You Should Fully Understand What a Farm Share is About:
A Farm Share Program is both an investment and a risk for the farmer
and the family who joins. Together we are sharing in the risks and
rewards of farming. We have to understand that we are growing in
North East, with unpredictable weather, using only natural growing
methods for fertility, and against insects, fungi and bacteria –
methods that meet or exceed the federal government’s standards. By
choosing this approach we understand that it inherently decreases
our potential yield and chance for success. We take this approach
because we believe the potential risks associated with chemicals,
fungicides and commercial fertilizers outweigh the benefits.
There are significant differences between joining a local CSA and
purchasing from a Whole Foods, Price Chopper or even a Farmers
Market. What joining a CSA means is that you share in the risks
and rewards of farming, with one farmer. When purchasing from a
grocery store or a non-growers' Farmers Market, you may not truly
know how those vegetables have been grown, where they’ve been
grown or how they’ve been handled. When you join our CSA, you
gain the ability to walk through the fields of crops and see your food
being grown and you get to know your farmers on a first name basis.
When you share in our farm’s harvest, you are sharing in seasonal
crops... some crops like it hot and some like it cool. Our tomatoes
for example, are field grown, not hot-house grown. You may see
tomatoes at farm stands long before ours are ripe. But a little
patience and understanding on your part will result in amazing field-grown, vine-ripened tomatoes in your share (provided mother nature
Reasons Families Invest in a Share of Our Harvest:
• Many folks just want to experience truly fresh food and have an
appetite for a variety not available at the supermarket.
• Many join for their health. Simply visiting the farm can be a
stress reliever, eating food that is natural and clean has to be
• The concept of supporting local farms is important to the
community’s rural character.
• To some families it’s about interacting with nature, visiting the
farm and experiencing life on the farm and helping children learn
how their food is grown.
• For some it’s about reducing the amount of food miles your food
travels, and the amount of fossil fuels that is used to transport
your food, (your average vegetable travels over 1500 miles before
• Many of our families enjoy the community environment where
like-minded people share recipes, ideas and experiences, as well
as sharing the vegetables!
Reasons Why Someone Might Not Want to Join Our Farm Share Program:
• If you want every type of vegetable, each and every week, a CSA
might not be right for you. Eating seasonally means that you eat the
crops that are at the peak of ripeness at that point in the season.
Early in the year, that could mean most of the ingredients for a
salad, but not Summer vegetables or Fall vegetables. We grow
seasonally as nature intended it.
• If you want tomatoes or vegetables that are so perfect that they
look like they were raised in a laboratory, our CSA might not be right
for you. Our veggies are healthy, natural, and sometimes are not
• We love members who are happy and positive, with can-do type
of personalities... our farm is meant to be a great, positive
experience for you, your family, your fellow members, and for us!