Apr 22 2015

earth day 2015!

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it’s earth day 2015- a day to acknowledge how we all depend on the earth and each other to sustain us so that we may all flourish together. when we decided to take the chance and start on this path towards sustainability for our family, we didn’t know that we would be farming at this capacity so quickly! it has truly been a learning experience for us to see just how difficult it is to grow good food for others in an ecologically sustainable way while staying economically sustainable as well. many people questioned this decision for our family- many days we question it ourselves. ultimately, our love of the earth and each other brings us back to our basic goals and inspires us to keep trying.

we are a very small family farm. we chose organic certification because we know that treating the earth with respect includes keeping it free from toxins and various other common abuses, and certification leaves no wiggle room for that. we grow over 100 varieties of vegetables that are certified organic for our local and regional communities. we raise our chickens outdoors on our pasture and perform all slaughtering and butchering here. our hens lay their eggs while enjoying each day outside with plenty of room on fresh organic certified pasture. we only sell what we grow and raise ourselves. everything that passes from our hands into yours has been cared for by us. we employ 5 local people, 2 of whom are full time. your support of our farm directly supports those five individuals and their families, as well as ourselves and our three children. to remain economically sustainable in farming is as challenging as the day to day and month to month challenges of the physical labors of farming.

thank you for your support of our Lakestone Family Farm. we appreciate all of the ways that you show your support of us and the earth. We look forward to bringing you fresh, clean, organic produce, chicken and eggs all year long.


Apr 10 2015

CSA Harvest Share contract!

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we were asked to provide the latest version of our contract on the site, so here it is!

Member Agreement for 2015

yes! our contract is nearly four pages long! we try to be as clear as possible with our members what they should expect when they become harvest share members!

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We describe what being certified organic implies, outline what we have planned to grow this season, and we explain what happens in the event of a crop failure.

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We ask that you provide us with your contact information, as well as 1. what location you will pickup, 2. what shares you would like, 3. your payment information, and 4. your signature

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we look forward to growing your food this year!


Mar 20 2015

csa fair and film!

hey everyone! we are looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you have about the farm tomorrow and our CSA Harvest Shares at the Ontario County CCE CSA Fair and Film Screening!

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From Hope Galens:

“CSA Fair and Film
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Film showing: 1:00 pm
CSA Fair: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

If you are looking to eat the freshest produce, support local agriculture and join in the locavore movement, a CSA might be just for you! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a popular way for consumers to buy fresh, local, seasonal products (ex. vegetables, fruit, meat, herbs, eggs, bread, etc.) directly from local farms. Members purchase shares of the harvest which can vary in contents, size, cost, the number of weeks they are available and where they are picked up. You can learn all about it at a free CSA Fair hosted by CCE-Ontario County.

The screening of the documentary film “Dirty Work: The Story of Elsie’s Farm” will be shown from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. The film documents a year in the life of an organic farm and CSA run by a couple whose dream is to take an old farm, invest it with new ideas and grow a community. Jarret Winum of Maplestone Farm CSA will be on hand to answer questions from the audience and add his own personal account of his CSA in Stanley.

From 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, 7 farms will be set up to showcase their CSAs, answer questions, and take sign-ups.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Ontario Local Food Educator, Hope Galens will be preparing dishes for participants to sample using ingredients sourced by these farms.

It’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and to meet some of the amazing farmers we have here in Ontario County!
For more information, please contact Hope Galens at 585-394- 3977 x 408 or email Hope


Mar 17 2015

raising chickens for meat

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we read this piece from nick kristof yesterday and nodded our heads in agreement- there absolutely is no need for any suffering of any animal, especially the ones we raise for food. if anything, the animals that sustain our bodies should be appreciated and revered for their life’s purpose and for sacrifice they make for us. their life gives us life. that is our primary goal as chicken farmers at lakestone.

