2014 CSA Share Week 21


This is the diary of our 2014 CSA share. The cost of our full share is $545 for 22 weeks (this CSA offers a winter share) which will bring us to the last week in October, and works out to $24.75 per week. Western New York weather is such that June is lightest CSA month. September and October will be more than abundant! Usually I feel I don’t get my money’s worth the first few weeks (which will be predominantly lettuces), but the fall bags more than make up for that.

We also purchased a Fruit Share this year for $180, lasting 18 weeks which works out to $10 per week. The local fruit included in the fruit share starts with cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and moves into pears, raspberries and of course apples! This portion of the share begins in July.


Well, after complaining all year about little things with this CSA, and getting the renewal notice last week, it was time to do some research to decide if I could get over what I disliked this year, or move on. After a pretty extensive search, we found a few that were quite local.

One CSA I found was a good $300 more expensive a year than our current CSA, so forget that one. Another CSA was about 3 minutes away, offered eggs as an option, and would have been $1.50 less per week. No u-pick though. So, we had to weigh whether or not we got $30 worth of u-pick produce in 2014 and in 2013, and the truth is we did – plus a lot more.

Now that new, close place would also have been bagged. That would have been a perk. And the eggs… definitely a perk. But working with what was offered on what day of the week, cost, and upick options, we decided to stick with our current CSA. While not Porter Farms cheap (what CSA is!?), it apparently is not that expensive either. The pick-up day really works for us. I am hoping the extra, earlier, hour of pick-up time alleviates the congestion and one of my biggest peeves about the CSA this year.

We “locked in” at the 2014 prices, and I dropped off a $735 check yesterday. The $180 for the fruit share was soooooo worth the expense that there was no way we were not buying that. I contemplated half a share (at about 35% less money), but Hubby should be home more next year, and cooking more regularly.

Next week is the last week for our 2014 CSA share. Hubby and I froze a lot of vegetables this year! I hope they will see us through until we leave for Florida in late December or early January.

On to this week’s share… The cider we received had a price tag on it from Hall Apple Farm which is pretty close to where we live (they said it was Springer Farms which would have made sense, but that wasn’t what the sticker said). And Hall Apple Farm has a store. That sells chocolate!! And baked goods!!! Guess where Hubby and I are going to check out this weekend or next?

2014 CSA Share Week 21

• Acorn Squash
• Apples*
• Asian Pears*
• Beets
• Broccoli
• Butternut Squash*
• Cabbage*
• Carrots*
• Cauliflower
• Cider*
• Chard
• Delicata Squash*
• Fennel
• Kale
• Parsnips*
• Pears
• Peppers, sweet and hot*
• Potatoes*
• Radishes
• Spinach*
• Turnips
• Various Greens*

* took for share

Do you belong to a CSA? If so, what type? How much? Do you find it as worthwhile as I do?


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Porter Farms CSA (we belonged for years)
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NYS Fruit and Vegetable Harvest Calendar
US Agricultural Data


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2014 CSA Share Week 20


This is the diary of our 2014 CSA share. The cost of our full share is $545 for 22 weeks (this CSA offers a winter share) which will bring us to the last week in October, and works out to $24.75 per week. Western New York weather is such that June is lightest CSA month. September and October will be more than abundant! Usually I feel I don’t get my money’s worth the first few weeks (which will be predominantly lettuces), but the fall bags more than make up for that.

We also purchased a Fruit Share this year for $180, lasting 18 weeks which works out to $10 per week. The local fruit included in the fruit share starts with cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and moves into pears, raspberries and of course apples! This portion of the share begins in July.


We received the CSA sign up form for next year this week. Hubby and I are going to have to do some research this weekend on local CSAs to determine whether or not we are resigning. I haven’t exactly been thrilled with this year – they added a TON of people and the parking lot is a madhouse every Thursday when the kids aren’t in school. The u-pick is a great perk too, but it means the too-small parking lot has people parked for an hour which picking instead of the 10-15 minutes while doing a pick-up, making a bad parking situation even worse. The pick-up time this year didn’t begin until 3pm, and that was one of the issues. Next year I noticed it starts at 2pm and that should help with the congestion issue.

