Sign up now for your 2018 CSA Veggie and Egg Shares
Dear CSA Members:
This has been a tough farming season, and the quantity and quality of our produce has not been what we would have hoped. The Spring snows and heavy rains meant that we were very late getting into our fields to plow, plant and cultivate to control weeds. Weed control is one of the most important tasks in organic farming, as we do not use herbicides. Continued hot, wet weather throughout the summer has made for explosive weed growth, which has overwhelmed some crops, and provided a haven for critters that love our veggies. Conditions have improved now. We have brought on more staff for intensive hand weeding and are hoping for an improved harvest as we move forward. We will have delicious blackberries this week!
As you know, CSA members share the risk as well as the bounty of Mother Nature. Members expect that they will have veggies purchased in advance. Therefore, we have begun to bring in produce from another farm to fill out the shares. We have been unable to find a local organic farm with produce to sell us, confirming what a hard year this has been for all farmers. So we are bringing in some local, conventionally grown veggies. Our veggies are freshly picked either on Wednesdays or Thursdays and are stored in a walk-in cooler before CSA pickup times.
We would be happy to speak with you when you pick up your shares. Please feel free to talk with us in person. We welcome any comments you have as we work hard to improve what has been a very difficult season.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a local farm and a community of supporters. Supporters help cover a farmʼs yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the seasonʼs harvest. Along with the farmer, CSA members assume the costs, risks, and bounty of growing food. Click here to meet our farmers.
Members help pay for seeds, greenhouse and field costs, water, labor, and equipment maintenance. We use no GMO products, no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, start with organic seed and utilize a rotation and soil management plan. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal, fresh produce to CSA members throughout the growing season. This mutually-supportive relationship helps create an economically-stable, sustainable local farm operation, encouraging a healthy environment and responsible land stewardship.
We are excited to again be offering 2018 Traditional Shares and Market Shares! Our season runs from June into November.
Traditional Full Share: $700 Members pick up 8 to 12 items of produce weekly as chosen by the farmer.
Traditional Half Share: $400 Members pick up a full share every other week.
Market Share Levels: $700, $500, $400 Members can select veggies of their own choice. New to CSA? Want to try it out? For 2018 we also have a new Introductory Share for $200.
Market share members will receive a Market Card with the value of their share on it. They will then use this to "purchase" their produce. Market cards may also be used for farm-fresh eggs and other value-added products when available. Market cards may be used at the Snipes Farm CSA barn on Thursdays, or at the Yardley Farmers Market on Saturdays beginning May 5th, 2018.
Our delicious eggs are laid by healthy happy hens! They are fed soy-free organic grains, are pasture raised and free range. There is no comparison to the taste and nutritional value of our fresh eggs. You are welcome to come to Cluckingham Palace to meet the flock!
Main Season Egg Share June 7, 2018 - November 15, 2018 $144 - 1 dozen per week (24 weeks) $72 - 1 dozen every other week (12 weeks) $216 - 18 eggs per week (24 weeks) $108 - 18 eggs every other week (12 weeks) Pickup on the farm Thursdays 3:00 pm-7:00 pm Order as many dozen per week as you would like!
Fruit at Snipes (in season only):
If you purchase a Market Share then you can use your prepaid member card towards fruit, jams, Mighty Cider and other special items throughout the season. Keep this in mind when deciding which share level is right for you. If you purchase a Traditional Share then all of these items will be available to you for cash purchase.
Fresh naturally grown fruit straight from the farm! Our Fruit Calendar:
Blueberries – mid-to-late June through mid-July Blackberries – mid-July through August Raspberries – mid-August through mid-September
Depending on Mother Nature, we may have frozen blueberries or blackberries available at various points during the season.
Pick-Your-Own-Apples are $1.99 per pound and are available weekends only from September 24th-October 30th. Our orchard has many different varieties to choose from throughout the season. Early-Mid October: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Stayman Winesap, Jonagold, Empire, Melrose, Ida Red, Keepsake, Royal Court, Crispin, Honey Crisp, Fuji. Late October: Rome Our apples aredifferent. You won't find apples grown like ours on any other farm in Bucks County or the surrounding area. We do not use pesticides or chemical sprays in our orchard, therefore, our natural apples may have spots and not be grocery-store perfect. They are, however, the most delicious, healthy apples you'll find anywhere.
Sweet Apple Cider
During apple harvest season, we produce what we believe is the very best apple cider in Bucks County! We take our wonderful apples and press them to make our Sweet Apple Cider. Because apple varieties mature at different rates, and because we make small batches to ensure freshness, every pressing has its own unique flavor. Our cider is sold in a gallons, half gallons, pints and half pints. Our cider is pasteurized, however, if you are interested in raw cider please call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 gallon sweet apple cider = $8 1/2 gal. sweet apple cider = $5
available in-season only
Snipes Farm is very excited to be producing our very own apple cider vinegar infusion...MIGHTY Cider. We take our farm-pressed raw apple cider vinegar and steep ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, garlic and herbs for weeks. then we top it off with a bit of our honey, and what we have is an inspiring infusion with a kick! All of the ingredients of MIGHTY Cider are grown with our ecological philosophy and practices right here on the farm. You can sample MIGHTY Cider at the Yardley Farmers Market or on the farm at distribution on Thursday afternoons. Give it a shot!
Helping Our Community: We partner with the Bucks County Emergency Services Homeless Shelter and the Bucks County Housing Group by donating thousands of pounds of fresh CSA produce to the homeless and needy families of Bucks County throughout the year.
Volunteer Farmer Hours: We need you! Help us with early spring tasks on the farm as we prepare the fields for planting. Help the apple orchard produce fruit, and enjoy the comradery and the great outdoors together! When volunteering, we recommend dressing for outdoor weather (and dirt) with warm boots and work gloves. Contact us at email@example.com.
Farmers Markets: We will be at the Yardley Farmers Market (Buttonwood Park, 25 S. Main St., Yardley, PA) on Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm from mid-September until late November with farm fresh veggies, apples, sweet cider and Mighty Cider.
Meet Our Dedicated Farmers...
Nicholas is our new farmer and musician extraordinaire. Nicholas comes to us with years of experience in sustainable agriculture. He is well-versed in planting, pruning, irrigating and harvesting, as well as soil, plant and pest analysis. He also enjoys teaching children about farming and may even lead a sing-along! Bluegrass music is his specialty. When you have a chance, please welcome Nicholas.
Favorite Veggie: Arugula Favorite Place on the Farm: The fields are my favorite place. I love watching everything grow. It can be an escape sometimes.
Our very special Snipes Farm Manager - vegetable farmer, agriculture/environmental educator, horticulturalist and Fall retail manager, Victoria Lautsbaugh. She has farmed at Snipes for over 10 years and is experienced in organic techniques. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and eating all of the wonderful things we grow on the farm. Victoria also loves seeing all the smiling faces at CSA pick-up. In the autumn, she turns into a pumpkin and manages fall weekend sales, including pumpkins!
Favorite Veggie: Ripe Peppers, Hot & Sweet Favorite Place on the Farm: In the Basil