National CSA Sign-Up Day February 28!

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We are pleased to join other farms from around the country for National CSA Sign-Up Day on February 28. The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season, a buying model known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.

CSA has become an important model to support local agriculture since it was introduced to the United States in the 1980s and since grown to over 6,000 farms across the country. To join a CSA, members buy a share of the harvest in the Winter and Spring and then get a box of local produce each week throughout the growing season.

“CSAs are the most authentic connection between a farmer and eater available. CSA members get the freshest, high quality, seasonal local produce, but they also get a direct connection to their farmer. This model is economically important to farmers, especially small and beginning farmers, because they can grow with confidence knowing that they have a market for their produce ahead of time,” says Simon Huntley from Small Farm Central, a technology company that works with CSA farms across the country, and the creator of National CSA Sign-up Day.

February 28th was chosen as National CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important because farmers are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now and the CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs with costly credit.

This year our CSA is incorporating new features based on feedback from our customers and members from last season: we have added a new pick up location in Victor, NY on Monday evenings at St. Patrick’s Church; we are adopting the “market style choice” model for shares, and continuing to offer biweekly “half” shares for those members who can’t use a full box of produce every week.

Sign-up is easy! To learn more and to join us for the 2015 season, you can reach us at lakestonefamilyfarm @ gmail.com, or call us at 516 314 8209. We accept cash, check or credit card as payment. We can’t wait for the snow to melt and to start growing your food!


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