Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a CSA?

A: CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture. This is a concept whereby the farmer and his community build a relationship to support one another - the community helps financially support the farmer by buying a share* in his annual crop, and the farmer in turn provides a fresh, healthy variety of local produce to his community - also stimulating local commerce.

* A share is a box containing about 7-10 items of produce for the 18 week duration of the growing season.

Q: What crops are grown at Blue Goose Farm?

A: Our staple crops at the farm are:

beans (green), beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, peas (sugar and snow), peppers (bell and banana), potatoes, spinach, strawberries, swiss chard, summer squash (yellow and zucchini), tomatoes, turnips, winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti), & herbs like basil and parsley (when they cooperate to grow!).

Q: How can I become a BGF CSA member?

A: We are pleased your are interested in joining our CSA. Contact us and we will email you a brochure offering an explanation about the program and an application.

Our open registration begins in February of each year. Simply complete and return the application with a check. We now offer PayPal on our website.  We also offer an early bird discount to those who sign up by April 1.  We usually do not accept members after the start date. Please inquire with us to receive more information-

Q: How long is a "season"?

A: Some CSA seasons are more than 20 weeks long. Our elevation and climate, however, only allow for a successfully productive 18-weeks of produce between the months of June and October.  The specific start and end dates vary each year.

Q: How are pick-up sites assigned?

A: We do not assign our members to certain pick-up sites. Our members select a site that is convenient for them to pick-up their produce in the afternoons from 3-6 p.m.. We offer 21 pick-up sites in these areas:

Altoona, Carrolltown, Davisdville, Ebensburg, Hollidaysburg, Indiana, Johnstown, Loretto, and Nicktown.

Q: Do we keep the actual boxes?

A: No. We ask our members to bring their own tote bags with them each week in which to place the produce. This helps us curb our costs and stay eco-friendly.

Q: What do we do if we miss a pick-up day?

A:  Unfortunately, BGF does not reimburse for missed dates.  Should you miss a week because you simply forget to pick up your box, you lose the benefit of that week's produce. It will NOT be doubled later, and you will NOT be reimbursed.  We send out reminders on "pick-up day".  And we highly recommend to our members to put CSA reminders on a calendar.

We DO ALLOW members to miss 2 pick-up days for vacations.  Members must submit a request in writing via email and give 2-weeks notice.  We cancel the box while they are away, then provide them with a "make up" box on a specified week of the season.  

Q: What do we do if we get an item in our box we don't like?

A: CSAs are not just in the business of providing delicious produce but also educating people on how to prepare and enjoy products they would not normally select from the grocery store.

We can best suggest you try the item. Often it's the way something is prepared they can make an item more or less desirable. Review tried-and-true (kid approved!) recipes on our website, seek recipes from a favorite cooking site, or read through a favorite cookbook. If you find you absolutely don't enjoy a product, we then suggest sharing it with a friend.

Q: What if I'm interested in joining AFTER the start date of the season?

A: Fortunately for us, like our crops, our membership list continues to grow. Though we do not usually accept new members after the start date, we invite you to contact us in the event we have room to serve you. We ask that you contact us providing your name, address, phone number, and email address so we may add you to our mailing list for the following season.