Whatley Farm is excited to be able to offer a CSA option in 2017 for customers who want to use their SNAP benefits! Also, we will be able to offer a number of first-come, first-served shares with the additional incentive of Maine Harvest Bucks, starting in April 2017. We sell certified organic vegetables, seedlings, edible flowers, duck eggs, and pork!
Our SNAP CSA is more like a buying club than a traditional box CSA. There is no prepayment - you pay as you go! We record your purchases at market and if you spend more than $30 in a month with us, you get a 10% bonus towards your purchases next month. For example, if you spent $55 with us in May, you would get $5.50 credit on the first of June.
You can sign up by sending us your name and phone number, and we will create a page for you in our CSA ledger, or you can come to either of our winter markets and we can create a page for you then. We go to the Midcoast Winter Farmers' Market at the Topsham Fairgrounds on Fridays from 11-4 and the Brunswick Winter Market at Fort Andross on Saturdays from 9-12:30. Currently we use manual paper vouchers to process SNAP payments (it's slower, so it can take longer for the funds to be removed from your balance), but we are looking into a card-swiping machine for the coming year!
We have a certain number of Maine Harvest Bucks shares available starting in April. These shares are $100 value - $50 from your SNAP benefits and $50 from Maine Harvest Bucks. How it works is that whatever the value of your purchase in SNAP benefits, you get the same value in fresh fruits and vegetables paid for by Maine Harvest Bucks. Another way to understand this: if you choose $20 worth of food, $10 of it can be any SNAP eligible items that you pay for on your EBT card and $10 of fruits and vegetables are paid for by Maine Harvest Bucks: free to you! You do not have to use your Maine Harvest Bucks every time you make a purchase, but you do need to spend the SNAP benefits in order to generate the Maine Harvest Bucks bonus.
Maine Harvest Bucks share purchases do count toward our regular bonus - so if you spend a total of $60/month in combined SNAP and Harvest Bucks, we will give you a $6 credit for the next month. Like with the regular SNAP CSA, you pay as you go with Maine Harvest Bucks, until you use it up. You can then apply for another Maine Harvest Bucks share until we run out of them. We have a limited number of Maine Harvest Buck shares to offer and will sign up customers for this program on a first-come, first-served basis, and though we will try hard to accommodate everyone, it is possible not all customers will be able to receive the Maine Harvest Bucks incentive. Maine Harvest Bucks dollars must be used by March 2018 because of the way they are funded, at which point you can apply for the 2018 round of Maine Harvest Bucks shares.
We run our CSA through the farmers’ market, so you pick up your share at the markets we attend (see below). At the market, you pick out what you want, and pay then. We use the paper voucher system to authorize and reserve payment - we fill out the vouchers at market with your exact purchase amount and we clear them after the market with our wired machine at home. That means the funds are not removed from your account immediately, but it will usually be later that day.
Our markets are year round, and so is our SNAP CSA. We track your total purchases in our ledger, which you can check any time at the market.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a sign-up form!
We look forward to seeing you at our farmers’ markets!