Why join Hartwood Farm CSA? Here are the delicious details:
hartwood farm csa member benefits:
Great Produce: 18 weeks of fresh, healthy, and certified organic vegetables grown for their amazing taste and harvested at the peak of their flavor (so they taste like they came from your own garden!)
Farm Connections: Free access to U-Pick flower garden on Fridays and weekends by appointment, plus a season of opportunities to connect to your farmers and our natural landscape by visiting the farm; enjoying the fields, pond, and beautiful views; while connecting with the region we call home.
Value: Local, naturally grown food at reasonable prices, plus your purchase supports local workers and the local economy! Boxes are loaded with the season's bounty and members receive 10% off at Hartwood Farm's farmers market stand (we are at markets summer and winter in Cazenovia).
Learning to Prepare and Enjoy More Veggies: Weekly shareholder newsletters and posts with tons of information on farm happenings, vegetable facts, recipes, and community events help guide you through preparing vegetables in quick, healthy ways that taste great!
hartwood farm csa share sizes and payment options:
Large shares feed a family of 4 or 1-2 people who eat lots of veggies. Large shares include 8 to 11 different vegetables and herbs each week that vary with the seasons and range in weekly retail value between $28 to $45. For a visual, this fills up roughly a 1 bushel box.
Large shares cost about $34/week ($615 for the season).
Small shares are just over half the size of large shares and feed either a single big veggie eater, a smaller family, newbie veggie eaters, or folks who have their own gardens (or love the farmers market). Small shares fill up a half bushel box and include 5 to 6 different vegetables and herbs each week that vary with the seasons.
Small shares cost about $23/week ($415 for the season).
egg shares—on hold for 2019!
In 2019, we are taking a one year break from our feathered friends to focus 100% on our veggies. If you are jonesing for eggs, you can find some great options at the Cazenovia Farmers Market each week!
CSA Members can join anytime—let us know if you want to be a part of the CSA for just the end of the season and we can offer pro-rated share pricing.
2019 Fall/winter shares pick up when the summer season ends for folks that just don’t want to say goodbye to summer, and will cover six weeks in October and November. Ordering for fall shares will start in the late spring.
Members are welcome to split their shares with a friend, family member, or neighbor. While we can’t split shares for you, we are happy to provide space at the CSA pick-ups for you to divvy up or set aside your split share with/for your partner. Just make sure we have all share-holders’ email addresses, so everyone receives their newsletters and recipes! Contact us or feel free to post on our farm page if you want help finding a share buddy!
payment options and plans
We understand CSA requires a different sort of budgeting of our food dollars, and Hartwood Farm is committed to make CSA work for all our CNY neighbors - please let us know if you have any questions!
No payment is needed at signup - if you want to register now and pay later, just chose the "invoice" option
Cash or check is preferred if possible (choose the "invoice" option at sign up and we will send you an email), but credit card is also accepted
Please contact us if you prefer to sign up via regular mail or the phone.
Payment plans are available:
Standard Plan: Pay your share in two to four installments, with the balance due by May 15th. We will send a monthly email balance reminder and you can pay what you wish in each installment.
Alternate Plans: Contact us to arrange details. We have worked with members in the past to arrange monthly and weekly payment options, wait till tax refund season (CSA veggies are a great use of refund checks!), as well as created some work trade options and share scholarships. Please call or email for more details.
Returning Member Discount: 2018 returning members receive $10 off all shares. (Check your emails for the member code, or shoot us an email or text!)
hartwood farm csa share pick-up locations and dates:
Fayetteville from 2:30 to 7 pm
Private Residence pick-up near Green Lakes (intersection of Rt. 5 and Springview Dr.)
Manlius from 2:30 to 7 pm
Private Residence off Brickyard Falls Rd (on Brookhill South)
Syracuse, Westcott/Meadowbrook area: from 3 to 7 pm
Private Residence near Barry Park
Liverpool from 3:30 to 7 pm
Cafe at 407 (delicious food!), downtown Liverpool, NY
On-Farm after 2pm
This isn't an official pick-up time, but we can definitely have your share ready for you! To sign up for Tuesday at the farm, just check the on-farm pickup box and write in the notes that you are coming on Tuesdays!
On-Farm in Fenner from 4 to 7 pm
This is a great option if you plan on using the U-Pick garden regularly! Tuesday members are always welcome to switch their share for the week to Friday (and vice versa)!
Cazenovia Farmers Market Saturday mornings between 9am and 2pm
"You both did a wonderful job. Both our immediate and extended family (when we left enough to share!) were extremely happy with everything, and always looked forward to every Tuesday! We can't wait until next year."
"I gave this CSA as a Christmas gift to my daughter. She loved it. You might suggest this to families... it is a gift that keeps on giving."
"Thank you for a great 2016 season - we're so glad we joined and especially enjoyed the family time spent u-picking on Friday evenings :) Looking forward to 2017, and perhaps the fall shares!"
"Very happy with your CSA! I have been a member of other CSAs and yours is the best. Veggies that like and use, very very clean, and great you pick garden. Mary Ellen is always so helpful, knowledge and friendly. i would glad recommend Hartwood and am looking forward to next year."
"We love, love, love the CSA and Hartwood Farm. Seriously. The veggies are delicious and my kids love to come on U-Pick days. I especially love the communication -- the newsletter and FB pages are my absolutely favorites, I truly enjoy all of the information you convey about farming methods, challenges, victories and other tidbits. Thank you, thank you for a great year so far and we can't wait to eat your tomatoes, potatoes and all other things yummy!"
"I love it! Great variety and you have introduced me to new things. I have been using all my veggies each week but have to be careful when picking not to get carried away. I enjoy picking on Friday to transition from the work week to the weekend. It is beautiful and relaxing on the farm and fun to see what is going on there. I am always impressed by how hard you two work. Glad you have a new tractor! Thank you for everything!"
"Thank you for welcoming us out to the farm so we could get to know you! We loved volunteering and are very impressed with your commitment to organic and feeding others well. We love our CSA farmers!"
In its simplest form, CSA is a partnership between farmers and their local community where both parties share the benefits and support of sustainable, local agriculture. CSA farm customers (“members” or “shareholders”) commit early in the year to buy a farm’s harvest by purchasing a farm “share.” Over the growing season, CSA members receive a weekly box or selection of the farm’s harvest.
CSA works great for members because there is a price discount from retail prices (members save money!), shares are often brought to more convenient locations for pick-up, and members have access to a host of added benefits like visiting the farm, meeting other local folks interested in supporting farms, getting newsletters with tailored recipes, and lots more.
CSA works great for farmers because they know in advance how many members they are serving (so they have exact numbers of what they need to grow), they have more cash on hand early in the season to buy cropping supplies, and they have the support and connections with a community of members.
We at Hartwood Farm LOVE CSA! We enjoy working closely with a group of customers to tailor our growing efforts and energy into what our members want. We like being able to offer a price discount to supporters; we like having more time to provide greater details on using our crops; and we like building long term relationships with our customers
We welcome any and all of your feedback and ideas as we work together to improve our services as your CSA farmers and help strengthen our local food system!