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Native Offerings Farm
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This week the vegetable share will follow the distribution style introduced last week. It seemed to work well for all sites except Buffalo where our numbers were off. We will adjust upward what we bring to Buffalo this week. Sorry if you did not get the items you wanted. The greens this week include…

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The vegetable share this week and for the rest of the season is being distributed in a different style. It is what we do for the Winter Share. For each size share we give you the number of greens and the pounds of roots to take based on your share size. We will also have…

Lauren Ursillo Unfortunate that the big companies have made the word "natural" into anything but. We are grateful for your commitment to responsibly grown produce and will buy it from you no matter what the label!

October 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm

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Deb Harms Sedinger Love the new way, much easier to figure out what to get. I really like having so many choices. It was faster and not so chaotic. It usually made my head hurt to track everything down and figure it out with the other ways. It's easier to get what we will eat and not waste.

October 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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Facebook IconOctober 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

It's freestyle time. Shares starting this week are free choice like we do for the winter share. You can choose your greens and your roots. We will post the numbers and weight. You take what you want. Every week we will have a featured item. This week it is acorn squash.

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Nancy Consedine How does that work?

October 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Native Offerings Farm
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The season's first frost on the parsley.

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Lauren Ursillo Looks beautiful!

October 12, 2014 at 8:27 am

Sharon Hammond Beautiful!

October 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

Kelly Schubert It really is an amazing showing of the beauty of nature.

October 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

Joanne Swanson Beautiful

October 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

Bridget M. FitzGerald Kinda beautiful.

October 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

Bridget M. FitzGerald The kale probably didn't mind too much.

October 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

Cheryl Behn very nice

October 12, 2014 at 10:43 am

Sue Koerper Farrell Every season has its own beauty.

October 12, 2014 at 11:07 am

Sherry Lehning Beauty full !! Thanks Stu! I miss experiencing these beauty full times at the farm!

October 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Tammy Welborn Fuller Great photo

October 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Krystina Lynn Rusch Say it isn't so......

October 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm

FP FitnessPlace :-(

October 13, 2014 at 8:16 am

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The vegetable share this week includes kohlrabi, greens, lettuce or swiss chard, radish or japanese turnip, joi choi, carrots and the last of the peppers. The substitutions are tomatillos for the last time and potatoes. The fruit share includes two pounds of quince from Bob Brown's farm and five pou…

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This weeks vegetable share includes herbs (cilantro, parsley and dill), greens, lettuce, carrots, bok choi or napa and potatoes. The subs are zucchini and tomatillos. The fruit share for the week is apples and plums all from Singer Farms. The potatoes are all harvested and safe in the barn. Next we…

IMG_1224Native Offerings Farm isn’t only a business; it is a place. When we moved here in 2002, this farm was a dairy farm that had been in the Clark family for five generations. The farm is situated in a long valley in Cattaraugus County that was once full of dairy farms, now there are only a few and we are the only large scale producer of vegetables here. We are 9 miles to the northwest of the town of Ellicottville and the majority of our farm lies in the town of Otto. We have 180 acres of slightly rolling land. Some of it is good pasture and hay land but the reason we bought it was because it has about 15 acres of soil that is sandy loam; great for vegetable production. It also has a year round flowing, class 1 trout fishing stream running through it from which we are allowed to irrigate. The barns and house were in relatively good shape and we could move in and farm right away. That was important because our CSA was up and running at that point.

We started Buffalo Organics CSA in East Aurora on the Roelofs’ Arden Farm after vegetable farming with a friend in Trumansburg. That was in 1997, the year we were married. The house on this farm was built in the 1800’s and we used the cool, stone basement for storing vegetables our first year here. The farm wasn’t on the market in 2002 and actually could have been used as a site for a school but was voted down by the area residents. It wasn’t long after we bought the place that neighbors came up to us and explained that they were so happy that the land remained in farming. That was a good sign! We knew we had made the right choice in moving here! We originally thought we’d settle in Erie county but when we were searching all of Erie county for tillable, fertile farm land we came up against hurdles that most aspiring farmers will run into. The most pressing was that good farmland is also good for development. Which meant that we were priced out of buying that land.

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Moving to this land presented some concerns, one of which is that we are in zone 5, even some areas here are zone 4. We have a two-week variance in temperature as compared to Buffalo and Eden, which is zone 6. Meaning, we can get a frost two weeks earlier than Buffalo in the fall and two weeks later in the spring.

So why farm here? Our first visit to the farm was telling. Stewart took his shovel to the cornfield behind the house and dug. It was then that a light went on for him; he had carefully and diligently found a place that could make the business of farming work. It had good tillable ground, fresh water and barns. I fell in love with the house, barns and surrounding hills. We thought it might be hard to truck our products so far into the city, which was our main market outlet. But the CSA keeps us intimately connected with our customers and many of them adjusted to the move to this beautiful place with us. Now, we focus on improving the land that we farm on and keeping or customers happy. We’ve planted over 4000 trees, fixed water drainage, and limed the soils and continually work with a soil lab to remineralize the ground that we work. We are slowly restoring the gamble roofed dairy barn that if neglected anymore would become like so many other barns, a casualty of modern life. We have become part of the rural fabric of this little piece of countryside and are happy to live and farm here.

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