3804 County Road 40
14469

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585-229-7424
Lindsay Kuhn

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To sign up for our CSA, follow this link:

http://www.farmigo.com/join/smokeridgefarm/2013peakseason

Smoke Ridge Organics
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Our farm is a sustainable organic farm using green horse power to work our fields. The CSA is run by our "Work to Ride" program at Renaissance Stable, and benefits the Out of the Sky Horse Rescue located at the farm. We supply produce, mushrooms, herbs, meats, dairy, soaps, candles, fibers such as wool and cashmere, and so much more! Our goal is to educate on eating locally grown foods through various programs both at home on the farm and abroad in libraries, schools, and recreation programs. You can also meet us doing butterfly releases, pony rides, and petting zoos at local festivals, hospitals, nursing homes, and public benefit events. Our big item this year is an organic three sisters corn maze, with native New York butterflies as an educational feature. Check out our website: http://www.smokeridgeorganics.com

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I signed up for the following shares for summer 2013: beef (twelfth share), eggs (full share), chicken (half share), butter (half share), mushroom (half share), and vegetable (full share).

The CSA got off to a rocky start at the beginning of the season. The spring was very wet and growing conditions were difficult. I knew this and so I was patient when we didn't receive more than a handful of herbs in our share the first few weeks. Shortly before the season started the farmer lost a substantial part of the chicken flock to foxes and we were told that chicken and egg shares would be delayed by 6 weeks. I accepted this as an unfortunate event outside the farmer's control.

After 6 weeks went by there were still no chicken or egg shares and no communication from the farm. After a couple more weeks I did email the farmer to ask about the chickens and eggs and she said her new conservative estimate was another 4 weeks. I never received any further communication regarding the chickens and eggs, and we never received any distributions of either. I paid for 26 weeks of 1-dozen eggs and 26 weeks of 1/2 chicken and received 0 of each.

The vegetable shares improved somewhat as the season progressed and the weather improved but it never met expectations. Realistically, we only ever received between 1-3 different vegetables each week. It was never more than 1 plastic grocery bag worth of food and there was only 1 week where the share actually filled that bag. A couple of weeks all we got were a bag of cherries. Some other weeks all we got were a bag of pears. Another week all we got were 2 squash. This was during the peak summer time when other local CSAs were distributing a bounty of produce.

One week shares were cancelled because one of the drop point managers took the share from our drop point to the wrong location. The last 7 weeks of the season were cancelled because the farmer had to undergo surgery. I knew the farm was small when I signed up but I didn't realize that it was just the 1 farmer with no help other than what the members volunteered. There was no one to fill in for the farmer to ensure deliveries continued while she was ill.

I never received any mushroom shares and there was no communication from the farm about what happened to them. I did ask but my inquiry was ignored. The butter and beef shares were delivered as promised for the most part, except for the weeks when deliveries were cancelled.

No compensation (neither partial refund or carryover to future weeks) was offered for the weeks when there were no deliveries - the money spent for that week's share was simply lost. After the first 2 months the farmer posted on her facebook page that there had been a big meeting of the board to address complaints from members and that they would be making efforts to improve communication, however there was never any improvement in communication. Instead, the farmer blocked members from being able to post on the farm's facebook page, and eventually the page itself was removed as well.

I left this CSA feeling deceived and cheated. Because of my negative experience with this CSA I decided to join a different CSA for the Fall. The weekly shares that I have been receiving from the new CSA are more than double and often triple what I was getting from Smoke Ridge Organics.

I think this CSA could be good for people who are interested in the work-to-ride program or who cannot afford to join a CSA and are looking for a farm where they can work in exchange for shares.

