Frequently Asked Questions about the CSA share program:
How long is the CSA season?
The 2017 season will run from mid-May to mid-October, 22 weeks in total.
When and where do I pick up my farm share each week?
Pick-up can be made at Mom's Apple Pie in Leesburg, VA, Occoquan, VA and Round Hill, VA. Times vary for each spot and pick-up day.
How much food is in a share?
This will vary based on which part of the season we are in (starting off in May there are fewer items but they build up quickly as the summer breaks in... right on through September). Typically a share will have at least 6-10 items or bunches, a half share will have half of that, and a quarter share will have half of a half share. An item may be a bunch of carrots, a pound of tomatoes, a melon, a head or bag of lettuce, etc.
What Do You Grow?
We grow a large assortment of vegetables, herbs, and some fruit. Please be aware that crop failures do happen, so there is a chance that something on this list might not make it into your CSA share. This risk is exactly why we grow such a wide variety of produce-- if one thing does not do so well, we aim to have have a variety of crops to make up for the deficit.
A sampling of what we try to grow each season includes:
Asparagus, basil, beans, beets, blackberries, broccoli, cabbage varieties, cantaloupe or similar melons, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chives, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic/garlic scapes, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, onions, oregano, pac choi, parsley, parsnips, various types of peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins and other squash, radish, raspberries, scallions (spring onions), shallots, spinach, strawberries, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes, tomatillos, turnips, and watermelon.
We may not always get to plant everything each year... and sometimes a particular crop does not do as well as we would like or the weather prevents it from producing enough. We try not to get our hopes up too high and enjoy what grows well, so be open minded and adventurous with us!
What are your growing practices?
We are not certified organic, though we follow many organic practices. Because sustainability is at the core of our farming philosophy, there have been circumstances that require us to deviate slightly from organic methods in order to secure a particular crop at a given time. For example, in a very wet Spring an abundance of slugs might threaten our young strawberry crop; in such a situation we do our best to prevent slug damage with organic pest controls, but will resort to the least amount of effective conventional deterrents if it means saving the crop. We exercise great care and effort in balancing our goal to remain as organic as possible while maintaining sustainability, and Steven painstakingly attends to any issues by hand and extremely delicately. We are always searching for new organic methods to aid in our endeavors.
Is a CSA membership for me?
If you like to cook, enjoy experimenting, trying new things, and are excited to open a little surprise bundle each week, then YES a Lost Corner Farm CSA membership is perfect for you! You will be receiving many vegetables that you recognize and know what to do with (tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce) as well as some possibly new items (kale, kohlrabi, turnips). A weekly newsletter with quick and easy recipe ideas will be included in your weekly farm share to help you take full advantage of the produce you receive.
Who should NOT join a CSA?
If you do not cook at home very often and do not like to try new things, we advise you not to invest in a CSA membership. Also, if you travel frequently, it is not likely that you will be able to fully utilize your share and it probably isn't for you unless you love to share with others while you're gone!
What if I try it, but it's too little or too much for me?
We offer Quarter, Half & Full Share options in an effort to give as many size options as possible. If you are concerned about a share being too large before trying CSA out, we recommend that you select the next size down and try that out for a few weeks. You are more than welcome to increase your share size, however, we cannot allow members to decrease their share size. We plan and buy seeds for our plantings based on the share sizes that people order, and cannot offer a refund at any time during the season. If you do end up having too much food with your chosen share, we recommend that you spread the wealth and give some of your share to neighbors, other family members or donate to a local food drive such as Loudoun Interfaith Relief or the St. Lucy Project.
What if I get something in my box that I have never tried before?
Just think of it as a gift every week! The secret to trying new things is to have a good recipe. Check out the recipe page on our website and refer to your weekly newsletter in your email for recipe ideas.
I can't make it during pickup hours or I am going to be on vacation can I send a friend to pick up my box?
Absolutely. Feel free to send a friend or extended family member to pick up your box, but try to let us know in advance if you can.
Can you hold my share until the next day if I can't make it to the pick-up on-time?
Unfortunately we cannot do so at most of our pick-up locations, simply because we lack the space to properly store them. If you have a last minute emergency, give your pick-up location a call and see if they can accommodate your request. We make no promises, but are happy to try our best!
When I pick up my CSA share, can I keep the box?
Unfortunately no, but you can take the bag! Your produce will be bagged up and stored safely inside crates when you come to the pick up site. You can take the bags home each week, though you are required to swap them out each week when you come for your next share. Each member will be allotted two bags per season. If we don't have a bag to pack for you, we won't be able to pack your share! We recommend you bring your own reusable bags or boxes to carry your share home, that way you don't have to worry about forgetting to bring your bag back each week.
Can I cancel my CSA membership if I decide that I don’t like it?
By signing up, you are committing yourself to be a member of our CSA for the entire season, thus providing us with a secure market – a very welcome thing in the uncertain world of farming! We, in turn, dedicate ourselves to being your farmers and providing you with nutritious, naturally grown, high quality produce. You are free to transfer ownership of your share at any time, and are free to cancel PRIOR to the start of the season, but once season starts in May there are no refunds.