Commonly Asked Questions & Answers

What is community supported agriculture (CSA)?

  • In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, in essence, the community’s farm. The growers and consumers provide mutual support and share the risks and benefits of food production. Learn more…

How does Sylvan Hills Farm CSA work?

When you become a member of Sylvan Hill Farm, you receive one regular or large share per week starting sometime between the first and third week of June, depending upon the season’s weather. The season continues through the end of September or early October. That’s 17 weeks!

A regular share is like a full grocery bag of fresh, locally-grown, organic produce every week! — more than enough to feed a family of four. Eat what you want now — and can or freeze your bounty so that you will continue to enjoy delicious food throughout the winter.

If that seems like too much food, consider splitting a share with a neighbor. It’s cost effective and a great way to connect.

Why support community supported agriculture (CSA)?

  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about it

Why buy organic?

Healthier, tastier, better for the environment – there are actually no reasons not to buy organic. See full list of or reasons to buy organic: Why Buy Organic?

What are rough-hewn vegetables?

Vegetables that are not always picture perfect, but contain higher nutrients levels and more flavor. When produce gets attacked by insects they produce more antioxidants to fight the bugs which in turn provides you with more of them when eaten. The way grandma grew vegetables!

Why is it important that the produce is delivered in a timely manner without refrigeration?

Field heat is the number one reducer of vegetable shelf life. We remove the field heat as quickly as possible. We also deliver within 24 hours of being picked so that you get the very freshest produce possible. Studies have shown that produce loses up to 50 % of its nutritional value in the first 24 to 48 hours.

Should I refrigerate the produce when I receive it?

We refrigerate everything except onions, tomatoes, squash and garlic since it will keep produce from wilting, use the vegetable crisper drawers in the frig. It will keep for more than a week and you will have your next delivery by then so enjoy it as quickly as you want.

How do I best store the vegetables I can’t use?

Storage of squash, onions, garlic should be in a cool and dry place. All greens can be stored in vegetable draw in bottom of frig. Any other vegetables can be stored in the frig. In the fall after frost, we place root crops like carrots, potatoes and beets into moist sand, which is placed into a plastic bin and put in a cool dark place. We do send out tips on how to store some of the easier to store produce.

Can I donate the vegetables I won’t use?

I don’t see why not they are your vegetables! Then again you could always share them with a neighbor or friend.

Why only 50 shares? Wouldn’t more members be better?

Owners Larry and Jackie are committed to providing this limited number of shares so that they can continue to adhere to idealistic farming practices, including the guarantee that your produce will picked and delivered fresh – never stored or placed in coolers.

Why both tradition and heirloom?

Planting both traditional ( species native to the americas and are often thousands of years old) and heirloom vegetables helps to preserve diversity of seed stock.

Why is clay loam better for growing vegetables?

Clay Loam is a heavier soil and retains water and nutrients longer as they do not wash out of the soil. That means more available for the plants to absorb and more for you to eat when you enjoy the bounty. This does help reduce the carbon foot print with less electricity and water used for irrigating.

What area does Sylvan Hills serve?

We have CSA drop sites, Farmers Markets and wholesale accounts all the way from Menomonie, WI to into the Twin Cities.

We are part of the future Twin Cities metro area according to the Twin Cities long range planning Committee. Woodbury is about 40 mins away for the farm it used to take us that long to get from Midway area in Saint Paul to the west side of the metro when we lived there.