2018 List for Community Supported Agriculture:
Buy a share and pick up your box of produce at a convenient location
By Patrick Sullivan
com·mu·ni·ty sup·port·ed ag·ri·cul·ture noun
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. Buy a share and pick up your box of produce at a convenient location. Be sure to confirm information with individual farms.
Arden Farm—East Aurora
Pickup: On-farm; city drop-off in Buffalo on Tuesdays, 4:30–6:30 p.m., deliveries can be made to residents in East Aurora.
Share size/cost: Large share: $665; small share: ranges from $430-$530
Sign-up: Via mail, telephone, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crop details: Sustainably grown, with a variety of vegetables and fruits; orchestration of weekly offerings focuses on helping create complete meals.
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. A small share is $24 per week or about $240. A large share is $42 per week or about $420.
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. Summer share: Small share $410; large share $770; individual share $230. Fall share: Individual share $80; small share $140; large share $265.
Sign-up: Visit canticlefarm.org
Crop details: A wide selection of naturally and sustainably raised produce
Farm This Way—Brant
11086 Brant Reservation Rd., Brant; 549-1038, farmthisway.com
Pickup: On-farm pickup, every other Wednesday, drop-offs at Hamburg Market on Saturdays.
Share size/cost: Price varies depending on the size and length of membership, $320–$935
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.
Pickup: On-farm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2–6 p.m.
Share size/cost: The cost of a full share is $500 and a half share is $300 if paid by April 1, 2018. After April 1, 2018 the price will be $525 for a full share and $325 for a half share.
Sign-up: Visit fentonsproduce.com
Crop details: A variety of vegetables and blueberries with options to select what you would like
999 Broadway, Buffalo; 218-3668; 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 fresh bread, 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: $10 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
Pickup: On-farm, Thursdays, 4 p.m.; drop-off in East Aurora on Thursdays, 5–7 p.m.
Share size/Cost: $375; see website for details and other options
Sign-up: Visit harvestpatch.com
Crop Details: In addition to vegetable shares, members may add egg, flower, and chicken shares.
Native Offerings—Little Valley
Pickup: On-farm, Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m.; drop-offs in Buffalo on Thursdays, 4–7 p.m., in Orchard Park on Tuesdays, 3:30–6:30 p.m., and in Amherst on Wednesdays, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Share size/cost: Full summer share $660; small share $440; individual share $310; see website for details and other options.
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.org
Pickup: Drop-offs take place at farmers markets located around Erie and Niagara Counties on Thursdays 3– 7 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Share size/cost: Shares range from $100–$600; email or contact with questions
Sign-up: Visit platodalefarm.org
Crop details: A wide variety of vegetables and fruits; beef and poultry are also available.
Pickup: On-farm from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays plus drop-off at various locations in and around Buffalo and Rochester.
Share size/cost: Pick-up: $400; delivery $425
Sign-up: No deadline, accepts check by mail; visit porterfarms.org for information
Crop details: A wide variety of organic seasonal vegetables, with a focus on keeping prices affordable
Pickup: On-farm, Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m., plus drop-off on Tuesdays in Snyder, 3–5:30 p.m; Depew and E. Amherst, 3-6 p.m. and 4–6 p.m.; and in Lancaster, 6–8 p.m.; also Thursdays in Buffalo, 4–6 p.m. Winter drop-off hours vary contact for info.
Share size/cost: $600 per season, fruit shares are $250, a biweekly produce share is $300
Sign-up: Visit promisedlandcsa.com
Crop details: Promised Land offers a wide variety of sustainably raised produce, as well as add-ons for egg and tree fruit shares.
Root Down Farm—Clarence*
Pickup: On-farm, Mondays or Thursdays, 2–6:30 p.m.
Share size/cost: Large share $580; small share $335.
Sign-up: Visit therootdownfarm.com
Crop details: Sustainable practices are in place for over 200 varieties of produce; spring greens, fruit, and juicing shares also available.
*This farm is full for the 2018 season already. The waiting list is also currently a few seasons in advance as well.
Pickup: On-farm, Thursdays after 3 p.m., or drop-off locations, which include Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, and Wheatfield
Share size/cost: Pick-up: $395
Sign-up: Via mail, telephone, or sinemusfarms.com
Crop details: A wide variety of organic seasonal vegetables and organic heirloom sweet cherries
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.
Share size/cost: Varies depending on when shareholders join (average for large $650; small $515; fruit share $370)
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.
Westside Tilth Farm—Buffalo
Pickup: On farm Tuesdays 4-7 p.m.
Share size/cost: Large share is $500 or two payments of $265
Sign-up: Visit westsidetilth.com
Crop Details: Some of the things you can expect in your share include seasonal salad mix, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, peppers, carrots, radishes, salad turnips, beets, cucumbers, scallions, leeks, garlic, chard, kale, mustard, spinach, and fresh herbs.
Wildwood CSA at McCollum Orchard—Lockport
Pickup: On-farm, Thursdays, 3–7 p.m.
Share size/cost: Full share $545; half share $350; extra greens every week $75; extra greens every other week $40.
Sign-up: Visit oldfarmnewlife.com, application by mail
Crop details: Seventy varieties of vegetables and fruit. Farming without use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Local fruit, bread, and meat for sale during pickup.
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