What Does CSA Mean?
The Community Supported Agriculture model addresses the problems within the current industrial agriculture model by nurturing a direct relationship between farmers and their community. Through the purchase of a "share" in the farm, supporters are able to share in the bounty of the farm harvest for the duration of the growing season.
The CSA model allows community members to know their farmer and their food. Shareholders pick up their fresh produce on a weekly basis and are then able to see exactly how their food is being produced. The CSA provides the farmer with a viable way to grow food for the supporting community while sharing in the risks and rewards inherent in agriculture. As a CSA shareholder, you will be directly preserving local land and casting a vote in how you want your food to be grown.
How Does Your CSA Work?
Shareholders purchase their "share" in the farm before the growing season begins. This provides capital for the farmer's costs throughout the season. Every week from the beginning of June through the beginning of November, for a total of 22 weeks, shareholders come to the farm to pick up their share between 2pm and 6:30pm. We strive to provide as much variety as possible so that our shareholders can have free choice of the produce available each week. Shareholders also have access to all of the u-pick flowers, herbs and vegetables in the U-Pick section. Everything in the shares is freshly harvested from Root Down Farm.
The "Farm Share" will feed a typical family of four. Shareholder's are not allowed to split their CSA share with others. Instead, the farm also offers a "Small Share" which would feed 1 to 2 people. The small share will have equal access to the Upick section.
Are you Organic?
We are not currently certified organic, but we have taken the Farmer's Pledge through the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA NY) and grow to organic standards. The Farmers Pledge seeks to describe sustainable practices in a document that growers can attest is an accurate description of how they farm. It serves as a bridge between consumers and farmers who value healthy food, strong local economies, fair working conditions and wages, the humane treatment of animals, and care of the land. We grow all of our crops without the use of conventional, synthetic or artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
What if I don't like a vegetable in the share?
If you don't like a vegetable in the share that is okay. We grow a very wide variety of vegetables for many reasons including preserving plant diversity in our farm eco-system as well as preserving heirloom varieties of vegetables. I will give you the "don't blame the vegetable, blame the chef" speech, so make sure to at least try everything once and look up a good recipe. If you still do not like a vegetable that is part of the share simply and kindly let an employee in the share room know and it can be donated to the local food pantry. You could also let another member know they could have yours or set up a vegetable trade.
What if there is a bug in my vegetables?
You will undoubtedly find a creepy-crawly at some point during the season. This is normal. We harvest vegetables the day you pick them up to ensure it is the freshest produce available. We also follow organic growing standards. Insects are an important part of the ecosystem and often, ugly just tastes better.
I want to join the share, so what do I do next?
We are a 300 member CSA, and we are planning on staying that size for the near future. We are currently overwhelmed with requests to join, so make sure to email us to get on the waitlist. For more detailed information click here.
How do I order Wholesale?
If you are a restaurant or grocer please call 716-949-1204 or email us to set up an account. Deliveries can be limited based on your location.