Resources: 2012 Guide to Western New York/Buffalo-area CSAs
With a growing number of Americans pursuing healthier lifestyles, or at least considering them, now is the perfect time to become acquainted with WNY’s farmers. With 7,500 to choose from, nothing makes eating local easier than joining a farm using the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. Fresh produce, fruit, and even meat and eggs can be part of your weekly yield of the harvest. This affordable, nutritious, and very seasonal way to eat is also beneficial to our farming community in a variety of ways. It is has become so popular in this region (and others) that most every CSA meets its annual quota of shareholders before the first stalk of asparagus has pushed through the early spring soil. In fact, WNY CSAs have increased greatly. There were only two a decade ago and now our region boasts nearly a dozen. We expect a few new players will enter the market this year or next, but don’t hesitate to join one right away, or you’ll likely miss out.
Arden Farm—East Aurora
Share Schedule: Begins in early June, runs through mid-October
On-farm pick-up, limited home delivery, and a Buffalo drop-off
Number of Shareholders: 150
Share Size/Cost: Call for details
Sign-up Information: Mail or farm visit
Crop Details: Sustainably grown, with a variety of vegetables including the weekly addition of cooking staples such as onions and garlic
Contact: 341-1268; email@example.com; find Arden Farm on Facebook
Busti Cider Mill CSA—Jamestown
Share Schedule: Begins in mid-May, runs 25 weeks
Number of Shareholders: 50
Share Size/Cost: Call farm for details.
Sign-up Information: Contact farm for registration form; deadline April 1
Crop Details: Grows up to 150 varieties of organic vegetables.
Owners: Bob and Judy Schultz
Contact: 487-0177; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.busticidermill.com
Share Schedule: Begins in mid-June, runs 18 weeks
Share Size/Cost: Varies; see website for details
Owners: Franciscan Sisters of Allegany
Sign-up Information: Visit “Be a Shareholder” on website, sign up and pay online
Crop Details: Canticle offers shareholders a wide variety of certified Naturally Grown produce
Contact: 373-0200, ext. 3358; email@example.com; www.canticlefarm.org
Share Schedule: Begins in mid-June, runs 23 weeks until Thanksgiving
Number of Shareholders: 150
Share Size/Cost: Estimated family of four/$395
Sign-up Information: Visit website; deadline April 1
Crop Details: A wide variety of vegetables and blueberries, too
Contact: (585) 343-9491; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.fentonsproduce.com
Good Food Farm—North Java
Share Schedule: Begins in late June, runs 20 weeks
On-farm pick-up or drop off at Holland Farmers Markets
Number of Shareholders: 24
Share Size/Cost: Estimated family of 4/$450, estimated family of 2/$250.
Sign-up Information: Contact farm via telephone.
Crop Details: Naturally raised chickens are also available.
Owner: Damien and Catie Huber
Contact: 585-535-0487; email@example.com; www.goodfoodfarm.blogspot.com
Harvest Pastch CSA—Sheldon
Share Schedule: Summer share begins July
On-farm pick-up or drop off in West Seneca and East Aurora
Number of shareholders: 25
Share size/Cost: $340.00 before April 30, $360.00 after
Sign-up Information: Visit their website
Owners: Joseph & Amy & Ashley Meyer
Contact: 585-322-3106 ;firstname.lastname@example.org; www.harvestpatch.com
Native Offerings—Little Valley
Share Schedule: Varies depending on share selected, summer share begins in late June and runs 22 weeks.
On-farm pick-up or drop off at three Buffalo-area locations
Number of shareholders: 350
Share Size/Cost: Several options and sizes, including seasonal or year-round; see website for details.
Sign-up Information: Visit their website.
Owners: Stew & Deb Ritchie
Contact: 716-257-3006; email@example.com; www.nativeofferings.com
Share Schedule: Begins in late June, runs 22 weeks.
On-farm pick-up or drop off at 30 locations throughout Western New York
Number of Shareholders: 900
Share Size/Cost: 10–12 lbs of produce per week/$330 per season (sign up before 4/15 for $20 discount).
Sign-up Information: No deadline, accepts check by mail; see website for additional details.
Crop Details: Wide variety of organic vegetables.
Owners: The Porter family
Contact: (585) 757-6823; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.porterfarms.org
Share Schedule: Begins in mid-May, runs 25 weeks.
On-farm pick-up or drop off at two Buffalo-area locations
Number of Shareholders: 200
Share Size/Cost: Estimated size will feed two adults/$500 per season.
Sign-up Information: Visit website and download application.
Crop Details: Promised Land offers a wide variety of sustainably-raised produce.
Owners: Daniel and Jane Oles and the Oles family
Root Down Farm—Clarence
Share Schedule: Begins in early June, runs 22 weeks.
Number of shareholders:
Share Size/Cost: Family share, $540
Sign-up Information: Visit the website before June 6.
Crop details: Sustainable practices are in place, over 200 varieties of produce are offered.
Contact: 949-1204; email@example.com; www.therootdownfarm.com
Roots & Wings Family Farm—Cherry Creek
Share Schedule: Begins in late June, runs 20 weeks.
On-farm pick-up, or drop off in Jamestown at First Lutheran Church
Number of Shareholders: 30
Share Size/Cost: Varies, depending on pick-up option selected.
Sign-up Information: Visit website; deadline March 31.
Crop Details: Eggs and pork are also available. Farm now certified as organic.
Contact: 338-6153; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rootsandwingsfamilyfarm.com
Thorpe’s Organic—East Aurora
Share Schedule: Begins in mid-June, runs 21 weeks.
Number of Shareholders: 400+
Share Size/Cost: Varies depending on when shareholders choose to pay.
Sign-up Information: Fill out form online.
Crop Details: Growing 257 varieties of 57 types of organic vegetables.
Owners: The Thorpe family
Contact: 655-4486; www.thorpesorganicfamilyfarm.com
Spree’s CSA guide is online at BuffaloSpree.com year-round, along with our WNY Farmers Market guide.