COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATE

Delivery Precautions

We are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our customers and employees. We are providing non-contact delivery for farm share members and our product is going direct from “Farm to Doorstep”. Our delivery and packing staff are using masks and gloves and have limited contact with product.

 

Country Market

Precautions Our Country Market is open for business but adhering to strict distancing measures. Customers occupancy within the store is limited and the store is completely marked with with distancing dividers to provide comfort and safety to our customers and staff.

General CSA FAQs

NEW: CAN I JOIN MID SEASON?

Yes 🙂

You may join any time throughout the season until we reach our limit. We have currently reach our limit for the spring season and not accepting additional sign-ups. Join anytime this summer ! The price shown during checkout and signup is the current prorated price. No additional cost to sign up mid season.

Why are CSAs so important/popular?

Since 98% of Americans don’t grow their own food, it has to come from outside sources – usually the grocery store and/or nationwide delivery services. This drastically impacts how far food must travel from where it is grown to where it is consumed. Not only do these increased transportation times impact our environment by adding to pollution, but also our own health, as produce picked much earlier than at peak freshness contains less vitamins and minerals, and/or  has preservatives and chemicals added to maintain freshness. The closer your food is grown to you, the fresher and healthier it is, the less it has to travel, and the better it is for the environment. For more information on eating locally (Be A Locavore!), we really like Plenty (The 100 Mile Diet) by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon

Is a CSA right for me/my family?

Do you enjoy cooking at home on a regular basis? Trying new fresh local fruits and vegetables regularly? Have you never met a vegetable you didn’t like? If so, then we think you’ll love our CSA Program. Do you only like to experiment in the kitchen occasionally? Are you or your family members very picky and very resistant to try new things?  If so, then shopping at our farmers market and country store are better options for you. That way you can still find what you need on a regular basis, but you can also try new things slowly and at your own pace.

What's In a Typical CSA Share?

A good example of a Full CSA Summer Share is: 1 pint blueberries, 3lbs of peaches, 1 quart of tomatoes, 2lbs of green beans, 6 ears of corn, 1 bunch of beets, 2lbs of summer squash, and 2-3 cucumbers.

A good example of a Medium CSA Summer Share is: 3 of lbs peaches, 1 quart of tomatoes, 6 ears of corn, 1 bunch of beets, and 2-3 cucumbers.

Always keep in mind that the produce offered in a share will change throughout the season.

Why do you partner with other farms?

We partner with other locally owned family farms to provide our members with the fruits and vegetables we do not grow, specifically tree fruit and corn, which is a win-win for our members!  

CSA Pick-up Location Questions

NEW: CAN I ADD COUNTRY MARKET ITEMS TO MY C.S.A. PICK-UP ORDER

C.S.A members only.
If you are a current C.S.A. Member (Farm share program)
You may request items from the Country Market to be added to your delivery or pickup.  the C.S.A. REQUEST button at the top of the site to start your request.
If the items you have requested are available, we will add them to your order for delivery or pick-up. 

Use the Shopping section to request items from our store. Once you have chosen all the products you would like to add, click the “C.S.A. ADD ON REQUEST BUTTON” to return to this page and complete your request. We will get back to you ASAP via email. Your requests will be added to this weeks order if submitted by Sunday at 6pm. Orders requests received after this time will be added to the next weeks delivery. You will not be billed for items that are out of stock.

C.S.A. ADD ON REQUEST
What happens if I need to miss/skip a week?

Nothing to worry about! We are flexible too and will work with you to make up the missed items the following week.  If possible, let us know a few days in advance. We’ll donate whatever you missed that week to the local Howard County Food Bank.

Can I have someone pick up for me if I can't make it?

Definitely! Just have the person picking up for you give us your name at the sign-in.

What if I don't like a particular fruit or veggie?

We have you covered. There will always be a trade box available for you to swap out for something else you prefer.

Delivery FAQs

NEW: CAN I ADD COUNTRY MARKET ITEMS TO MY C.S.A. ORDER

C.S.A members only.
If you are a current C.S.A. Member (Farm share program)
You may request items from the Country Market to be added to your delivery or pickup.  the C.S.A. REQUEST button at the top of the site to start your request.
If the items you have requested are available, we will add them to your order for delivery or pick-up. 

Use the Shopping section to request items from our store. Once you have chosen all the products you would like to add, click the “C.S.A. ADD ON REQUEST BUTTON” to return to this page and complete your request. We will get back to you ASAP via email. Your requests will be added to this weeks order if submitted by Sunday at 6pm. Orders requests received after this time will be added to the next weeks delivery. You will not be billed for items that are out of stock.

C.S.A. ADD ON REQUEST
NEW: DO YOU HAVE NON-CONTACT DELIVERY?

We are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our customers and employees. We are providing non-contact delivery for farm share members and our product is going direct from “Farm to Doorstep”. Our delivery and packing staff are using masks and gloves and have limited contact with product.

What day will I receive my home delivery?

Home delivery is on Fridays.

How do bread choices work with home delivery?

Our CSA members have the option to set a standing bread request for the season or to choose a weekly variety throughout the season.

Should I have a cooler outside on my delivery day?

Definitely!  We recommend a large cooler with cold packs to keep everything safe from the summer heat.

Do I need to be home during delivery?

Nope – we’re not the cable company 🙂 Just leave your cooler we take care of the rest.

COUNTRY MARKET FAQS

NEW: CAN I ADD COUNTRY MARKET ITEMS TO MY C.S.A. PICK-UP ORDER

C.S.A members only.
If you are a current C.S.A. Member (Farm share program)
You may request items from the Country Market to be added to your delivery or pickup.  the C.S.A. REQUEST button at the top of the site to start your request.
If the items you have requested are available, we will add them to your order for delivery or pick-up. 

Use the Shopping section to request items from our store. Once you have chosen all the products you would like to add, click the “C.S.A. ADD ON REQUEST BUTTON” to return to this page and complete your request. We will get back to you ASAP via email. Your requests will be added to this weeks order if submitted by Sunday at 6pm. Orders requests received after this time will be added to the next weeks delivery. You will not be billed for items that are out of stock.

C.S.A. ADD ON REQUEST
When are you open?

We are open Thursday – Sunday from 10am to 6pm

Do I have to be a C.S.A. member to shop at the Country Market

Everyone is welcome at the Country Market. No membership required.

Why visit the Breezy Willow Market?

Not only is it a CSA Pickup Location, but we also have a great variety of fresh local produce from our farm and those we partner with, as well as farm fresh milk, Howard County grass-fed beef, pork, and poultry, wild caught Alaskan fish, honey, jams and jellies, other local craft food pantry items, delicious ice cream, Zeke’s locally roasted coffee, and local and artisanal cheeses, just to name a few things. You really can get most of your grocery items here. Plus, since the focus is on local as much as possible, you can shop with peace of mind, knowing the food hasn’t traveled all over the World before it reaches your plate.

Are your meats fresh or frozen?

The local butcher we use in Carroll County flash freezes our meat immediately after butchering. Since we often buy whole steers and pigs at a time, we certainly don’t want them to spoil before they sell. Rest assured that it has only been frozen once and will be fresh upon thawing for your cooking at home. Unlike other grocery stores where meat can often be frozen, thawed, and refrozen again.

What kind of eggs do you have?

Pasture Raised. We just think they’re the best.

Is your milk pasteurized?

Yes. It is illegal to sell completely unpasteurized milk in the state of Maryland. We get our milk from Trickling Springs Dairy, and just think it’s superb. It is only lightly pasteurized and we think you can taste the farm fresh difference.