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Farm Share FAQ

How is the New Roots Farm Share unique?

New Roots for Refugees farmers are experienced growers who are learning to farm in a new climate while also learning a new language and food culture. By purchasing a farm share from New Roots for Refugees, you are supporting a refugee family as they put down roots in Kansas City.

How much does a Farm Share cost? Are there discounts?

  • Early Summer Vegetable Share – May 8 – July 17 – $29/week 
  • Late Summer Vegetable Share – July 31 – Oct 2 – $29/week 
  • Full Summer Share – May 8 – Oct 2 – $27.50/week 

If you sign up for a Full Summer Share, you receive one week for free. We are also looking for volunteers to manage our pick-up sites in exchange for a discounted share.  Please email us at newrootskc@gmail.com for more information before you sign up!

What if I can’t use that much produce?

Currently we are only able to offer one share size for weekly pickup. If you would like to support the New Roots farmers but are unsure about the amount of produce, consider purchasing a share to split with another friend/family, donating your share every other week, or participating in our “Share-a-share” program where you can purchase a share for any season to be delivered to one of nine food pantries in the Catholic Charities network on your behalf. 

Where can I pick up my share?

Pick up happens at any one of four locations located throughout the metro. Farm Share members pick up from New Roots farmers at the same pick up location every week (see below). 

Pick Up Sites:

    • Plexpod Westport Commons, Wednesdays 11:30-1:00pm (300 E 39th Street, KCMO)
    • Black and Veatch World Headquarters, Wednesdays 4:30-6pm (11401 Lamar Ave, Overland Park, KS 66211)
    • The Merc Co+Op, Thursdays 11:30am-1pm (501 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101)
    • Ten Thousand Villages, Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm (7947 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS)
    • Private Deliveries available for large groups for an additional fee. Email newrootskc@gmail.com

How do I join?

Farm Share customers can secure their share by signing up here. All payments and orders will be processed through Local Food Marketplace, an online CSA management system. 

What will be in my share?

Each week your Farm Share will contain 5-6 vegetables that have been grown in Kansas City following sustainable practices. You can learn what will be in your share by checking the weekly email newsletter! Our farm staff and Sales Specialist work closely with each farmer during the season to bring you the highest quality produce possible! Your CSA share will contain vegetables familiar to a Midwestern palate as well as vegetables that are traditional to the farmers’ countries of origin. Additionally, you will be able to add products such as extra vegetables, flowers, or honey through out Local Food Marketplace site when available.

~Early Summer (May 8-July 17): Lettuce heads, lettuce mix, Broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, onions, green onions, garlic and garlic scapes, sugar snap peas, kohlrabi, green beans, mustard greens, basil, mint, dill, potatoes, arugula, swiss chard, kale, Burmese roselle, long beans and noodle beans,  towards end of season possibly tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.

~Late Summer (July 31-October 2 ): Kale, collards, swiss chard, cabbage, summer and winter squashes, edible gourds, carrots, potatoes, radish, onions, cherry tomatoes,  tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, fennel, Chinese celery, sweet potatoes, garlic, herbs, lemongrass, ginger, green beans, Lettuce heads, lettuce mix.

What if the weather is terrible this year? Will we still get our vegetables?

Part of the joy of supporting local agriculture is that we are subject to the whims of Kansas weather. New Roots will do our best to guarantee a steady and generous supply of all types of vegetables, but one of the lessons agriculture teaches us is just how little control we have in the world! If we come up short on individual crops, New Roots will supplement the missing crop with other varieties being grown at Juniper. This also means that when there is an abundance of a particular crop (bumper crop), you can expect larger quantities.

What if we don’t like all the produce we get?

While certain traditional items like tomatoes, onions, and lettuce will always be a favorite, other items like mustard greens and kohlrabi add depth and breadth to meals. Learning how to enjoy these foods is part of learning how to eat seasonally and locally. When possible, we will have a “swap box” available, where you can switch out an item you don’t like for something else. We hope that you’ll still embrace the adventurous nature of eating seasonally and try a few new things! We will send out regular newsletters with recipes and other information to help you make the most of your CSA share. Check out the Veggie ID page for more info. 

What if I can’t pick up my produce?

If you cannot pick up your share for some reason, please first try to have a friend pick up your share! If you know a week in advance that you will miss your share, you can request a hold by emailing Veronica Ma Ket at vmaket@catholiccharitiesks.org. New Roots is not able to issue refunds for missed shares.

How does donating a share work?

Customers sign up on Local Food Marketplace and select the “Donation” option in lieu of a pickup site. You will still receive our newsletter weekly over the season. 

Refund and Cancellation Policy

When you sign up for our Farm Share, you are sharing in the risks and rewards of local food production and committing to our program for a specific portion of the growing season. Our staff and farmers follow a strict growing calendar to ensure each share is filled throughout the season and cannot easily make quick adjustments midseason. New Roots is unable to offer refunds for our Farm Share; if unexpected changes occur during the season and you can no longer pick up your CSA, New Roots staff will gladly facilitate donating your share to Catholic Charities’ collection of food pantries across the metro area. We will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Refunds and cancellations will be charged a $30 administrative fee. 

Questions?

Contact us at newrootskc@gmail.com

"I love being challenged to find new recipes for unfamiliar vegetables. "
2021 CSA Customer
"This is one of my favorite summer things. Ia always look forward to the beautiful vegetables!"
2021 CSA Customer
"I now see that supporting local farmers and eating seasonally is better for my health and I feel more connected to the local economy. "
2019 CSA Customer
"The concept of urban agriculture is new to me. I appreciate having food produced so close to the consumer. "
2019 CSA Customer