2018 Fruit and Vegetable CSA
Thorpe's Organic Family Farm
SHARE SIZES AND TYPES
Join us for 21 weeks of seasonal fruits, and organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and berries!
Vegetable shares are available in two sizes, small and large. Small shares are intended for 1-2 people. Large shares are intended for families of 3+.
All of the produce for small shares is limited, meaning there won't be any unlimited already picked produce; however, small share members may pick unlimited amounts of peas, string beans, and tomatoes.
Large shares will receive limited amounts of certain produce, with some options being unlimited (what your family can use in a week) such as potatoes, summer squash, garlic scapes, etc. Large shares also have the option to pick their own unlimited tomatoes, string beans, and peas.
Both small and large shares will have access to the u-pick flower patch and herb bed. The amount of flowers and herbs allotted will depend on growing conditions.
Our asparagus is ready in May, but vegetable share pickups don't begin until strawberries ripen in June. Vegetable share members may purchase asparagus in May at a 20% discount. We will e-mail you when the asparagus is ready.
Vegetable share pickups will begin in June, when our strawberries are ripe. This is typically the 2nd or 3rd week of June, depending on the weather. We will e-mail you with the first pickup date sometime in early June.
To see what members received in previous years, please go to our website and click on the "vegetable share" tab, or contact us.
Fruit shares will receive 21 weeks of fruit, beginning in June when strawberries are ripe. Fruit shares are offered in one size, and will contain our own pre-picked, certified organic strawberries, raspberries (black and red), and blueberries, as well as organic grapes from a local farm. Our own organic citrus juice will also be part of your shares. Local, low-spray sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, nectarines, pears, and apples from Dan Towers in Youngstown will also be a part of fruit shares.
Fruit share members have the option of picking their own strawberries. U-pick (limited amounts) for strawberries is included in the price of your share. Blueberries u-pick is not included in the price of your share, but you may pick your own for a discounted rate as a fruit share member.
Fruit share will begin sometime in June, as soon as strawberries are ripe. This is typically the 2nd or 3rd week in June. We will e-mail fruit share members in early June with a start date for fruit shares, so please check your e-mails!
12866 Route 78
East Aurora, NY
In addition to our CSA, we have a farm store that is open year round. If a CSA share is too much of a commitment, we welcome you to shop at our farm store! Farm store hours are posted on our website, and anyone may shop in the store, regardless of CSA membership.
In the store, we sell all of our organic fruits and vegetables, organic eggs from pastured hens, as well as organic sugar, freshly ground flour, coffee, nuts, homemade baked goods made with organic ingredients, locally produced honey and maple syrup, and our own organically fed beef, pork, and poultry.
We offer organic, u-pick strawberries and blueberries to all of our customers, with or without a CSA membership. We will also open our tomato, string bean, and pea fields for public u-pick if conditions are favorable! Watch our website and Facebook pages in early June, or give us a call for u-pick updates!
VISITING THE FARM
CSA PICKUP/ LOCATION TIMES
We are a certified organic, family owned and operated farm. Our farming methods are time-tested and bio-diverse. We do not use any herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or genetically modified seeds. Instead, we rely on crop rotation, organic fertilizers, and lots of hand weeding to grow healthy fruits and vegetables for you and your family! Farming and all that it encompasses-nurturing the land we have been blessed with, raising animals humanely, and ultimately providing organic, nutrient dense food for our local community- is our passion. We hope you'll join us in our farming endeavors.
WHAT IS A CSA?
CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture". A CSA creates a unique, mutually beneficial partnership between members and farmers. In our certified organic CSA, members pre-pay a set amount at the beginning of the growing season. In return, our members receive 21 weeks of freshly picked, seasonal, organic produce.
The CSA model provides us, the farmers, with start up revenue to begin the season with, and gives you a stake in the farm, which contributes directly to the farm's success!
Benefits to shareholders include: reduced cost of produce, weekly organic produce that is harvested fresh just for you, u-pick options for certain crops, and weekly newsletters including recipes and cooking tips.
WHO ARE THE FARMERS?
CSA pickups for fruit and vegetable shares are held at our farm, which is located at 12866 Route 78, East Aurora, NY 14052. You may select either Tuesdays or Thursdays as your pickup day on the registration form. Whichever day you choose will be your day for the rest of the season. If you can't make it to your regular pickup, you may switch days if you let us know in advance. You may also have a friend or family member pick up your share.
Pickup times are from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please, no early birds or late comers! More detailed information about pickups will be emailed to you in early June before the season starts.
In order to cut down on wasteful packaging, we ask that you bring your own bags/baskets to carry your produce home in. Our CSA is run "market style", meaning most of the fruits and vegetables will not be pre-packaged. If there's something you don't like, you can leave it! We also have a trade table, where you may trade vegetables with other members based on your preferences. Please note the first few shares you receive will contain less produce than the shares you'll receive later in the season, as indicated on the "what do we grow?" chart.
WHAT DO WE GROW?
Below is a list of fruits and vegetables we grow for our CSA members*
Citrus or orange juice
*We do our best to ensure the success of all our crops, but unpredictable weather can occasionally cause a small amount of crop failure. The amount of produce that we grow ensures that all shares will receive plenty of variety, even if a couple of crops don't thrive.
*We do our best to ensure that every crop is a success, but inevitably, unpredictable weather can mean a couple of crops do not thrive every year.