CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. We have been running our CSA since 2010. We asked several people what they liked or didn’t like about the CSA that they belonged to and the biggest complaint we got was that they just handed you a bag of produce each week and that you couldn’t pick out what you wanted. So, since we have been going to Farmers Markets since 1984 we knew we wanted to run our CSA just like a farmers market.
Our first year we were hoping to sign up 25 members so needless to say we were pleasantly surprised when 64 members signed up. We are currently at about 130 members.
We run our CSA much like a Chinese Auction. Each week when you come we hand you tickets – for example – one week you might be able to get 10 items – therefore we would hand you 10 tickets (if you had a full share) and 5 tickets (if you had a half share). Then you walk around and see exactly what you want – this way we know you are getting exactly what you want each week and not “just a bag of produce.”
The cost of a full share is $425 and a half share is $225. Our pick up days are on Tuesdays or Thursdays (whichever day you sign up for) and our pick up times on both days are between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The pick up location is always at our farm, which is located at 3323 Pratt Road, Batavia.
Well, one of the main reasons for joining is you know exactly where you produce is coming from. It is locally grown and harvested and usually picked and washed that very day that you come to the CSA. CSA’s provide more than just food, they offer ways for eaters to become involved in the ecological and human community that supports the farm. It is a chance for you to get to know your farmer and see where your produce comes from. We have a weekly update on our web page to let you know what we have been doing – show you how we harvest and wash our produce – what we will have available for you that week – and recipes so you can try different produce that you might not normally buy in the grocery store.
We are not organic, or we can’t call ourselves organic because we are not certified organic but instead we practice IPM which means Integrated Pest Management. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by; the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Some good reasons for joining a CSA…….
With your membership to our CSA you will be able to get discounts on bigger quantities of produce. In the spring, before we actually start the CSA you will be able to get bigger quantities of asparagus at wholesale prices. We also have 3 greenhouses that you can purchase hanging baskets, patio tomatoes or herbs at wholesale prices. We also have a U-Pick blueberry field and U-Pick Tomatoes and Peppers that you will also get a discount if you pick your own.
Our CSA typically runs from the middle of June to the middle of November.