Community Supported Agriculture & Market Shares
What is a market share?
Our Market Share program combines what we think are the best parts of the traditional CSA program and the farmers' market. Our hope is that in this way we can provide a uniquely tailored product for our customers while also getting the upfront infusion of funds each season that allow us to keep growing.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a model in which customers pay upfront for a season's worth of produce. Receiving the money in the early part of the season allows us, your farmers, to make the necessary investments in seeds, infrastructure, equipment, and field prep for the upcoming season. It also allows you, our shareholders, to take on a small share of the weather-related and pest-related risk of farming by offering your support to us before we've put seedlings in the ground. In return, our customers get a year's supply of the freshest and most delicious vegetables at a great value.
In a traditional CSA, customers receive a box of produce each week with little or no choice in what they are getting. This can be great for people who want to try new things, be encouraged to eat more seasonally, and enjoy the adventure of having their weekly menu planning dictated by the season and their farmer's preferences. However, we know there are some who might want to be involved in the life of a small farm, but also want to maintain the choice of getting to shop for themselves.
This is what we hope to provide with the Market Share program. Shareholders still pay upfront, but instead of getting a weekly share, they spend down their account over the course of the market season. (Please be aware that if your credit is not used up by the end of the season, the remainder cannot be carried over or refunded.) You can check your card balance anytime online with the link found on the back of your card, or ask us at market when you check out.
How much: The cost of a Market Share is $300 if you sign up by May 5th at midnight, after that, the price will go up to $350. As a thank you for committing your money upfront, you will be credited $400, to use over the course of the season. Spread over the approximately 20 weeks we anticipate attending markets, the Market Share comes out to be $15 per week. That said, the joy of this program is that you can spend your credit in whatever increments you find most beneficial. So if you are only in the Adirondacks for 3 months during the summer, you can spend $25/week for 12 weeks instead. (If you want to blow all your credit on heirloom tomatoes in early August, go for it! We won't judge!) Your veggie credit will be stored on a Crow Card, which you can use anywhere we sell vegetables.
Where? You can attend any of our 6 market locations (Plattsburgh, Keeseville, Saranac Lake, AMC, Lake Placid, & Keene Valley), and get veggies using your Crow Card. See below for the current schedule.
Wednesday’s; 9am – 1pm
June 14th through October 11th
***Our first 2 pick ups (June 14 & 21) will be in the Green Goddess Parking Lot, 2051 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid 12946***
Starting June 28, pick up at the Lake Placid Farmers’ Market in the St. Agnes Elementary School Parking Lot, 2322 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946
PLATTSBURGH @ New Downtown Rising Event at the Strand Center for the Arts
Saturday's, 9am - 2pm
June - October
Your CSA share will be available in the Durkee Street Parking Lot, right next to the Farmer's Market Pavilion!
Thursday’s, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fledging Crow Vegetables, 122 A Robare Road, Keeseville, NY 12944
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saranac Lake Farmer’s Market
Riverside Park, Corner of Route 3 & Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
***Bonus Saranac Lake Market will be held at Common Ground Gardens behind Adirondack Medical Center on Wednesdays from 10am to Noon***
COMMON GROUND GARDENS (AMC WORKSITE PICKUP, ALSO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
June 14th through October 11th
254 Old Lake Colby Road, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
The first & last two weeks, pick up will move back to Sugar House Creamery, 18 Sugar House Way, Upper Jay, NY 12987 Time: 10am – 1pm
Regular season pick up will be at the Keene Valley Farmers' Market, Rt. 73, Marcy Airfield, Keene Valley, NY. Time: 9:30am – 2pm
What comes in the share?
That is entirely up to you! We have two Share options, both of which allow you to shop for what you want, and leave behind what you don't.
Shop where you want and when you want for as much or as little as you want! Great option for previous half share members, seasonal residents, and more. $300 buys you $400 in veggie credit on your Crow Card.
The full share is "FREE CHOICE," which means you are able to shop from our stand for what your family will eat each week. Many members prefer full shares because they get more food and almost no restrictions.
Share options from sister farms
Fledging Crow Vegetables works within a community dedicated to local food and beer. If you are interested in local eggs, beef, pork, milk, cheese, or beer, please visit our sister farms.