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BGF CSA - 2010 Pre-Season Letter

Posted 6/5/2010 9:09am by Scott Farabaugh.

Greetings BGF CSA Members,

Again, we would like to thank you for joining our CSA for the 2010 season. It is our hope that you, your family, and friends will enjoy the produce we have to offer. Enjoy!

This letter provides reminders and rules on how we would like our members to assist us throughout the season – there are almost 200 of you but only 1 farmer. We need all the help we can get. Please be sure to carefully read through this letter as it provides information on pick-ups and vacation policies. You may even wish to print it and put it in a place for easy reference.

We will begin share pick-ups this week! On Wednesday, June 9th for Carrolltown, Ebensburg, Loretto, and Nicktown; on Thursday, June 10th for PHCC, Cope residence, Riek’s Country Store, & Boderocco residence; and on Friday, June 11th for downtown Johnstown. You are to pick up your box from your assigned location on your assigned day (see “Pick-up Site Instructions” below).

Each week our members will receive an email containing our newsletter. This weekly feature includes a list of items to expect in your box that week, a recipe highlighting a particular item in that box, news/updates about the farm, and any reminders along the way. Please be sure to visit our website at www.bluegoosefarmnicktown.com. Each email that we send will be posted under “What’s New” of the homepage so you may view and review this information at anytime. Also, all of our recipes to date are posted under “More” for your convenience.

PICK-UP SITE INSTRUCTIONS

The pick-up process will be the same as last year - go to your designated location each week between the specified times. Your box will be sitting in a specified location at your pickup site (see below). Note: the boxes are NOT personalized. All boxes are the same in share size and content. Should you find a product in your box you are unfamiliar with, we encourage you to try it! We try to educate our members about certain products providing suggestions on its preparation and/or storage. If you personally dislike an item, we suggest sharing it with a friend.

At each site, there will be a clipboard holding a sheet of paper listing each member at that site. We ask that you pick up one box and check off your name from the clipboard list. This will help us identify who missed pick-up that week.

As a thank you for your membership, we will provide each member with his/her own reusable tote. This tote is to be used to carry your products each week. Remember to bring it with you each week! Please DO NOT take boxes- this is our way to help curb cost and to be mindful of our earth.

PICK-UP SITE LOCATIONS

IMPORTANT: Please be mindful of the sites that are residences or businesses. Our members have volunteered their property to be used as drop locations. We ask that you respect their property and the specified times for picking up your box. The pick-up day for your location in that day ONLY. Boxes not picked up by the close of day will be donated. You will NOT get another. We had some problems last year with folks not picking up until Saturday and sometimes on Sunday. This is an inconvenience to the family or business that resides at the drop site.

Also, the contacts for these drop locations have shared their phone numbers with you. Call if you need directions. And please call if you are running late and unable to pick up your box by the close time to let the resident know when you can be there. Thank you.

Wednesday Pick-ups

Carrolltown - Michelle's Herbs, 130 Holly Street, 2:00-6:00 p.m., boxes found under porch or inside
                   house. (814-344-8880)

Ebensburg - Lakeside Church of the Nazerene, next to Lake Rowena, 2:00-6:00 p.m., boxes found
                  inside the rear entrance foyer.

Loretto - St. Francis University, Torvian Hall, 2:00-6:00 p.m., boxes found on back loading docks.

Nicktown - Blue Goose Farm, 2965 Blue Goose Road, 2:00-6:00 p.m., boxes found in white
               refrigerator just inside the Blue Building. (814-948-7188)

Thursday Pick-ups

Richland - Cope Residence, 160 Macridge Avenue, 2:00-6:00 p.m., boxes found on back porch. 
               (814-269-3324)

PHCC- Richland Campus, 101 Community College Way, boxes found in main entrance. 
             NOTE: PHCC’s time vary - from June to September pick-up times are between
          2:00-5:30p.m. Once fall classes begin, times change to 2:00-6:00 p.m. Please make
          note of this!

Westmont - Boderocco Residence, 201 Furnari Avenue, 2:00-6:00 p.m., boxes found on 
                 covered porch.  (814-255-5264)

Riek’s Country Store – 213 Habicht Street, 2:00-6:00 p.m., boxes found inside store. 
                                (814-539-6280)

Friday Pick-ups

Johnstown - Downtown Farmers Market, Central Park along Franklin Street, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
                      NOTE: After hours pick-up – Pam J. Mayer, ESQ. Law Office, 243 Adams Street,
                2:30-5:00 p.m., boxes found inside building. (814-536-1144)


VACATION INSTRUCTIONS

If you will be taking vacation, we ask that you notify us TWO weeks prior to your absence. You may simply email or call us. We will make arrangements with you as to when you may make up for that lost week. We handle such absences by allowing you to double up on products at another date. You may wish to specify which date you'd like to double up - say, if you know you'll be doing some entertaining on a particular weekend and would like more goods for your guests; or if you would like to wait until the end of the season and double up on items that will last through the fall and winter. We are flexible, but we ask for your cooperation in advance.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact us. We thank you for your cooperation and look forward to a bountiful season with you!

Enjoy the season!

Scott & Chrissy Farabaugh

814-948-7188

sctfab@yahoo.com