Community Shared Agriculture

Why CSA?

These days, the produce we buy at the grocery store is often grown hundreds of miles away, laden with pesticides, herbicides, and various other chemicals.  Consumers are usually unaware of how these foods are grown and what contaminants they contain.  Even when natural foods are found, they are often expensive and still grown in a place far away.  If you are seeking an enlightened alternative to buying such foods, CSA might be right for you.

What We’re Offering:

As a member of Juniper Hill Farm’s CSA, you will be making an early investment in our farm, giving us the means to get the season off to a healthy start. In return, you will receive a twenty week smorgasbord of naturally grown produce, cultivated right here in your own community.  From June to October you will be able to fill your basket (or two) with a seasonal variety of fresh vegetables.  As a CSA member, you will share in the peaks and valleys of any agricultural endeavor, but our crop diversity will keep your basket brimming.

Farmer’s Friend Share
A weekly abundance of our fresh veggies spanning our entire CSA season.
20 weeks
mid-June through mid-October
$500 ($25/week)

Harvest Share
A taste of summer for locals or for seasonal residents.
8 weeks
July through August
$224 ($28/week)

Need more convincing?

CSA is in the news; marketing worksite deliveries and making our healthy veggies even more accessible has made headlines in the Warrensburg, Saratoga, Glens Falls, and Lake George areas!  (Read all about it at poststar.com, or at denpubs.com.)

CSA Membership Agreement:

Since 2008, Juniper Hill Farm has relied on the CSA model.  This is an incredible model that allows us to connect directly with consumers allowing them to buy local, seasonal food directly.  We offer several share options depending on location.  Whether it be on-farm pickup, worksite pickup, or farmer’s market pickup, you have all decided to share in the joy of the season.
In the CSA model we ask for some money up front to get going as all of our expenses occur months before we can deliver your first basket.  The potting soil, greenhouse heat, seeds, labor, and tools to make the season a success need to be purchased in December and January.  We like to compare much like the interest in your bank account.  You have given us a loan and in return your interest rate is farm fresh vegetables that are delivered often at a better price than you can find elsewhere.  CSA members join with their farmer in both the risks of farming (crop failure, poor weather, bad traffic) and its benefits (a bountiful harvest season, cooking recommendations, direct relationship with the farmer, and the ability to come visit the farm).  I understand that my share will vary from week to week, in both quantity and variety.  We do our best to know what is in the field and get it to your plate.
Throughout the past years we have had our fair share of disasters, from tomato blight to hurricane Irene.  These were challenging situations for us as farmers and for our membership.  We do everything we can to put food on your table and hope to be in your household for years to come, but as Irene showed us we can’t plan for all of it.  With that said this will be the best growing season yet, and we look forward to seeing you there!  All sales final.

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