MIDSUMMER FARM TRADITIONAL VEGETABLE SHARE

​*****SORRY! WE ARE CURRENTLY FULL FOR THE 2017 SEASON!!!*****

Every so often, we have to cut back on the number of CSA members we take on for a season. This way, we can give ourselves the time and field space to grow and expand our crop varieties. So for the 2017 season, we will only have 5 Total Taste of The Farm Shares available. First come, first serve. 

These will be very cool shares - you will find yourself as a very active member of the farm, experimenting alongside us as we trial cool new varieties as well as new cut flowers, berries, herbs, and fruits grown in our greenhouse. You will almost definitely receive more produce than in previous years... And everything is, as always, certified organic and non-GMO. And this year we will have a home-grown chicken for each CSA member as well...

Although we don't like cutting back on CSA members, we really like these years when we get to cut back on the hustle and bustle of the CSA baskets and spend time experimenting in the garden - we end up learning new things and expanding the varieties we grow, both making future CSA shares and our Plant Sales better and better! 

We will do our regular full CSA membership again in 2018! 


*****SORRY! WE ARE CURRENTLY FULL FOR THE 2017 SEASON!!!*****


In August: You'll see: tomatoes (a huge variety of colors of cherry, plum, slicing, and giant tomatoes - we're currently planting seeds for over 40 different varieties), various colors and sizes of eggplants, cauliflower, tomatillos, leeks, broccoli, basils, cilantro, summer squash (zucchini of various colors and flavors, pattypans, trombicino squash, cucumbers of all sorts (we are planning 18 different varieties of cucumbers), peppers (sweet and hot varieties - we are planning over 40 different types of peppers), some lettuce, some kale, rainbow chard, the bigger heirloom chicories like punterellas, radicchio heads, frisee endive, escarole, hot-weather edible flowers, flat and curly parsley, collards, continual green onions, scallions - both white and crimson, welsh onions, summer onions, and more!

In September: You'll see: fennel, burdock roots, other cool roots, winter squash, turnips, various colors of beets, brussel sprouts, tomatoes (a huge variety of colors of cherry, plum, slicing, and giant tomatoes - we're currently planting seeds for over 40 different varieties), various colors and sizes of eggplants, tomatillos, leeks, broccoli, basils, cilantro, peppers (sweet and hot varieties - we are planning over 40 different types of peppers), baby spinach and lettuce mixes, kale, rainbow chard, the bigger heirloom chicories like punterellas, frisee endive, escarole, flat and curly parsley, collards, scallions, welsh onions, storage onions, storage cabbage, and more!

Sweet Share

16 weeks - $360.00

    One of my main goals in running this CSA is to make people healthier, and sweets are not very healthy - but I do love baking and so many people are asking me to do a sweet share ... so I am going for it, and I do believe it will be good for the soul!

    This share will be 16 weeks and will consist of farm-baked goodies made with our own eggs and mostly organic and fair-trade-where-appropriate ingredients. Emphasis will be on baked goods made with organic nuts as well as produce and herbs from our farm whenever possible. Although sugary in essence, these will be nutritious baked goods! I'm currently planning: Pistachio Squares, Brownies with Fair Trade Chocolate Nibs, Walnut Crescents, Zucchini Bread, Baklava, Cardamon Pecan Squares, Lavender Pound Cake, Lemon Balm Blueberry Muffins, Peanut Butter Cookies, Pecan Praline Tart, Meyer Lemon Tart, Pignoli Nut Cookies, Pumpkin Pie, etc.

    You can register for this share by downloading the form and sending a check or through Paypal (prices include electronic fees):



Mushroom Share


16 weeks - $84.00

    Certified organic mushrooms with your basket each week - Shitake, Maitake, Portabella, Crimini, White Button, and more!

    You can register for this Add-On share (Note this is an Add-On share only - you must sign up for either the Traditional vegetable or Total Taste of the Farm Shares first!) by downloading the form and sending a check or through Paypal (prices include electronic fees):



Egg Shares - Winter and Summer

Winter - 12 weeks - $108.00

Summer - 8 weeks - $72.00

​Second Summer - 8 weeks - $72.00


    Egg season doesn't really correspond with Vegetable season very well. So we're offering a Winter Egg Share of 12 weeks of eggs starting in February and going until mid-May, and then a Summer Egg Share that is an add-on to the first 8 weeks of the Summer Vegetable Share, starting in late May.


