Dont Waste Your Money!!
By: Carol Neumann (Nov 17, 2011)
This was my first season with a CSA farm and unfortunately I picked Maple Creek Farms. We got one excuse after another the first 6 weeks as our shares were incredibly small. Then things started to get a little better but then dropped off again. On top of this our season was cut short by 5 weeks (out of 20 weeks) because of some BS personal problem at the farm. What makes it worse is this personal problem was with just one person. One person and the whole thing shuts down with no refunds given. Totally unprofessional and the fact that they didn't give refunds is despicable. One of the main reasons we joined was to get fresh tomatoes and we only got 6 full sized tomatoes through 15 weeks of service. This was easily the worst 400 dollars I have ever spent.
Hopefully Maple Creek's terrible service wont negatively effect people's decisions to stay the CSA route as I met some other people at the drop off locations that were new this year as well. I know full well that Maple Creek's unprofessional and unethical actions do not speak for the CSA community as a whole and I will not hesitate to join a new farm come next year. I can just guarantee it wont be with Maple Creek.
Do yourself a favor and stay as far away from this farm as humanely possible, at least in regards to giving them your money. The shares were weak and their service even weaker. Any CSA that would shut down the entire season due to a personal problem with 1 person and then not give out refunds is....well, lets just say they dont deserve to stay in business.
In all honesty, even if they hadn't screwed us out of the last 5 weeks of service (which totaled 25% or $100.00 of the total price), I still would have chosen to go with a different farm next year. I think we had 2-3 quality weeks tops.
Trust me on this one, go with a different farm. You will thank me in the long run.
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