Packing

We are endeavoring to use 100% Recycled material for your boxes. Simultaneously, we have to ensure that the packing is such that it keeps your vegetables and fruits remain fresh from cold and heat, and are free from damage. The milk needs a separate refrigerated box to keep the milk cold. To ensure that we can do so requires your cooperation. 

1. Outer Box - The outer box varies in size as per how much you order each week. But we try to ship each box within 35 lbs as lifting more than 35 lbs is back breaking as well as chances of damage to box during transit increases. So more than 35 lbs would be shipped in 2 separate boxes increasing the shipping costs.

Recycling: Save a couple of large boxes each month for shipping some material back to us(more on this later), rest you may trash in the Recycle trash can. 

2. Insulation/Padding: We use our farm Hay. It is basically dried grass that our cows eat through the winter months. We cut the long pasture grasses during the summer months and store in Hay Bales. Hay packing keeps vegetables free of damage, it provides insulation, and it absorbs moisture.

Recycling: You may use this hay as mulch in your garden beds, you may compost it or just throw it in the Recycle trash can.

Note: In season 2019, We had been using bubble wraps, plastic bags, de-moisture packs etc. to achieve the same effect all of which could not be recycled. All this has been removed by using our farm fresh Hay. But the downside is that sometimes the hay may have some dead dry insects or other farm materials. It is not a sanitized material. So please wash and dry your vegetables before putting them in the fridge or before eating. 

3. Dry Ice Gel Packs: Some of the vegetables and greens need to remain extra cool in the summer months. So we include some Dry Ice Gel Packs in the box to maintain the temperature cool. 

Recycling: You may keep putting these gel packs in one of the larger Outer Boxes that you would save. Once every 8 weeks we would send you a return label for you to send the box back to us. Please do not throw these packs in Recycle trash can or in garbage. On their return we will sanitize them and reuse. 

4. Packing bags:  We use a compostable "plastic" bag for packing the greens, small fruits and vegetables so that they remain together and not come in contact with hay. 

Recycling: You may compost this "plastic" bag - it will disintegrate in a few weeks. Or you may throw it in the Recycle trash can.

5. Clamshells:  We use compostable clamshells for packing some fragile small fruits and vegetables so that they remain together and not get damaged.  

Recycling: You may compost these clamshells - it will disintegrate in a few weeks. Or you may throw it in the Recycle trash can.

6. Small cardboard box:  For larger but fragile vegetables and fruits we use  cardboard boxes with additional hay packing inside.

Recycling: You may compost these box - it will disintegrate in a few weeks. Or you may throw it in the Recycle trash can.

7. Small Containers:  For cooked food, sauces, dehydrated vegetables, chips etc. we use small recyclable containers. 

Recycling: You may compost these box - it will disintegrate in a few weeks. Or you may throw it in the Recycle trash can.

8. Refrigerated Milk Bags:  Milk needs to be maintained at a certain cool temperature in transit against spoilage and due to regulations. Hence we use a specially made refrigerated milk bag for delivery. For shipping 2 x 1/2 gallon cartons we use a smaller refrigerated bag. For shipping 4 x 1/2 gallon cartons we use a large refrigerated bag. 

Recycling: These are expensive non-compostable bags so we would reuse them. You may first clean and dry these bags, fold them and put them in one of the larger Outer Boxes that you would save. Once every 4 weeks we would send you a return label for you to send the box back to us. Please do not throw these special bags in Recycle trash can or in garbage. On their return we will sanitize them and reuse. 

Packing Cost: These refrigerated Bags need to be manufactured in bulk upfront. As they are costly, we charge a deposit for 4 bags to each person who subscribes for Milk Box at the beginning of the season. At the end of the season, the deposit is returned after reducing any lost/damage bags and additionally 20% for use fee so that we can replace them every 5 years.

Additionally we need to sanitize these boxes on their return so as to ensure that the reused bags are fresh and clean for the next weeks. We then freeze them so that they remain cool during the transit time. For this work, we charge a Service fee of $2.50 each week. 

Shipping Cost: Shipping Milk Cartons in refrigerated bags and sending them back every 4 weeks adds extra shipping cost to the delivery of Indian Farm Box in the range of $5-$8.

Combined Delivery to Temples/Community Centers
To save shipping costs, temples and community centers act as a delivery points. We can deliver minimum 50 boxes at each location with a flat rate of $5 each Indian Farm Box that includes Milk. Then we need not use these Refrigerated Milk Bags removing all costs associated with them. If you are interested to organize this, please contact us.