the chickens we raise for meat from hatchlings are bred and born for the specific purpose to be food for us and others. our goal is to give them the best life possible during their natural lifespan- they stay cozy, warm and protected as chicks in our brooder trailer for two weeks, and then, when they are old enough, live the rest of their lives outside on certified organic grass pasture in pens that are custom built to give them plenty of room to run, but also be protected from predators and the weather. we move their pens to fresh pasture every morning where they eat bugs and grass and certified organic feed from Lakeview Organic Grain. their feces fertilize the pasture they are on, which inputs valuable nitrogen and more than ten other essential naturally made plant nutrients back into our soil, then used the following year for our vegetables. their lives truly go above and beyond what most chickens are able to offer with regard to meaning and purpose.

when it comes towards the end of their natural life, we slaughter them in a way that is quick and humane for them, as well as safe for our employees. we have never had an instance in three years where anyone involved in the process wasn’t aware and respectful of the life that had ended for all of our benefit. in fact, discussions on the meaning of life tend to come up around the processing table- and the meaning of death, and our attachment to viewing death as a failure, versus as a natural result of a life well lived. it inspired our friend matt kelly to write an insightful piece about a good death in the last issue of Post Magazine.

our chickens are good animals that serve their life’s purpose well, and we appreciate them for it. we appreciate that we can then use nearly every part of their bodies to sustain our farm- through compost and through sale, and ourselves- every piece of them that can be used for consumption, is. their lives allow us to pay our employees- all local, hard working members of our community to support themselves and their own families. their lives allow us to offer our clients local, healthy, clean food in a way that most Americans don’t have access to anymore. we are grateful for the opportunity to do so.


Feb 25 2015

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!


Feb 10 2015

2015 CSA Shares!

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering shares in our certified organic CSA this year! please tell your family and friends! all are welcome to join!

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we have full share memberships for 22 weeks of certified organic produce for only $660.

this season we are excited to offer a half share option as well- you receive a full box of certified organic produce every other week (we’ll assign which group you are in – A or B- and email you to remind you what week it is) the 1/2 share is 11 weeks of produce for $345.

in addition, we are offering our certified organic chicken share as well- 22 whole frozen chickens (average around 3.75lbs each) for only $5.50 per pound, for a total of $450. you pick up one whole chicken, every week.

this season we will offer a half share whole chicken option also- 11 whole frozen chickens (average around 3.75lbs each) for only $5.50 per pound, for a total of $225. you pick up one whole chicken, every other week.

our egg share is 1 dozen certified organic eggs a week for 22 weeks for a total of $120.

we will now offer THREE pick up locations for your convenience!
MONDAYS at St. Patrick’s Church in Victor OR Trinity Baptist Church (on Atlantic and Winton) from 4:30pm-6pm, rain or shine.

WEDNESDAYS here at the farm in Farmington from 4pm to 6pm.

we have a facebook group page for all our CSA members to share recipes, questions and feedback on the share, as well as a pinterest page of recipes for share items that anyone can access from the group.

payment in full is preferred with your signed contract- we accept cash, check and credit cards. we also have a three part installment plan available- please see page four of our contract for more details.

attached is our contract- Member Agreement for 2015 it contains much more information on the shares- please read it, fill it out and return it to us ASAP with your payment.

of course, we are on facebook. please like us and share our posts! https://www.facebook.com/lakestonefamilyfarm

if you have any questions, please email us at lakestonefamilyfarm @ gmail . com or call Denis at 516 314 8209

we look forward to having you be a part of our harvest!


Aug 28 2014

Fall CSA Shares Available Now!

We are pleased to announce that we are offering a Fall Share in our certified organic CSA that begins September 3rd! please tell your family and friends! all are welcome to join!

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we have full share memberships for 10 weeks of certified organic produce for only $280. you may add on a juicing share to that for an additional $125.

