Late Fall CSA Policies and FAQ


What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique model of local agriculture in which a community and farmer develop a direct and close relationship with one another. In doing so, CSA participants are able to insert themselves back into the food system and share in both the risk and the rewards that farmers face each and every season – and it’s one of the main reasons we refer to our participants as “Shareholders.” CSA Shareholders invest in a portion of the season’s harvest at the beginning of the year; their investment helps provide their farmer with the support to invest in the seeds, fertility, and equipment needed for the coming growing season. In return, the farm provides a healthy bounty of produce to their Shareholders throughout the season.

There are many forms of CSA programs: some are exclusively delivery-based where members pick up or receive a box from a distribution site; others invite Shareholders to the farm to pick up their vegetables in-person, directly from the farmers. Regardless of each CSA’s structure, the core tenets remain consistent: Shareholders receive delicious local food, cultivate a closer relationship with their farmer, develop familiarity with how their food is grown, and become connected to the seasonality of their region.  

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What makes Oxbow’s farm and CSA unique?

Oxbow is not only a farm; it’s a nonprofit organization that recognizes each integral part needed to build a thriving and sustainable ecosystem. Oxbow grows food and native plants, restores and maintains the land, and educates people about nature and farming so that the cycle can continue, generation after generation. You can learn more about Oxbow’s work and mission here.

Oxbow is committed to connecting our Shareholders to the land and to the people who care for it. Our goal is to grow a strong community around our CSA program, and by sharing our farm with you, cultivate passionate land stewards and advocates for local agriculture.

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How does the Late Fall CSA work?

The Late Fall CSA is similar to many “traditional” CSA programs, where Shareholders receive a pre-packed box of fresh produce each week in exchange for an up-front payment.

Oxbow’s 2020 Late Fall CSA is a new program that aims to bring more fresh, local, and organic produce to people during a time where access to safe food is paramount. Production levels are lower in the fall, so to ensure that there is enough produce for all, Shareholders get to choose from one of three pre-packed box options each week. We will invite Shareholders to make their box selection by a set weekly date and time (via email), and then our farmers will get to packing your Share of delicious local produce. You’ll pick up your box at our new Farm Stand, bring the produce home, and get eating!

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Where is Oxbow Located?

We are a King County farm located in beautiful Carnation, WA, just 25 miles east of Seattle. Oxbow’s address is 10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE. NOTE: Google maps may take you to the incorrect entrance. Please pay careful attention to signage. Look for a large “Welcome to Oxbow” sign marking the new driveway. Other entrances used in past years will be CLOSED and may be difficult to back out of.

 

The map below shows a pin point marking the turning point for the Public Entrance.

  • Drive slowly (10 MPH) on all farm roads and watch for other guests.
  • Follow the signs directing you to the parking area.
  • Do not drive past the Farm Stand and into the Oxbow grounds unless you’ve been instructed to by Oxbow staff.


Is there U-Pick during the Late Fall CSA Season?

All of our U-Pick is over for the season come November and December – enjoy the seasonal goodies that our farmers pick out for you each week!

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What health and safety measures is the farm taking to protect CSA Shareholders?

The health and safety of our Shareholders and our staff are Oxbow’s number one priorities. Only one person may enter the Farm Stand to pick up at a time, and social distancing and wearing face coverings while at Oxbow is required at this time. Please do not come to pick up your CSA if you are feeling sick. Let us know if you have any questions by emailing farmers@oxbow.org or click here to learn more about Oxbow’s health and safety practices on the farm.

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Cost

Investment in Oxbow’s Late Fall CSA gives Shareholders 6 weeks of fresh organic vegetables, while also helping our farm purchase the materials, organic fertilizers, and equipment we need to farm each season. 

The total cost for the full 6-week season is $200, payable in one lump sum prior to the start of the season. Boxes are valued at $25, and our special Thanksgiving box (may include fruit and other goodies to help you prep your holiday meal) is valued at $50. Shares include a $25 donation to support Oxbow’s food access work throughout the late fall and winter.

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Payment Policy

Payment is due at the time of registration in order to secure your spot. 

Payment by credit card or e-check is preferred via our CSA signup page. Please contact us directly if you need to make alternate payment arrangements.

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Pick-up Information

Wednesdays from Nov. 11th through Dec. 16th from 3-7PM on the farm in Carnation, with the exception of the week of Thanksgiving. Pickup for Thanksgiving boxes will be on Monday, November 23rd. Pickup will be on-farm only, at the new Farm Stand!

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Missed Weeks

If you know you will be unable to pick up your Share on a certain date, please contact us at farmers@oxbow.org as soon as possible to arrange for alternate pickup. We will do our best to accommodate with an appropriate amount of notice. 

If you forget to pick up your box, it will be donated to Oxbow’s partnering hunger relief organizations. We are committed to reducing food waste and ensuring that community members beyond our CSA have access to organic food. 

We are unable to offer refunds or credits for missed pickups.

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Cancellations

As a true Community Supported Agriculture program, our Shareholders partner with Oxbow farmers to share in both the risks and successes of a growing season. Shareholders provide critical funds to help our farmers purchase the materials needed to farm during the winter season. We plan our crops and staffing needs based on Shareholder participation and commitment to the season, and are unable to offer refunds past November 10, 2020. We will review cancellation requests when extenuating circumstances arise.

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