By: Victoria Meadows (Jan 3, 2012)
I was very disappointed with Cricket's for the following reasons:
Disbursement was delayed until the last week in July with all contact about the matter initiated by me and with no explanation of the delay until I asked for a refund and questioned why other CSA's had started delivery months earlier.
Received completely rotten unusable produce on multiple occasions.
Local pick-up location was not as convenient as initially advertised on LocalHarvest when I signed up and the day of pick up changed half way through the season.
Lack of variety. Didn't receive any fruit except for apples.
Complete lack of communication. For example I found out the last pick up day was the previous week on the normal pick up day. Not to mention the lack of contact regarding the delay in disbursement.
Concept sounds great and could be, but I did not have a good experience with Cricket's.
On the upside, they do have great eggs.
Comments on this Review:
Cricket Badra says: (Feb 14, 2012)
I apologize Victoria, I value your comments and critique. I admit that the 2011 CSA was not a perfect year, and I apologize. Our delivery started around the same time as most other CSA's that I spoke to. It was very cold, rainy, and windy Spring which lasted well into June. Unfortunately I have no control over the weather and the straight-line winds we had in May that destroyed our hoop house and decimated our crops. Last year our sheep broke lose and DEVOURED our fruit garden in just a couple of hours :( this year we have no sheep :) Therefore we will be bringing back our berries and melons. As for the rotten food. Our produce is picked ripe, it is not picked green and sprayed with stabilizers. Our fresh produce only keeps for a week, at most, and we like it that way. We did change our delivery day from Tuesday to Monday, this is a permanent change and will stay that way. Thank you for your support, Cricket
Anna Scott says: (Mar 15, 2012)
I agree with most of Victoria's comments. I was very disappointed that the distribution did not begin until July when it had been advertised as starting in May. I also did not find out the reason for the delay until I made contact and requested additional information. I also agree that there was a lack of variety. I don't think that we received any fruit. I also agree that we were not notified that the distribution was complete until the the day of or day before our next expected distribution. I wish Cricket all of the best, but we will be exploring other options for the future.