What are the benefits of joining a CSA?

Obtaining Healthy Food: When you belong to a CSA, you are getting fresh, nutritious food that has often been harvested the same day.

Deepening Your Understanding of Food Production: Through your involvement in a CSA, you will gain a deeper appreciation of what is involved in producing the food you eat.

Strengthening Your Local Economy: CSA’s keep money within the community by supporting local farmers and preserving the land where they work.

Expanding Your Community: When you join a CSA, you form a relationship with the farmer and the group of people who share your values and ideals when it comes to food.

Reducing Your Impact on the Earth: The act of transporting food over long distances contributes to global warming. When you join a CSA, you are reducing your negative impact on the earth.

 

What are the risks and rewards of joining a CSA?

In order to have a truly sustainable food system, both farmers and consumers take a “shared risk” in food production. Crop yield is dependent on weather conditions, bugs, diseases and many other variables. CSA members make a commitment to support their farmer even though some harvests may be more or less than planned.

 

How much does it cost to become a member?

The cost of membership in 2021: $800 for a full share and $400 for half share (bi-weekly.)

 

Where can I buy eggs? And what do they cost?

We will have a limited amount of eggs for sale in the barn for farm members during the CSA Season. We split our eggs with the Manor House, so they can sell them to the general public. Eggs are first come, first serve. If we sell out, check the Manor House to see if they have any more you can purchase. Our girls are working hard to meet the demand for their awesome eggs! Our organic eggs are for sale during the winter as well, they are all located at the Manor House. We charge $6.00 / dozen.

 

When can I pick herbs and flowers?

The herb garden is open to members Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm-4:30pm. Any member can come any Tuesday or Thursday, it does not have to be their designated pickup day to harvest herbs. The farm will not be open for herb/flower/veggie picking any other day of the week, please respect our work hours. There is no limit of herbs or cut flowers, just be mindful that others will be picking as well!

 

Are there any pick your own vegetables? Is there a limit to how much I can pick?

This season (2021) we are offering pick your own cherry tomatoes and hot peppers. These will be located in the herb beds. We ask that members limit themselves to about 1 quart of cherry tomatoes and 1 pint of hot peppers at the time of their share pickup. If you bring other people along with you that did not pay for a share, they cannot take part in the “Pick Your Own” veggies. They can certainly help you pick your 1 pint and 1 quart, but they cannot pick for themselves.

There is no limit of herbs or cut flowers for members, just be mindful that others will be picking as well!

 

Can I pick up any other day besides Tuesday and Thursday?

We now offer Pickup Insurance. For an extra $40.00 (Full Share) / $20.00 (Half Share) for the season, if you do not make your pickup day, we will leave your produce in a shaded, unrefrigerated, storage area outside of the barn so that you can pick it up whenever you would like. As long as the arboretum is open, you will be able to pick up your produce. We will leave it in the designated storage area for you to retrieve for up to 48 hours.

If your assigned pickup day is Tuesday, you will have until Thursday at the arboretum’s closing time, to retrieve it from the storage area.

If your assigned pickup day is Thursday, you will have until Saturday at the arboretum’s closing time, to retrieve it from the storage area.

 

What kind of COVID-19 precautions are in place?

All volunteers and employees are required to wear masks on the premises. There is NYS issued hand sanitizer near the entrance of the pickup area. The pickup crates are sanitized periodically, and the members are to only touch their designated crate.

If we move to “Farmer’s Market Style” instead: We ask that our members look with their eyes and not their hands! Members will be notified of this change via email.

 

As a precaution, can I limit the amount of people I encounter at the farm?

Yes, we now offer:

Curbside Service: For an extra $30.00 (Full Share) / $15.00 (Half Share) for the season, your produce will be harvested as usual but delivered to your car each pick up, so you do not have to enter the barn.

 

What if I miss a pickup?

We ask that you give us at least 24 hours of notice* if you will not be able to pick up on your designated day. With 24 hours’ notice, we will work to reschedule you. You are always welcome to send someone to pick up for you on your behalf if you cannot provide 24 hours’ notice. If you miss a pickup and do not have Pickup Insurance, your share will no longer be available. There are no exceptions to this due to limited storage space.

Going on vacation? Please notify the farm manager (24 hours’ notice) so we do not harvest for you that week and we can reschedule you for another.

*24 hours’ notice = contact by 12pm the previous day. Tuesday pickup: you have until Monday at 12pm to reschedule. Thursday pickup: you have until Wednesday at 12pm to reschedule.

 

What happens with the leftover produce?

No food goes to waste! We feed leftover produce to our chickens, give extras to our volunteers, save the good produce in the fridge for the next pickup day or we donate our leftovers.

 

What should I expect from an organic farm?

Imperfection! Sometimes our leafy greens have spots and holes, or our tomatoes are cracked. We give out perfectly edible and delicious produce, but sometimes it’s ugly! Especially when transitioning seasons or a pest problem arises, some veggies start out looking beautiful and then begin to look rough around the edges. If you’re looking for perfect produce all the time, organic produce isn’t for you.

 

What should I expect from my CSA share?

Your share, during the height of growing season, will contain about 8-12 different seasonal vegetables. The beginning of the season may be a bit less, but the yields will increase rather quickly if everything goes as scheduled.