We have been working with CSAs since 2004 when we joined with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canandaigua to start the UUCC CSA. In 2005 community members in Geneva, including faculty and staff from Hobart and William Smith worked with the farm to start the Geneva CSA. After our first season at Mother Earth Natural Foods we moved to our current home at Trinity Church. Because many of our Geneva members follow an academic schedule the CSA calendar in Geneva is slightly different than the typical CSA calendar. In 2008 we started working with the Care of God’s Creation Ministry of The Church of the Transfiguration in Pittsford and started the Transfiguration CSA.
The three CSAs we work with are unique in that the shares include both certified organic vegetables and certified organic fruit. We also offer a larger degree of flexibility in determining the contents of your share than other CSAs. Every week our members choose several items off of a market table to supplement what is already included in their share.
By partnering with other farms we are able to offer at extra cost: poultry, beef and pork at least once a month, honey at least twice each season, and eggs on regular basis. We also offer our CSA members discounted U-Pick opportunities and discounts on fruits and vegetables for canning.