Share Details & Cost

CSA distribution at the YMCA

The CSA season is 22 weeks long, tentatively scheduled for June 6th – November 7th, with the week of Sept 19th off due to the UN General Assembly. We do not offer a winter share.  Flexible payment plans and a limited number of subsidized shares may be available for those who qualify.


ORGANIC VEGETABLE SHARE (LARGE & MEDIUM SIZES)

Purple carrots are among the heirloom varieties you may receive in the share

Description:
All of Free Bird Farm’s produce is USDA certified organic through NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC. The farm never applies chemical herbicides or pesticides or synthetic fertilizer to its plants or land. They also never use genetically modified (GMO) seeds, seeds pre-treated with fungicide, or seed that is modified so that pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are systemic to the plant. The farm’s vegetable shares are always anchored by a variety of staple items—vegetables and herbs that are familiar to most and widely loved—but also include the fun and surprise of less common varieties as well. At the start of the season the share tends to be smaller, with an abundance of greens, and becomes more substantial as the season continues.

To get a sense of share size, variety, and seasonality, see what has been in our vegetable share each week in past years:

Typical Week 8 (July) of the large share

 

LARGE VEGGIE SHARE

Cost:
$520
Quantity: A large share is designed to provide a week’s worth of vegetables for a family or two people who eat a lot of veggies. Each week, the large share consists of about 6 to 7 different types of vegetables, such as bunched carrots, broccoli, squash or mixed baby lettuces, and 1 to 3 additional items, such as bunched onions, garlic and/or fresh herbs.  All of our vegetables are grown on our farm and are certified organic.

Typical Week 14 (September) of the large share

  • A sample week’s full share in June:
    Bok choy, escarole, spring garlic, parsley, Napa cabbage, red leaf lettuce, salad turnips, spring onions, garlic scapes
  • A sample week’s full share in August:
    Sweet corn, red potatoes, salad mix, slicing tomatoes, salad tomatoes, garlic,  eggplant, red onions, Walla Walla sweet onions
  • A sample week’s full share in October:
    Golden beets, Swiss chard, Tuscan kale, carrots, Napa cabbage, radishes, salad tomatoes, snow peas

 

Week 3 (June) of the 2013 Partial Share

Typical Week 3 (June) of the medium share

MEDIUM VEGGIE SHARE

Cost: $400
Quantity:  A medium share is well suited to the city lifestyle of two people cooking in some nights but not all.  Each week, a medium share typically consists of 4 or 5 different types of vegetables and 1 to 2 additional items, such as onions, garlic and/or a fresh herb. A medium share will not always include the same items as the large share, though some weeks it will just in smaller quantities.

 

 

  • A sample week’s partial share in June:
    Week 8 (July) of the 2013 Partial Share

    Typical Week 8 (July) of the medium Share

    Spring onions, red leaf lettuce, garlic scapes, Swiss chard and salad mix

  • A sample week’s partial share in August:
    Basil, leeks, beets, carrots, Japanese eggplant, Walla-Walla sweet onion, head of lettuce, zucchini
  • A sample week’s partial share in October:
    Broccoli, kale, red leaf lettuce, kohlrabi, spinach, sweet bell peppers, butternut squash

 

 

 

Cherries and peaches from a typical Week 5 (July) fruit share

FRUIT SHARE
Cost: $165  for the season (about 20 weeks, typically the first weeks of June do not include fruit).

Quantity:  The quantity will vary from week to week depending on the availability of fruit in season. The share is lighter in the beginning of the season, and heavier at the end.

This is the general schedule for which fruit is available:

mid to late June: strawberries
July: blueberries
July & Aug: peaches, plums, nectarines, raspberries
August & September: melons
September & Oct: grapes, apples, pears

Nectarines and blueberries from a typical Week 11 (August) fruit share

Description: In order to offer a diverse offering, the fruit is sourced from a handful of farms in Central New York and the Hudson Valley. The berries and melons are certified organic. Orchard fruits, such as peaches, plums, apples and pears as well as grapes are grown using integrated pest management techniques but are not organic.

 

Strawberries from a typical Week 2 (June) fruit share

This means the owner avoids spraying wherever possible, which sometimes results in cosmetically-challenged fruit. Most organic orchard fruit at the supermarket is not grown in the Northeast, because the climate makes it extremely difficult to do so successfully on a commercial scale.

