A late-breaking WNY CSA guide
There's still time to sign up for regular boxes of fresh produce
Deb and Stew Ritchie of Native Offerings
com·mu·ni·ty sup·port·ed ag·ri·cul·ture (CSA):
a system in which a farm operation is supported by shareholders within the community who share both the benefits and risks of food production
There’s no better way to get your produce than straight from the source. COVID-19 has created some complications in the farm to consumer process, but agriculture is an essential business, so most local farmers are still able to make their products available through CSAs. This system allows consumers to pay one lump sum or a weekly fee to receive a box of fresh produce, sometimes including farm-raised eggs, dairy products, meats, and more. A few, less traditional models make this available on an as-needed basis, with no seasonal commitment. Home delivery is also much more common now. We've included some details here, but it's best to check the websites or call, as conditions on local farms can change.
3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport; 772-2211; beckerfarms.com
Pickup: Pickups can be made from on farm or from various locations around the Buffalo area. Because pick up times and locations vary call for information or visit the Becker Farms website.
Share size/cost: There is an option to pay weekly or pay all at once, there is a 10-week minimum and there are 20 weeks total.
Sign-up: Visit beckerfarms.com
Crop details: CSA members receive a mix of produce and can upgrade shares by adding on baked goods, jams, beer, and wine from the Vizcarra Vineyards portion of the farm.
Pickup: Allegany: Tuesdays, or Fridays, 2–6 p.m. or Wednesdays in Bradford.
Share size/cost: A minimum deposit of $50 must be made to reserve your share. Spring, summer, and fall shares are available. See the website for details.
Sign-up: Visit canticlefarm.org
Crop details: A wide selection of naturally and sustainably raised produce
Crown Hill Farm
9411 Sandrock Rd., Eden; 575-5205, crownhillfarm.com/
Pickup: On farm, Saturdays, 12:30–2 p.m.; or at Flat 12 Mushrooms, 37 Chandler St., Tuesdays, 4–5:30 p.m.
Share size/cost: ten deliveries of produce at $225, ten delievries of flowers, $150–$350
Signup: Visit crownhillfarm.com
Crop details: Summer/fall produce, flowers, and duck egg shares are still available.
Farm This Way—Brant
11086 Brant Reservation Rd., Brant; 549-1038, farmthisway.com
Pickup: On-farm pickup or at Hamburg Market on Saturdays.
Share size/cost: Ten-week program starting July 25, $275
Sign-up: Visit farmthisway.com or call 549-1038
Crop details: As commercial growers, the farm offers a great deal of variety, including vegetables, some fruit, and flowers.
2813 Youngstown Lockport Rd., Ransomville; 495-3527, fleckensteinfarms.com
Pick-up: On farm, 1–9 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday or 3–5 p.m. Saturday
Share size/cost: 20-22-week share for $275 or pay by the week
Sign up: Visit fleckensteinfarms.com or call 495-3527
Crop details: A large variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown on the farm.
425 Richmond Ave. (for mail), Buffalo 14222; freshfix.com
Not a CSA, exactly, but a home delivery and select pickup locations for locally grown and produced food serving Buffalo and the surrounding area. Customers receive a box of produce automatically or spend a few minutes each week to choose from the different box options or swap out items. FreshFix offers several different box sizes and organic options. Add items like pickles, jam, and other locally produced products. The weekly newsletter has recipes and produce tips.
Pickup: members receive a weekly box of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables delivered to their door. Manage your delivery schedule online and skip any week you want. You pay week-to-week and are only charged for the food you receive.
Share size/cost: Pay a minimal cost to sign up, then pay week-to-week; customers are charged only for the food received and can manage delivery schedules online and skip any week.
Sign-up: Visit freshfix.com
Crop details: In season: asparagus, kale, leeks, lettuce, peas, rhubarb, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard, berries, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, peppers, beets, shallots, squash, corn, tomatoes, beans, fennel, okra, onions, melons, peaches, apples, grapes
Goodman Farms LLC
Pickup: 4076 North Ridge Rd., Lockport (Mondays, Wednesday–Saturday) or delivery within 15 miles.
Signup: Vist the website. Prices vary depending on how many boxes you order. Boxes can be customized and customers can skip weeks.
Crop details: Organic and conventional produce, including fruits and vegetables
Greg's U-Pick Farm and CSA–Clarence
Pickup: On Farm Pickup with Open Air Farm Market Style set up there is NO box). Members choose their items. Spring Shares (May-June) & Fall Shares (Nov-Dec) Monday & Thursday 2–6 p.m.; Summer Shares (Jul-Nov) Monday 3–7 p.m., Tuesday 1–5 p.m., Wednesday 3–7 p.m., Thursday 3–7 p.m.
Sign-up: Visit gregsupick.com Prices range from $150 to $725, with add-ons available.
Crop details: A wide range of vegetables and fruit is available; see the website.
Little Wood's Farm
38 Dersam Rd., Alden, NY 14004. www.littlewoodsfarmalden.com
Pickup: On farm
Sign-up: Go to the website, using the "order now" button to reserve a share. Cost ranges from $250–$400 for small or family-size weekly shares, starting in June and continuing throughout the season. It is possible to cutomize the shares with add-ons.
Crop details: Fresh organic produce; eggs and meat are also available at the farm
Native Offerings—Little Valley
Native Offerings is currently revising its share distribution plan to allow for safe delivery. Distribution is planned to start in June. Check the website for further information and to contactv the farm.
Sign-up: Visit nativeofferings.com
Crop details: A huge variety of fresh root vegetables, greens, herbs, squash, and more; fruit shares, beef, and pork are also available.
Plato Dale Farm—Arcade
5249 Curriers Rd., Arcade; 913-1351, platodalefarm.com/
Pickup: 22-week produce shares delivered directly to homes are available; meat, egg, and canning shares are also available.
Share size/cost: Shares range from $200 to $1950; see the website or email with questions
Sign-up: Visit platodalefarm.com; IMPORTANT: sign-up deadline is May 1.
Crop details: A wide variety of vegetables, fruits, beef, and poultry are available.
Pickup: On-farm from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays plus drop-off at various locations in and around Buffalo and Rochester. the season begins in mid-to-late June.
Share size/cost: There are small and full shares, ranging from $375 to $475.
Sign-up: Visit porterfarms.org for information
Crop details: A wide variety of organic seasonal vegetables, with a focus on keeping prices affordable
Not really a CSA, Produce Peddlers, which has been operating as an online marketplace for produce, now offers "CSA boxes" via its website. There is always a wide range of options, including produce, meats, and other commodities, availabel for delivery or pickup.
Seabert Farms and Greenhouse
3682 Ridge Rd., Lockport; 946-4866, Facebook/Seabert Farms and Greenhouse
Pickup: On farm or by delivery, call for details
Crop details: Produce, fruit, and flowers are available; check the Facebook page and call
Thorpe’s Organic—East Aurora
12866 Strykersville Rd., East Aurora; 655-4486; thorpesorganicfamilyfarm.com
Pickup: On-farm pickup, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30–6:30 p.m. Safety precautions are followed.
Share size/cost: Fruit, small veggie, and large veggie shares range from $380 to $675
Sign-up: Visit thorpesorganicfamilyfarm.com
Crop details: Growing organic certified vegetables; shares have the bonus of citrus from the family’s grove in Florida; fruit shares, grains, organic raw cane sugar, maple syrup, baked goods, chicken, pork, and more available.
Starting a CSA or know of one in WNY we missed? We update this guide online, so please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.