We offer a variety of Certified Naturally Grown vegetables that we grow at our two farm locations in New Orleans, as well as a variety of produce from other local farms. Every week your share may be a bit different, but we expect to always offer a variety of salad and cooking greens, root vegetables, herbs, and a variety of other seasonal favorites. Our choice-based model is designed to give you the flexibility to only get what you want, and to get different selections each time.
Our Spring and Fall season Farm Shares cover many months of growing season, which means that some months will have more selection than other months. Especially in the colder months, the selection will be extra heavy on greens. Warmer months will have plenty of fruiting crops like cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes etc. Part of being in a farm share means eating seasonally, and while we do our best to keep it interesting every week, we aren't able to have the same variety as you get in a grocery store.
We also have a selection of add-ons from local producers, including eggs, mushrooms, honey, tofu, and seasonal fruits. These are available to purchase as extras with your vegetable shares.
Is it possible to buy a la carte or week to week without purchasing a share for the season?
Depending on availability of extra produce, we will offer a $25 pre-packed (farmer's choice) share that may be purchased week-to-week. Our GrownBy shop will also include some additional items a la carte, as quantities allow.
Is the Farm Share organic?
River Queen Greens is Certified Naturally Grown, which has the same standards as organic and in many ways requires more of a commitment to regenerative agricultural practices.
All of the outsourced produce that we include in our Farm Shares is grown locally and much of it is also grown sustainably. Our partner for salad greens, Compostella Farm, uses organic practices and we get the best, pasture-raised eggs in town from Local Cooling Farm.
How do payments work?
When you sign up for a Farm Share, you must input your credit card info and select whether you'd like to pay upfront or pay-as-you-go. If you select the latter, you will be charged every Monday for your share that week. (Note: each transaction in GrownBy incurs a $0.30 transaction fee.)
The "Offline Payment" option at checkout is only for members using EBT cards to pay for their shares on site or for members paying upfront if they would like to pay with a check.. If you would like to use an EBT card to pay for your share, please contact us and we can process your registration with an offline payment. Please contact us as well about paying in full for your share with a non-refundable check.
What is Farm Credit and how does it work?
When you purchase your share, you will be asked at checkout if you would like to add farm credit to your order. Farm credit is a credit you can use to buy from us on GrownBy. Any farm credit will be used to pay your next invoice(s) or for your next order. If you buy $100 of farm credit when you purchase your share and you're paying as you go, the farm credit will be applied to your next share payment, but you can also use it to buy extras, like eggs, mushrooms, and other produce as available. You'll reduce the number of transaction fees and pay down a balance as the season progresses.
You also have the option of purchasing Farm Credit in units of $25 as a stand-alone item without registering for a seasonal share.
Is there going to be a pickup on Mardi Gras!?
No pickup on Mardi Gras! The pickup date that week will be moved to Ash Wednesday, March 2. Any other scheduling changes due to weather or other unexpected events will be communicated via email.
Is it possible to skip a pickup?
Our number one request is that you find a friend/neighbor/family member to pick up your share for you if you're not able to come! (Think of it like a gym membership - you're expected to pay each month, even if you don't use it.)
With that said, you are allowed two vacation weeks. If you paid in full, you will receive farm credit to be used the next time you purchase from us via GrownBy. If you are paying weekly you will also receive farm credit that will automatically be applied at that time that you enter a vacation request. This may end up not aligning with your actual vacation day, so we recommend inputting your vacation no more than a week before using it if you're concerned with the skipped payment lining up with the correct week. It's confusing, but it's how the system works. Remember, any changes to your share for a given Tuesday must be made by midnight on the prior Sunday.
For extenuating or unexpected circumstances (ie. more than 2 weeks gone), please contact us directly. As a general rule, we don't allow extended holds.
What if I forget to pick up my share?
First of all, we recommend putting an alert in your calendar so you don't forget! You will also receive a push notification the day before and the day of the share if you allow them on the GrownBy app. If you know you're not going to be able to make it to the pick-up, but the share has already been processed, please contact us by email by the end of the share pickup window so we can make a plan.
If you don't make it to the scheduled pick-up time and we don't hear from you by 7pm on Tuesday, your share will be donated to the Community Fridge. You can always come by the fridge at any time to see what's in there. We don't make exceptions once your share has been donated.
How do I change the size and/or frequency of my share mid-season?
Please email us to make changes to your subscription.
How do I cancel my membership mid-season?
Please email us to make changes to your subscription.
What can I return to the farm?
We can collect egg cartons to return to Laughing Buddha. Also please feel free to bring clean used plastic and paper bags. We are no longer using old microgreens containers from prior years, so please reuse or recycle them at home.
What is GrownBy and why did River Queen Greens change platforms?
GrownBy is a new online platform created by and for direct market growers. It was developed by the cooperatively owned Farm Generations Cooperative, is run by other small farmers around the country, and includes equity and food accessibility as part of their core values. Because of this, we feel that GrownBy better aligns with our own values and long-term goals, and is a better overall fit as we move away from pre-packed bins. We believe the GrownBy platform, which has a lower transaction fee than Harvie (our previous farm share partner), will be sufficient for our new market-style farm share and will create more value for everyone. We are looking forward to working with them this season and hope you enjoy the user experience as well.
If you have additional questions about GrownBy or how to use their platform, please check out their help pages here.