 

Fruit is provided according to when it is in season. This means there could be one or two weeks early in the season in which there is not any fruit available (we price the share accordingly). Depending on availability, the fruit share may consist of just one type of fruit, such as a bag of apples, or two, such as a pint of blueberries and a bag of peaches.

 

Free Bird Farm eggs

PASTURE-RAISED EGG SHARE

Cost: Whole dozen $95; Half dozen $50

Description: The eggs from Free Bird Farm are typically laid within 3 days of our receiving them. It’s hard to beat that kind of freshness. Free Bird Farm hens are free-roaming out on pasture. The farm does not use any antibiotics, growth hormones or other unnatural supplementation. Because the birds are raised in a healthy, unconfined setting, they don’t have the health problems endemic to chickens raised in confinement. Free Bird Farm’s hens graze on pasture and spend a lot of time out in the sun, which explains the rich orange color of their egg’s yolk and the clean taste. Because the hen’s protein needs are high, they still require feed, a grain mix, which is sourced locally, from a neighboring conventional grain farm.

 

POULTRY SHARE

Free Bird Farm birds

Cost: $150
Quantity: One whole roaster, about 3.5 pounds in size, delivered every other week (10 total).

Description:  Back by popular demand, Free Bird Farm will raise the chickens for this year’s poultry share. Tender, full-breasted and clean in flavor, roasters range in size between 3.5 and 4 lbs. Chicks spend their first few weeks indoors until they’re hardy enough to be moved outside, where they are free to roam, eat grass (in addition to grain), and get lots of vitamin D from the sun. For protection, they have access to shelter and are surrounded by portable fencing to keep out predators. Because the birds are raised in a healthy, unconfined setting, they don’t have the health problems endemic to chickens raised in confinement. The healthy, low-stress environment makes for a moist and clean tasting chicken. The birds are usually delivered freshly frozen.

David and Susan Hardy on their 200 acre farm in New York

 

GROUND BEEF SHARE
Cost: $98
Quantity: One pound every other week (11 total).
Description: As Free Bird Farm does not raise cattle, they source our ground beef share from the nearby certified organic Hardy family farm. The cattle are grazed on certified organic pasture and have access to certified organic feed. The share is delivered frozen in approximately 1-pound cryovac packages. This share has a limited enrollment. 

The daily activities on the farm vary by day for Susan.

The daily activities on the farm vary by day for Susan.

To learn more about the wonderful farmers you’ll be supporting (2 generations, no less), read their Organic Valley profile.

 

 

 

 

 

MEADOW BUTTER SHARE (Kosher)

Butter from Kriemhild

Butter from Kriemhild

Cost: $55
Quantity: One 8 oz tub of salted or unsalted butter every other week (11 total). Shareholders must choose between salted and unsalted for the ENTIRE season.  It is not possible to choose both (unless you order 2 shares!)
Description:
Meadow Butter from Upstate NY’s Kriemhild Farms (pronounced “cream-hild”) is churned slowly and finished at a low level of moisture resulting in a decadent, European-style butter with a higher fat content (85%). The farm’s cows graze on high-quality pasture. Butter from grass-fed cows are known to contain a higher level of omega 3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA’s), the good fats our body’s need to digest nutrients. The butter is salted for optimum enjoyment spread on toast or baked goods or used in cooking, such as in a sauté. The butter is certified Kosher.

 

MAPLE & HONEY SHARE

Cost: $63
Quantity: Four deliveries of sweetener spaced out through the season – see table below
Description: The honey is made by Kutik’s. These long-time bee farmers keep hives at Free Bird Farm. The beekeepers like being able to locate their bees on an organic farm because there is evidence that pesticides used in conventional farming are contributing to the significant drop in honeybee populations.

Maple and honey

Local Maple & Honey from New York State

The maple syrup comes from Buck’s Maple Barn, which was started 8 years ago by Chase Buck when he was just a freshman in college. His operation is located in the picturesque Schoharie Valley.

Honey and Maple make great gifts as well!  These items are shelf-stable and can provide local sweeteners through the winter.

June 13 8 oz jar maple cream
12 oz clover honey in BPA-free “bear” squeeze container
12 oz glass flask of maple syrup
Aug 1
1 pint maple syrup

16 oz jar wildflower honey
Oct 3
12 oz jar creamed honey
1 pint maple syrup
Nov 7
16 oz jar clover honey
1 pint maple syrup