Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about registration and ordering? Most commonly asked questions are answered below. If you have further questions please contact us by sending an e-mail. Our email address is email@example.com . We may not be able to get back to you right away so please be patient during our growing season.
There are two opportunities for CSA members to visit the farm. One visit is scheduled in the Spring and the second in early fall. Please watch your e-mails for specific dates and times.
Visiting Stoneledge Farm
When visiting Stoneledge Farm for a Farm Visit please use 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 for GPS.
Stoneledge Farm is located in Greene County, the Great Northern Catskills, Hudson Valley region.
NYC Mass transit available:
Train: You can take an Amtrak train from Penn Station directly to Hudson. The ride is two hours and the train station is conveniently located in downtown Hudson.
Hudson is about a 15 minute drive to the farm. You will need to rent a car to get from Hudson to the farm. Rental cars available from Enterprise located near the train station. Contact Enterprise to let them know you will need to be picked up at the train station and to reserve a car.
Hudson Car Rental (Enterprise)
350 Fairview Ave, COLUMBIA PLAZA, Hudson, NY, US, 12534, 518-828-5492
Please refer to the following websites for more information about the area -www.greatnortherncatskills.com
http://www.visitthecatskills.com/ The farm is located in Greene County, Northern Catskills region.
http://www.cocotodo.com/– local resident lists daily and weekly happenings, like wine tastings and film screenings throughout Columbia County
Hudson NY-Columbia County
Many options available. Hudson is a small upstate New York city with many restaurants and shops. Warren Street – This is the main street in Hudson and has great shops, restaurants, antiques stores, book shops, cafes, boutiques, galleries and second hand stores.
for Trip Advisor recommendations.
www.stayinhudson.net - This website offers accommodations in Hudson, NY. Only accommodations that have been reviewed are listed.
http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/resorts-lodging/bbs-inns directory of places to stay
THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO EAT
http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/ home page Catskills directory
http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/attractions directory of attractions
http://www.crossroadsbrewingco.com/ local brewery and cafe
www.hudsonvalleywinecountry.org/ Wineries in the Hudson Valley region
http://www.circlewmarket.com/ Circle W Market, Palenville
http://heather-ridge-farm.com/ Heather Ridge Farm and Bees Knees Cafe, Preston Hollow
https://www.graciestruckny.com/ Gracies, Leeds
https://www.facebook.com/limekilnfarmNY/ Lime Kiln Farm, Coxsackie
Cultural Points of Interest:
The Hudson River School : An art movement in the mid 19th century, the Hudson River School, was a group of American painters influenced by the romantic period in Europe. They are known for their breathtaking paintings of landscapes of the Catskill Mountains, Hudson River and surrounding areas, the Adirondacks and the White Mountains. http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/files/public/pdf/art-trail-brochure.pdf
http://thomascole.org/ Thomas Cole house
http://www.olana.org/ Olana Historic site
Olana Historic Estate: The beautiful Persian style home of Frederic Church, a well known Hudson River painter which has been preserved with his artwork for the public to view. It sits on top of a beautiful hill overlooking the Hudson River.
Hiking and Biking –
https://www.nynjtc.org/catskills hiking in the Catskills
http://www.catskillmountainwild.com/ local outdoor adventures guide
There are many beautiful bike rides and hiking trails in the area overlooking the mountains with incredible views of the Hudson River.
Bike Hudson Valley
Harlem Valley Rail Trail
Catskill Hiking Guide
South Berkshire Hiking Guide (www.trails.com)
Hudson Valley Hiking Guide (www.trails.com)
Bash Bish Falls – www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/wester/bash.htm
Greenport – http//clctrust.org/public-conservation-areas/greenport/
I am a new member. How do I register and order a share?
As a new CSA member you will need to first create a Member Account and then place an order for your CSA shares for the season. Your Member Account will carry into the next season but you will need to place an order for your shares at the beginning of each CSA season.
Click on New Member Registration on the farm website home page www.stoneledge.farm.
From the CSA location of your choice select New Member Register box and complete the registration.
Place your order for the CSA Share(s) by following the prompts.
Read the Membership Agreement and the Volunteer Agreement . You will agree by checking off the boxes.
