Community Supported Agriculture:CSA’s have become a focus point to help you know your food, farmer and have a sense of security concerning food issues. Participation in a CSA helps you feel good about where and how food was grown. It provides someone that you have a personal relationship with who cares about your food the way you would want. When you shop at the local mega mart, you might wonder where that fruit or vegetable had come from, how many “food miles” did it travel, when was it picked, how long did it sit on a loading dock exposed to various elements, was it forced to ripen in a food vault, was the farmer treated ethically? A CSA allows you to know your farmer, know your food and partner with them to meet your expectations. CSA’s aren’t a retail operation, they are a cooperative venture, a partnership and sometimes a friendship with the folks who grow your food. Some CSA’s allow members to work on the farm helping to grow their own food, while off setting their costs.
Heritage Homestead aka Brian and Debby:We began raising our own vegetables 33 years ago, just after the birth of our first child. Concerned for the safety and welfare of our four children we expanded our garden each year. Now we supply our children and their children with wholesome, nutritious fruit and vegetables. Now days, they arrive here at various times of the year and help us with storage and canning. Extra hands are always a good thing! Two years ago, we planted an orchard of fruit trees. Twenty four different varieties of apples, several varieties of pears and cherry trees. We continue to improve our plantings of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberry plants. We have 250 Asparagus plants. This year we added a new flock of laying hens for those who love fresh eggs. Our melons, (featured in an article of the Watertown Times) we were a huge hit at the farmers markets; many admirers said that they had never had such a tasty melon: that’s right, and it wasn’t shipped from Peru, China or Mexico! We wait all winter long for the fresh greens and salads of Spring and Summer. It’s SPRING….here come the goodies!
We continue to grow our fruits and vegetables the same way that we have for our family. We aren’t Certified Organic but we grow things the same way. As we don’t ship our products to corporations we haven’t felt the need to expend money and time to meet those guidelines. That money and time ultimately converts into costs, that are passed on to the consumer. We don’t use petrol-chemical fertilizers, toxic herbicides or insecticides. Most of our farming supplies come from Martin’s Supply here in St. Lawrence County. Ask us about our Hi Brix farming methods.
4052 County Route 10
De Peyster, NY 13633 Email: SafeFarmFresh@Gmail.com
NOFA Farmer Pledge member, Garden Share Bonus Bucks Supporter