FAQ: Longview Texas

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a direct partnership between the consumer and the farmer. The CSA member buys a share of the farm at the beginning of a growing season. In exchange, we work to grow the highest quality vegetables and fruits we can. Every week, the produce is picked and members pick up their shares. This arrangement is ecologically sound because it reduces the long-distance trucking involved in much of today's produce delivery. In addition, all the produce is organically grown. This method of growing food is healthier and more environmentally sustainable for the consumer, agricultural worker, and the land itself.

What sort of foods do you grow?
Bill's Organic Gardens diversified vegetable operation. We grow over 50 different types of vegetables and nearly 300 different varieties. Take a look at the "What's Growing" side bar for a current list. While almost all of the vegetables in our CSA shares come from Bill's Organic Gardens directly, we do occasionally add specialty items from other trusted local farms that use organic growing practices. For example, when in season, we offer our members organic oranges and grapefruits from South Texas as well as specialty crops such as asparagus and peaches from other local farms.

What does the membership include?
Your membership payment purchases a "share" of our season's harvest.

How much food does a member get each week?
Vegetable boxes are a half-bushel, and are usually enough for a family of 2-4 for a week depending on eating habits. Each week the vegetable boxes are filled with a variety of 8-12 seasonal, organically grown vegetables and fruits.

How long is your season?
We grow year-round, and provide CSA boxes 40 weeks out of the year. Our family takes a week off in August and another in December.

Why isn't there more fruit in the shares?
We are primarily a vegetable farm. We obtain fruit by cooperating with local organic fruit growers. Fruit is only available in certain seasons.

Can members visit the farm?
Yes! We love showing off our farm, but it is also our home and we must balance tours with a very busy work schedule. If you'd just like to schedule a visit, please contact us and we may be able to accommodate you.

How do I get my share?
Shares are picked up here at Bill’s Organic Garden by subscribers on Wednesday mornings before noon, using fresh fruits and vegetables that have been harvested only hours prior right here on the farm. Some subscribers organize weekly rotations where a designated person drives out to the farm to collect several members’ shares and then delivers them within that particular community.

How do I pick up my produce?
On delivery day, members come to the farm and get their shares for the week. Typically Wednesday of each week. 

What happens if I forget to pick-up my box?
Unfortunately, we do not give replacement boxes if you miss a pickup. Because our product is picked fresh. Donate any leftover vegetable boxes to a neighbor or to a family in need.

What is your cancellation policy?
In the CSA model, members are seen as active farm partners, sharing the risks and rewards of the harvest. Should you choose to cancel your subscription, we cannot offer a refund. The CSA partnership sustains our farm, individual members, and the community at large.

What happens if your crops fail?
Because weather always affects the rates of plant growth or maturation, and insects or diseases can always interrupt production or damage quality, farming is a risky business. We plan to harvest a minimum of around 10-15 different vegetable crops each week. This way if a few fail, we are still almost always able to provide a full CSA share.

What will be in my shares? 
A typical June share should include a mix of: jalapenos, winter squash, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, Yukon gold potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon, and bell peppers. Over the winter, the shares might include: salad mix, cauliflower, turnips, radishes, red potatoes, Swiss chard, spring onions, spinach, assorted peppers, aruguta, and cilantro. The quantity and variety are dependent on many factors, including weather or pests, and what we are able to successfully grow and harvest in a particular crop. A typical farm share feeds two people for one week.

What varieties do you grow?
I grow more than 30 types of vegetables and more than 100 varieties of them. Purple, white, yellow, and orange carrot, purple and orange cauliflower, half a dozen varieties of green beans, 12 types of greens, more than 10 types of lettuce, gold, white, and striped beets, basil, broccoli, cabbage, chard, chillies, cilantro, collard greens, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, figs, garlic, green garlic, kale, kohlrabi, melons, mustard greens, okra, parsley, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, salad mix, spinach, summer squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, winter squash, and more. I also offer all-natural farm cage free eggs from happy chickens living right here in Gregg County.