Select payment method to complete the order. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address.
I am a returning CSA member and have a CSA Member Account. How do I order a share?
You have created a CSA Member Registration and have an account already in the system. Do not create a New Member Registration.
Click on Member Log in on the farm website
Log in with your e-mail address and password. If you do not remember your password, select the Forgot Password option and follow the instructions.
Select CSA Shares.
Place your order for the CSA Share(s) by following the prompts.
Optional shares can be added anytime before delivery begins by logging into your CSA member account.
Read and agree to the Membership Agreement and the Volunteer Agreement by checking off the boxes. Select Payment method to complete the order. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address once the order is placed.
I would like to add an optional share to my existing Vegetable Share. How do I update my current Vegetable Share order?
Optional Shares can be added to your original Vegetable Share order any time up until delivery starts or the optional shares are sold out for that CSA site. The Mushroom Share, Dry Bean Share and Coffee Shares start with the first CSA delivery. The Fruit Share will start with the 5th Vegetable Share delivery when local fruit is available.
Log into your account. Place your order by selecting the optional shares and adding them to your cart. Complete the payment section. A confirmation e-mail will be sent.
I only want to order a Fruit Share. The system will not allow me to only order a Fruit Share/Coffee Share.
The Vegetable share is the mandatory, base CSA share. To order a Fruit Share, Mushroom, Dry Bean or a Coffee Share, the CSA member needs to have a Vegetable Share ordered.
Are there payment options?
There are two options for payment via credit card or check: pay in full or total divided into four monthly payments.
If you select the four payment with a credit card, an initial payment of 1/4 of the total will be charged at check out. Your card will be securely stored off site and automatically charged for the remaining three payments in one, two and three months time. You will receive a reminder e-mail when the remaining payments are due. Confirmation e-mails for all payments will be sent to your e-mail account.
If the Pay with Check, four payments is selected the first payment is due when the share is ordered. You will receive a reminder e-mail when the remaining payments are due in one, two and three months following the initial order.
If you would like to set up an extended payment plan, please contact the farm. We are happy to work with members, but the commitment is for the entire season and members are expected to complete payment for the shares.
When does the CSA start and the dates of the pick-ups? Will I receive some sort of notification?
The season is scheduled for 24 weeks from June into November.
The start up dates can be found on the Our CSA tab. Each CSA group has a CSA Core Group that organizes and coordinates the CSA. Before the season starts you will receive e-mail information from the CSA group.
Each week during the CSA season members receive an e-mail message from the farm with weekly news from the farm and the list of the upcoming weeks share.
At the bottom of the farm website "News "section will have updated coming events and important dates.
I can’t get to the CSA site to pick up my share. Can I have a neighbor pick up the share?
Yes, but please notify the site coordinators so the name can be noted on the sign in roster. All shares that are not picked up are donated to a local community organization at the end of distribution.
Can I change my CSA site?
Before ordering a share a member can transfer their CSA membership to a new CSA location.
Please contact the farm to assist you in changing CSA locations. Please contact the farm at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
After the season has started a member can transfer to a new location by contacting the farm at least 2 weeks in advance.
What is the amount of vegetables in the Vegetable Share?
The Full Vegetable Share is generally enough for a family of 4, but many single or two person households find that a Full Share is just right for them. It really depends on how many vegetables you eat in a week. Some members find they can extend the harvest by freezing or preserving some of the share each week. The are 8-12 different vegetables each week including an herb most weeks. The vegetables are Certified Organic and are harvested according to their season. The vegetable varieties will vary.
A Small Vegetable Share is a smaller share amount harvested for 1-2 member household. There will be 4-6 items per week, 24 week deliveries. There are a limited number of Small Vegetable Shares available each season. If you find that a Full Vegetable Share is too much, a share partner can be added to the Vegetable Share. Splitting the payment and produce will be the responsibility of the members. The farm delivers pre-boxed shares and can not split shares for members.
For a listing of shares from previous CSA seasons go to the Home Page and select "What's in a Typical Share?" Details box .
How much coffee is in a Coffee Share and how often do you get coffee in a Coffee Share?
