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Tri-Lakes Farm Share


Farm to Door Tri-Lakes (Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake) Delivery

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Tri-Lakes Farm Share


Farm to Door Tri-Lakes (Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake) Delivery

Sign Up   Weekly Order Form

What's in the share? 

  • Free choice of vegetables, meat, dairy, grains, eggs and herbs in any combination you choose
  • Enough food for the entire family to enjoy 3 meals a day, 7 days a week
  • Specialty items from Essex Farm & neighboring farms: i.e. maple syrup, canned or frozen products, dried herbs
  • Weekly farm note and share-oriented recipes.
  • The opportunity to take extra produce during the growing season for freezing or canning.
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Vegetables & Fruit

Apples, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Brussel Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cayenne Peppers, Celeriac, Celery, Chard, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Delicata Squash, Dinosaur Kale, Escarole, Fennel, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Grapes, Green & Purple Cabbage, Hakurei Turnips, Italian & Oriental Eggplant, Jalapeno Peppers, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Matchbox Peppers, Misato Rose Radishes, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Okra, Pakchoi Potatoes (Adiorndack Blue, French Fingerling, Keuka Gold, Kennebec White), Parsnips, Pumpkins, Purple Top Turnips, Raddiccio, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Red Russian Kale, Scallions, Shallots, Spinach, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, String Beans (Green & Yellow) Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes (Slicers & Heirloom), Winterbor Kale, Yellow & Red Onions, Zucchini

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Herbs

Basil, Chamomile, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon Balm, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Sorrel, Stinging Nettles, Thyme

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Dairy

Raw Milk · Please call us for details. (518) 963- 4613

Meat

Chicken, Eggs, Grass-Fed Beef, Lamb & Mutton, Lard, Pastured Pork, Beef/ Pork/ Lamb Bones, Beef/Pork/Lamb/Chicken Organs

Grain

Black Beans, Buckwheat Flour, Corn Meal, Pancake Mix, Popcorn, Rolled Oats, Rye Flour, Sea Salt, Steel Cut Oats, Wheat Berries, White Bread Flour, White Pastry Flour, Whole Corn Kernels, Whole Wheat Bread Flour, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour,

Bonuses (not available every week)

Bread Dough, Carrot/ Beet Juice, Cheese, Flowers, Frozen Vegetables (in winter months), Maple Syrup, Soap, Tomato Sauce

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Prices & Logistics


Prices & Logistics


Prices

$100 a week for Adults

$40 a week for Kids (5 and under are free)


  • We offer a 3% discount for full annual payment up front.
  • Members have the option to take four weeks off the Share per year, at no charge.
  • Vegetarian Shares available at a 10% discount, and Vegan Shares available at a 20% discount.

DISCOUNTS


intro Share

We encourage prospective Tri-Lakes members to sign up for a 1 week intro share before committing to the membership. We prorate one week's worth of food for you and your family and you place your order through our online order form. To receive a one week intro share please fill out the agreement below. Please remember that because our model is set up as free-choice all members of your household must sign up for a intro share.


  • Get in touch with us to confirm that your address is on our delivery route. We are happy to try to accommodate deliveries outside our current zone, however an additional delivery fee may apply. The territory that we are able to cover gets larger as our membership increases. 
  • On Friday afternoon we send you that week's order form with our current offerings. You send it back to us by Monday morning and we harvest it for you on Tuesday. 
  • Your share will be delivered on Wednesday. Our driver will be in touch the day of to coordinate timing and to ensure that you are home or there is a safe place to leave your share.
  • Your food will arrive packed in insulated boxes, with cooling packs. We pack each item carefully to protect the unique flavors of all of your products.
  • To reduce our carbon footprint we reuse and recycle everything that we can. We ask that you send back everything that your share arrived in: box, liner, ice packs, jars, lids, and egg cartons. We’ll take it all! 
  • If you are away for a week and won’t be able to use your share we encourage you to gift your share to a friend within our delivery zone. All that is required to do so is sending a quick email to us, providing the name of the recipient and the delivery address. You may also donate your share to one of our local families in need.

LOGISTICS

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F.A.Q. Tri-Lakes


F.A.Q. Tri-Lakes


Frequently asked questions

Q. What is a CSA?
A. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA members pay up front for a share of the farm’s production.

Q. How is free choice, full diet CSA different from the average vegetable CSA?
A. Essex Farm pioneered the free choice, full diet model.
Full diet means the share includes meats, eggs, dairy, grains, and more. For members who are dedicated to cooking whole food in season, the share provides enough food in enough variety to make the grocery store obsolete. In practice, most members still buy some items we don’t produce, such as vegetable oil, rice, and tropical fruit, plus some convenience food and some occasional out of season vegetables.
Free choice means that instead of receiving a box that has been packed for you with things you may or may not use, you can choose any quantity or combination of items each week.
In order to make the share work for everyone, we ask that you take only what your household will use in a week. The exception to that rule is that during the growing season, members are encouraged to take extra produce to freeze or can.

Q. What is the term for membership?
A. We welcome new members at any point in the year, as long as we have space. Once signed up, your membership will extend through the end of the calendar year. Members renew their contracts each January.

Q. Why do I pay upfront for the rest of the year?
A. CSA creates a close relationship between farmers and members. Farming is a slim-margin business with a lot of inherent risk. The CSA model, with upfront payment, helps with our highly front-loaded production costs, our mid-range field and livestock plans, and balancing our yearly budget. It also allows us farmers to focus less on sales and marketing, and more on growing high quality food. Finally, it gives members a deeper sense of partnership with the farm and the farmers.

Q. What payment methods are accepted?
A. We accept checks, PayPal, or credit cards, with a surcharge.

Q. When do I pick up my food?
A. We invite our members to visit the farm on Fridays, from 3pm to 7pm, and take what they need for the week, in any quantity or combination they choose. Members are encouraged to take extra produce during the growing season for freezing or canning, to supplement what is available from the root cellar during winter and early spring. We sometimes limit scarce items, like maple syrup or the year’s first tomatoes, but most food is available on an all-you-can-eat basis.

Q. What about vegetables in the winter?
A. We harvest hardy vegetables from the field through late fall and even into early winter. The selection in late winter and early spring comes from our root cellar, and includes potatoes, winter squash, carrots, beets, cabbage, garlic, onions, turnips, rutabaga, etc. We encourage members to freeze extra produce and herbs in the summer for variety in late winter and spring.

Q. What is raw milk?
A. Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. We encourage all members to become familiar with the risks and benefits of raw milk.

Q. Do we offer everything, every week?
A. No. We butcher for each distribution but do not always offer beef, pork and chicken every week.

Q. How is your meat different from what I might get at the grocery store?
A. Most people think our pastured chickens are much more flavorful. Chickens come whole, not in parts. Our pigs are raised on pasture, plus skim milk and organic and home grown grains; depending on the age of the pig they tend to have a little more fat – and a lot more flavor – than what you typically find at the store. Our grass-fed beef is lean, and is generally tougher and also more flavorful than grain-fattened beef. Most members like it best ground or as slow-cooked cuts, not steaks.

Q. What cuts can I expect?
A. Because we are raising and butchering whole animals for our members, we all eat from nose to tail. We offer ground beef and ground pork, plus roasts, chops, bulk sausage, chickens, organs, and bones.


SEASONAL VEGETABLE & FRUIT AVAILABILITY

MEAT AVAILABILITY