We are also offering 1/2 share memberships: you receive a full share of certified organic produce every other week (we’ll assign which group you are in – A or B- and email you to remind you what week it is) the 1/2 share is 5 weeks for $150.

in addition, we are offering our certified organic chicken share for the fall as well- 5 whole frozen chickens (average around 4lbs each) for only 5.25 per pound, for a total of $105. you pick up one chicken, every other week, unless you arrange with us otherwise.

our fall egg share is 1 dozen certified organic eggs a week for 10 weeks for a total of $52.50.

we have pick up locations both here at the farm or in the city of rochester at riddle chiropractic (555 north winton road) every wednesday from 4-7pm. we also allow our share members to order our chicken parts to be picked up on wednesday as well.

we have a facebook group page for all our CSA members to share recipes, questions and feedback on the share, as well as a pinterest page of recipes for share items that anyone can access from the group.

payment in full is due with your signed contract- we accept cash, check and credit cards on site at pick up. attached is our contract- Member Agreement for fall2014 it contains much more information on the shares- please read it, fill it out and return it to us ASAP with your payment.

please like our facebook page as well- https://www.facebook.com/lakestonefamilyfarm

if you have any questions, please email us at lakestonefamilyfarm @ gmail . com or call Denis at 516 314 8209

we look forward to having you be a part of our harvest!


Jun 2 2014

CSA News!

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good monday morning to you! have you been planning on joining our CSA?

have you thought “oh! i need to do that! i love fresh local organic produce! i would LOVE to be able to speak to the folks who picked my vegetables this morning! i love supporting small businesses and keeping my hard earned money in the local economy! i do believe that supporting organic farming is a real way to make a difference in reducing the advance of climate change! i want to feed my family healthy food that i can pronounce!”

you have??

well, do we have some great news for you!

our very FIRST CSA distribution is this wednesday, June 4th, and you can still be a part of a great group of members who have already joined! call us at 516-314-8209 or email us at lakestonefamilyfarm at gmail.com today! we can discuss matching you with another member who is still looking to split a share every other week, and discuss flexible payment options with you.

we have two pickup locations- both here at the farm and at Riddle Chiropractic on Winton Road in Rochester. we would love to have you share in the bounty of our harvest this year!


May 24 2014

Announcing…Certified Organic Chicken Parts!!

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good afternoon!! we are SO excited to announce that as of this weekend, we are offering our own certified organic, pasture raised, organic on-farm processed chicken parts at all of our markets!

we will have a limited amount of the following items along with our whole fresh chickens at each of our farmers markets:

Chicken Tenders (8 per package): $14lb
Boneless Breast (2-3 per package): $13lb
Thigh Quarters (2 per package): $10lb
Whole Wings (4-6 per package): $6.50lb
Chicken Livers (5-6 per package): $4lb
Chicken Necks (5-6 per package): $2lb

come on out to your local farmers market and try some of the best chicken you’ll ever have! see you soon!


May 13 2014

growth!

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it’s a busy, busy time here at the farm! winter weather has FINALLY (dare we say it?) left the region, and even nights that get chilly don’t go deep below freezing now…we hope!
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we finally got the floor poured for our new washroom in the lower part of our barn! i plan on doing a more detailed post about it later this week, but for now, just know that we are so excited to have a cool clean place to have a walk in cooler, our freezer and fridge, washroom and storage area for the farm. Brad and Andy Jacobs did an incredible job with the masonry and we’d recommend them to anyone who could use their services.
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we’ve brought many of our plants out of the greenhouse to be hardened off for planting, and many more have been planted and direct seeded. we are about a week behind for the season and we’ve decided to push back our CSA distribution date back one week to begin June 4th. we’ve heard from many other farmers in the area that the long winter weather conditions has forced their schedules behind as well.
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we have already processed two batches of fresh whole chickens this season and will try to process for parts this week depending on the size of the birds. we are really liking the hatchery for our broilers this year- the birds are much hardier as little chicks and are growing beautifully once they are out on pasture.
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our new hens are sizing up quite nicely as well! we hope they start laying in late June as our original flock is beginning to age out of being prolific layers. we have the new set of hens in their pasture next to our original flock and the roosters are VERY interested in them…we’re waiting a few more weeks before we formally introduce two of the roosters into the flock, although one has gotten himself in there more than once.
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if you are one of our market customers, we are looking forward to seeing you at Canandaigua, Brighton and the new Pittsford farmers market this season! If you joined our CSA, THANK YOU. we are truly enjoying growing your food right now. if you are still interested in joining our CSA, we still have room for more members! please let us know ASAP! thanks so much!