GFYG FAQ'sItems to consider if you are thinking of beginning Grow For You Gardening!™
A note about our veggies:
Most of our plants and seeds are non GMO, no pesticides or chemicals are used in the growing and harvest of our vegetables. Due to weather or soil variations, colors, sizes and textures may vary.
Advantages for farmers:
¨ Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
¨ Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
¨ Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
¨ Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
¨ Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
¨ Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
¨ Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat
¨ Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
Our gardners aren't confined to produce. We include the option for gardners to purchase eggs, homemade bread, pies, cakes, cookies, meat, or other farm products along with their veggies.
There is an important concept woven into the Grow For You Gardening™ model that takes the arrangement beyond the usual commercial transaction. That is the notion of shared risk. If the farm has a great tomato season, everyone put some up for winter. If a plague of locusts ate all the greens, people ate cheese sandwiches. For us, Grow For You Gardening™ is just one of the ways our produce is marketed. Still, the idea that "we're in this together" remains.
Many times, the idea of shared risk is part of what creates a sense of community among gardners, and between gardners and the farmers. If a hailstorm takes out all the peppers, everyone is disappointed together, and together cheer on the winter squash and broccoli.
We feel a great sense of responsibility to our gardeners, and will make every attempt to protect and grow the best vegetables. Still, it is worth noting that very occasionally things go wrong on a farm – like they do in any kind of business – and the expected is not delivered, and gardeners may feel shortchanged. It might have been an unexpected death in the family or the weather was horrible!
The take-home message is this: if the potential for "not getting your money's worth" makes you feel anxious, then shared risk may not be for you and you should shop at the farmers market.
Sometimes our gardners may have situations where it appears to us that nothing really went wrong, but the gardener had unreasonable expectations. In the hope of minimizing disappointment and maximizing satisfaction we have put together some tips:
Make sure you understand the policies.
Farms differ in their policies regarding what happens with your produce if you don't pick it up (e.g. vacation, something-came-up, I forgot, etc.) Make sure you know how these situations are dealt with, before the season starts.
We will harvest your vegetables when they are ripe and will make an attempt to reach you to arrange delivery. If we cannot reach you within 2 days of when your vegetables were harvested or if you fail to show up at the drop off site we will donate your vegetables to the local food pantry.
Don't expect all your produce to come from the Garden
A 20' or 40' row may not provide families with enough produce to meet their usual intake. Depending on the size of your family and how much you cook, you will probably find that you need to supplement the vegetables as well, especially staples like onions, garlic, and carrots.
If you are not used to eating seasonally, do some research.
If you are not accustomed to eating seasonally, you may find that it takes a while to make a transition from eating whatever is at the grocery store (pretty much everything) to whatever is ready in your garden row (what's in season). It may surprise you to find that tomatoes do not ripen until August in your area. You should expect the season to start off lighter than it finishes. In most areas, the first crops would be salad greens, peas, green onions and the like. By the end of the season, if you choose late vegetables you will have things like winter squash, potatoes, and tomatoes. We provide a list of what produce to expect when. It's worth reading.
Time of Harvest
Depending on what you choose to have planted in your row, your vegetables will be ready (ripe) at different times throughout the growning season. For instance lettuce and green onions are early birds and will be ready in early June while tomatoes won't be ready until August.
How much should I order/plant in my row?
It depends on what you are looking for? Do you just eat what you grow or do you plan on canning/freezing some for winter? Are we talking about tomatos or zucchini? If you just want to eat while it is season a couple tomato plants, 1 zucchini plant etc. should suffice. If you wish to can/freeze your veggies you may want to add more. In order to give you the best harvest possible we can only put 2 different types of plants in a 20' box and 4 in a 40' box. This will allow proper spacing for all plants and a larger harvest!
How much will I get?
There is no way to tell exactly how much any one plant will produce and again it depends on what type of plant we are talking about to determine what an "average yield" is but here are some guidelines (yields are not exact):
1 Tomato Plant: 5-20 lbs
1 Zucchini Plant: 4-5 Zukes per week
1 Lettuce Plant: 1 Head of Lettuce
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