Verging on fraudulent
By: Carma Halterman (Aug 13, 2010)
A membership to this "csa" is essentially a charitable donation for which you can not claim a deduction. Week one's pick up was six under-developed radishes and a few scapes. Another week was a pound of lamb's quarter and a few heads of garlic. The $650 membership breaks down to roughly $27 per week and 9 weeks into the season we haven't received a total of $27 worth of produce - much less $243.
What I can say for them is their marketing is slick. Nice website and well produced newsletter. But it's nothing more than smoke and mirrors - photos are lifted from flickr not taken at the farm.
Sadly, this does not seem to be an isolated incident based on other reviews and accounts from former members. I can only assume that each year they attract a new set of unsuspecting members. The decision to join CVCSA was based on their 2008 harvest chart which turned out to be complete fiction.
Some comparative photos can be found on Carma's Cafe's website and photos are also in the cafe's facebook photo album.
Comments on this Review:
Poopy Jones says: (Aug 31, 2010)
Completely agree with this review. I imagine they just burned my money at one of the potluck dinners because they definitely didn't spend it on the farm. There is a complete lack or organization and communication (updates come whenever they feel like actually typing one). It seems they have run this CSA before, but there is no evidence of any experience doing such a thing.
Recommend staying away and joining a much larger organization if you can. I should have known better than to join such a small group in an industry the requires at least some scale.
Sarah Fox says: (May 25, 2011)
Carma, I wanted to say THANK YOU for documenting the abysmal quality and quantity of what we received from the CVCSA last year, and for providing the comparison photos proving that another CSA, based less than 10 miles away, was able to consistently provide excellent produce under the exact same weather conditions.
I hike at Cromwell Valley several times a week, and feel sad every time I walk past the remains of the CVCSA's greenhouse (they've torn it down) and the disused fields... I remember going past there 10 years ago and seeing thriving crops, now it's just a hole in the ground and a bunch of weeds. :-(