2018 CSA Pricing
Our regular CSA membership is a 23 week season of fresh, homegrown, fruits and vegetables.
We also offer "Chomper" and "Nibbler" CSA shares - receive the same box of produce as our regular members for shorter periods of time. The Chomper is four weeks, ideal for those who travel frequently - choose a full or half share for the month of July, August, or September. If you would like to sample our CSA and find out what it's all about, sign up for the Nibbler, our one week share.
Full Share: $32 per week
23 Week Season: $736
Half Share: $16 per week
Regular 23 Week Season: $368
Quarter Share: $8 per week
23 Week Season: $184
Chomper (Half Share, 4 weeks): $64
Nibbler (Half Share, 1 week): $16
New for 2017: our Quarter Share is the answer for those of you that have asked for a smaller share over the years. If you have a busy summer schedule, not much time to cook, or you just want to sample our weekly CSA, this is the share for you! Go to our "What You Get in a Share" page for packlist comparisons. Our Quarter Share is delivered "Market Style". This means we bring boxes of each fruit and vegetable, with a list of what goes in your box (1 bag peas, 1 head lettuce, etc.). You select from the box of lettuce, the box peas, etc, and pack it in your own bag to take home. (Half Share and Full Share boxes arrive at pickup locations already packed in our reusable boxes.)
When you've decided which CSA share size is best for you, head to our online store to sign up!
Kirby’s CSA Frequently Asked Questions
- When can I sign up?
Our online store will open on February 1st.
Sign up by April 1st and receive a free six annual pack of your choice (flowers, vegetable plants, or herbs) as an early sign up bonus. We reserve a place for all of last-season’s members until mid-March. Remaining memberships are available on a first come, first served basis. Send us an email to be added to our mailing list and we’ll keep you in the loop! email@example.com
- How many shares are available?
250 shares are available for 2018. We started slow with under 50 members in our first year, and grew to about 170 in our second season. 2013, our third season, saw another increase to 240 members. We think that 250 is a good number for the farm to handle and we plan to maintain that number.
- How much will I receive each week?
A half share is generally enough produce for 2-3 people, while a full share is usually enough for 4-5 people, and a Quarter Share is good for 1-2 people (see comparisons here). How quickly you go through your share depends on how much you cook at home. One of the benefits of a CSA share is the motivation it gives you to eat more fruits and veggies, make more of your own meals, and just be healthier. Spring shares will be lighter with crops like peas, strawberries, and lettuce. Later in the season, shares will be much heavier (up to ten pounds heavier!!) with apples, peaches, squash, corn, cabbage, etc.
<< These photos illustrate the difference between a half and full share packed in August. Click for a larger image. The full share generally receives twice as much produce as the half share. Once in a while, the full share will get an additional item (the colorful Yumyum peppers in the top photo).
- What do I get in my share?
Throughout the growing season, we include a variety of crops each week (4-6 different types of seasonal fruits and vegetables weekly). Staple items including corn, squash, tomatoes, broccoli, apples, and peppers will be included in more then once, while some crops may only be included once or twice. We are primarily an apple farm in the fall, so you’ll get a new variety of apples in your share each week once apple harvest begins (6-8 apples for the half share, 12-16 apples in the full share). Please click here to see examples of boxes we've packed in the past.
- Where do I pick up my share?
Our main pickup location is Kirby’s Farm Market. When filling out your membership application, you may chose either Tuesdays or Saturdays, and your share will be available at that time for the duration of the season. Pickup times are 1pm – 7pm both days (hours change to 1pm-6pm for the end of the season, as of November 1st).
Other pickup locations can be found in Ogden, Rochester Public Market, and a selection of companies in Rochester. If you would like to participate in one of these locations, please send us an email and we’ll match you up with the most convenient place for you.
- What will my share be packed in?
We use a large, durable, plastic crate that is easy to carry and folds up flat for easy storage. Members take a full box each week, and bring the empty one back when they come to the next pickup. All containers are sterilized and reused each week. Many of our members bring in bags to pack their produce in and leave the box behind, so they don't have to worry about remembering to bring the box back.
- What if I forget to pick up my share or I’m on vacation?
You can switch pickup days within the same week, as long as you give us at least seven days notice. Our week starts Sunday and ends Saturday. For example if you normally pickup on Thursday at Public Market, you can switch your pickup day to the previous Tuesday or the following Saturday, and pick up your share at the farm market.
You can arrange with someone (friend or relative) to pick up your box anytime you are on vacation.
We do not offer credits for weeks missed.
- How do you communicate with CSA members?
Email is the most efficient way for us to communicate with members. Please make sure we always have a current email address for you. If you have any problems or questions during the season, you can always contact us at – firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (585) 637-2600. Resolving issues and keeping you informed is on the top of our priority list.
- Is it required that I work on the farm?
No. But you are invited to help us harvest a crop now and then, for fun! In 2017 we harvested garlic and pumpkins together. It was a lot of fun, and our members always take some of the harvest home, as well as great memories.
- How long is the season?
We currently offer a 23 week season that goes from the third week in June to the week before Thanksgiving.
- Can I split a share?
We do not offer “split shares”. However we DO offer HALF Shares – good for a household of 2-3, and Quarter Shares, good for 1-2 people. Several of our members split their shares with friends or family (whether half or full shares), but it’s up to you to make those arrangements.
- What if I get something that I don’t want/like in my share?
Each week the share contains items that are pre-determined by the farmer, based on what's ready to harvest. Some of them might be new to you and we hope you’ll see this as an opportunity to enjoy something different! If there is an item you won’t eat, please consider donating it or giving it to a friend. If you know you can’t find a home for it, we have several pickup locations (our Farm Market, Community Cristian Church, and Gleason (employees only)) that offer a swap table. On the swap table, you will find whatever produce is most plentiful at that time. It’s probably in your box already, but this way you can leave the eggplant behind and take more butternut, if eggplant is banned from your kitchen.
- How do I use new items that I’ve never bought or cooked before?
As new produce shows up in your share throughout the season, we provide you with information on the best way to store it, a recipe or two, and maybe some nutritional and historical information. We also have a growing collection of recipes here on our website!
Share your favorite recipes with us and we will post them for other CSA members to use.
There are great recipes online at www.epicurious.com, www.tastespotting.com, andwww.allrecipes.com. Periodically we post links to other blogs or websites on our facebook page or in our own blog posts that feature produce in season. If you have a specific question you can always email us and we’ll do our best to help you out.
Did we miss anything? Send any questions to: email@example.com or (585)637-2600.