Community Supported Agriculture
Frequently Asked Questions
Take the guesswork out of dinner—it’s an easy and convenient way to commit to healthy eating while enjoying the best of what the season has to offer. In addition to seasonal standbys, you’ll discover new favorites as you experience new vegetable varieties. Sweet Pea Farm strives to provide healthy produce at an affordable price to our local community. While the share is an upfront investment, it offers more than just a replacement for supermarket vegetables. Your CSA vegetables will be harvested just for you at their peak flavor and ripeness. As a shareholder, you will also receive a weekly email containing recipes relevant to your share that week.
What will I receive in my vegetable share? Do I get to pick?
You don’t get to pick what goes in your share because share contents are based upon what is ready to harvest each week. Take a look at the Rhode Island Harvest Calendar on Farm Fresh RI’s website for a comprehensive list of seasonal availability. Produce that Sweet Pea Farm plans to grow for the 2019 season includes: beets, summer squash, kale, radishes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, basil, carrots, turnips, fennel, garlic, cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumbers, snap beans, potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower, onions, celery, pea greens and much more.
How much food will I get?
The Basic Vegetable Share is designed for an omnivorous family of four or one to two enthusiastic cooks/vegetable lovers and will generally include six to ten items per week. An example of an item is a 2 lbs. bag of potatoes or a pint of cherry tomatoes.
What’s the schedule?
The 2019 CSA program runs for 15 weeks from the week of June 24 to the week of September 30.
Where/When can I pick up my share?
At the time of sign-up, you will choose your pick-up location from the following options:
-Providence from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Tuesdays at White Buffalo (267 Broadway) on the West End.
-Lincoln from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Tuesdays at a private residence off Angel Road.
-Charlestown 3:00 to 7:00pm on Fridays at Amos Greene Farm (233A Carolina Back Road).
Do you deliver shares?
Unfortunately, we don't deliver shares to individuals.
What happens to my share when I go on vacation?
In the event that you are unable to pick up your share, you have the option to gift your share to a friend or family member. We ask that you notify us of this change and provide us with a name, phone number and email address one week in advance. We are not responsible for unclaimed shares. Unclaimed shares will be donated to the Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need (RICan).
What happens if I forget to pick up my share?
You'll receive a reminder email on your pick-up day with share contents, recipes and farm updates. However, it is your responsibility to pick up your share during scheduled hours and we are not responsible for holding unclaimed shares. Unclaimed shares will be donated to the Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need (RICan).
What are your growing methods?
We are committed to growing healthy food that is also good for our planet! We use sustainable growing methods focusing on soil health. Food safety is also a top priority.
Does everything come from Sweet Pea Farm?
Almost all of the vegetables in your share are grown at Sweet Pea Farm by farmer Kathan Teepe. On rare occasions, for example if there is a crop failure or in the instance of sweet corn (see below), we may include an item from another local farm with similar growing practices. When/if this happens, we promise to be transparent and let you know who grew it and how they grew it!
What about corn?
Sweet Pea Farm does not grow sweet corn. This is a very difficult crop to grow organically and on a small-scale. Due to member demand, we will try to include sweet corn from another local farm in the CSA this season. Again, we promise to be transparent and let you know who grew it and how they grew it!
What is the cost?
The cost of a share is $525, which breaks down to $35/week. Returning members are also offered a $25 discount at sign-up. The cost of the share also includes two reusable, insulated shopping bags. While pricing of the items is based on farmers market pricing, members will find that the value of their share can exceed the $35/week. To participate in a CSA program is to share in the risks and rewards of local agriculture. A crop failure may mean less of something, but a bumper crop crop means more of something else. Last season we experienced a bumper crop of tomatoes! Members often received a quart of cherry tomatoes, a quart of salad tomatoes, and eight to 12 slicing tomatoes each week during the peak of tomato harvesting season.
How do I sign up?
The 2019 CSA Program is currently full - please e-mail us to join the waitlist for the 2020 season!
What form of payment is accepted?
We accept personal checks as well as all major credit cards through PayPal.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, the payment plan is half due at the time of sign-up and the remainder due by July 1st. Please note that the early bird discount is not valid with a payment plan option.