Blue Moon Winter Market: New Format

Blue Moon will be initiating a new system of purchasing produce for the winter months. December through April are months of both increased production costs (heating the greenhouses, heating the packing shed, increased labor costs etc.) and reduced production due to cold temps and shorter days. Therefore, we try to sell absolutely everything we grow in order to help our margin. We’ve tried a few different pre-sell scenarios over the years, and have decided to go all the way this year with a system of pre-pay and pre-box. This could be called a flexible CSA (community supported agriculture) model in which you order what you want, and pay on-line.

Those of you who are returning customers from previous winters are familiar with our complicated arrangements of tables distinguishing between pre-sold produce and “extras” with clipboards stashed here and there. We are replacing this cumbersome system to one in which you simply show up and pick up your box of veggies, without needing to weigh your beets, or wait in line to pay someone.

We will be using a website that got its trial run during the summer in which we, along with Prairie Fruits Farm and Bane Family Meats, offered CUFarmers, a weekly online farmer’s market.

For the winter, we won’t be offering meat or cheese (though PFF will have a stand at the Market In the Square), but will continue to use the shop over at the other website for CUFarmers.

If you have ever bought anything online, this will be a familiar process. Upon checkout, you will be prompted to create an account with a password, in order to pay with a card. Please note: you need only create this account once, the second time you order, notice the “Returning Customer” option at the top of the checkout page in order to avoid inputting your information again.

As in the past, the store will be open from Monday morning at 9am to Tuesday evening at 10pm. The pickup location will be at our stand at the Market In the Square. Here are the dates for these markets. They run every 2nd and 4th Saturday for the months of January through April. Our stand will be open from 9-11. Ordering opens on the Monday prior to the market. You will get an email prompt on that Sunday reminding you to order on Monday.

As in the past, certain green things, such as arugula or salad mix, may sell out very quickly. Availability will constantly change for some items, whereas for spinach, carrots, potatoes, and beets, there is a good supply.

A note about pricing. Produce coming out of the greenhouse (salad, spinach, etc.) is more costly than produce from the field (carrots, potatoes, etc.), and that is reflected in a price increase. You will see a small additional bump in price to account for bagging and boxing time, and materials.

On the Saturday of pickup, you will be given a box with your order in it, and then you are done. We ask that you bring your box back the next time you order.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, we can be reached at bluemoonfarmurbana@gmail.com.

Ordering for the 1-14-17 pickup will be open on Monday, 1-9-17 at 9am at our CUFarmers website.



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