FULL PLATE CSA HANDBOOK

Hello Friends, Please scan this handbook for our membership guidelines (site hours and locations, vacation policy, u-pick, payments, etc). It's a helpful spot to look when you have questions. If you can't find what you're looking for feel free to be in touch with any questions. 

 

Farm and Press Bay Free Choice Pickups
Summer CSA only!

how free choice works...

THE SIZE OF YOUR SHARE IS APPROXIMATELY ONE BROWN PAPER GROCERY BAG 
but feel free custom pack for you/your family in whatever box or bags you have on hand

TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU'LL USE THAT WEEK
please DO NOT take for canning, preserving, or sharing outside of the CSA
this keeps things fair to your farmers and fellow members

BRING YOUR OWN BAGS
Trying bringing plastic bags or clamshells for carrying greens

PICKUP AT...
read on for "switcharoo" policy

Stick & Stone

1605 Rt. 96
Wednesdays 3-7pm

Getting there: Drive or take TCAT Rt. 21Please leave the parking spaces closest to the door open for handicapped parking.  Please NO DOGS.

Press Bay Alley

116 West Green St.
Thursdays 4-7pm

Getting there: Walk or bike! Parking is available in two nearby lots and on the street (including free parking on Geneva St.) It’s also one block away from the TCAT hub on Green St. in front of the library.

The Youth Farm

24 Nelson Rd.
Saturdays 10am-2pm

Getting there: Drive or take TCAT Rt. 65 and ask to get off at Nelson Rd. Parking is available in the gravel parking lots by the barn and across the street. Please DO NOT park on the road.

 Thank you to the Youth Farm Project and Press Bay Alley for hosting us!

Boxed Shares
Winter and some summer CSAs

Your box will be delivered weekly on Thursday by 3pm 

GROUP SITE DELIVERY 
Most group sites are self serve - just check your name off the list! 
Some keep your share behind the counter - just ask! 
For group site hours and locations visit our group details page.

HOME & OFFICE DELIVERY 
If you have instructions for where to leave your box please email me
Tip: leave a cooler out to keep your perishables fresh.

RETURNING BOXES
Your share is packed in a waxed box - it is re-usable but not recyclable. 
Please gently unfold boxes with out ripping tabs and return them to your pick up site the following week.

It may take a few weeks to streamline the delivery route so please be patient with us and email if there is a problem or your share is not there on delivery day. We'll make sure to get it to you ASAP!

Payment Information

INSTALLMENT PLANS - Payments are due on 6/15, 7/15, 8/15 and 9/15. All payments are $120 (or $56 for HFFA members). 

Pay by check (preferred!) or pay online with a credit card. EBT payments can be made at Greenstar (send me your receipt for every EBT payment).

Thank you for paying by check! When possible, we prefer to avoid PayPal fees so that all funds go to the farms and stay in our community. Prices are listed herePlease send your check(s) made out to Full Plate Farm Collective to:


The Full Plate Farm Collective, LLC

PO Box 6898

Ithaca, NY 14851


Tip: Write all of your checks at the start of the season dating each one for the 15th of each month. We will file them and deposit them on or after the date written on the check.

 

Vacation & Switcheroo Policy

FREE CHOICE PICKUP MEMBERS 

1. Go to another day's pick up (no need to email Molly) and sign the Switcheroo sheet. Please check in with Molly about limited crops if it is not your regular pick up. You must go to another switcheroo within the week of the share you miss.

2. Have a friend or house-sitter pick up your share & introduce the CSA concept to a friend!  

3. Give your share to the food pantry, all extras at the end of the distribution will be donated!

4. Hold your share and double up another week, you must email Molly by Monday at 5pm of the week you will be away to do this.*

*please note you may not double a share unless you notified us to hold (not harvest for) another share.

BOX SHARE MEMBERS 

1. Have a friend or house-sitter pick up your share & introduce the CSA concept to a friend!  

2. Give your share to the food pantry,  contact Molly and she will arrange to have your share donated. 

3. Hold your share and double up another week, you must email Molly by Monday at 5pm of the week you will be away to do this. (Limit 3x per season)

U-Pick Gardens

members are welcome to harvest from both u-picks for NO additional charge. Here's how it works...


  • open 7 days a week during daylight hours
  • Remember to bring scissors and containers
  • If you borrow scissors please return them!
  • Please NO DOGS!


STICK & STONE U-PICK GARDENS 

(1605 State Rt 96, Ithaca)

Note: Heidi & Peter the big white dogs are roaming free range


YOUTH FARM PROJECT U-PICK GARDEN 

(23 Nelson Rd, Danby) 

Side Dish CSAs

Please contact our local partners directly with any questions about the side dish CSAs or holding these shares:


Finger Lakes Fruit Bowl 

Wide Awake Bakery

Double E Mushrooms

Hi Bar Chocolate


What if I am having trouble making my payments or my circumstances have changed?

Life happens, we get it! Please call or email Molly sooner than later - we can work together and figure something out. Your agreement with us is for the entire season, DO NOT just stop coming and expect that we will stop counting on you to pay for your share - just be in communication and we'll work it out :)