Farmers Market Box FAQ

What is the Farmers’ Market Bag?
Local, pesticide free & sustainably sourced produce from over a dozen farms each week. The Farmers’ Market Bag (aka FMB) is our version of a CSA box. By definition, CSAs are composed of a “community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production” (ref)

A typical CSA consists of shareholders pledging a shared cost of the farms’ operations. Each individual investment yields a share of farm crops, including a closer connection to freshly picked organic and sustainable produce that hasn’t traveled thousands of miles nor has it been sitting on grocery shelves for days and weeks. Some weeks the bounty is plentiful, others can be a struggle. Shared risk is what it is like to be part of the farm. These farms raise food that is good for the soil, good for biodiversity and good for the community.

Our FMB program supports multiple California Farms & Farmers each week, with whom we have a direct relationship with. As a subscriber, you are demonstrating respect for the earth by taking responsibility for sustainable farming practices, energy efficient production and distribution while paying farmers decent fair wages, and elevating environmental consciousness. We appreciate everyone’s dedication and commitment to this program and ultimately to the farms you are supporting.

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Can’t find the answer in this FAQ?
Please be sure to read through this FAQ, but if you can’t find the answer here, please use the form on the “Feedback” page.
What is the Farmers’ Market Box?
Local, organic & sustainably sourced produce from over a dozen farms each week. The Farmers’ Market Box (aka FMB) is our version of a CSA box. By definition, CSAs are composed of a “community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production” (ref).A typical CSA consists of shareholders pledging a shared cost of the farms’ operations. Each individual investment yields a share of farm crops, including a closer connection to freshly picked organic and sustainable produce that hasn’t traveled thousands of miles nor has it been sitting on grocery shelves for days and weeks. Some weeks the bounty is plentiful, others can be a struggle. Shared risk is what it is like to be part of the farm. These farms raise food that is good for the soil, good for biodiversity and good for the community.Our FMB program supports multiple California Farms & Farmers each week, with whom we have a direct relationship with. As a subscriber, you are demonstrating respect for the earth by taking responsibility for sustainable farming practices, energy efficient production and distribution while paying farmers decent fair wages, and elevating environmental consciousness. We appreciate everyone’s dedication and commitment to this program and ultimately to the farms you are supporting.

How do I sign up?
If you haven’t already, you can register an account here.
How do I order a box?
You order a box right from the main Farmers’ Market Box page. The deadline to order a box is Sunday at midnight to place an order for pickup the following Thursday/Friday/Saturday. You can place prepaid orders for up to 4 weeks in advance.
What else can I order?
In the spirit of collaboration, we are working with a few local companies to bring you a wider range of foodstuffs that you can add to your FMB. Sustainably caught fish from Catalina Offshore Products, outstanding California Cheeses from Venissimo Cheese & freshly baked breads from Sadie Rose Baking Co will be some of the products available for purchase. You are more than welcome to come on into the warehouse if you would like to purchase additional items as well!
How much does it cost?
It’s only $20 for the standard box of produce. Additional charges will apply to fish, cheese, bread and other add-ons.
How do I pay?
All purchases are pre-pay by credit card, through our online ordering system!
Do I have to log in each week to order?
No! You can order up to 4 weeks at a time. The pricing of the products provided by our partners will change from week to week, and will be noted in their respective columns.
Can I opt out?
Yes! You control the frequency of your ordering, and can even cancel an order if you need to by managing your orders online. Please remember, the deadline to cancel with a full refund is Sunday at midnight for the following Thursday/Friday/Saturday. If you would like to talk to someone about changing your order after the deadline, please call 619-876-4086.
How will I know what is in the box?
The beauty of the system is that you don’t always know! Don’t worry though, unless April Fools Day falls on a Thursday or Friday, you will never get a box filled only with chard. We receive all the produce on Wednesday from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and other local farmers. We then fill the boxes, record a video & then upload it to all of our major social networking sites. Of course all produce is subject to farmers’ market availabilities, sometimes the weather doesn’t allow for harvesting (and we know we’re all spoiled here in Southern California, so I won’t mention weather again).
Bookmark this link http://ow.ly/3BsmO – a new FMB video & list will appear at the top of the list each Wednesday before 5pm. If you use a feed reader for automatic updating our RSS feed for FMB’s is here: http://ow.ly/3Bskz
Where can I find information on the produce in the box?
All of our Farmers’ Market produce has it’s own page on our website specific to each farm! The weekly video will provide you with the names of the produce in the box, as well as the farm it was grown by. You will also find a weekly updated post with links to the each product pages on our website. Be sure to check out all the recipe links and restaurants that are currently using that item on their menu.
Where do I pick up my box?
Specialty Produce
1929 Hancock Street, Suite 150
San Diego, CA 92110
Customer Parking : The corner of Hancock & Noell.

When can I pick up my box?
8am-6pm, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. You must provide a valid ID & sign an invoice in order to pick up your box. If you need us to run your Box out to your curbside, for whatever reason, call the FMB line (619-876-4086) and let us know. Please be aware that we will need to help customers currently in the warehouse so there may be a delay. If you cannot find street parking, we do have customer parking available on the corner of Hancock and Noell.
What do I do if I need a friend to pick up a box for me?
After you have placed your order, you go to the “Manage My Orders” page and click on the “Modify” button for the week you need some help. Then you can input an alternate name if someone else is picking up your box.
What happens if I don’t pick up my box?
Hopefully the SMS &/or email alerts will help you to remember, we know everyone has busy schedules! If you do happen to forget, haven’t called us to arrange another pick-up time, or have not canceled your order through our online interface, you will still be billed. Your box will be donated in your name to a local charity coordinated through our efforts with Feeding America (homepage).

Thank you for your interest & we hope you will share your FMB experience with us on our Facebook page! We look forward to seeing your creations…Would you like to share photos of what you make with your produce? We are continually looking to add photos to our “customer photos” database, as well as recipes you may have posted on your blog. Feel free to email photos and links to fmb@specialtyproduce.com to share with the community!What if I still have a question?Please call the FMB line at 619-876-4086 or email us at fmb@specialtyproduce.com.

 

 

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