CSA Information

admin March 15th, 2011

Hi Folks – I can’t believe how much work getting the information up on my vegetable and herb plant CSA has been – first I had to wait for all the seed orders to come in so I could accurately describe what plants I would have, and I’m still germinating many of them.  I’m still not done, but it is time to put up the CSA membership information, and the incomplete plant lists – watch carefully over the next week for more info and details.

Here is how to join and our FAQ, as well as a list of “garden packages” we offer (if you’d like one of the garden packages as part of your CSA, just take 20% off the price!). Right here is an incomplete list of the varieties of garden annual vegetables and flowers that will be available. Here is a more-complete list of the herbs that will be available.  Here are the native plants, and I’ll have in the next day or two a list of  perennial vegetables and useful other perennial plants – I’ll post a notice when that is up.

Individual plants are priced as follows – all annual 4 packs are $3 or 75 cents each.  Yes, you can mix and match.  Most perennials, natives and herb plants are between $2-6 each depending although a few are available in 4 packs for the same price – I will put that up shortly.

Here’s how you can buy plants from us.  First, you can come to the farm or one of our drop off spots and buy plants individually at full price. Or, if you’d like to join the CSA, you can sign up now, and join at whatever dollar amount you want above $40.  Half is due upfront to support the nursery enterprise.  What you get for your upfront investment is this – you get 20% more plant dollars to spend – so if you guess you will spend $100, you send me a check or paypal for $50, and you get $120 worth of plants from us, with the other $50 due on delivery.  If you have a small garden and want to spend $40, mix and match, terrific, send me a check or paypal for $20, and you’ll get $48 of plants from us.

If you want specific varieties from our seed list, please email me at [email protected] and I will reserve them – otherwise, plants are first come first served.  CSA members get first choice.  I will also send out email notifications when we update our lists, so you can pick more stuff.

How do you get your plants?  I will be arranging drop off at several locations in the Capital Region – in Schenectady and Albany for sure, and probably also in Troy.  You can also come to our farm and pick up, just email or call first.  We will have several open farm days over the course of the spring and early summer as well.  We will have plants available from mid-April (for early garden planting) until July (for fall garden planting), and you can spread your investment across multiple seasons, say, if you subscribe for $200 (which would get you $240 worth of plants), you can get $160 worth of plants in may, and come back for another $80 for your fall garden – or any combination you like.  Your farm credit is good for the whole season.

Many of our plants are rare or unusual, including many pollinator attractants, nitrogen fixeres, permaculture plants, and of course, heirloom vegetables – these plants are things you won’t find at every garden center.  Moreover, they are grown with the utmost attention given to plant health and sustainable production – we use local compost whenever possible, recycle plastic whenever we can, reduce plastic use entirely, and grow in sustainable mediums.

Membership in our plant CSA also gives you farm news, and access to other farm products as well – you become part of the farm and the community.  We will happily provide you with growing advice and support by email or phone!  And that, of course is the whole point of Community Supported Agriculture – to bring us all together!

Please email me at [email protected] with questions or with your plant lists and requests!

Sharon

4 Responses to “CSA Information”

  1. Sharon, I’m interested, and if you plan to do a drop off day in Albany I think it’s likely that my husband could pick up an order. I’m especially interested in the herbs. Would you perhaps be willing to help me figure out which herbs might best suit my space/priorities? If so, I’ll let you know what constraints I’m working with. And if there are more than a handful of herbs that fit the bill, I’ll likely do a CSA share. Officially I’m set with my vegetables for this year, but you know how it is. I’ll check out your veggie offerings as well, of course. Thanks!

  2. Karen F says:

    I am very interested Sharon! I could pick up some plants on my way up to Vermont. Can’t wait to see your list!
    Karen

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