This is the second in a series of articles Farmshed CNY is publishing over the next month that provide information on 2011 CSA programs in Central New York and the Finger Lakes. All of the CSA listings in the Farmshed directory (i.e., the iPhone app), will also be updated with this information.
In the first article, I mentioned that when it comes to selecting a CSA, the sooner you decide which program is right for you the better, and this is especially true for several of the farms listed in this article. While I greatly respect the hard work and love that all farmers put into their products, several of these farms, which I visited or I got to know in the last year, produce simply extraordinary vegetables and meats that set the standard for excellence in this region. And, as evidenced by the speed with which these farms sell out their CSAs year-after-year, I clearly am not the only consumer who feels this way.
So, I hope you will take some time and review the following 12 farms offering CSA programs in 2011, and then, if you have not already selected a CSA program, go back and review the 20 CSA programs listed in the first article. And remember, if you have additional questions, contact the farmer! They should be glad to hear from you and answer your questions.
I hope everyone will consider joining a CSA in 2011. The benefits to you, your family, local farmers and the local economy are well documented, and the risks are minimal. CSAs bring us closer to the people who grow our food, to the land itself, and to each other.
21. Three Goat Farm/Szarek Greenhouses
7443 South St., Clinton, NY 13323
Hydroponically Grown Vegetables
Bernie & Denise Szarek
Three Goat Farm CSA is offering 30 CSA shares in 2011. Their Full Share costs $300.00 and provides enough veggies for 2-4 people, approximately 8-15 lbs per week. Their Half Share costs $150.00 and provides enough veggies for 1-2 people, approximately 4-8 lbs per week. Shares will be light at first and grow with the season. Full and Half Shares runs from June-Oct.
Three Goat Farm also offers a College Student/Vacation Share that costs $140.00 and is designed to give a college student or summer vacationer fresh veggies for about 10 weeks, from Aug-Oct.
Members mix & match their weekly share, and weekly pickups are at the farm, Saturday 9am-12noon and Tuesday evening 7-9pm. No work is required at the farm.
22. Schoolhouse Farms
1848 Rose Hill Rd. (Route 174), Skaneateles, NY 13152
Schoolhouse Farms is offering 20 CSA shares in 2011 that will run from June through September. Free home delivery is available in the 13152 zip code. A single share costs $550.00. Schoolhouse Farm specializes in pesticide-free heirloom tomatoes and other heirloom vegetables. No work is required at the farm.
23. Six Circles Farm
1491 Caywood Rd., Lodi, NY 14860
Jacob, Lael, and Michael Eisman
Six Circles Farm is offering 12 CSA shares for 2011. Their CSA program runs from June through October. Full Share cost $500.00, Half Shares cost $320.00. Pickups at the farm and the Ithaca Farmers Market on Tuesday, Saturday, or Sunday, all day. No work is required at the farm.
24. Stones Throw Farm
540 Makyes Road, Nedrow, NY 13120
NOFA-NY Farmers Pledge Farm
Brian & Megan Luton
Stones Throw Farm is offering a limited number of CSA shares in 2001. Their 2011 CSA program will run for 20 weeks running from June 18th through October 29th. A share costs $550.00. The CSA Program will provide a “diverse mix of crops throughout the season and provide bountiful and well-rounded shares.”
CSA shares are picked up weekly at the farm on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings. At times throughout the season additional items will be available to CSA members on a “you-pick” basis at no additional charge.
25. The Piggery
5948 Sycamore Creek Dr, Trumansburg, NY 14886
Heirloom Breed Pork and Charcuterie
Heather Sandford and Brad Marshall
I have to be honest, I love The Piggery’s pork products and charcuterie so much that I’ve considered moving to the Ithaca-Trumansburg area just so I could join their CSA, or at least shop regularly at their new deli in Ithaca.
The Piggery still has a few shares available for their first-ever Spring 2011 CSA program. This all-pork-and-charcuterie CSA runs 12 weeks from March 10 through May 26. Shares cost $300.00, and $600.00 for a Double Share. Each weekly box contains a variety of cuts of fresh pork or sausage, bacon or sliced deli meats, pates, lard, and/or other “treats” or “bonuses.” A Summer CSA will be announced later in the year.
Pickup options include the farm, the Piggery Deli in Ithaca or home delivery in Ithaca via Garden Gate Delivery for $3.00/week.
