A Sun Produce Farm Bag subscription provides you with locally grown and freshly harvested produce that is healthy for you, your family, and the community. It saves you time at the grocery store, and keeps your fridge stocked with fresh produce to keep your well-being on track.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Traditionally, a CSA is a mutually beneficial way for local farmers and community members to help one another. Participating CSA members benefit by receiving local, naturally produced, and the freshest and most long-lasting produce. And the farm members receive consistent monetary support through the community members' continued CSA subscriptions. They grow a calculated amount of food to meet the needs of the community. This in turn limits food waste and helps prevent the miscalculation of needed products.
Sun Produce Co-Op's CSA / Farm Bag program promotes greater food security for our state, helps keep our member farms farming, and even promotes a cleaner environment, since there are less food miles from the farms to your table.
The Co-op's CSA / Farm Bag program provides easy affordable access to nutritious local food options and supports place-based wellness strategies. It offers a healthy fundraising component for your school or business while supporting local farmers. At the locations participating in the fundraising component, a portion of the sale of each bag goes back to the site to support specific programs and projects.
Since the Farm Bag subscription is site-based, depending on the site you choose to support and participate in, you will pick up your produce either weekly or bi-weekly. You will receive a variety of items based on what is in season. The site you choose may offer different sizes of Farm Bags, each with a different price - to meet the needs of different households. You will be able to choose the size and price you prefer.
After you create an account and choose the site and size bag you want, you will create a subscription and begin your journey to plan your meals to include the freshest local veggies and fruits while supporting local farmers!
Sun Produce Co-op gladly accepts SNAP / EBT as a form of payment. Because this type of purchase must be made in person, if you are a SNAP / EBT customer, please follow this process to ensure you receive your Farm Bag: Sign yourself up for a site location, select the SNAP / EBT Bag size you want, and when you check out, it should have automatically chosen "pay-by-check" option. You do not need to send or bring a "check." Just bring your SNAP / EBT card to pick-up location to pay for your Bag.**
Some sites offer a price-match option for customers paying with their SNAP / EBT cards. This match program is called Double Up Food Bucks AZ and is sponsored by Pinnacle Prevention. The match program is like getting half off the price of the Bag. It works like this: Because we can't process SNAP / EBT online, you would pay the first time you come to pick up your Farm Bag for the option you have chosen.
**USDA SNAP rules mandate that SNAP / EBT customers have to swipe your Quest card in person plus put in your PIN themselves. When you order this way, you won't be charge anything on your card - you are just letting us know to make up a bag for you. However, you ARE making a commitment to come pick up your Bag so it does not go to waste. The Co-op still has to pay the farmers whether it is picked up or not and we know you also want to keep it from going to waste. Please remember to bring your SNAP Benefits card to each pick up so we can collect payment.
How do I get my Farm Bag?
Your Farm Bag will be delivered to the site you choose at a specific day of the week and time. Please check that the pick-up times are convenient for you before subscribing.
Any unclaimed boxes will be donated to a local food bank or community organization. There are no credit, refunds, or exchange for unclaimed Farm Bags.
Life happens and we are not always home or able to pick up and/or use our farm bag. Subscribers can go on-line and place a hold on their subscription at any time. To make sure you don't have to pay for the bag you want held, your hold must be placed by noon the Friday before the pick-up you would like to place on hold.
To cancel your subscription, log into your member dashboard, click on "view modify subscription," select "cancel my subscription." At this point a box will pop up. Just select "cancel my subscription" again. From here, you will get a confirmation page. If you do not, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. However, if your subscription is cancelled after that week's deadline (Friday at noon the week before), you will be billed for that box, and the cancellation will take effect for the following week. There are no auto-refunds, credits, or exchanges. Once you have been billed for the box, a cancellation for that week is not possible. If you are billed for a box because you did not cancel in time, you can pick it up. If not, it will be donated to a family in need.