2023 Subscription Program enrollment opens on Sunday, October 16th at 7 a.m. Our Early Bird Registration Period runs through Sunday, October 23rd and includes 3 perks for your early commitment.
As you gear up for enrollment day, we recommend considering these 5 tips ahead of time so you know you've made the best decision for your family for next season and so enrollment day goes smoothly.
(This is the second email in our 2023 subscription program registration series. Click here to read the first one, which is all about the early bird perks and changes for next year.)
1. Compare the Extended Season and Main Season programs
We recommend the Extended Season for members who would be excited to cook with any vegetable in their share, including greens, cabbage crops, root crops, and onion crops. The program runs for 32 weeks of the year. It begins in early May, and the nature of the share is heavily comprised of a variety of familiar and lesser-known greens for the first 6 weeks of the program prior to the 20-week Main Season portion. When the Extended Season continues for 6 weeks beyond the Main Season, it includes crops like winter squash, cabbage crops, onion family crops, and root crops.
Here’s a photo of what the share looks like in the early portion of the Extended Season:
And the late portion:
If classic summer crops are more your speed, we recommend the Main Season program. Although both programs include many lesser-known items like radicchio, kohlrabi, Tokyo bekana, tomatillos, and bok choy, the Main Season spans 20 weeks during the most bountiful time of the year, when classic summer vegetables are coming in heavily.
Here's a photo of what that's looked like (tomatoes arrive around the first week of August):
Keep in mind that there is no biweekly option for the Extended Season. If you can commit to participating for 32 weeks in a row, we say, go for it!
2. Familiarize yourself with the customization options
We offer pickups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, so it’s important to consider which best fits your schedule and lifestyle.
We offer a limited number of biweekly options for the Main Season program only.
Also consider if a small or large share is best for your family’s lifestyle. The small share includes 5-7 items per week, and the large share includes 7-9, a few with increased quantities.
Here's a photo of a small share during the Main Season in July:
Here's the large on that same week in July:
Click here to see our 2021 Harvest Calendar, which shows all of the items in the Main Season share across the 2021 season, for more help with choosing a size.
Once you’ve made your decisions, we recommend writing down your choices ahead of enrollment day, so that you click the correct choices on the dropdown menu when you're checking out on Enrollment Day. For example:
Please note: If you sign up for the Extended Season program, we do not offer biweekly options. If you are unsure if you can commit to 32 consecutive weeks, we recommend the Main Season program. Sorry, but once you are enrolled in a program, we can not switch you over to a different one.
3. Know that you only need to pay for half of your share now
It’s a huge deal to us that our members pay upfront for their share. It allows us to make large investments prior to the growing season: repairs, ordering seeds, maintenance, and budgeting. Programs like these are referred to as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and your farmers are so appreciative of the support.
When you enroll, you are only required to pay for a 50% deposit on your share. Here’s how: rather than entering credit card information, click “Offline Payment” at checkout, then mail a check for 50% of the cost of your share to Laurel Glen Farm at:
Laurel Glen Farm
247 Waverly Rd.
Shelton, CT 06484
(Sorry, no Venmo!) Deposits are due within 14 days of enrollment to hold your spot. Balances are due one week before the start of your program.
4. Set an alarm for enrollment day
Enrollment for 2023 opens on Sunday, October 16th at 7:00 a.m. We recommend signing up then to claim your spot! Early Bird Registration closes on Sunday, October 23rd. After that, there is no other opportunity to earn our 3 perks:
5% off of your subscription - you must use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to receive this discount.
An invitation to our Bonus Box harvesting event next September.
Entry in our 8 Days of Giveaways - each day we're raffling off a different kitchen tool.
5. Reach out to us with other questions
We love our subscription members, and we’re always seeking more incredible people to join our community. If you’ve been thinking about joining us, or about making a change to your current subscription, please ask us any questions you might have. It’s super important to us that you feel comfortable and prepared ahead of enrollment day.
Remember that we will not be answering questions or helping with troubleshooting beyond potential issues with our own website that day, so we strongly encourage you to reach out ahead of time. Call or email Victoria at 203-305-9179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.