LONG BEACH FARMBOX FAQ
Long Beach Farms is pleased to offer our Farm Box service for our friends in the Long Beach area! Subscribers may choose to receive their Farm Boxes on a weekly or bi-weekly basis each SUNDAY afternoon.
WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY BOX?
Farm boxes can be picked up from one of our pick-up locations across town, currently designated at:
*BIXBY KNOLLS AREA -- 3515 Linden Ave (2:00PM - 4:00PM)
*ROSE PARK -- 7th Street at Obispo, SW Corner (3:00PM - 5:00PM)
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Farm boxes contain a hand-selected assortment of fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs from Long Beach Farms' own small farm, and a small number of our farmer friends across town. Sometimes we go "mainline" to bring hard-to-find specialty items, but we are first, and foremost, a cooperative of local farmers.
WHAT IF I MISS MY PICKUP, OR AM ON VACATION?
If you're running late, it's no problem. Just contact us and we'll arrange a safe, convenient place to meet and pick up. Going on vacation? Need a pause? Farm boxes can easily be placed on hold whenever, for whatever reason. Just let us know and we will make a notation on your file.
HOW CAN I HELP OUR LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM?
Buying produce from the traditional grocery store creates tremendous amounts of waste and inefficiency as the produce is trucked in from Mexico, Chile and other far-away locations. Buying here supports large international produce conglomerates. While this model brings us exotic items like bananas and mangoes, it means that the produce is picked early, before ripening, and shipped far, far away. Our commitment to local agriculture means that produce is brought to you at its peak ripeness, from nearby farms, ensuring maximum flavor and nutrition. By subscribing to our curated Farm Box service, you are directly supporting local farms and strengthening our local food economy.
ARE YOU GUYS ORGANIC?
Long Beach Farms grows -- and ensures that its farming partners grow -- using sustainable methods, including Integrated Pest Management ("IPM") techniques to eliminate the use of dangerous pesticides; the use of natural and organic nutrients and fertilizers; and an overall respect for the land. The short answer is: most of the produce in your box each week is sustainably grown using compost and other natural techniques - but is typically not certified organic because the certification process is much too expensive, and time consuming, for the small farm to participate.
I THOUGHT YOU GUYS DELIVERED, NO?
Long Beach Farms has always been proud to offer delivery to our subscribers, but we have recently had to pause our delivery service until we can stabilize into the new 'situation.' We promise delivery will be back, hopefully by May. Until then, we are obliged to deliver only to our most in-need customers who have taken ill, or are otherwise shut-in. We hope you'll give us a try in the meantime - please send an able-bodied person to pick up your box on Sunday, drive-through style!
CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN PRODUCE?
As with delivery, we have had to pause our 'build-a-box' and add-on system until demand has stabilized. But we continue to offer farm-fresh eggs! You can add these to your subscription at any time, or holler at us when you pick up.