Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
FAQ & Policies
does Wickham Farms run a CSA, and not sell vegetables
at the farm?
We have tried selling retail vegetables in the past,
but there’s a huge amount of waste. Something as
simple as a rainy day can mean that people don’t
come out to purchase vegetables, and you’re either
selling less-than-fresh produce, or dumping it in
the compost heap.
In the CSA model there's very little waste and
everything is fresh. We know how much to plant and
harvest each day. Most of what is left over is donated
to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, so the waste
is almost nil.
We believe in the CSA concept so strongly that
we do not offer our vegetables for retail sale.
How long have you had a CSA?
The 2016 season will be our fifth season as a CSA.
Our program has grown every year.
Where will the produce be grown?
With the exception of sweet corn, our produce is
grown at our farm in Penfield. Sweet corn is provided
by a Wickham family member’s farm in Canandaigua
and will be picked fresh the morning of pick-up
day. In rare cases, when we are not happy with a
particular harvest, we may supplement our harvest
by purchasing produce from a nearby farm.
Will I be expected to volunteer?
We do not require volunteering. For our first two
years, we announced volunteer opportunities but
found that there was little interest in participating.
May I split a share with a friend?
Yes, but bear in mind that the shares may not split
evenly. As an example, a share may contain one watermelon
or one bulb of garlic. Also, full and biweekly shares
must be picked up in one visit to the farm. Your
entire account will need to be paid in full to participate
in the first harvest distribution.
When does the CSA start and end?
We aim to start distribution early June. If we have
a cold, wet spring, we may start a week or two later.
We will communicate our official start date by email
as we get closer to our first harvest. The CSA will
end 18 weeks after we start distribution. If we
start later in June than expected, your pick-up
will continue well into October.
What if I can’t pick up my share on my
You paid for all of the weeks in your share, and
we will do our very best to make sure you get them!
In most cases, your best bet it to have a friend
pick up the share for you. You do not need to notify
us in advance if a friend is picking up for you.
If you have a full or biweekly share, you may
reschedule your pickup day if you call us 24 hours
in advance. If you have a Grab & Go share, you
may temporarily or permanently change your pickup
location with 24 hours notice.
If these options won’t work, call us in advance
and we’ll try to work out an alternative.
What fruits are included?
Our CSA includes watermelons and melons. We also
offer Concord and Niagara grapes as u-pick bonuses
offered to full and biweekly members (our CSA land
was originally a vineyard, and we kept several rows
of the grapes). In 2016, we have added berries,
cherries, and apples to the shares.
Can my children be involved?
Absolutely! Our CSA members have told us that their
children are motivated to try new vegetables from
“their farm.” Here are a few ways you can involve
- Allow them to select, weigh, and count on
- Involve them in your weekly menu planning
with the vegetables you bring home.
- Invite them to help pick u-pick bonuses.
- Encourage them to meet the Wickham farmers
and ask us questions.
Is this an organic CSA? Do you use pesticides?
We are not an organic farm, although we practice
many things organic farms do – cover crops, crop
rotation, drip irrigation, planting under plastic
mulch, etc. -- to ensure the health of the plant.
That said, we need all the tools we can get to ensure
that we can deliver a high-quality crop to our CSA
members. As a result, we retain an integrated pest
management consultant who visits our farm weekly
and inspects our crops for damage. When pest
pressure reaches a statistical threshold that will
cause significant and unacceptable damage to the
crop, and the only practical choice is a non-organic
chemical, then we will spray, using the lowest effective
Know that the Wickham family eats CSA produce, so
they want safe produce, too. Bill Wickham has a
degree in agriculture from Cornell, as well as additional
training in applying these chemicals, so he's very
careful to ensure that everything is treated with
the highest level of safety in mind.
questions? Don't hesitate to email us