    Pick up for the Winter Egg Share can be any time of day on Wednesdays and you can pick up 2 dozen every other week for convenience. For the Summer Egg Share, your dozen eggs will be in your vegetable basket each week for the first 8 weeks of the summer shares season.


    You can register for these egg shares by downloading the form and sending a check or through Paypal (prices include electronic fees):



Extra Fruit Share

16 weeks - $104.00

Although fruit is automatically included in your regular vegetable shares, you can order an extra share of Certified Organic fruit with your basket each week


Flower Share

Single - Middle 5 weeks - $60.00

Double Flower Share - Middle 10 weeks - $110.00


    Fresh, artistically-arranged cut flowers in midsummer added to your weekly veggie CSA share! There is nothing that brightens or freshens up a home more than a bouquet of colorful fresh cut flowers. This share will provide a bouquet of professionally-conditioned and super fresh flowers during the height of midsummer to help you celebrate the brightness and color of the season!      Our flowers are certified organic. Flower share can be picked up on regular CSA share days at the farm.

   


THE "Total Taste of the Farm" Share​

What is a CSA?

CSA is Community Supported Agriculture Program...

In the words of The Robyn Van En Center, CSA brings together community members, farmers, and agricultural land in a relationship of mutual support based on an annual commitment to one another - a commitment that ensures the survival of local farms today and for future generations.


If you are new to the concept of a CSA, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture where a household subscribes to a local farm for the growing season and picks up a weekly basket of fresh, organic produce at the farm. The basic idea of CSA farming is a cooperative relationship between the small farmer and his/her customers. With a preseason payment, you purchase a share of the season's harvest. You then receive a weekly basket of fresh produce during the course of the harvest season, from June to September. By subscribing to a CSA, you are providing a farmer with a very welcome measure of certainty, and in turn the farm is dedicated to providing you with varied, nutritious vegetables. The arrangement guarantees the farmer financial support and enables many small-to moderate-scale organic family farms to remain in business.


Ultimately, CSA creates agriculture-supported communities where members receive a wide variety of foods harvested at the peak of ripeness, flavor, and vitamin and mineral content.


Members of a CSA are called "shareholders" or "subscribers". The portion of the harvest each shareholder takes home is referred to as a "share."


The methods of operating a CSA vary considerably. Each CSA is designed specifically for its community and farmer, yet all CSAs strive for a truly sustainable operation, both economically and environmentally. Crops are planted in succession to provide a continuous weekly supply of mixed vegetables chosen for flavor and nutritional value, and to support biodiversity. The farmer frequently grows a large assortment of seasonal vegetables so shareholders can expect a wide variety. This greatly diminishes the risk of crop failure while enhancing soil fertility without the use of synthetic chemicals. Organic growing techniques such as crop rotation, companion planting, green manuring, and composting are often standard practice.


Each week the farmer harvests fresh, ripe crops that are divided equally among shareholders. Usually, shareholders receive their food within 24 hours of picking. A share is generally enough for a family of four or a couple on a vegetarian diet. The price of a share for a season varies widely depending on each farm's costs of operation, total months of distribution, variety of crops available, and soil productivity.


I see the #1 most important reason to join a CSA is to dedicate and commit yourself to receiving, and thus using and eating, a whole basket of super-fresh, seasonal, organic, local, vegetables, greens, and herbs each week!


How the Midsummer Farm CSA Program Works

​We usually accept registrations for our CSA in the late autumn and early winter before the Spring season.


All you need to do is download the registration form, fill it out, choose the options that work best for you and your household, enclose your check, and send to Midsummer Farm at 156 East Ridge Road, Warwick, NY 10990.


Then starting in May/June, we will harvest and pack a bushel basket of produce for you each week. Pick up is at the farm, in Warwick, NY - just stop by and get a big basket of delicious vegetables, along with recipes and ideas for using and storing. We also send out a weekly newsletter with more recipes and information on the week's harvest.


We have two pick up times - Wednesdays between 6:30 and 7 pm and Fridays between 10 and 10:30 am.


