Q. Can I pick and choose which weeks I participate or opt out of the program if I decide I can’t afford it or no longer wish to participate?

  1. In general, no. At this time, we ask that you commit to the full 18 weeks of the program. Obviously, we do not wish to force families into a program that is not working for them and in that event we will consider cancellations on a case-by-case basis. However, we reserve the right to make these decisions at our discretion. Please be sure you understand the program and are ready to try it out for the entire season, much like a CSA.

Q. Is there flexibility of what meal ingredients I recieve each week?

  1. Not at this time. 2017 is a pilot year for this new program and we simply do not have the capacity to plan and grow meals that will ultimately not be used by customers. In future years as we grow, this may become an option. However, please realize that in the end, we are simply providing you with meat, produce, and a suggested recipe. If you do not like the recipe suggestion we have given, you may opt to turn the ingredients into whatever you wish – you are limited only by your creativity!

Q. Will my kit come with pre-chopped, pre-marinated, or otherwise prepared ingredients?

    1. No. This is a kit of whole foods – produce, meat, and maybe an occasional dairy item – that came out of the ground or from the animal the way nature intended. We do not process your ingredients, that’s part of the fun of cooking so we leave that to you! What we try to do is eliminate as many of the other obstacles to cooking as possible – sourcing quality organic local ingredients, designing a menu and attendant recipes, screening for taste, ease, and nutrition, and then getting the ingredents to your doorstep. Your kit will contain approximately the right amount to create your 2 recipes, sometimes with a bit leftover, sometimes with none leftover. But the ingredients will not be prepared, cut, marinated, or otherwise processed when they arrive.

Q. What type of meals will I receive the main ingredients for each week? Can I see some examples of the types of recipes I’ll be getting?

      1. Yes! The meals you will get each week are designed around 3 factors: Deliciousness (#1!), Nutritiousness (made from whole, unprocessed, organic foods), and Ease/Efficiency (designed to be made in 30-45 minutes or less, and relatively simple.) Please check out the Example Kits Page to see some pictures of example kits and their recipes. We also anticipate having the draft menu for each month posted in the “Recipe” folder on the Cooking Page  about a week before that month arrives. Generally, each week one meal will be meat based and one will be vegetable based. There may be a week or two where we try out a fresh Maine seafood item.

Q. My family is vegetarian (or pescetarian, or meat-lovers, etc.) Can I choose an all-veggie, all meat, fish option, etc.?

      1. Not at this time. 2017 is a pilot year for this new program and we are keeping the first year simple to ensure that we can sustain it into the future.

Q. Where does the produce come from? The meat?

      1. The produce and any eggs come primarily from Food Joy’s internal farm, South Auburn Organic. We occasionally buy in other organic and non-organic produce from other farms in Maine, but we will notate any non-organic items on our website under the “What’s in the Kit?” button, which is updated each week. We will never buy in anything from out of state. All of our meat comes from Farmer’s Gate Market in Wales, an aggregator and butcher of some of the best sustainably grown meat in the state of Maine.

Q.  I would like more  than 2 meals per week. Why is the only option 2?

      1. For now, we are launching the program using the feedback we consistently received over 3 years of running our more traditional CSA: That there was too much produce to be able to use it all in a week, forcing customers to either throw some away, or cook from scratch 7 nights a week. We believe our 2 meal per week option is more realistic for most families, allowing you to also shop farmers markets, grocery stores, enjoy occasional eating out/takeout – or have that one lazy night where you just eat Raisin Bran! In future years we may offer more than 2 meals per week for those who desire a higher level of commitment to vegetable-based, from-scratch cooking.

Q.  Can I just put my cooler out on delivery day and leave it inside the rest of the time?

      1. Yes, although we discourage doing so unless you have a reminder mechanism built into your calendar or phone to put the cooler out the night before. If the cooler is not out, or not out in time for our delivery, we cannot deliver your kit as there are perishables inside which can go bad and cause food safety concerns. If your kit is not delivered due to the cooler not being out, you will need to call and schedule an individual time to come pick your kit up, which is difficult for us to accomodate as a micro-enterprise, and a pain for you.