This is our version of what is commonly called Community Supported Agriculture,
or in short, CSA. It is the bringing together of community members,
farmers, and agricultural land in a relationship of mutual support based on annual commitment
to one another a commitment that ensures the survival of local agriculture today
and for future generations.
The people agree to purchase a share of the anticipated crop. The farmer agrees to supply the people with a fresh assortment of high quality, in our case, certified organic produce. The shareholders commitment implies a willingness to share with the farmer the bounty from the land, and, some of the risks of its production.
To provide certified organic home grown farm fresh vegetables, fruits, and other agricultural foods to persons and families in the community. We offer a healthy choice of many of the standard produce varieties as well as many interesting and unique produce and products. We grow all of our vegetables and fruits using certified organic methods. The fruits we grow include: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples and lots of melons.
Crops are planted in succession to provide a continuous weekly supply of mixed vegetables chosen for flavor, nutritional value and to support bio-diversity through crop rotation. We grow more than 60 different varieties of vegetables, so the shareholders can expect a wide variety of items in their weekly shares. Becoming a shareholder in a CSA program has many benefits for all involved. Your interest and investment will help support small farms and their ideologies. You will see directly what your food dollars are being used for. You will be in direct contact with your food producer to ask questions about farming and the farm. I feel that people will find the CSA concept refreshing, instead of being many times removed from knowing when, where or how your food was produced. An actively producing farm with sustainability and economic growth on their agenda makes use of many local services and products. Supporting this helps keep a local economy stimulated and maintains easy access to healthy fresh food sources.
My wife and I purchased the land for our farm in the fall of 1995. This was the first step towards the reality of a dream come true and the beginning of a lot of hard work. I had spent the last 35 years working for some of the best people in the agricultural industry in our region. Taliaferro Farms is a culmination of experiences and knowledge gleaned throughout those years. Our whole family, sons Peter and Ian, daughter Delaney, my wife Robin and myself participate in all aspects of running the farm.
We market our vegetables and fruits that we grow, not only through our CSA plan, but we also wholesale and direct/retail market our produce. Our wholesale produce is appreciated by restaurants such as The Culinary Institute of America, Gadeletos Seafood, Main Course, Farm to Table Bestro, Rock & Rye Tavern, Tea Room, Bridgecreek Catering, Mountain Brauhaus and the Would. You'll find our products at Sunflower Natural Foods (Woodstock, NY) and Health & Nutrition (New Paltz, NY). The Ossining Farmer's Market, the Hastings-on-Hudson Farmer's Market, the Nyack Farmer's Market and The Rhinebeck Farmer's Market are where you'll find us selling our produce.
We also sell retail at our own farmer's market located on the farm. We offer additional products at the farm stand such as Certified Organic milk, cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, fudge, pickle products, honey, meats, grains and baked goods; which are all from local regional organic farms.
We also raise chickens and produce our own eggs. One half acre of cut flowers is also available on a cut your own basis. All of these products are available to the CSA members to purchase, separate from their weekly share.
The farm stand is open to the public on Thursdays 9am to 7pm, Fridays 9am to 6pm and on Saturdays 9 am to 3pm along with flower cutting.