The coffee is full one pound bags and you will receive two one pound bags of coffee per distribution of the type and grind you select. The distribution for coffee is once a month, 6 total distributions, 12 pounds total. If you would like to order on a weekly basis, coffee is available from the Marketplace once the season begins.
What is a Fruit Share?
The Fruit Share is an optional share of local, conventionally grown fruit. The farm offers the optional Fruit Share as an added benefit of locally, conventionally grown fruit to the members. The share quantity is less than the Vegetable Share. The Fruit Share is for 20 weeks starting the 5th delivery of the CSA season when fruit becomes available.
What is a Mushroom Share:
The mushroom share is naturally grown mushrooms from our neighbors the Bulich Mushroom Company, Catskill, NY. There will be five different varieties of mushrooms delivered over the course of the season. One variety each week. The share weight will vary depending on the variety of mushroom. The shiitake and oyster mushrooms are much more expensive than others and weight of the share will vary accordingly. The Mushroom Share will start week #1 and continue for the entire season, 24 weeks in all.
The Vegetable Share is Certified Organic, why isn’t the Fruit Share Certified Organic?
As an added benefit of CSA membership, the farm offers a Fruit Share of local, seasonal fruit. The fruit is grown at neighboring conventional farms and orchards that use IPM methods to minimize the use of chemicals. Some of the berries are no spray and members will receive that information in the weekly e-mail.
I noticed that the prices vary slightly from site to site. Do all of the CSA sites receive the same shares?
The farm has a base price for all of the CSA shares. Each CSA site has the option to add a small administrative fee to help offset the costs of running the CSA and distribution. All of the CSA sites receive the same shares. The share prices for each CSA group can be found by selecting Our CSA on the farm website home page and then CSA Locations and Pricing.
How do I find out what will be in the share each week?
A weekly member e-mail from the farm will have Information about what is going on at the farm and also a list of the CSA shares for the week along with helpful suggestions. Many CSA groups also have websites. Check under the CSA listing on the farm website for contact e-mails for coordinators and also website listings for the CSA site.
Do I need to create a new member account each season?
Do not create a new member account. Your CSA Member Account will follow each season.
How can I check my account?
LOGIN to your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page.
Select the My Account link where your details can be found.
What is the Marketplace?
The online CSA Marketplace offers products for members to order on a weekly basis to be delivered with the CSA shares. Fair trade, Organic, Kosher Coffee, Mushrooms, local Maple Syrup and Honey, NYS Organic and Natural Seed Oils, our own Merino Wool products, dry beans are available for online ordering. During the season vegetables and fruit in bulk are also available for order through the online Marketplace. We continue to add new regional products to the CSA Marketplace. If you have a suggestion please e-mail the farm at email@example.com.
ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY 12 PM FRIDAY BEFORE CSA DELIVERY DAY. Orders placed after that time will be delivered the next CSA delivery.
How do I place a Marketplace Order?
1. Log into your account from the farm website home page.
2. Select Marketplace. Click on the items you would like to purchase and add them to your cart.
4. Complete the payment section.
5. A confirmation e-mail will be sent and your order will be delivered with your CSA share.
Do you offer meat, eggs and dairy products?
We do not. Many CSA sites partner with other farms for products that Stoneledge Farm does not offer. Please check with your site coordinators to see if your CSA site offers additional products.
What is the farm address?
145 Garcia Lane
Leeds, NY 12451
What is the e-mail address and website for the farm?
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The website is www.stoneledge.farm
I would like to visit the farm. Can I visit the farm?
There are two opportunities for members to visit the farm.
The Spring Open House and Plant Sale is held in late May. Watch the Farm News section of the website for specific date and times. The farm is open for all to come and visit. A highlight is the Plant Sale of Certified Organic Transplants that we have grown just for the Open House. CSA information and Marketplace items will be available, a farmers market, field walks and displays are available.
Each year the Fall Farm Festival is held on Labor Day Saturday in September. It is a great opportunity to visit the farm , meet the farmers and also other members. A barbecue luncheon is provided by the farm and the barn is full of displays, Marketplace items for sale and other local farmers with their products, wagon rides around the farm. Watch the Farm News section of the website for specific date and times.