That is minor compared to the cost and quality of the produce. I really don’t have any complaints about the quality – is is “all natural” (basically organic but they aren’t paying to get certified) and so you lose some stuff fast if you don’t process it immediately. That isn’t unexpected, and that is not the CSA’s fault. The cost of the full CSA is a bit steep though for what we receive: $555 for 22 weeks or $25.22 per week. The half share is $310 for 22 weeks or $14.09 per week. We had considered going down to a half share since u-pick is open to both shares equally. Part of this weekend’s discussion I guess!

The fruit share is a no-brainer. It was $180 for 18 weeks or $10 per week. If I could JUST buy the fruit share, I would and I’d be done with it. But, the fruit share is only available in conjunction with a half or full farm share. And the fruit share blew me away on the value!! so we do want that.

On to this week’s share…

This bag was heavy. Fall vegetables normally are, and this week was loaded. I didn’t process the spinach from last week yet (it is holding up fine), so I grabbed Hubby some greens this week.

2014 CSA Share Week 20

• Acorn Squash*
• Apples*
• Asian Pears*
• Beets
• Broccoli*
• Brussels Sprouts*
• Carrots*
• Cauliflower*
• Chard
• Delicata Squash
• Fennel
• Kale
• Lettuce*
• Onions*
• Pears
• Peppers, sweet and hot*
• Quince*
• Potatoes
• Radishes
• Scallions
• Spinach
• Turnips
• Various Greens*

* took for share

Do you belong to a CSA? If so, what type? How much? Do you find it as worthwhile as I do?


• For more CSA posts on Ann’s Entitled Life, click here.

Mind Your Peas and Cukes pinterest board: All things CSA, Produce, Farmstead Fresh – community supported agriculture, farmstand fresh produce, organic produce, more from all over the United States.

CSA posts
Find a CSA
Porter Farms CSA (we belonged for years)
Root Down Farm CSA (our 2013 and 2014 CSA)
NYS Fruit and Vegetable Harvest Calendar
US Agricultural Data


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2014 CSA Share Week 19


This is the diary of our 2014 CSA share. The cost of our full share is $545 for 22 weeks (this CSA offers a winter share) which will bring us to the last week in October, and works out to $24.75 per week. Western New York weather is such that June is lightest CSA month. September and October will be more than abundant! Usually I feel I don’t get my money’s worth the first few weeks (which will be predominantly lettuces), but the fall bags more than make up for that.

We also purchased a Fruit Share this year for $180, lasting 18 weeks which works out to $10 per week. The local fruit included in the fruit share starts with cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and moves into pears, raspberries and of course apples! This portion of the share begins in July.


The CSA is winding down, and all our vegetable offerings are now fall vegetables. That’s ok, I like cauliflower and broccoli!!

They has quince as a choice for the fruit share, so I picked up a few. Now off to google to figure out what to do with them!

The paperwork for 2015 should be coming out soon. Hubby and I are researching other area CSAs this weekend. My reasons for staying with this one still include the pick-up day (Thursdays just work for us), and the fruit share. If they changed either, we’d look for another CSA or head back to Porter Farms (the best organic CSA value in the country if you ask me!). So, we have some research to do this week so we can make an informed decision on our 2015 CSA… well, other than knowing we definitely want to be part of one!

2014 CSA Share Week 19

• Acorn Squash
• Apples*
• Beets
• Broccoli*
• Carrots
• Cauliflower*
• Chard
• Fennel
• Kale
• Kohlrabi
• Lettuce*
• Onions*
• Pears
• Peppers, sweet and hot*
• Plums (European, Ozark)
• Quince*
• Potatoes
• Radishes
• Scallions*
• Spinach*
• Turnips

* took for share

Do you belong to a CSA? If so, what type? How much? Do you find it as worthwhile as I do?


• For more CSA posts on Ann’s Entitled Life, click here.

Mind Your Peas and Cukes pinterest board: All things CSA, Produce, Farmstead Fresh – community supported agriculture, farmstand fresh produce, organic produce, more from all over the United States.

CSA posts
Find a CSA
Porter Farms CSA (we belonged for years)
Root Down Farm CSA (our 2013 and 2014 CSA)
NYS Fruit and Vegetable Harvest Calendar
US Agricultural Data


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