Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CSA?

Never heard of a CSA before? 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 members from the community benefit by receiving local, naturally produced, and therefore the freshest and most longest lasting, produce. While the Farmer receives consistent monetary support through the community member’s continued CSA subscription. The farmer can then grow a calculated amount of food to meet the needs of the community. This in turn, limits food waste and prevents the miscalculation of needed product. As well as, promotes greater food security in our state, preserves farm land, and promotes greater bio-diversity! It is a win-win!

Our members experience peace of mind knowing that they are guaranteed a share of safely produced vegetables and fruit.  Also known to be the best produce around…and it’s 100% Certified Organic!  It just doesn’t get any better than this.

Why should I sign up for a Blue Sky CSA Farm Box?

A CSA box subscription provides you with locally grown, freshly harvested, organic produce that is better for you, your family, and the community. It saves you time at the grocery store, and keeps your fridge stocked with fresh veggies so you can keep your health on track.

How does the CSA Farm Box subscription work?

Our CSA is a subscription based program. Each week or every other week, depending upon the frequency you select; you will receive 5-7 and sometimes even 8 produce items grown here at our Farm.

You can sign up for our CSA program through our subscription site. First you will want to create a membership login account. Once you have created a login account, you can then shop for the Classic Farm Box subscription. Choose your pick up frequency (weekly or every other week (noted as "bi-weekly")) and then you will have an opportunity to select your pick up location. Lastly, you will proceed to checkout. Once your order is placed, we will confirm your subscription. Your subscription will then run on reoccurring basis with a credit card of choice on file. Our main growing season runs from October until the month of June (mid month generally).  Viola! That is it, you will then be set up to receive a box of freshly harvested, 100% certified organic veggies per your delivery schedule!

How do I receive my CSA Farm Box?

When signing up for a subscription, you will have an opportunity to select a pick up location from our list of availability. Please see below for pick up locations, These locations are subject to change. For the most recent list of pick up locations, please visit "Drop Sites" on the menu bar of the Storefront Webpage:

-Our Farm Store at Blue Sky Organic Farms ~ Address: 4762 N. 189th Ave Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Tuesday 12:00PM to 6:00PM

Friday 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Saturday 10:00AM to 5:00PM

-Phoenix Public Market~ Address: 721 N Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004

SATURDAY 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

-Gilbert Farmers Market ~ Address: 222 N Ash Street Gilbert, AZ 85234
SATURDAY 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

-Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market ~ Address: 3806 N Brown Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251

SATURDAY 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

-Roadrunner Farmers Market ~ Address: 3502 E Cactus Road Phoenix, AZ 85032

SATURDAY 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

-Uptown Farmers Market Sat ~ Address: 5757 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85012

SATURDAY 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Please keep in mind that you are responsible for picking up your CSA Farm Box or for making alternative arrangements to have your CSA Box picked up. All Farm Boxes that have not been picked up during the alloted day and time will be donated to St. Mary's Food Bank.

What if I want more produce than I have in my CSA Farm Box? 

All CSA Members with a current subscription receive a 10% discount* off of purchases made within our Farm Store on sight at the Farm, or at one of our Farmer’s Market Booths. This way, members who eat a lot of veggies can still get a deal on the extra items they may need. You may also add on to your Farm Box through your membership account. Once logged into your CSA account simply select Shop for Add On's to view what we currently have available. Add the items you wish to receive into your cart and we will provide them in your next CSA Farm Box.

*A few private label items are excluded from discount, as well as our nest run eggs.

What happens to my Farm Box if I leave town on vacation? Can I place my CSA Farm Box on Hold?

Yes, you can place your Farm Box on Hold for those times when you will not be in town. If you do not want to be charged for that week's Farm Box the Hold must be placed a full 72 hours prior to the pick up date. You will need to login to your online membership account, select the date you wish to hold the Farm Box delivery and then select the button that says Hold Delivery. As long as you place the hold 72 hours prior to delivery date, you will not be charged for the Farm Box. If the Hold comes in with less than a full 72 hours, we are unable to stop the automatic transaction for that week. Please note, the farm will not be responsible for placing Farm Boxes on Hold. This action must be completed by the member. However, if you are having difficulty completing this action please contact us as soon as possible.

What happens if I do not pick up my CSA Box on time?

That depends. If your pick up location is the Farm Store, all unclaimed boxes will be held in our on-site cooler for one week. After a week has passed all unclaimed Farm Boxes will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank, or any other food bank, church, or charitable organization we are working with at that time. If your pick up location is a third party business, please understand that they are not responsible for storing your CSA Box. Most third party locations will toss unclaimed CSA Boxes. Some may hold onto your CSA Box, but please note that we are not responsible for their storage conditions and your produce may not be stored properly, resulting in less-than-stellar veggies. There are no refunds, credits, or exchanges for unclaimed CSA Boxes.

What if I want to cancel my subscription?

If circumstances require cancelling, this action must be completed by an Administrator. Please call the office and ask for the CSA Coordinator (623) 266-4031. Or, you can send an email to purplekarat@gmail.com There are no refunds, credits, or exchanges for unclaimed boxes (aka boxes that were not picked up within the allotted pick up time and pick up location). 

A $23 cancellation fee may be assessed if the request is not received a full 72 hours prior to your next delivery. What does 72 hours look like? If you receive a Farm Box on Friday, the cancellation will need to be placed no later than 11:59pm on Monday. Or, if you receive a Farm Box on Saturday, the cancellation request will need to be received by 11:59pm on Tuesday.

If the cancellation request is not received within this time frame, the cancellation of services will go into effect the following week and the next scheduled delivery will occur, or a $23 cancellation fee may be assessed. Thank you, for abiding by this policy and working as community to create an efficient and pleasant CSA experience!

There are no refunds, credits, or exchanges for unclaimed CSA Boxes.

Where can I sign up for a Blue Sky CSA Farm Box?

Sign up for a Blue Sky CSA Box here:  SUBSCRIPTION SITE

Please contact us with any further questions:

Email: purplekarat@gmail.com

Office Phone: 623-266-4031