Where do I pick up my weekly box?
The map below has each of our sites listed. Click on a site in the list, or a truck icon on the map for details on that site’s day, time and location. Click on the full screen icon in the top right to easily get directions to any site.
Wednesday pick-up options (not available for the winter season): Castro (SF) Farmers’ Market 4pm – 8pm
Thursday pick-up options: Hillsborough, Half Moon Bay 3pm-8pm, three sites in San Mateo, two sites in Menlo Park, Mountain View, Cupertino, Santa Cruz Westside, and at the farm in Pescadero (on farm pickups will automatically receive a 10% discount for the May-Nov. season & a 5% discount for the winter season). Pick up hours are 3pm – 8pm for most sites.
Saturday pick-up options: San Mateo Farmers’ Market
Sunday pick-up options: Inner Sunset (SF) Farmers’ Market 9am – 1pm, Campbell Farmers’ Market 9am – 2pm, and Palo Alto Farmers’ Market 9am – 2pm.
Boxes that are not picked up during pick-up hours will not be available or held till later.
Members pick up their boxes at sites determined at the beginning of each season. You could pick your box up at the farmers’ market, or at the other sites listed on the registration. Other sites are usually members’ homes that have convenient parking and a covered shady area for the boxes. If there isn’t a site in your neighborhood, think about hosting. We need a minimum of 8 – 10 people to add your site as a delivery/pick-up location. Site hosts receive $200 off their regular season share & $80 off to host in the winter. If you can find 25 people or more, you get a free share.
What if I take a vacation?
In order to consistently grow the produce for our customers, we have to plan months in advance.
For this reason (and the complicated logistics), we do not refund boxes while you are on vacation.
Your options are:
1. Find a neighbor or friend who will pick up your box in your stead (makes a great bonus for your house-sitter).
2. Give us a full week’s notice and you can cancel a box and pick up two boxes at a later date (catch is you need to provide us with that date at the time you cancel the box)
3. With a full week’s notice we will donate your box to a local non-profit. (If you like we can provide you with a tax-deductible donation receipt.)
4. If you know your vacation dates at the time of registration, you can give us the dates and subtract the weeks you will be gone from your payment ($26.00/wk, $9.00/doz. eggs, $12.00/bouquet). But we must know dates by the beginning of the season and cannot change dates later. At the end of the online registration there will be a place to list those dates. You must then select the “Invoice” payment option. We will then have to manually adjust your invoice and will e-mail you back with updated payment instructions.
What is the pick-up etiquette?
Each pick-up site has specific hours for pick up, though times may vary depending on the specific host. Farmer’s Market pick-ups happen during market hours. Most other pick-up hours are 3pm to 8pm. The site hosts are volunteers and are not paid. They are not required to make special accommodations if you can’t pick up your box or forget. If you do not pick up your box within pick-up times your box will not be held for you. If you know you can’t pick up your box please let us know in advance.
What are the advantages of a CSA over shopping at a farmers’ market?
- You’ll develop a closer connection with where your food is coming from (true traceability), and an opportunity to come see the farm and learn more about how food is grown organically, it’s challenges, seasonality etc. It’s a great learning opportunity, especially for kids.
- It’s an opportunity (to some a challenge) to try foods beyond what you may be familiar with. It’s also a great way to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and change your diet in a healthy way.
- You get produce delivered to somewhere close to you without the need to go shop for it.
- It’s a great community building mechanism: meet other like-minded people in your own neighborhood as well as build personal relationships with us, the people growing your food.
- By choosing to be a Fifth Crow CSA member, you are making a commitment to help support a small, sustainable, local business that feeds, clothes, and houses three farmers and provides employment for about 14 other people as well.
Is this right for me?
A CSA can be a wonderful learning experience, but is it right for you? Before committing you should consider the following: Am I willing to try new things? Do I mind not being able to choose the items that go into my box every week? Can I use 6 – 10 vegetable items a week? Can I commit to picking up my weekly share during the pre-determined time?
If a CSA share isn’t right for you, there are still ways to support a local farm. Come to the farmers’ market! Choose locally produced over imported items at your grocery store. Support organizations that help out small farms like CAFF, OFRF, and Wild Farm Alliance. And teach your kids about where their food comes from.
Can I visit the farm?
We encourage and welcome your visits to the farm. We hold an annual farm Open House which is a great time to meet us, see the farm, and meet fellow CSA members and Fifth Crow customers. We are also working on a self-guided farm tour so you can drop in anytime.