Briermere Farms FRUIT CSA SHARE
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BRIERMERE FARMS FRUIT SHARE IS CONVENTIONALLY GROWN AND MAY BE TREATED WITH SYNTHETIC PESTICIDES.
FRUIT VARIETY & SCHEDULE
The Briermere Farms Tree Fruit Share is primarily an Apple, Peach & Pear Share, with a few other varieties of fruit mixed in. This reflects the predominant fruits grown by this grower here on Long Island. Here is a schedule of when you can expect to see the various types of fruits during the season:
July : Blueberries
August through mid-September : Peaches
September through November : Apples & Pears
QUANTITY & PRICING
The FRUIT SHARE will run for 18 weeks from July through October. It will consist of 3 weeks of 1 pint of blueberries, followed by 15 weeks of 3-4 lb bag of fruit per week.
Total Share Price: $118
ABOUT THE FRUIT FARM
Our fruit share is Conventionally Grown by Briermere Farm, a family farm located just a short drive away from us on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. The farm produces many varieties of peaches, apples and berries.
Long Island is a difficult region for tree fruit production because of the high humidity levels which contribute to fungus disease pressure, and can decimate fruit quality (and sometimes the whole tree). At Briermere Farm, insecticides and fungicides are used when necessary to produce marketable fruit. The tree fruit is sprayed with insecticides and fungicides at various points through the season. To reduce the use of chemical insecticides the orchards are close monitored and other pest control measures are used, such as insect pheromone mating disruption. Herbicides are also used to control weeds in the orchards. Briermere Farm’s own leaf compost is the only fertilizer/nutrient source for their fruit crops. No chemical fertilizer is used.
Depending on the weather at the time of pollination and fruit tree cycles, the amount of fruit a tree or berry shrub produces can vary significantly from year to year. If necessary, Briermere Farm may purchase peaches from a similar type of family farm in New Jersey in order to fulfill the CSA fruit share without disrupting the delivery schedule. The philosophy is similar- the use of integrated pest management to reduce insecticides and the use of compost/mulch to reduce use of chemical fertilizer.