FAQ

Why should I sign up for the CSA?

There are a lot of reasons to join a CSA and buy a share in a farm's harvest. Some people join for the amazingly fresh food. Some people enjoy the connection to a specific farm and/ or farmer. Others just want to support their local food system and are looking for a simple one-stop way to do so. Listed are some other reasons why to join KU’s CSA: Fresh, locally grown produce; support the sustainability of four local organic farms; challenge yourself to cook at home more; healthier meals for you and your family, convenience delivery on campus. 

When will the CSA for 2018 start and how long will it last?

The CSA is 24 weeks long. It begins the week of May 14 and will end the last week of October. But to know how much to plant, the farms need members to sign up in advance. Please sign up by April 15th for your choice of pick-up location. Sign-ups are available online at Common Harvest CSA

What's in the bag?

Common Harvest has provided a general list of what tends to grow well in Kansas during each month of the growing season. These are the types of items you can expect to see as the growing season progresses. 

Subscribers to Crops to Campus will receive weekly emails forecasting what the farmers will be bringing to the pick-ups that week. Please note: this does not guarantee that each item will be available to everyone. Some items may be experiencing a more successful season and therefore be more plentiful, others may be harvested in smaller amounts and therefore run out quickly. 

The email used to sign-up for the CSA will be the one these weekly emails are sent to. Please use an email that you will check if you wish to receive weekly produce updates and recipes. 

Who can sign up?

Any KU student, faculty, or staff member can sign up for KU’s CSA. The contract for the CSA will be between the share-holder and the farm(s). The Common Harvest CSA is also open to the Lawrence community. 

Is there a smaller share I could have?
Yes, a partial share is available for $52 a month ($13 a week). Back to School shares will also be available for those who leave Lawrence during the summer. These abbreviated subscriptions will begin the week of Labor Day (Sept. 4th) and run through the end of October.

You can also split your share with a friend, family member, or a co-worker. When choosing the option, please make one person responsible for payment. Common Harvest CSA cannot split payments between two individuals

Can a friend and I go into together to purchase one share for the both of us?

Yes, you can split your share with a friend, family member, or a co-worker. When choosing the option, please make one person responsible for payment. Common Harvest CSA cannot split payments between two individuals

Can I trade an item I don't want for something I'd rather have?

Yes, Common Harvest offers a swap basket in which you can trade one item you don't prefer for another you'd rather have. You can also use this option to trade something for an item you'd like to have more of. The hope is that this addition to the program will give you more flexibility and choice. Note: Common Harvest cannot guarantee that a given item will be available in the swap basket when you arrive for your share, in the case that earlier customers swapped for all available portions of that item.

Why is the share of certain items so small?

When the Common Harvest farmers harvest a specialty item that has a limited growing season - such as asparagus - they try to make sure that everyone can enjoy a taste. Therefore they split the portions into smaller bundles, sharing the wealth with more subscribers. The value of your share is spread out over the entire basket, thus a smaller amount of something does not equate to a lesser value share. In 2017, Common Harvest is making an effort to provide larger portions of items, where possible, in order to allow for a complete recipe. Note: this may not always be possible for these specialty items.

Does an individual with a partial share have their choice of all the items available that week?

Unfortunately not. The partial share is not a half share, it is a share of fewer items. There will be several items that all shares, both partial and full, can choose from. The full share, which costs more, will have their choice of a few additional items which are fewer in quantity or are of higher value. If you want to have access to more specialty items like eggs or honey, for example, we recommend the full share.

How much does home delivery cost and when will it be delivered?

The new home delivery option is the same price as a pick-up share, plus a delivery fee of $7 a week. Home deliveries are made on Tuesdays between 3:00 and 7:00pm. The share is delivered in an insulated bag.

Why is there only one KU pick-up location?

Recent site changes at Memorial Stadium made it less suitable for hosting the CSA pick-up location, as it has in past years. With Common Harvest offering other pick-up options in Lawrence, we opted to consolidate to one KU pick-up location, while promoting the other pick-up options available.

KU staff, faculty, and students can sign-up for the Common Harvest pick-up option that works best for them, including Watkins Health Center, Sunrise Greenhouse at 15th and Learnard, Lawrence City Hall, midtown Kansas City, or home delivery.


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