We also will include fruit in our our traditional vegetable share. It won't be fruit that we grow ourselves (we only grow berries, figs, and melons as far as fruit goes). But the fruit portion will be certified organic and local whenever possible. Many people have requested fruit, and we know of some great sources for fresh and delicious organic fruit.


Plus, fruit does really sweeten up the basket! We grow all the vegetables in the share baskets ourselves - we are certified organic and certified animal welfare approved.

Organic Gourmet CSA Program

Certified-Organic, Non-GMO, High-Quality Baskets of Produce to a small group of

shareholders each summer since 2006....

Important Note

Harvest dates and amounts are subject to change due to weather and other natural conditions out of the farmer’s control. By joining this CSA, you are accepting the harvest whatever it may be; no refunds. We promise and will, of course, do our very best and work very hard to provide full and wonderful share baskets each week. 

*Harvest dates and amounts are subject to change due to weather and other natural conditions out of the farmer’s control. By signing this form, you are accepting the harvest whatever it may be; no refunds. We promise and will, of course, do our very best and work very hard to provide full and wonderful share baskets each week. 

Not available in 2017 - Sorry!

*Harvest dates and amounts are subject to change due to weather and other natural conditions out of the farmer’s control. By joining this CSA, you are accepting the harvest whatever it may be; no refunds. We promise and will, of course, do our very best and work very hard to provide full and wonderful share baskets each week. 

We have a Special Share, we call the "Total Taste of the Farm" share.

It includes the Traditional Vegetable Share, along with the Herb, Single Flower, Summer Egg, and Mushroom Share for $975.00. You also get other farm products we produce in small quantities such as honey comb, smoked and dried peppers, duck eggs, and more! You will also get a bonus share basket at the end of April with super-early spring crops like greens, asparagus, and artichokes! 

You can register by downloading the form and sending a check or through Paypal (prices include electronic fees):


 

SORRY - NOT AVAILABLE 2017 

16 weeks, $765.00: Wednesdays, June 1st - Sept. 21st or Fridays, June 3rd - Sept. 23rd 

You can register by downloading the form and sending a check or through Paypal (prices include electronic fees):


Add-ons (more info on each Add-on share can be found below...

    Extra Fruit Share - (16 weeks) $104.00
    Flower Share - (middle 5 weeks) $60.00
    Double Flower Share - (middle 10 weeks) $110.00
    Summer Egg Share - (first 8 weeks) $72.00
    Mushroom Share - (16 weeks) $84.00
    Sweet Share - (16 weeks) $360.00


7 Great Reasons to Join a CSA:


  1. You and your family's health. The number one missing ingredient to a healthy disease-free lifestyle is a variety vegetables! If you have a big basket of fresh veggies on hand, you will use them! And we are here to fully support you in using them!
  2. Living more sustainably - by joining a CSA, you are personally and directly addressing the flaws of our global food system. By paying attention to what you eat, you participate in a more environmentally and socially sustainable way of life.
  3. Living more ethically - you are supporting a circular farm with animals, plants, and the soil itself being treated with respect and care.
  4. Supporting Local Business and strengthening your community.
  5. Supporting Organic Farmers. It is more than just supporting the particular farm you have a membership with - it is about showing policy makers that people want local, real, organic food, and it is about showing the local farming community that you appreciate their efforts.
  6.  Creative cooking - to be the ultimate 'foodie' you must cook! In your basket will come a huge variety of flavors, scents, textures, and all of these can be cooked up and presented in thousands of different ways!
  7.  Saving fossil fuels - Typical grocery store produce travels 1,500 miles to get to your table!

Here's a list of the types of crops you'll see in your basket during the four months of our CSA program:


What To Expect at Pick up

We aim to have the baskets all ready to go when you arrive. We don't have a lot of refrigerator space so we usually are harvesting for the shares the same day you pick up. We will try to have some extra fruit or other organic products available for sale that same day as well. Although you can just drop in fast and grab the basket and go, it is also a chance to talk with the other CSA members, discuss recipes and cooking tips, tour the gardens and greenhouse, visit with the chickens, and enjoy the company of like-minded people.


We want to encourage our CSA members to spend more time in the garden - as the season progresses, we'll have some pick your own options - that are especially nice for children - we'll have pick your own cherry tomatoes, green beans, and raspberries.

