Circle Brook Fruit Share 2016
We will once again offer a fruit share for the 2016 season. It will be a slightly shorter season (12 weeks) and comes with some caveats. All of the local fruit producers have had a very bad season due to late frosts and freezes in the spring. Many have lost their entire crop of plums and apricots and have had significant losses with peaches and nectarines. Normally most of the fruit we distribute comes from an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY. While the farm grows their vegetable crops organically, the fruit is labeled Eco-grown. This means that they adhere as much as possible to organic methods but do spray when necessary with products not approved for organic production. These sprays are primarily early in the season when the fruit is just setting. The farm regularly tests the fruit to insure it is free of pesticide residues.
It is very difficult to produce certified organic fruit here in the Northeast. Most of the organic fruit in the US comes from California or Eastern Washington State where drier condition prevail and there are not quite as many insect pests to battle. Unfortunately, this year availability will be greatly reduced from local sources and I will need to have the flexibility to at times provide organic fruit that will not be locally grown. I believe that I can source peaches, plums, and nectarines from down south although in some cases they may come from the west coast. The fruit will always be domestically grown and organic or as much as possible local and eco-grown.
The share will consist of 2 types of tree fruit each week with an average of 5-7 lbs. total weight. We will begin the season with blueberries, peaches, plums, and nectarines. During those weeks when we send blueberries and kiwi the total weight will be less as these are high priced items. The fall fruit shares will be comprised of different varieties of apples and pears each week and hopefully with some organic hardy kiwi from PA at the end of September. The season will run for 12 weeks beginning the week of July 31 and ending in October. We may skip a week or two during the course of the season, depending on availability.
The cost of the fruit share will be $15 per week which equals $180 for the season.
If you would like to sign up, please bring a check for $180 made out to ‘John Krueger’ to pick up site 7/21 or 7/28. When you pay for the fruit share you will sign up on the list as well.
Delivery of fruit will begin Aug.4.