Our system is pretty simple: pick, pack, and deliver on the same day to minimize packaging and maximize freshness.
Your role is pretty simple, too: pick up, put away, and re-pack to help things run smoothly.
You pick up your Box from your porch
You put away your produce
You re-pack your box with clean, dry containers
Please read on for more information about how our system works.
Your weekly Happy Box includes:
- Regualr size boxes- About 20 lbs. of fresh organic produce packed into 7 reusable plastic containers. For busy families there is packing option- in bulk without plastic containers.
- Small size boxes- About 12 lbs of fresh organic produce packed in a reusable small box without any plastic containers.
- A copy of our newsletter, 4,000 Tomatoes! This includes a list of the produce in your box, farm news, and .
We have a team of 7-10 people who pick, pack, and deliver your box. Everyone delivers the boxes they pack themselves. If you have questions or concerns about the way your box is packed, please talk to the person who delivered it.if the problem continues.
First, we assign you a unique participant number and inform you what day to expect your first delivery.
Then, we label your packaging- two reusable waxed cardboard boxes. For our regular (big box) services we also label two reusable sets of plastic containers (fourteen total) with your number. We transport your produce only in these containers. For busy families, optionally we offer regular (big) size services packed bulk without the reusable plastic containers inside. Please indicate on your aplication form if you preffer it!
Finally, we pick, pack (according to the preferences you specified when you signed up), and deliver on your assigned day.
On delivery day, please re-pack your box with all seven of the clean, dry, empty containers in the same order they arrived in (there's only one way for them all to fit - one small container goes sideways). Remember to put lids back on to keep them clean inside. Leave your empty box on the porch.
We will pick, pack, and deliver on your assigned day. We'll take your empty box with us, to be used again the following week. We do have spare boxes if you forget to leave it out, for an additional $1 charge.
Please take care of your containers. They will last you through the season if you keep them clean and dry week after week.
The purpose of the 7 reusable plastic cintainers is to additionaly protect your produce from rain, dust, or bruising during transportation. We do not have sterilizing equipment at the farm. If containers come back extremely dirty, we take the time to wash them, or replace them and add a $1 charge. If dirty containers are a consistent problem, we reserve the right to switch your service to one without plastic containers.
To keep your produce fresh after delivery, we recommend that you remove all produce from your Happy Box as soon as possible.
Fruit - avocados, peaches, bananas, pears, and mangos may need to stay at room temperature for a few days to fully ripen. Other times they may arrived perfectly ready to eat!
Tomatoes and cucumbers - store at room temperature, out of the fridge. Cucumbers and very ripe tomatoes can be refrigerated.
Greens and herbs - refrigerate in the crisper of your fridge or a bio-bag to maintain freshness and flavor.
Please wash your produce thoroughly before consumption.
Standard Boxes are the best value, and the best way to eat local and eat with the season.
Every standard box -small or regular in a given week will contain the same variety of fruits and vegetables, just the quantity is different. The small boxes are receiving approximately 2/3 of the quantity of the regular(large) size boxes.
Premium Boxes give a little more flexibility.
Premium enables you to customize the produce in your Happy Box. When you sign up, please print and fill up Prouce choice form and circle what produce you always/sometimes/never want to receive. We will try our best to customize your produce according to those preferences.
Locavore boxes include organic produce that is 100% local-homegrown and in season. The variety is more limited especialy in spring and fall, but the quantity and value is always high.
Premium Locavore enables you to customize the local produce you receive. When you sign up please print and fill up the Locavore Produce choice form.
Boxes are always full and the value is always high. In the summer months, retail value of a Standard Regular Box is often more than $35. Many times we would add extra produce on top of the box when is abundant and in season. And that's in addition to the value of your participation.
Participating in the Happy Box Program directly supports your local community farmer. You help us grow organic produce that is good for our health, good for the soil, and good for the future of our children.
- Include your participant number on all communication with us.
- If you use reusable plastic containers- wash them thoroughly after use, dry them and put them back in the box with lids on in the same order they arrived.
-Keep your waxed cardboard box the same way as when you receive it. Plase do not brake it down flat!
- Have your box ready for pick-up at 4 p.m. on delivery day. Keep it, if possible, away from direct sunlight!