faqs

What is the Market Box Program?

The VFM Box is an easy way to support multiple local farms and enjoy fresh, seasonal produce every week in the summer and fall seasons. As a community member, you can invest in our farmers by signing up for a season’s subscription worth of fresh produce.

 

Market staff sources the best Washington grown fruits and vegetables from our vendors and prepack a box that will be ready for pick up every Sunday 10am - 2pm, June 19th – October 30th, 2022. Each box includes recipes, storage tips and easy preparation ideas to make cooking healthy and seasonally easier than ever!

 

What are the Market Box Subscription options for 2022?

Summer Subscription: June 19th – August 21st (10 weeks)

Small (4-6 items) $200 / $20 per week

Large (7-9 items) $300 / $30 per week

 

Fall Subscription: August 28th – October 30th (10 weeks)

Small (4-6 items) $200 / $20 per week

Large (7-9 items) $300 / $30 per week

Full Season Subscription: June 19th – October 30th (20 weeks)

***LOWEST PER BOX COST***

Small (4-6 items) $380 / $19 per week

Large (7-9 items) $570 / $28.50 per week

Every Other Week Subscription: Every other Sunday, June 19th - October 23rd (10 weeks)

Every Other Week Subscription: Every other Sunday, June 26th - October 30th (10 weeks)

***NEW IN 2022***

Small (4-6 items) $200 / $20 per week

Large (7-9 items) $300 / $30 per week

Where does the produce come from? Is it certified organic?

Fruits and vegetables come directly from our Washington based farmers market vendors. We make it a point to focus on supporting small farms and beginning farmers. Some of our farms are certified organic, the majority utilize organic practices but are not certified and a few grow conventionally. The weekly newsletter will note which farm each item came from and their growing practices.

                                                         

What will I receive each week?

For a small box you will receive 4-6 items per week. For example, a small summer box might include 1 bunch asparagus, 1 pint strawberries, 1 pint snap peas, 1 bunch radishes and 1 bag salad greens.

 

For a large box you will receive 7-9 items per week. For example, a large fall box might include: 1 bunch carrots, 2 lbs. potatoes, 2 lbs. pears, 2 summer squash, 1 onion, 1 lb. heirloom tomatoes, 1 bunch collards, 1 ½ pint raspberries and 1 bunch of parsley.

 

Our goal is to provide a mix of familiar fruits and veggies as well as some new and exciting varieties. You will also receive a weekly newsletter that showcases recipes, storage tips and easy preparation ideas to help make seasonal cooking easier than ever!

 

Can I pay with SNAP benefits?

Yes! SNAP recipients can use their food benefits for a Market Box subscription. SNAP customers will receive a $100 discount and must pay in person on a weekly or biweekly basis. Please note that we cannot accept EBT cash benefits. 

 

How can I add items to my box?

There are a few weekly or monthly “Add on Subscriptions” in 2022 that can be added to a 10 or 20 week Market Box Subscription:

 

Weekly:

  • Dozen Eggs: 10 weeks = $80, 20 weeks = $150

  • Fresh Flower Bouquets: 10 weeks = $165, 20 = $320

  • Local Surprise! 1 surprise local value-added food item: 10 weeks = $80, 20 = $150

  • Bread: 10 weeks = $75, 20 weeks = $140

Monthly

  • All Beef Meat Box: 4 boxes = $500

  • Mixed Meat Box: 4 boxes = $500

How do I pick up my box?

Curbside pickups take place on Sundays from 10am - 2pm at the Historic Slocum House (605 Esther Street, Vancouver WA 98660). There are six parallel parking spaces reserved on the corner of 6th and Esther Streets, in front of the house, before the roundabout. For walk up pickups, come to the front porch of the Slocum House. When you arrive, call 360-737-8298 and we will bring out your box.

In order to reduce packaging and waste, your subscription will come in a black shopping basket. This will be your basket for the season! We have two sets of baskets for each customer so you may take this basket home but please remember to return it the following week. If you don't want to take the shopping basket home, that's okay too! You may fill up your own shopping bag and leave the basket with our staff.

What if I can’t pick up my box?

If you can’t pick up your box, we recommend that you ask a friend or family member to pick it up for you. Shares that are not picked up by the end of the day will be donated to the Clark County Food Bank.

*If you have to miss a monthly meat pickup, we are able to hold that box for you in our freezer for pickup the following Sunday*

 

Can I substitute or change any of the items in my box?

We are not able to substitute or make changes to the box. We try to create a fruit and veggie mix that is versatile and appeals to people with different preferences. If there is a vegetable that you absolutely don’t enjoy, we recommend sharing it with a friend, neighbor or family member. We hope that you’ll welcome the mix of familiar and unfamilar vegetables and maybe even find a new favorite! If you not sure what to do with a particular fruit or vegetable, fear not! Each box will come with recipes, preparation and storage tips. 

 

Can I cancel my subscription or get a refund?

Because our farmers plan their crops for Market Box months in advance and rely on that income, cancellations and refunds are not available after payment has been completed. However, if you are unable to continue picking up your subscription box you can elect to have the produce donated to the Clark County Food Bank.

 

Can I buy a Market Box Subscription as a Gift for someone?

Yes, you can absolutely buy a Market Box Subscription as a gift! If you are buying Market Box as a gift, simply add the subscription you want to give to your cart. Be sure to also add the free "Personalized Virtual Card" item to your cart as well. In the check out notes make sure to include the person's name and email address. You can also include a personal message. We will email them a virtual card including your message and the details of the subscription you are gifting them within 2 business days.

This is a great! How can I help?

If you are interested in being involved with this project, we always need volunteers to help pack and carry boxes to vehicles. Please email volunteer@vancouverfarmersmarket.com for more information!

 

If you are interested in supporting the program, consider donating a subscription to a family in need. Donated subscriptions can be purchased at https://www.localline.ca/vancouvermarketbox.

 

Email marketbox@vancouverfarmersmarket.com for more information.