CSA: St. Fiacre Microfarm
Operates: year round
St Fiacre Microfarm's specialty has been winter produce and eco-grown fruit, bringing excellent quality and quantity to a small community of consumers.
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We usually run a WINTER CSA (monthly or more often, Nov - May) for 10 + member households.
On some years we run a Summer CSA with a limited number of memberships.
Summer members have a choice of 5 main crops from a list of 16. When your 5 crops are in season you would pick them up regularly at our urban farmhouse. When there is a gap between seasons, you would have a break on the pickup schedule.
There will also be options for a changing cast of produce to choose from in lesser quantities. When you send in your refundable deposit to reserve a membership, please note if you have any special interests. We will send you a reply with 2 lists -- the main and secondary crops. If we have it on the list and you like it, we can design a personalized harvest schedule.
Both CSAs offer vegetables and fruit, culinary herbs, herb tea, and cut flowers.
If you prefer a certain group from our secondary list, we can likely design a schedule for you that provides all fruit, or mostly herbs or all tea, or just stems for bouquets, or only macrobiotic rootcrops. Please contact us early so that we can build your preferences into the planting plan.
Members can potentially receive enough produce to fill a paper grocery bag. Full sized Winter pickups often fill a plastic produce crate about the volume of 2 milk crates.
The core list for Summer 2013 included Strawberries, Snow & Snap Peas, Broccoli, Cabbage, Snap Beans, Raspberries, Summer Squash, Garlic, Grapes, Chard, Cabbage, Apples & Pears, Kale and Colllards.
In addition items like Asparagus, Cilantro, Spinach, Lettuce, Chinese Cabbage, Pac Choi. Arugala, Okra, Hot Peppers, Celery, various Radishes, Kohlrabi, Fennel, Edamame, Tomatoes, Sweet & Hot Peppers, Eggplant, Soybeans, Sweet Corn, Popcorn, Cauliflower, Carrots, Beets, Herb Teas, Culinary Herbs and Cut Flowers are available seasonally
The core list for the next Winter CSA to be some mixture of Kale, Collards, Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Winter Squashes, Pie Pumpkins, Carrots, Beets, Potatoes, Winter Radishes, Chinese Cabbage, Pac Choi, Arugala, Spinach, Parsley, Cilantro, and a mix of Asian Greens. 3 - 5 of these items are guaranteed with each pickup. By July we have a good sense for how all the core winter crops are doing. CSA membership value is based on a gift economy. We believe in modeling alternative economic relationships. One doesn't "buy" a share or pay a fee. Rather we see it as entering into a 3-way relationship of mutual generosity -- Earth, workers, consumers.
People often ask us for giving guidelines, so we use a simple formula to determine the normal cost and absolute minimum cost of operating in the current year. Dividing the two costs by the number of consumers arrives at a range. Keeping in mind the less measurable value of giving hope for the farm's future, and recalling their households ability to give, members make their best choice for a gift amount.
Suggested donations for a Summer CSA membership last year were $385-$675. Those figures would be somewhat smaller this year, due to our streamlined crop plan.
Summer share deposits are due April 1
Suggested donations for a Winter CSA membership were $350-$650 last year.
Winter share deposits are due July 1.
Gift ranges vary yearly with operational costs.
Please send a $100 deposit to reserve a share in either program.
Past members receive priority, so please check with us for availability. Even if full shares are all taken, there is often room to customize for a single crop or a limited range. Make checks out to Chris Phillips, 364 Merchants Rd., St Fiacre's Farmhouse, Rochester NY 14609
Season: Year round
Type: single farm
Full Share: We prefer gifting. Farming is a local system of mutual exchange between earth, laborers & consumers. Suggested range of giving fluctuates each year, based on operational costs. Last year it was $385-$650 for summer season, and $325 - $690 for winter.
1/2 Share: see above
Work Req? No
Our Drop Offs and Delivery Areas
Drop Off Point / Center of Delivery Area
Pick Up / Drop Off Points
Fiacre MIcrofarm "farmhouse"
Primary pickup point for Winter CSA; Mondays later afternoons, or Tuesdays early morning. Summer pickups move back to here in 2013.
Contact: Chris Phillips
Phone: 585-288-1073 or 310-2963
364 Merchants Rd.
Rochester, NY 14609
St Fiacre Farmhouse
364 Merchants Rd.
Rochester, NY 14609