Trades, Orders and Credits

Fair Shares operates on a pre-paid credit plan. This means whatever payment plan you select puts that amount on your account as credit, and your weekly (or bi-weekly) shares are deducted from that. If you order extra items or have an overage on your trades, that comes out of your credit as well. When your credit falls below $75, your card will recharge your payment plan amount to insure that we have the money necessary to pay our farmers upon delivery for the food you get each week, as well as for all the extra inventory we keep on hand for your trades and extra purchases.

Fresh produce is your responsibility to eat or give away, since we've commited to the farmer to purchase consistently during the harvest season. Anything that is not fresh produce is tradable, meaning you can opt not to take those items and select other items from our store--more produce, different meat, a frozen pizza--your choice. Each week, the tradable items in your share will be entered into your cart on your account. There is a fairly short window of time for you to delete those unwanted items out of your cart and add in your preferred items.

We fill the carts in Farmigo on Tuesday afternoons. Then we send the newsletters. Note that the share clipboards in the newsletter will include the fresh produce on your list, but the cart in your Farmigo account lists only the tradable items in your share. When you delete an item in your cart, it shows you the number of "credits" you have left to spend. You must spend the total credit ($) value in your cart because it will not automatically be added back to our account. If you are trading for meat or fish that is priced per pound, you may want to email (reply to your newsletter) to let us know your intention, e.g. whether you are trying to make an even trade, or whether you are looking for three chuck roasts versus three pounds of chuck roast. With the variability of package sizes and the limitations of the online store listings, sometimes it's helpful to avoid big surprises when we have to guess, which is what we do if there is any ambiguity and no emailed instructions).

The online store closes at 11a.m. Wednesday. If you miss the opportunity to make trades within your account, or if you prefer to just browse availability when you come in, you can do so at your pickup. Please note that if it tells you "the store is closed" when you try to go to your cart through your account, you may still browse the store by logging out. If you missed the deadline, you can email us your trades, but we may not see it and be able to accommodate your request.

Note that Delivered and Kirkwood members do not have an opportunity to make trades at your delivery site, so online is your only option, and thus, we encourage you to visit the Mothership so you can acquaint yourself with what is available.

Login to your account to access your cart and make trades. If the store is closed, you may log out and browse the store after hours.

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Testimonials

Del Carmen has been a vendor for Fair Shares since 2009. We have developed a quality relationship based on trust. Our communications have been seamless. In addition, Fair Shares and its members have been great marketers for our products.  As a (very) small business, we are unable to advertise or market our products, so we have to rely on word of mouth.  Many of our customers are, were, or know Fair Shares members who have recommended our products.

Del Carmen has also benefitted from valuable ideas for use of existing products and suggestions in product development from the Fair Shares community.  I go to them for feedback, knowing I will get good, reliable and useful information.

We thank you, Fair Shares, for your support and commitment to del Carmen. We wish you much continued success.  After all, your success also helps the success of del Carmen and other local vendors and farmers.

Estie Cruz-Curoe, del Carmen Beans, St. Louis, MO