel any pressure to attend.

When is the farm manager available to talk with directly?
The Farm Manager’s office hours are Monday 8am to 11am and Wednesday 8am to 11am. If you leave a message on his phone he will get back to you as soon as possible. If you would like to come out to the farm, there are many opportunities to do so many times during the growing season. We have first Saturday of the month volunteer work days in April, May, June and September, plus a Spring Open House in May and a Fall Harvest Party in October.