26. West Haven Farm
114 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850
NOFA-NY Certified Organic Farm
John & Jennifer Bokaer-Smith
West Haven Farm offers a 24-week CSA program that runs from late May to early November. A Single Share costs $500.00, although there is a sliding scale from $375.00 to $575.00 (not sure what this entails), and small scholarship fund, composed of donations from other members. A Single Share feeds 1-3 people, larger families can purchase 2 shares at a discount. A large discount is also available in exchange for “substantial help in the garden.”
Pickup is on Tuesday, at the farm from 3:30-9pm or from 4:30-7:30pm in Fall Creek. Shareholders bags their own weekly portions from a farm-market-type display. Shareholders are also welcome to U-pick flowers, herbs and other crops at the farm.
27. Wild Acorn Farm
389 State Highway 12, Greene, NY 13778
Robert & Jacqui Rayne
Wild Acorn Farm offers a year round pork CSA program. Their pigs are raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, and are slaughtered on the farm. They offer 38 CSA shares. Each share is the equivalent to 1/2 a fully-grown pig (10 months). The meat is butchered by a small custom butcher and cut and wrapped to shareholder specifications.
A Full Share (1/2 pig) costs $275.00, payable in a $50.00 deposit and 9 monthly payments of $25.00. A Half Share (1/4 pig) costs $140.00, payable in a $50 deposit and 9 monthly payments of $10.00. Members can pick up their share at the farm or local delivery can be arranged.
28. Jus-Lin Farms
1461 Route 163, Canajoharie, NY 13317
Non-Certified Organic Vegetables
Jus-Lin Farm is offering 40 CSA shares in 2011. Their CSA Program runs 18 weeks, from June through October. A Full Share costs $450.00 and provides enough freshly picked produce for 4 people. A Half Share costs $350.00 and will feed 2 people. Egg shares are also available for an additional $50.00 for one dozen eggs/week, and $25.00 for a bi-weekly egg share. There is also a $20.00 discount for referring new shareholders.
Pickups are at the farm, in Duanesburg, and at the Crossgate Commons in Albany. No work is required at the farm.
29. Nectar Hills Farm
393 Peeters Road, Schenevus, NY 12155
Grass-Fed Beef and Lamb, Pasture-Raised Pork and Chicken
Certified Organic Farm
Dave Dutton and Sonia Sola
Nectar Hills Farm is a certified organic meat producer. They offer three levels of membership in their 2011 CSA program. A Full Share receives about 120 pounds of meat, and costs $1,000.00, which is a 20% discount; a $600.00 Half Share that will receive 70 pounds of meat (a 15% discount); and a $300.00 Single Share that will receive 30 pounds of meat (a 10% discount). During the Spring shareholders may also receive honey, organic produce, apples, apple cider or vinegar, raw wool or other products.
There is no single pickup or delivery schedule. Shareholders can pick up and stock their freezers with their entire share, or they can arrange for weekly or monthly pickups. Members can pick up their shares at the farm, at the Nectar Hills farm store in Cherry Valley, or at the Cooperstown Farmers Market.
30. Crum Creek CSA
200 Crum Creek Rd., St. Johnsville, NY 13452
Pastured Elk, Beef, Pork, Chicken, Lamb & Eggs
Crum Creek CSA is the collaborative effort of Creek’s Edge Elk Farm and other local meat producers. They run a Winter CSA program that runs from November to April and offers 6-month shares that provide 5 lbs of meat per month. A 6-month beef share costs $195.00, and a 6-month beef and pork share costs $199.50. They offer an Egg Share that provides 1 dozen eggs per week and costs $97.00. They also sell a variety of 20lbs. meat bundles, as well as bulk orders and individual cuts.
Shares are picked up the farm the first Wednesday of every month.
31. The Farm and B&B
1057 Elizabethtown Road, Ilion, NY 13357
Heirloom and Heritage Vegetables
NOFA-NY Farmers Pledge Farm
Laura Knight and Michael Kirkpatrick
The Farm is offering 50 CSA shares in 2011. They grow over 100 different vegetables, many of which are heirloom or heritage varietals. Their CSA program runs from mid-June through mid-October. A Full Share costs $425.00 and provides a weekly ½ bushel box of 7-9 items that should be sufficient for 2-4 people.
Weekly pickups are at The Farm on Friday or Saturday, Café Domenico in Utica on Monday, or at the Clinton Farmers Market (Thursday) or Cooperstown Farmers Market (Saturday).
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