Our 2018 CSA will begin the week of May 22. This will be our fifth year. In 2017, we had 30 members. For more information, email email@example.com or call 716-326-2060. (The information below is for 2017, but we expect 2018 to be similar.)
What is a CSA? A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a seasonal membership for a weekly supply of fresh produce. It offers a chance to support a local farm and, by extension, a local community, and at the same time get the farm’s freshest produce. As a CSA member, you are sharing in the risks, but also in the pleasures of being part of the farm.
Why Toboggan Hill Farm? We use organic seed when available and we use good agricultural practices such as crop rotation, companion planting, and cover crops. We use no artificial fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. We will make every effort to supply you with a bountiful variety of tasty vegetables every week.
Shares: The value of a share most weeks will exceed the price paid. The most abundant packages are usually in the middle to end of the growing season. We recommend full shares for three or more people, half shares for two, and quarter shares for one person or for two people who eat out often.
Crops we plan to have over the summer: apples, asparagus, basil, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, chard, sweet corn, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, garlic, gourds, grapes, greens, kale, wild leeks (ramps), lettuce, melons, nasturtiums, onions, parsley, peas, pears, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, squash, tomatoes, and turnips. A favorite item is our salad mix with several kinds of lettuce plus other greens.
Please be aware that growing crops is subject to conditions beyond our control and we don’t always have every crop we attempt to grow, but we guarantee that what what you receive will be the value you paid for if not more. If requested, we can supply a complete week-by-week list of what we offered last year.
Pick-up: Shares may be picked up at our farm Mondays 5 – 6 p.m.; at Chautauqua Institution Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.; at the Westfield Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or in Fredonia Wednesdays 5 to 6 p.m. (location to be determined).
Deliveries for groups in other locations may be arranged. Persons responsible for a group will receive free vegetables up to a full share depending on how many are in the group. Deliveries to nursing homes and other institutions may be arranged.
We offer deliveries in the Chautauqua Institution grounds each Tuesday after 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee.
Substitutions can be arranged. We offer a choice of eggs, other vegetables, and all the pork, lamb, and goat meat products listed on our website. We will send an email two days before delivery and give substitution options. If we don’t hear from you, we will assume you want the standard share.
Work share option: We are offering a limited number of work share options. For every week you work 2 hours, you would receive a half share for that week. If interested, call or email us.
To sign up, send us your name, address, email address, phone number, pickup option (see below) and a check for the appropriate amount. Make checks payable to Toboggan Hill Farm. Send to Mike and Donna Eisenstat, 8380 Hardscrabble Road, Westfield, NY 14787. You may pay in full now or half now and half by July 1. Subscribing early helps us plan our garden. Therefore, we invite you to deduct 3% if your payment is postmarked or delivered by March 10 or 2% if postmarked or delivered by April 10.
Toboggan Hill Farm, Mondays, 5-6 p.m., May 22-Oct. 30, 24 weeks — full share, $500; half share, $275; quarter share, $150
Westfield Farmers’ and Artisans Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., May 27-Oct. 28, 23 weeks with double the last week — full share, $500; half share, $275; quarter share, $150
Fredonia, location to be determined, tentatively Wednesdays, 5 – 6 p.m., May 24-Nov. 1, 24 weeks — full share, $500; half share, $275; quarter share, $150
Chautauqua Institution, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., just outside grounds, June 27-Aug. 22, 9 weeks — full share, $200; half share, $110; quarter share, $60
For delivery to your door in the Institution grounds Tuesdays beginning around $5:30 p.m., add $60 for the season or $7 per week.
If you would like to join for part of the season, these are the weekly prices for a full share: 1-8 weeks, $24; 9 weeks, $23; 10-23 weeks, $22. Weekly prices for a half share are: 1-8 weeks, $13; 9 weeks, $12.50; 10-23 weeks, $12. Weekly prices for a quarter share are: 1-8 weeks, $7; 9 weeks, $6.75; 10-23 weeks, $6.50.