There is a per season $18 membership fee for BJ Members ($33 for non-BJ Members) to help cover the cost of marketing materials, distribution tools, administrative costs, and other operating costs.
The vegetables you will receive vary based on what is ready to be harvested at that time during the season. We send out a weekly newsletter with farm news, what is in the weekly shares, and favorite recipes and storage tips. Because the produce is harvested just before it is brought to us, we usually don’t know the exact share content until the day before pickup. Take a look at the sample produce lists from last year to get an idea of what to expect.
Being part of a CSA is a great opportunity to try new foods! Our newsletter and cooking classes make it really easy to learn new recipes and discover how to enjoy previous unfamiliar ingredients. If you still do not want something in your share, you can use the exchange box which runs on the honor system. Put in one item you do not want, and take out one item that you do want!
The seasonal food charge covers the full 22 week season and is non-refundable.
The Full Vegetable Share is $548 and is designed to provide a week’s worth of vegetables for a family or two people with a veggie-centered diet. Each week, a large share typically consists of about 6 to 7 different types of vegetables, such as bunched carrots, broccoli, squash or mixed baby lettuces, and 1 to 3 additional items, such as bunched onions, garlic and/or fresh herbs. All of our vegetables are grown on our farm and are certified organic.
The Partial Vegetable share is $422 and is well suited to the city lifestyle of two people cooking in some nights but not all. Each week, a medium share typically consists of 4 or 5 different types of vegetables and 1 to 2 additional items, such as onions, garlic and/or a fresh herb. A medium share usually includes many of the same items as the large share (though not all) and in smaller quantities.
The Half Vegetable Share is $274. This share is offered as a benefit to our members. It is half of a large share and requires either splitting every week or picking up every other week. We strongly encourage those who purchase half shares to pick up every other week as it eliminates the splitting of single, more perishable vegetables.
Pasture-Raised Egg Share
Full Share is $110 for one dozen egg; Half Egg Share: $63
Free Bird Farm’s hens are raised outside on pasture, and this makes a big difference in the clean taste of the egg and rich, orange-yellow color of the yolk. Hens do need more than just grass to produce eggs. We source a grain mix from a neighboring conventional grain farm.
The fruit share is $165 and is generally 20-21 weeks long, beginning in mid-June. A double fruit share may also be purchased for $330.
- Mid to late June: strawberries
- July: blueberries
- July & August: peaches, plums, nectarines, raspberries
- August & September: melons
- September & October: grapes, apples, pears
In order to offer a diverse offering, the fruit is sourced from a handful of farms in Central New York and the Hudson Valley. The berries and melons are certified organic. Orchard fruits, such as peaches, plums, apples and pears as well as grapes are grown using integrated pest management techniques but are not organic. Fruit is provided according to when it is in season. This means there could be one or two weeks early in the season in which there is not any fruit available (we price the share accordingly). Depending on availability, the fruit share may consist of just one type of fruit, such as a bag of apples, or two, such as a half pint of raspberries and a bag of peaches.
Enjoy 11 weeks of delicious, kosher sweet cream butter from Kriemhild Dairy. Shares are $63 and include 8 oz containers of either salted or unsalted sweet cream butter. Pickup will be every other week throughout the season.