Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
It is a commitment between individuals or families and farmers, where people buy into the farm as members during the start of the growing season, and in exchange receive a weekly share of the farm’s harvest.
Can I begin a CSA after the start date?
Yes, if spots are available. The price will be prorated upon sign up.
Can I share my basket?
We do not sell half shares, but it is fine if you’d like to split a share with a friend or co-worker. Some people split the share after pick-up or you can go one week and your friend the next. Please keep in mind that although two of you are splitting the share, some items do not come in pairs… broccoli in spring or watermelon in summer for example.
When you sign-up, please make sure to include the names and contact info of any one who will be coming to pick-up for the share, as well as all the e-mail addresses of folks who want to receive the newsletters and updates.
Can I add additional items to my basket?
Yes, Green Button Farm not only grows produce, but we also raise, meat chickens, eggs, pork, and beef. If you are interested in adding any item intermittently to your basket, you may purchase through the store section of our website or contact us via email. We will deliver these items when you pick up your basket.
Do I need to return my basket or tote?
We have purchased two delivery boxes per share. Please return your basket on the following week’s pick up. If you lose or damage your basket you will be invoiced for $15 dollars per box. If you simply do not return a basket next week’s delivery will be in a designer feed bag, and we will grumble about you while we pack.
What are your current Drop Off sites?
Currently we deliver to:
- Respite Cafe
- Duke Forest
- Pop’s Backdoor South
- Forest Hills Neighborhood (directly to your home)
- Woodcroft (directly to your home)
- Fairfield Subdivision (directly to your home)
- Downing Creek Subdivision (directly to your home)
- Southpoint Manor Subdivision (directly to your home)
- Crosdaile Subdivision (directly to your home)
- Duke School
- Farm on Sundays 4:30-6:30pm
How do I pay for my CSA?
Please Join our CSAs through our website storefront. If you prefer to be emailed an invoice due to questions, need for prorated pricing, discounts, or specialty add-ons please contact us by email. Our farm office will then invoice you. We accept checks, cash, credit cards, and paypal.
What are the dates of the CSA?
Typically our Spring/ Summer CSA begins mid March and ends the last week of August. Our Fall/ Winter CSA season usually commences in early Septemeber and ends the week of Christmas. We offer 22 weeks of produce for Summer and our Fall/Winter CSA is 15 weeks. We include a two week break for farmer r&r in our dates.
What is in my CSA Basket?
We offer various types of CSAs. Our most popular CSA is our Produce basket. These baskets of local culinary goodness include 5 to 10 vegetables and herbs selected from a wide range of items that vary with the seasons. You will receive 22 or 15 weeks of seasonal produce ranging from: lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, beets, greens, kohl rabi, peas, and carrots (at the start) to a variety of beans, berries, tomatoes tomatoes, egg plant, peppers, cucumbers, squashes, melons, figs (just to name a few). Members also have the option to add proteins to their share by joining one of our other egg or meat CSAs. All of our produce and meat is grown locally. If you are expecting bananas or avocados in the summer or tomatoes in the winter, we are not the CSA for you. If you want to choose your own produce we are not for you. We do allow protein choices, but ask that you remember there are only 2 lb. of flank per cow…
Can I choose what’s in my basket each week?
We are a small farm operation, and we cannot offer choices each week. We do our best to provide your family with a great variety of fresh vegetables. If you would like to make a suggestion on particular varieties, please contact us by email.
Is the produce in my basket organic?
Green Button Farm maintains a strict intolerance for the use of chemicals and synthetic, petroleum based fertilizers. We’d rather not offer a crop than use pesticides or herbicides. Our pest and weed program is made of sweat, forethought and prayer. We view ourselves as an alternative to the chemical status quo found in your grocer’s produce department. If a six year old cannot read the name of the input, you will not find it in our food. However, we are not certified organic.
What to do if you are out of town?
CSAs are community supported. We plan our growing season around our customers. If you are out of town, you have one of three options: you can gift your share that week to a friend, you can sell your share to a friend, or you can donate your week’s share to a Durham family in need (we can deliver this for you). Please let us know one week in advance if you will not be picking up your share.
Do you offer home delivery to my area?
We will deliver to any office or directly to your home in a neighborhood in the Durham/ Chapel Hill area if you have 5 or more interested participants. Please contact us by email if you would like for your location to be added. We can also email or snail mail you information about our CSAs to help garner interest in your office or neighborhood. Please feel free to add our website information to any of your list serves!
What is your subscription cancellation/refund policy?
In the CSA model, members are seen as active farm partners, sharing the risks and rewards of the harvest. Members may cancel their subscription renewal at any time, for any reason, however should you choose to cancel your subscription, we cannot offer a refund for shares already paid for, and any installment balances must be paid upon cancellation. We can offer a gift certificate for the amount of remaining shares on your account that you can give as a gift. The CSA partnership sustains our farm, individual members, and the community at large.