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Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Are there membership fees?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- How do I order?
- When do I pay?
- When and Where do I pick up my order?
- Why Support Locally Grown?
- How can I sell through this market?
And here are some answers:
Are there membership fees?
We also live on a limited budget and because we understand, we opt to NOT charge an annual fee. However, we ask that you help us keep our costs to a minimum by recycling bags, egg cartons and honoring a minimum order of $10.00 per week.
Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with L’Ecuyer Gardens you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want. The weekly email lists the produce, milled products, fresh flowers, and artisan goods available that week, and you can browse the items on this website before you place your order.
How do I order?
Each Monday, a list of available products is sent to all of our registered customers by e-mail. Customers must place their order for the week no later than Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. Orders can be placed here on our website. Ordering through this web site is our preferred method as it is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes us to process orders as well as provide you with detailed information about our products.
When do I pay?
We accept cash or checks when you pick up your order. Because we may have to adjust your total then (to account for unnanounced items you decide to purchase or items that were unexpectedly unavailable), we do not accept advance payment on the website.
When and Where do I pick up my order?
We deliver your order to your home, office, or other prearranged delivery points. As we leave will give customers an estimated arrival time. Our route changes from week-to-week so the exact time will not always be the same.
Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from me, you are providing stability to our local economy through the support of local businesses.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials.
Provide learning opportunities: L’Ecuyer Gardens provides countless hours of youth education both on and off the farm. We work hard to help young people develop their own gardening skills. We also help them connect the food on their plate to the crops and animals on the farm.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. At the same time it is becomeing far MORE difficult to make a living as a full time farmer. By supporting L’Ecuyer Gardens you are making it possible for both Tom and I to farm full time. This in turn also helps by keeping more jobs available for those who do not farm.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
*My shareholders go by Honey, Livie and Autie. My kitchen table is my board room and the dividends I pay are used to buy new shoes, t-ball gloves and gallons of milk. Supporting L’Ecuyer Gardens is supporting hard working people just like you!
How can I sell through this market?
If you’ve already created a customer account here, simply go to Our Growers and click on ‘Join this Market’. This will add you to our system and our market managers will contact you with the next step. We do charge a one-time-only fee of $40 (which we can deduct from your sales) as well as 15% of your overall sales. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish. Contact Twilya at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information.