We have a gourmet vision for our CSA shaRES


    

"Heart of the Season" Share

SORRY - NOT AVAILABLE IN 2017

8 middle weeks

    This is basically a half share - it is 8 weeks in the middle of the growing season. It works two ways:


    ~If you do a lot of canning/preserving or have a big family, you can add this extra 8 weeks of produce to your Traditional Vegetable Share for $382.00.

    ~Or if you just want to do a half share, you can join as a Heart of the Season shareholder for $485.00


    You can register for this share by downloading the form and sending a check or through Paypal (prices include electronic fees):



Total Taste of the Farm CSA Share

We are a small farm - our cultivated garden area is under 2 acres. We do all of our growing, maintenance, harvesting, and packaging ourselves. This allows us to grow varieties of vegetables and greens that just cannot be grown on a large scale, where produce needs to survive mechanical harvesting and mass storage. You won't ever see most of the stuff we grow in any supermarket and only very rarely at the farmers' markets. Our lettuces are soft and frilly and our tomatoes and squash are tender-skinned and perfectly ripe. Many of our veggies go straight from the field into your basket - never seeing the inside of a fridge.

We also provide plenty of recipes and ideas for using your veggies as sometimes the unusual varieties may be a bit overwhelming if you're not used to them. We are dedicated to making sure that each of our shareholders can make good use of each week's harvest basket. We don't want anyone to feel over-burdened with veggies! And we understand busy schedules - our recipes and tips are designed for cooks with limited time but advanced taste-buds!

As a Holistic Health Coach, I really recommend becoming a member of a CSA - one of the key ways to achieve better health is to eat more vegetables and greens. By joining a CSA, you are automatically receiving a big basket of fresh vegetables every week and you have to use them! For some it may be a healthy challenge - but it is one well worth the effort! And we're here with all sorts of ideas and recipes for helping you make the best use of all the great veggies!

Egg CSA Share - choose one
Extra Fruit Add-On CSA Share

THE ADD-ON SHARES

You can register for any of these Add-On shares; however, you must first sign up for either the Traditional Vegetable or Total Taste of the Farm Share. All are either grown by us or are sourced from strictly Certified-Organic, Non-GMO sources.

Cut Flower CSA Add-On Share
Mushroom Add-On CSA Share
Sweet (Baked Good) CSA Share
Total Taste of the Farm CSA Share

Updates and Changes to our CSA Program 


We've been doing a CSA program since 2006, and we always feel the need to make some changes! We're going to aim for an even more artful and gourmet basket each week - that will include diverse heirloom vegetables, herbs, and creative salad ingredients like microgreens, shoots, and edible flowers. We will be including more fruit as well and growing to match wonderful recipes by the top vegan and vegetarian chefs in the world.


We are really excited about stepping up our CSA shares, bringing them to another level! Unfortunately, doing this means we have to cut back on our total membership - so space is limited and will fill up fast!



In June: You'll see: two different sorrels, lovage, lamb quarters, a huge variety of different frilly, soft heads of lettuce, baby greens mixes, garlic scapes, three different kales, rainbow chards, red and white dandelion greens, our fabulous collection of heirloom chicories, radicchio, frisee endive, escarole, edible flowers, flat and curly parsley, french breakfast radishes, round cherry radishes, watermelon radishes, long white sweet turnips, round tokyo turnips, collards, 4 different types of chives, green onions, scallions (both white and crimson), welsh onions, raspberries, strawberries, various colors of beets, fresh peas, rainbow carrots, nettles, spinach, and more!

In July: You'll see: broccoli, early and savoy cabbages, basils, cilantro, summer squash (zucchini of various colors and flavors, pattypans, trombicino squash, cucumbers of all sorts (we are planning 18 different varieties of cucumbers), peppers (sweet and hot varieties - we are planning over 40 different types of peppers), blueberries, currants, mulberries, gooseberries, a variety of different frilly, soft heads of lettuce, baby greens mixes, some kale, lots of rainbow chard, the bigger heirloom chicories like punterellas, radicchio heads, frisee endive, escarole, hot-weather edible flowers, flat and curly parsley, collards, continual green onions, scallions - both white and crimson, welsh onions, summer onions, various colors of beets, stringbeans (green, yellow, purple, flat podded), and more!

midsummer Farm

You can also register for all these Add-on Shares by downloading our Main CSA Registration form: