The fruit share is comprised of fruit grown at Free Bird Farm as well as partner farms and orchards in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. This allows us to offer the widest representation of NY-grown fruit as it comes into season. Depending on season availability, a week’s fruit share may consist of just one type of fruit, such as a bag of apples, or two, such as a pint of blueberries and a bag of peaches. In fall, there could be a week with three fruit types (i.e. grapes, pears and cantaloupe). Early in the season there may be one or two weeks when there is no fruit available. The farm budgets the share price accordingly. Some of the smaller fruits, such as berries, come from partner farms in just one size–so a small share may get the same pint-size container of raspberries, for instance, as the large fruit share. Any bulk items, such as peaches, nectarines, and apples or melons, which come from the farm, will be sized proportionately. So a large share might receive 3 pounds of apples in a week while the small share receives 2 pounds.
This is the general schedule for which fruit is available:
- Mid to late June: strawberries
- July: blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines
- Aug: high-bush Adirondack blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, melons
- September: melons, apples, pears, grapes, fall raspberries
- Oct: apples, pears
Some but not all of the fruit sourced is certified organic. There may be some weeks in which large shares may receive more the one variety of fruit, such as a cantaloupe and pears, while the small fruit share may receive just one or the other.