CSA Agreement for 2015

Tomahnous Farm

480 CR 2500 N

Mahomet, Il 61853

217-586-5632

tomahnousfarm@yahoo.com

 

Member Contact Information:

 

Name: _________________________________   Phone (daytime):________________

 

Address: _______________________________     Phone(evening): ________________

 

City, State: _____________________________      Email:_________________________

 

ZIP: ___________________________________  Email: ________________________

 

             We’ve added this CSA agreement to try to clarify our relationship to our customers.  For those of you returning, don’t worry, nothing is changing!  We’d like everyone to read through the CSA member agreement, and print it out, sign it, and return it with your order form.

Customers purchase shares in the farm , and in return receive produce each week, picked fresh that day.  By joining our CSA you  share all the rewards and some of the risks of the season.  In general though, shares include slightly more produce than you’d get at the farmer’s market for the money.  In the event of failure of specific crops, we will just give you more of other items.  In the event of  more widespread failures, we may substitute non-produce  items.  For example, in the past when shares were short we gave members honey, dried legumes, bunches of flowers, or whole wheat flower.  This may or may not be feasible depending on the season.  When we have an overabundance of anything, we also give extra to the CSA, though try not to overload you on any one type of produce.  While we have never purchased outside produce to fill our shares, it may be an option if another organic grower is growing something that failed for us.

All of our produce is USDA certified organic through OEFFA.  Crops you can expect are found on the crop list tab of our website. 

                 We also sell produce at various farmers’ markets and occasionally wholesale.  While we technically try to balance priority for produce delivery to all of our outlets so that we can meet our bills, the CSA gets slightly more priority.  Don’t be alarmed if you come to market and see some item that isn’t in your share!  It probably just means there wasn’t a reasonable amount to go around to all of our members, or it came into maturity at the wrong time.   And don’t worry that you’ll wind up with 10 pounds of tomatoes in your shares if that is our most abundant crop.  We try to include some sort of root vegetable, a fresh herb, greens, salad mix, some sort of allium crop, and anything else that might be in season each week.  The volume and weight vary a lot- in the spring shares have large volume and lower weight, and at the peak of summer it is usually lower volume and heavier weight.

             You are responsible for picking up your produce or finding a substitute.  If you are running late, please call Lisa at 217-714-0513 during drop off times, and your share can possibly be left at the site.   At other times, please use email, as early as possible.  The C-U location times are 4:45-6:00.   Pick up at the farm is 4:00-6:30.  If you wish to change your drop-off location, let us know at least 2 days ahead of time.  We cannot accommodate this on a weekly basis however– this would be a permanent change for the season. If your share isn’t picked up, it might be donated to the last member who shows up, our hosts, our friends, or food pantry.  In other words, it is often not available the next day. 

             Memberships are sold in advance of the growing season, which helps cover our initial costs of seed, labor, and equipment.  We truly appreciate your support!  The cost for a full share is $400, including the deposit.  Half shares are $220 including deposit.  The extra $20 in the half share is to cover extra processing costs, and the fact that you might receive some extra produce in your share (like if only large cabbages are available.)  We are more than happy to take the payment in full right now, or a deposit now and installments. 

The deposit due now is $40 ($20 half share).  Installments for a full share would be $90 due February 1st, March 1st, April 1st, and May 1st.   Installments for a half share would be $50 due February 1st, March 1st, April 1st, and May 1st.  You can pay them as the due date comes, or send us postdated checks and we’ll cash them at the correct time.  It is your responsibility to send them in on time, without a reminder.  Deposits are non-refundable.  Other payments are non-refundable after  May 1st.

The best way to reach us is by email:  tomahnousfarm@yahoo.com.  We have ruined too many phones answering calls with mud covered or wet hands.  The exception is during CSA dropoff (and the hour before), when the best number to call is 217-714-0513. 

We communicate by email.  If this doesn’t work for you, let us know.  We try to send out a weekly update of what you are getting in the share along with a little farm news.

Please sign the membership agreement:

By signing below, I agree to the terms of membership and to purchase the share indicated on the accompanying order form.   I understand that in the unlikely event the farm may need to change some of the terms I will be contacted by email (unless I’ve made other arrangements) in advance of the changes

 

Name (print):______________________________________________________

 

Signature:_______________________________________________ Date:__________