Reviews for: Clover Road Farm
Excellent and Plentiful!
By: Sara Strong (Nov 1, 2012)
This was our first year going with Clover Road for a CSA share. We were so happy with our choice! There were so many goodies each week. With a young family, we appreciated the large amount of traditional veggies - corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, potatoes, and peppers, but we also enjoyed the more unique choices and herbs. When the box included baked goods, we were impressed with the taste and quality. When we inadvertently grabbed only half of our share one week, they did a home delivery of our remaining veggies! Clover Road CSA has been a wonderful experience for our family.
Great food from great people
By: Matt Whelehan (Mar 30, 2012)
We have been members of the Clover Road CSA for two years now and while last year was an especially bad year (due to weather and personal reasons) the previous year was nothing but bumper crops.
Kathy, Ron, and the rest of the gang are wonderful people. To be honest, while we have always enjoyed the quality of the produce it's the quality of the people that I am most impressed with. My family, including small children, has a wonderful relationship with the people who grow our food. In fact my oldest son has already started asking when we get to see Kathy and Ron again!
Bad Year for most due to weather
By: Bob Van Wuyckhuyse (Oct 27, 2011)
I am in Kent, NY and I also felt the crunch from the weather.
2010 we harvested 339.3 tons of hay. 2011 we harvested 280 tons of hay. That is a 17% loss due to the weather conditions of very wet spring and then very dry summer. I re-planted our own garden twice only to get about 1/2 the produce we should have. I thank the stars we did not have it as bad as places like Binghamton, NY
Conditions such as bad weather would affect your production quantities beyond your control. Mother natures unforeseen circumstances were felt all over the Eastern USA. In some areas it destroyed entire farms.
This just one of many unforeseen perils of what we face in Agriculture on a yearly basis.
Sorry to hear about your losses.
Here's to a great year next year!
Kathy, I gave you and Diane 4 stars because I really liked hearing about your farm, all the photos were great and all the good things you are doing, when we met at the NOFA-NY CSA event in Rochester . I know that next year will be your banner year for sure.
Bob VanWuyckhuyse Lee Farms Kent, NY
Poorly managed and poor amount of product
By: Kim Wesley (Oct 19, 2011)
This was a bad growing season,. That being said, we are very aware of other organic farms in the Finger Lakes area, that had a much better production. We bought a large family plan for $600. We got 1/3 of the produce items, it started late and ended early (the last week Sept or first week October 2011).We are now learning they are still coming to our workplace and SELLING produce. They did not fulfill their obligations to the shareholders and the amounts were no where enought to feed 6-8 people. We got half a melon one week, not even the whole thing. They are offering a 15% discount next year if we are brave enought to try it again. REALLY? How about a 30% refund on this years produce we did not receive?
I am appauled and will be writing them a letter to request this refund. I will be sharing the letter with the New York Farm Bureau. I hope this will help others avoid this Co-Op (Clover Road Farm in Cohocton, NY)as it is poorly managed and run.
Comments on this Review:
Kathy Deitsch says: (Oct 22, 2011)
What you failed to say was that we offered 4 weeks free in the spring PLUS 15% off of last year's price. About a 25% discount. There are clearly no gurantees in farming and we were hit especially hard this season. I think you can find an equal amount of farms that had trouble as you can find farms that faired well. Community Supported Agriculture is just as it is stated. It would be nice to have support for one of the most difficult jobs there is. One life long jolt that compounded the problems we faced was the death of my mother in July. The drought, the early spring rain. tractor breakdowns and lack of sufficient help. I'm terribly sorry for your dissappointment.