FAQ

Do you still have shares for sale?
When does the harvest start?
How many weeks does the season last?
How do I know which share size to choose?
Do you really deliver to my home?
What time do you deliver?
Can I change my delivery day?
Do I have to be home for the delivery?
What vegetables will I get in my share?
How will I know what all of the vegetables are?
What if I don’t like a particular vegetable?
What if I am going to be away for a week?
How many people do you employ?
Why do you hide your email address?

Do you still have shares for sale?

Yes, shares in our 2017 Seasons are available now.

When does the harvest start?

We are very much at the mercy of the weather, but we our spring/summer harvest is planned to begin May 16th and fall harvest on October 3th.

How many weeks does the season last?

Again, the weather makes this determination as much as we do, but we aim for a 20 week spring/summer season and an 8 week fall season.

How do I know which share size to choose?

This is the most difficult question for us to answer as the amount of vegetables people eat varies greatly. We recommend a full share for a family of 3-4 while a half share is ideal for 1-2 people who eat together. We use 1/2 bushel boxes for the half shares and 1 bushel boxes for full shares. Some weeks it is difficult to get the boxes closed, other weeks the box is much heavier but closes with ease.
Photo showing a half share and full share

Do you really deliver to my home?

Yes, we really do. We actually prefer this to waiting around in empty parking lots for people to come and pick up their shares.

What time do you deliver?

Deliveries are made as soon as the harvest is packed on Tuesdays. This is usually early afternoon to late evening, but morning deliveries are possible.
Click here for a list and map of our main delivery areas.

Can I change my delivery day?

Sorry, no. Delivery days are determined by where you live and cannot be changed unless you move to a different delivery area.

Do I have to be home for the delivery?

Not really, just let us know where you would like us to place your share (we recommend the shadiest spot you have) and leave the empty box from the prior week out for us to collect.

What vegetables will I get in my share?

This varies as the season progresses but we usually begin with lettuce, radishes, green onions, kohlrabi, swiss chard and cabbage. Later on there should be carrots, beets, peas, beans, cucumbers and zucchini. Around July we get tomatoes, peppers (sweet and hot), eggplant and okra added to the mix. Full planting lists for each season can be found on the page for that specific season.

How will I know what all of the vegetables are?

Each week we send a newsletter that lists what is in the shares for that week. We also offer preparation tips, recipes and descriptions of the less well recognised vegetables. Sometimes it helps to google each item on the list if you still aren’t sure, or you can email us.

What if I don’t like a particular vegetable?

I’m sure someone dislikes at least one vegetable we grow, but unfortunately it is not possible to pack custom boxes. Sometimes you might find that although you do not like the vegetable cooked it is delicious raw or vice versa. If you absolutely cannot stand the vegetable at all, consider gifting it to your neighbours – most people do not eat enough vegetables!

What if I am going to be away for a week?

Your share will be divided equally among the other subscribers for that day, or you could have your neighbour pick it up. We cannot hold your share, give you extra the following week or deliver it the next day.

How many people do you employ?

We have no employees. All the work at Karl’s Farm is done by myself (Paula) and Karl with occasional help from our three sons and daughter-in-law.

Why do you hide your email address?

Our email address is on our newsletters and business cards, but due to the huge amount of spam we were receiving we have decided to try to make life a little harder for the robots to send us email. Because we are such a small farm, I try to spend as little time in the office as possible (so I can spend more time in the field growing vegetables). If this method does not save me time, I will gladly switch back to tweaking spam filters.

4 Comments

  1. Bryan and Kathy Coleman

    Hi – it looks like you don’t deliver to us but we just want to make sure. We are right off the beltway at exit 20 (Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham MD). We would like to sign up for the year but we don’t think we can make the trip down to Pisgah every week to pick up our produce. But we want to confirm that you do not deliver before we move on to another possible source. My wife and i would prefer to go with you all if you can deliver. Sincerely, Bryan and Kathy

    • Sorry, but you are outside of our delivery area. If you are still in the area next year and would be interested in signing up for the 2017 season, please contact us in December when the shares are first offered – our delivery areas can be tweaked a little then and we should be able to fit you in.

  2. Hello –

    Are you using pesticides or other synthetic chemicals/fertilzers on your farm? I am interested in joining the CSA but would like to know more about your growing practices.

    • Hi Monique, we do not use any pesticides or herbicides at all and do not use any synthetic fertilizers. The fertilizers we do use are natural and OMRI listed as being allowed under the National Organic Program. Paula

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