CSA Farm Share



2017 CSA Farm Share

Membership is now open for the 2017 CSA farm share program! Please email mccollumorchards@gmail.com to sign up. We will be CSA-only this year, so we will not be at the Lockport Community Market.

Join our fun farm community and enjoy fresh, delicious produce each week.

Community Supported Agriculture
Farm share, or CSA, stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs have become an answer to finding a trusted local, organic food source. CSA farmers and members are directly connected through the food they share. Members join a community that is commited to supporting local farming. This community enjoys many rewards of a local farm, like fresh produce, new crops to try, new recipes, even new friendships and a strong connection to the land that provides the harvest.  The CSA model cuts out the middle man so members can directly support the farm. The CSA model helps farmers to get to know their customers personally and to gain a sustainable revenue. Joining a CSA means supporting a small family-run business. Our farm share has zero food waste as all that we plant is harvested for the farm community.




 
CSA Benefits
There are many benefits for members who join a CSA - tangible and intangible. Members enjoy a diversity of produce that is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides or fungicides. Shares include over 50 crops and 130 varieties of vegetables, fruits and leafy greens throughout the season. Many are heirloom varieties and unique types that fill your share with delicious aromas and color. A big benefit of a CSA is that your vegetables are ultra-fresh when you pick them up. We harvest the day of pick-up or the day before. Members get to eat healthier and have fun trying new varieties and cooking with ultra-fresh ingredients. Kids can help pick their produce and learn where their food comes from. Members say picking up their share on the farm and visiting the pick your own gardens is a highlight.

How Our CSA works
Members purchase a share in the farm before the growing season. The season runs 19 weeks from June 29 to November 2 with a double share on Nov 2 for a full 20-week CSA.  Weekly pick-up is at the farm on Thursdays, 3-7pm.  Pick up is arranged in a market style where members can choose 10-12 items for a Full Share and 5-6 items for a Half Share. There are anywhere from 10 to 20 weekly crops harvested fresh and set out in the share room. A Harvest Board lists crops and quantities and guides members through that week's harvest. 

Eating with the Seasons
Shares vary throughout the seasons as different crops are ready for harvest.  In June, when the season begins, you will find Spring crops like greens, carrots, beets, lettuce, kale, broccoli. You can find snap peas, oregano, chives, lovage and thyme in the Pick-Your-Own gardens.  As the season progresses, shares will feature tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash and cabbage.  The PYO gardens add beans, cherry tomatoes, dill, and basils. By late summer, the share barn is loaded with squash, melons, eggplants, and heirloom tomatoes.  The PYO gardens are lush with flowers, mint and pole beans. Fall brings us frost-kissed kale, cauliflower, pumpkins and daikons.

Spring, Summer, Late Summer, and Fall CSA Share examples
 
Weekly shares are designed so that members can make full, healthy, delicious meals. We try to include something from the onion family and leafy greens and lettuce to expand your recipe options and add nutrients. On a typical summer week, a member can select 2 summer squash, 3 tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, carrots, 2 green peppers, salad turnips, quart of beans, garlic, 2 heads of lettuce, and a watermelon or honeydew. In the fall, a members could choose a fall squash, a head of broccoli, cabbage, a bunch of beets and carrots, 2 sweet peppers, 2 eggplant, 2 onions, and bag of spinach.

Our CSA is a weekly chance to have a fun historic farm experience, enjoy nature’s beauty and help preserve an important place in Lockport’s history. As farmers, we are devoted to providing excellent quality produce and land stewardship. While we farmers make every effort to guarantee crop success, members understand that there are risks in farming due to weather, crop failure and pest pressure.

Pick Your Own Garden
One of the best features of CSA is the Pick-Your Own Gardens. During pick-up hours, members have unlimited access to the large, acre-sized garden to pick their own cutting flowers for bouquets, fresh culinary herbs, and more fruits and vegetables, like peas, beans, greens, cherry tomatoes and canning tomatoes. Members can stay as long as they like during pick-up hours. Adults and kids alike enjoy spending time in the gardens. It is a great way to enjoy this historic farm, get a weekly "farm fix," play, unwind and stop and smell the flowers - and take some home with you! This is our way to have community members enjoy this special place. There is plenty to go around and members are respectful of others' share needs in the pick-your-own garden. 
Pick Your On Gardens
Add-Ons
We offer add-on items available for purchase in the Share Barn during pick-up hours. Items are from nearby sustainable farms, such as fresh fruit, sweet corn, milk, cheese and pasture-raised meats. We offer own own farm eggs weekly on a first come-first served basis. We have an Fall pumpkin patch for members and harvest pick-up party with cider and treats. 



Share Size Options and Prices
There is no price change for 2017.
Weekly Full Share: 10-12 items and u-pick - $535
Weekly Half Share: 5-6 items and u-pick - $310
Every Other Week Full Share: Pick up a Full Share (10-12 items) every other week (10 weeks) and u-pick - $310
Extra Greens Share - $75 - Add to either share size for an extra bunch of greens (lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, etc.) per week.

A Full share is $535 and serves 2-4 people with plenty of veggie sides and main ingredients. A Half share is $310 and serves 1-2 people. The Extras Greens Share is $75 and gives you an extra bunch of greens that week, such as head lettuce, lettuce mix, spinach, kale, etc. This new share option is great for those into juicing or who enjoy salads.

Splitting Shares: Members are welcome to split shares. We need just one payment from each share. Split shares must be paid with one payer. When possible, we can help match up potential members who might be looking for someone to split a share with.
How you split shares is up to you. Members can come together and choose their items or take turns and alternate weeks to pick up. Please make sure every member who pick up a share gives us their email so they receive the weekly newsletter.

Payment and Sign-Up
The cost of a Full share is $535 and a Half share is $310. Your membership is reserved once we receive your membership form and first payment installment. You can email us at mccollumorchards@gmail.com to be placed on the 2017 priority list.

Membership payments can be made in full or in installments. Mail the agreement form and payment to us at the farm. We will send you an email confirmation when we receive it. For payment, we accept checks or credit cards. Please make checks payable to McCollum Orchards, LLC. Cash and credit card payments must be arranged in person. There is an additional fee for credit card payments. We would like to make the health benefits of a CSA farm share accessible to everyone. We are happy to discuss alternate/extended payments as needed.

Carrots with Character
We grow all our crops using organic methods. However, we are not certified organic. We have taken the Farmer's Pledge with NOFA-NY pledging our farming methods. We never use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides or fertilizers. We use row covers, compost and a symbiotic relationship with the insects, birds and other creatures who share our farm ecosystem. Most produce is triple-washed after harvest.  We recommend members wash and properly store their produce when they get home.

Your farm share produce is "uncensored." It will not all look like the super models in the supermarket. You will see carrots with character and peppers with personality. You might get giant radishes, various-sized cucumbers, holes in the boc choi leaves or a few caterpillars in the cauliflower. If the crops are healthy, they will be out for the shares. Rest assured, your freshly harvested veggies will have high nutritional value and taste delicious. Read more about our produce and how we farm on the Harvest List and Our Farm pages.

 We look forward to providing fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables
and a fun farm experience to you and your family!

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