How our CSA works

HOW DOES THE CSA AT LEANING BIRCH FARM WORK?

Leaning Birch Farm is a family run farm and is relatively small, compared to some other market gardens.  In order to ensure we are able to produce enough volume and variety to meet our CSA members’ and off-farm markets’ needs, we reserve the right to limit the number of farm shares we sell each year.

In response to an overwhelming demand for online purchasing and customizable shares, we’re offering our CSA in a new way: the Farm Card Share Members will pay for their CSA share up front as usual and will receive a pre-paid farm debit card.  They will go onto our private online store each week and select the items they’d like to receive that week…as much or as little as they’d like.

We trialed this method last year and members who participated really loved it.  They liked being able to select from our full line of available produce and receive only items they wanted, and in the amounts they wanted…no surprises!  They also were able to order larger amounts if they were having guests, or skip a week if they were going to be away.  This type of membership also allows folks to split their share easily with a friend…split the cost and order accordingly.

This customizable share model doesn’t limit members to the 18-week CSA season, either.  As soon as we open our online store for the season, Farm Card Share members can begin using their farm debit cards.  And, they can continue to purchase online for as long into the fall as the store is operational.  This gives them access to our early spring and fall crops in addition to the main season that is available to the Farmers’ Choice members. 

In addition, CSA members can also pick up at the Glens Falls Farmers Market on Saturday, or at the Schenectady Greenmarket on Sunday, simply by choosing one of those pickup locations when they place their order.  Our members who regularly shop at these locations can avoid waiting in line at the market and also be sure we don’t sell out of popular items before they arrive.

FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION, VIEW OUR MEMBER GUIDE HERE

Farm Card Share

The online store will open each Wednesday at 8 PM and will close each Friday at noon.  Members will place their orders during that timeframe and then come to our farm on Friday afternoon between 4:00 and 6:00 to pick up their share.  It’s that easy!

Farm Card Share members will pay $425 and receive a farm debit card in the amount of $500, a savings of 15%.  In the event that the initial $500 is depleted, farm debit cards can be refilled in $100 increments at a cost of $85 for each $100 added to the card.  Any balance remaining on the card when we close the store for the season will carry over to the next year, with no service charges added.  The farm debit card is only good for purchases from our farm and is not linked to your bank account.

Farmers’ Choice Share

While the Farm Card share is the format we’d prefer to have people use, we recognize that some folks do prefer the old ‘tried and true’ method of just coming to the farm each week to pick up a bagful of veggies that we’ve selected for them.  We call this the Farmers’ Choice model, and that option is still available to anyone who wants it.  Members who like to be surprised by what they receive each week, as well as the opportunity to try new things enjoy the Farmers’ Choice model.

The Farmers’ Choice 2021 CSA starts on Friday, June 4 and continues through October 1.  In addition to their weekly share, Farmers’ Choice members can make purchases from our online store, farmers market locations, and farm stand (when it opens for the season) and will receive a 15% discount at any of our locations.

Farmers’ Choice members will pay $460, and will receive approximately $30 worth of vegetables each week, also a savings of 15% ($30 x 18 weeks = $540).  The Farmers’ Choice CSA starts on Friday, June 4 and continues through October 1.  In addition to their weekly share, Farmers’ Choice members can make purchases from our online store, farmers market locations and farm stand (when it opens for the season) and will receive a 15% discount at any of our locations.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DECIDE ON A MODEL NOW

You can secure your membership by paying a deposit of $90.00 and paying the balance by May 28.  Once the deposit has been made, you may make subsequent payments in whatever amounts and frequencies work best for you, as long as the complete balance is paid by May 28.

Memberships are limited, so join early to avoid getting shut out! 

Our website is guaranteed as secure for accepting online payments.   Checks are always accepted for new or returning members and can be made payable to: Leaning Birch Farm. Please note on the comment line of your check that your payment is for the 2022 CSA membership fee.

While we certainly track all payments as they are made, we do not have the means to send payment reminders.  It is our members’ responsibility to keep track of how much they have paid and ensure full payment is made by the deadline.

 

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER ?

Make a deposit:  Click HERE to make a deposit hold your spot.  Payment in full is expected by May 28.   You can let us know now, or at a later date, which type of membership you’d like.

Purchase Pre-paid Farm Debit Card: Click HERE to purchase a farm card share.  We will mail your card in time for you to begin making purchases when our online store opens for the season.

Purchase a Farmers’ Choice Share: Click HERE to pay in full for a Farmers’ Choice Membership.  The 2021 season begins June 4th!