The farmer was pleasant and likeable in the few interactions that I did have with her. I have a hard time believing that she would intentionally deceive and steal money from the membership. However, when I think about the shares that I signed up for and how much I paid (over $1000 total) and how little I actually received in return for it I can't help but feel that I was not treated with honesty and integrity.
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Reviewed by Jas S November 26, 2013

Very disappointed

I signed up for the following shares for summer 2013: beef (twelfth share), eggs (full share), chicken (half share), butter (half share), mushroom (half share), and vegetable (full share).

The CSA got off to a rocky start at the beginning of the season. The spring was very wet and growing conditions were difficult. I knew this and so I was patient when we didn't receive more than a handful of herbs in our share the first few weeks. Shortly before the season started the farmer lost a substantial part of the chicken flock to foxes and we were told that chicken and egg shares would be delayed by 6 weeks. I accepted this as an unfortunate event outside the farmer's control.

After 6 weeks went by there were still no chicken or egg shares and no communication from the farm. After a couple more weeks I did email the farmer to ask about the chickens and eggs and she said her new conservative estimate was another 4 weeks. I never received any further communication regarding the chickens and eggs, and we never received any distributions of either. I paid for 26 weeks of 1-dozen eggs and 26 weeks of 1/2 chicken and received 0 of each.

The vegetable shares improved somewhat as the season progressed and the weather improved but it never met expectations. Realistically, we only ever received between 1-3 different vegetables each week. It was never more than 1 plastic grocery bag worth of food and there was only 1 week where the share actually filled that bag. A couple of weeks all we got were a bag of cherries. Some other weeks all we got were a bag of pears. Another week all we got were 2 squash. This was during the peak summer time when other local CSAs were distributing a bounty of produce.

One week shares were cancelled because one of the drop point managers took the share from our drop point to the wrong location. The last 7 weeks of the season were cancelled because the farmer had to undergo surgery. I knew the farm was small when I signed up but I didn't realize that it was just the 1 farmer with no help other than what the members volunteered. There was no one to fill in for the farmer to ensure deliveries continued while she was ill.

I never received any mushroom shares and there was no communication from the farm about what happened to them. I did ask but my inquiry was ignored. The butter and beef shares were delivered as promised for the most part, except for the weeks when deliveries were cancelled.

No compensation (neither partial refund or carryover to future weeks) was offered for the weeks when there were no deliveries - the money spent for that week's share was simply lost. After the first 2 months the farmer posted on her facebook page that there had been a big meeting of the board to address complaints from members and that they would be making efforts to improve communication, however there was never any improvement in communication. Instead, the farmer blocked members from being able to post on the farm's facebook page, and eventually the page itself was removed as well.

I left this CSA feeling deceived and cheated. Because of my negative experience with this CSA I decided to join a different CSA for the Fall. The weekly shares that I have been receiving from the new CSA are more than double and often triple what I was getting from Smoke Ridge Organics.

I think this CSA could be good for people who are interested in the work-to-ride program or who cannot afford to join a CSA and are looking for a farm where they can work in exchange for shares.

The farmer was pleasant and likeable in the few interactions that I did have with her. I have a hard time believing that she would intentionally deceive and steal money from the membership. However, when I think about the shares that I signed up for and how much I paid (over $1000 total) and how little I actually received in return for it I can't help but feel that I was not treated with honesty and integrity.

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I came to this farm from another local CSA and it was a big mistake. We are weeks into the season and still have not gotten anything of substance in our baskets. My share this week was a small bag of herbs and a small bag of cherries. I wish I could say something positive as I dislike writing negative reviews, especially about small, locally owned businesses but this is the honest truth. It seems that they have taken on way more than they can handle and are not able to provide members with what they advertised.
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Reviewed by Guest July 11, 2013

I came to this farm from another local CSA and it was a big mistake. We are weeks into the season and still have not gotten anything of substance in our baskets. My share this week was a small bag of herbs and a small bag of cherries. I wish I could say something positive as I dislike writing negative reviews, especially about small, locally owned businesses but this is the honest truth. It seems that they have taken on way more than they can handle and are not able to provide members with what they advertised.

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