November 9, 2015

WINTER SHARE 2015-16

Great news - Winter Share is back again this year! The Winter season is significantly different from our Regular season, so please read the following information carefully. If you already know you want to sign up for a Winter Share or are seriously considering it, please think about joining our Core Group for winter and take our online questionnaire HERE to help us plan.
If you are ready to register, please go to our online Registration Form.

The Winter Share

The Winter Share keeps us supporting Norwich Meadows year round and reminds us that local food doesn't end with the regular growing season. Shares consist of storage crops, like roots and winter greens, dry beans, and a variety of dairy and value-added products from local  farmers. Produce is grown in Norwich, New York. The Winter Season is designed to send the farm crucial startup funds to cover the cost of seed, equipment, repairs, materials, etc. Our Winter pickups are from December through May (6 pick-ups). We offer two (3) types of Winter shares: Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Vegan Vegetarian, and Omnivore (see descriptions below). 

Pickup time:
Winter distribution, like the summer/fall this year, will be Tuesday 5:15pm-8pm at the Abrons Art Center. Pick up will continue to be outdoors except on days weather is too severe for either people or vegetables.

Frequency: 
Winter Share will be distributed every three to six weeks for a total of 6 pick-ups*.  The dates scheduled* are as follows:
    •    12/15, 1/26, 3/8, 3/29, 4/19, 5/10

*In cases of severe weather, members will be notified as soon as possible of changes in the distribution date. We have elected to bypass February distribution due to past difficulties related to severe weather and site logistics.
As during our regular season, due to lack of storage, missed pickups cannot be compensated or refunded.  Leftovers will be donated to St. Mary's Church immediately after distribution.

Share Options:
Winter share costs $305 and includes a $5 administrative fee. All share items, including produce, added value products (e.g. granola, pickles, tomato sauce), dairy, and meat are from Norwich Meadows Farm and neighboring farms. One (1) share provides enough food for 1-3 individuals depending on your diet, goals and cooking style. Animal products have a higher production cost, so even though the three (3) share types have different weights, they are all equal in value.


The LACTO-OVO VEGETARIAN SHARE   includes produce, dairy and eggs, no meat. This share weighs about 20-25 lbs per pickup and fills approximately 2-3 regular canvas bags. 



The VEGAN VEGETARIAN SHARE  is a vegetarian share without any animal products, such as eggs, or dairy. This share weighs about 25-30 lbs per pickup and fills approximately 2-4 regular canvas bags. 

The OMNIVORE SHARE includes produce, dairy, eggs, ground beef and chicken. This share weighs about 15-20 lbs per pickup and fills approximately 2 regular canvas bags. 
Variety:  The items in each share change on a monthly basis and are determined by what the farmer and local vendors have available. You can see what our sister CSA Washington Square CSA received over a past winter season here. A typical distribution would look something like the following:

Sample December Omnivore share:
(Lacto-ovo vegetarian share gets additional veggies and no meat)
Potatoes - 2.25 lbs     Carrots - 2.5 lbs     Garlic - 1/3 lb
Winter squash - 1      Onions - 1.5 lbs     Cabbage - 1 head
Eggs - 1 dozen          Chicken - 1/2       Cooking greens - 3/4 lb
1 Preserved product (jar of tomato puree, pickled beets, pickled peppers or pickled green tomatoes)

EXTRAS: We are offering pasta ($30), apples ($28), and/or apple cider ($20) as extras. Because our vendors require a minimum purchase, availability will depend on interest. If we are unable to meet the minimum order for any of these items, you will receive a refund for any extras we are not able to purchase.


Please note: Extras are optional, but you must register for a Vegan, Lacto-Ovo, or Omnivore share in order to get extras. Payment must be received by Wednesday, November 18th.
Register HERE.