Summer Share Information May 19th 2021

Posted by on May 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

Hello members!

It’s the time that many of you have been anxious for, summer shares begin next week!

We seem to be over the thirty something degree night time temperatures that have kept crops growing slowly. We have been picking asparagus daily now for the last week and we do have lots of greens in the high tunnel. Just a reminder that spring shares start out light and will grow in variety and volume as the weather changes. Before long you’ll be saying “will I be able to eat all this?”

Hopefully the last year has encouraged more “home cooking” and you’ll be glad for some freshness to work with. Please find the summer share information below; it will also be attached to print out to keep on hand for reference.

All newsletters are archived on our website for reference.

Please feel free to email if you have any questions but please read through the information first.

We look forward to seeing your smiling faces this year; perhaps without a mask…

See you soon! Ben & Jane

Promised Land CSA 2021 Summer Share Information

Weekly produce shares begin Tuesday May 25th or Thursday May 27th depending on your site.
There are 24 weekly distributions.

Biweekly produce shares:
Lancaster, Depew, CUBRC, East Amherst, Park and suburban home deliveries will begin on Tuesday May 25th and continue on odd week distributions; (1,3,5,7,9, etc.). The final distribution will be week 23.
Farm shares, Leicester, MAP and the “city” home deliveries will begin on Thursday June 3rd and continue on even week distribution; 2,4,6,8, etc.; the final share is week 24. (Wednesday May 26th for Leicester members).
There are twelve biweekly distributions.

Tree fruit shares will begin in early July with sweet cherries.
We will send out reminders to fruit share members before the season begins.

Weekly produce share members will receive a weekly email newsletter on Monday evenings.
Biweekly produce members will receive the newsletter on Monday of their distribution week only. Please contact us if you have a weekly fruit share and would like the newsletter weekly.
The newsletter contains CSA information updates, farm news, produce list with prep, storage tips, and recipes. Please use the newsletter to guide you through the season. Newsletters are archived on the website for reference and/or recipes. Most questions can be answered if you refer to the information provided in the newsletter or from the website. Website: for questions regarding distribution sites or newsletters.

We welcome members to visit; if you would like to come out to the farm please call or email first so we know to expect you. We do not live at the 2112 County Line Rd. Alden address, so please do not go to the house for assistance. We do host a year-end field tour and potluck and also u-pick events for members when there is surplus. We will notify you of these events throughout the season in the newsletters.

Produce shares are packed in waxed boxes the morning of distribution. These boxes are to be returned weekly or biweekly respectively. Each member is allocated two boxes for the season. Do not use them for any other purpose except your produce. Please handle them gently; the top “hinges” open. Ask your site host for a demonstration if needed. Some members transfer their produce to an insulated bag at distribution to keep their produce cool until it gets home and into the fridge. If your share is left in a hot car or in the box on the kitchen counter it will degrade quickly. We carefully harvest, chill and pack your produce to deliver the best quality possible. Your handling after pickup can make all the difference between great or fair produce.

Distribution is at your chosen distribution site unless other arrangements are made.
If needed, changes must be requested 48 hours prior. We are unable to return email or phone calls for changes on distribution mornings; we are busy packing shares and trucks are loaded early.

There is a sign out sheet at your distribution site; please be diligent to cross off your name each week when you pick up your share. If you have a substitute person pick up your share, please let them know that also! It is your responsibility to pick up your share each week at distribution. Your share is delivered and available on the day and during the hours listed for the site you chose. There is only the exact number of shares packed; we do not have any “extras” at the farm if you miss your pickup. Any unclaimed shares will be donated unless there is prompt follow-up. Specific site details follow. If you are unable to make your distribution during the scheduled time it is necessary to follow-up with your site host that evening to make other arrangements. We will be sending out host site contact information for Depew, Lancaster, East Amherst and Leicester members separately. Please see details for each site. Save this information for reference for any needed changes.
If you call us, we will refer you to your host person; they will help you get your share.

Depew: Tuesdays; Distribution time: 4:00-7:00 pm. 
The Lubey family hosts the site from their home at 117 Forestview Dr. between Walden and Pleasantview.
We will be sending you their contact information as well as providing your contact information to them.

East Amherst: Tuesdays; Distribution time 3:00-6:00 pm.
The Megan family hosts the site from their home at 45 Foxboro Lane address off of Paradise Rd.
We will be sending you their contact information as well as providing your contact information to them.

Lancaster: Tuesdays; Distribution time 6:00-8:00 pm.
The Carrig family hosts the site from their home at 110 Pleasant Avenue a few blocks east of Central Ave.
We will be sending you their contact information as well as providing your contact information to them.

Park School: Tuesdays; Distribution time: 4:00-5:30 pm sharp.
Please enter at the main entrance at 4625 Harlem Rd. and turn right into the first driveway leading to the upper parking lot. Look for a white Ford Transit van where Ben’s wife Crystal distributes shares.
Please email us within 24 hours to make other arrangements if you miss distribution.

Leicester: Wednesdays; Distribution time 6:00-7:30
Pam & Dan Hull host the site from their home at 5672 Upper Mt. Morris Rd.
Please pull in the driveway to the back of the house. There will be a table for shares in front of the garage.
We will be sending you their contact information as well as providing your contact information to them.

CUBRC: Tuesdays; Please see your contact person for details.

Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP): ThursdaysDistribution time 3:00-6:00 pm. 
Located at 387 Massachusetts Ave. in the red farm building hosted by MAP’s staff. Parking is on the street. If you miss your distribution shares are available Friday morning between 8-9 am. You do not need to call, just show up the following morning. Shares that are left after 9 am will be donated for use to the MAP organization. We are proud to partner with the Massachusetts Avenue Project. Their mission is to nurture the growth of a diverse and equitable local food system and promote local economic opportunities, access to affordable, nutritious food and social change education. They now have a farm store open between 3-6 on Thursdays with a great selection of local offerings. Website:

Oles Family Farm: Thursdays @ 2112 County Line Rd. Alden
Distribution time 4:00-6:00 
The CSA farm is located 1 mile north of Rt. 20 or 2.5 miles south of Rt. 33.
The “Oles Family Farm/Promised Land CSA” sign marks the farm located on the west side of the road.
Please enter the farm driveway to the left of the barn and park in the grassy area on the left.
Enter the barn through the small “man door” in the front where you will find Jane distributing shares.
Please note that it is NOT our residence; please call or email within 24 hours to arrange for a missed share.

Home deliveries Tuesday or Thursday:
For renewing members it will be the same day and location at your home.
– New members: Tuesdays are for suburban addresses and Thursdays are for city addresses.
– Please contact us to let us know where you would like your share left. A shady afternoon spot on a porch is best. Email us with any questions.
– Providing a large cooler will be helpful to preserve the quality of your produce until it can be refrigerated.
– PLEASE REMEMBER that your EMPTY BOX should be out waiting for the next share.