Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q. Is your lettuce Organic?
A. No. We use a hydroponic nutrient mix that is designed for lettuce. It has all the macro and micro nutrients in the correct ratios for good growth and health of the plant. It is not organic, but hydroponics doesn't really lend itself to organic, since in organic farming you are adding natural things to the soil so that the microbes in the soil can break them down into minerals that the plant can use. In hydroponics there isn't any soil, thus no soil microbes to break down organic nutrients.
Q. Do you use organically approved pesticides?
A. No. We don't use any pesticides - plant derived or synthetic. We use only beneficial insects for pest control. Ladybugs are our main defense and offense, along with lacewing larvae. This means you may have to wash off a bug or two, but we feel this natural pest control is much safer than putting poisons on our plants and in our bodies.
Q. I'm a member of another CSA also. Can I join your CSA for the fall/winter/spring only?
A. Yes. Our CSA is a monthly commitment. You may choose how long you want to participate. However, our CSA shares are available on a first-come first-served basis. If demand increases there is a possibility that there won't be shares available in the fall. Another option is to reduce your share to a half-share for the summer.
Q. Can I choose what types of lettuce I receive?
A. No. Your share will be a mix of at least 3 different lettuces, and the mix will change depending on what varieties are available for harvest that week.
Q. How much lettuce is a pound?
A. Our lettuce averages about 1/4 pound per head. A pound of lettuce will usually be 3-5 heads.
Q. Is there a deadline for joining the CSA?
A. No. We are a year-round CSA, and members are invoiced monthly, so you can join at any time, as long as we have shares available.
Q. Can I stop by and pick up some lettuce?
A. If you'd like to try our lettuce, please check with our specialty store customers first. We do not have a "farm store", or "hours of operation". Our lettuce is picked to order.
Q. Can I stop by for a tour?
A. We'd love to show you our farm, however, please remember that this is a family farm. The farm is our business, and we are usually busy picking, packing, or delivering lettuce and herbs to our customers. Tours are available by appointment, and cost $25 (fees may be waived for school tours). To schedule a tour, please fill out the tour request form.