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- Frequency: Consider the species you are delivering when deciding upon the frequency of deliveries. For example, a lobster CSF may work better with deliveries every two weeks, while a CSF that provides a mix of seafood is better suited for weekly deliveries. You may partner with other boats or even nearby communities to form your CSF and create an appealing mix of products.
- Pickup times & locations: Distribution can take place anywhere that’s convenient for both you and your shareholders (consider parking and pedestrian safety, as well as health department issues) and deemed suitable by local officials. If you’ve structured your CSF around a group of people who have a location in common, such as a church group, employer, or food co-op, you could schedule the pickup there during an appropriate time, such as after work. Be sure to check with a building manager before publicizing the time and location.
- Missed deliveries policy: Bad weather and mechanical issues are real obstacles to meeting a delivery schedule. Clearly state in writing how and when the shareholders will be notified if you can’t make the delivery. Be sure to ask for phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the signup form so you have contact information if you need to reach them. Furthermore, don’t forget to inform the shareholders of your missed delivery policy. A missed delivery could be replaced with an extra week or the following delivery could be doubled. This policy should be clear and included on the contract.
- Abandoned seafood. If a member can’t make a pickup, decide if that week’s share is forfeited or they get double the next week, providing you are informed ahead of time. If you are not informed, you could donate the missed share to a local food pantry. Talk with area food pantries ahead of time to determine which is open when your CSF drop off is complete and which can accept raw seafood.