Full Plate CSA Handbook 2020

Read this handbook for our membership guidelines -  
COVID-19 safety instructions will be sent directly to each member tailored to your pickup location
VEGGIE SHARE - June 10th - November 14th. 

FRUIT BOWL - June 17th - October 24th. 
No fruit distributions 7/1-7/4. Fruit handbook here

What you'll find below is our GENERAL HANDBOOK for all things CSA


For all things safety - keep your eyes on your inbox!
Those details are coming your way directly so you can't miss them - some have been sent, and more will come!

PLEASE NOTE: EVERY pickup location (farm/Press Bay pickups AND group sites) is being tailored to fit COVID-19 safety protocols and minimize contact These changes will reflect Department of Health recommendations for Farmers Markets and Grocery Stores

Changes will be communicated directly to members via email tailored to each specific pickup site - these emails will arrive in early June

NO MATTER WHERE YOU PICKUP - social distancing and masks are required as per NYS regulations!

above all we ask for you to read, remember, follow the rules, & help us keep each other safe!

Picking Up Your Share

Free Choice Pickups
summer CSA only

THE SIZE OF YOUR SHARE IS APPROXIMATELY ONE BROWN PAPER GROCERY BAG FULL 
feel free custom pack for you/your family in whatever box or bags you have on hand, but keep this in mind and be respectful of those who follow you!

TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU'LL USE THAT WEEK
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
 Thank you to the Youth Farm Project and Press Bay Alley for hosting us!

Stick and Stone (Wed 3-7)

1605 Rt. 96 (Trumansburg Rd.)
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 Geneva St Lot (Th 3-7)

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

Youth Farm (Sat 10-2)

23 Nelson Rd.
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.



Boxed Shares
winter & some summer CSAs

Please remember to...

  • Sanitize besfore entering your pickup space and have a mask with you!
  • Touch only your box!
  • Then... RETURN YOUR BOXES to your site each week!! They are EXPENSIVE! We will quarantine them separately until safe to re-use.

Your box will be delivered weekly on Thursday by 3pm 

Veggie boxes say "Fresh Vegetables" and fruit boxes say "Fresh Herbs"

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! And some offer curbside pickup only - call at arrival. For procedure details, hours and locations visit our group site details page.

HOME & OFFICE DELIVERY 
If you have instructions for where to leave your box please email Molly. 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 route so please be patient and call 607-379-2866 or email if there is a problem with your share on delivery day. We'll make sure to get it to you ASAP!


Missed Shares, Vacation & Switcheroo Policy

if you can't make your pickup.....

1. Go to another day's pick up 
    no need to email Molly
    free choice only
     Sign the Switcheroo sheet, then check in with Molly about limited crops. You must go to another pickup within the week of the share you miss.

2. Have a friend or house-sitter pick up your share 
     no need to email Molly
      introduce the CSA concept to a friend!  

3. Give your share to the food pantry
     all extras at the end of the distributions are 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.
     you may not double a share unless you notified us to hold (not harvest for) the share you miss.

if you just forget and miss a week...

You may not get a replacement share

To make up for a missed week you MUST follow one of the options above. 

We will hold up our end of the CSA by harvesting for you every week, it is your responsibility to collect your produce OR let us know by Monday at 5pm not to harvest for you.



U-Pick Gardens

ALL 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!
  • NO DOGS!


STICK & STONE 

(1605 State Rt 96, Ithaca)

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

YOUTH FARM PROJECT 

(23 Nelson Rd, Danby)

be sure you are in the Full Plate u-pick not the Youth Farm fields - if you are unsure just ask! learn more about the Youth Farm here.

 
 

Payments

When you join a CSA you make a commitment to pay your farms for the entire season. 

Installment Plans
Payments are due on 6/15, 7/15, 8/15 and 9/15. Deposit sue at sign up. All payments are $120 (or $56 for HFFA members). 
Tip: Send all of your checks at once with the above dates. We will file them and deposit them on or after the date written on the check.
DO NOT just stop paying and expect we will cancel your share - unless you communicate directly we will expect your payment each month

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

When possible, we prefer to avoid PayPal fees so that all funds go to the farms and stay in our community. 

Please send your check(s) to:


     The Full Plate Farm Collective

     PO Box 6898

     Ithaca, NY 14851


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 :)


Side Dish CSAs

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


Wide Awake Bakery  /  Double E Mushrooms