We offer you a state-of-the-art online storefront and home delivery service, letting you browse the available selection of products grown or produced by local farms and businesses. With our innovative model, we marry modern technology with traditional community based interaction. Our site uses a web software platform designed with small farms in mind, which aggregates products from multiple farms, gives members their own account, and organizes an efficient delivery system.
More Variety and Flexibility than a CSA
CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture," and traditionally involves a group of consumers who all buy a "share" in a particular farm, and pay up-front for a season's worth of produce, which they pick up from their farm each week in the growing season. CSAs are a very clever business model, which has launched a new wave of small organic farms across the country. Let's face it though -- the CSA model doesn't work for everybody. Many people's lifestyles and needs require more flexibility in when they order, what they order, and how much. Our webstore subscription fills that niche.
When you subscribe to the webstore, we choose a selection to place in your shopping cart each week. Once those orders are created, customers receive an email reminder to check their order, and make any changes they want! If you don't want an order that week, then cancel it for no charge. Or simply change the selection. If no changes are made, you receive our selection of produce that week; if you do make changes, you receive and pay for only what you order. Below is a summary of all the features and conveniences of an Ojai Farmstand webstore subscription.
Tailor your order schedule exactly to your needs. Don't want an order every week? No problem. Select our "every other" week schedule when you sign up. Going on a trip? Log in to your account and set a delivery hold for the weeks you will be gone. When you don't order, you pay nothing. No trick, gimmicks, or anything. Cancel your order as long as you please, as often as you please.
View your order ahead of time, and select only items you and family like. Do you love carrots, but not beets? Or maybe you want 4 lbs. onions this week, but don't need any lettuce, because you still have last's weeks in the fridge? You choose what you want in your order, and how much. If you choose not to edit your order some week, you get our great selection.
No upfront payment required, or hidden fees. When you sign up, there's no need to pay a penny until your first order is in your hands. You can pre-pay if you like, and we offer a bonus for customers who do, but this only an option. With your paypal account, our system charges you only for one week's delivery, on the evening of each day you order, for the exact cost of that order. No membership fees, or anything like that.
We stand behind our orders. Was an item in your box unsatisfactory? Hey, it can happen. Damage during transit, or maybe something we missed. Just fill out this 30-second form, and we will give you a credit for the item toward your next order. No questions asked. We want you to be 100% happy with each order.
Lots of items from multiple farms and local businesses. We have our own farm, and grow some of the items we sell. We also source from other amazing farms to provide a much bigger selection than we could ever offer on our own. In the webstore, you can see which farm each item comes from. We always welcome suggestions for new products customers want to see.
Everything is either certified organic or produced to the same standard of health and quality. We don't source from just anybody. We make sure that the food you buy is either certified organic, or from farms (like ours) run by farmers committed to growing clean food and healing the soil. We maintain a policy of total transparency, talk to our growers, and will answer any questions you ask about their growing practices. If we don't know the answer, we'll go ask them! Since we know the growers personally, we can do that. That's the advantage to community-based economics!
Your order comes to you! There's no need to drive across town each week to pick up your order. We bring your order to your doorstep. Talk about convenience! And we have set up our routes efficiently enough to give you this service at a fraction of the cost other food home delivery services charge. Vons would charge you $12.95 + fees for home delivery. The Ojai Food Taxi starts at $15. Amazon Fresh costs $300 / year whether you order frequently or not. We charge only $5 flat rate per order, whether you order $10 of produce or $100. That's the same cost of driving your car 5 miles and back to pick up your box, and short trips wear out your vehicle faster. Let us put it on our truck, save you time, save you money, save your car, and ensure that you never forget to pick-up!
Webstore Access Only
If you don't want a subscription, no problem. We have the option to simply sign up for access to the webstore without the weekly subscription. Each week, customers receive an email reminder to place their orders. This differs from the Subscriptions, because if a member forgets to place their order, they receive nothing for that week. Just like a Farmer's Market, you get to browse through the same variety of offerings from different local producers, and choose exactly what you want to buy. Each item has a color photo, and a description both of the item, and of the farm that produced it. This option has all the great features mentioned above. Click here to enter.
Payment and Delivery
We accept payment by cash, check, or paypal. Customers may place an upfront payment on account, from which all their orders and delivery fees are debited the evening of each delivery. There is no charge for weeks with no order -- a customer is only charged when they order. Alternatively, one may securely use their payapl account, and they will be charged automatically only for the amount of each order they place.
Delivery costs a flat rate of $5 per order. Delivery zones covered are the entire Ojai Valley (including Oak View), Upper Ojai, Santa Paula, and Ventura. Self-pickup in downtown Ojai is also an option, free of charge.
Our delivery day is Wednesday, and all orders must be placed by Monday evening at 5:00 pm for the following Wednesday's delivery.