FABULOUS FRUIT from hepworth farms!
$250 for 22 weeks of luscious fruit! We are excited to partner again with Hepworth Farms to offer a 22-week fruit share. Hepworth Farms is a seventh-generation family-owned farm run by three women—Amy, Gail, and Gerry Hepworth—in Milton, New York, www.hepworthfarms.com. On average, you’ll get 2–4 different kinds of fruit each week. Most shares weigh about 5 lbs. (except for the ones that are primarily berries). Weather permitting, the share starts with strawberries in June; cherries, blueberries, peaches, and nectarines in July; peaches, plums, blackberries, pears, and cantaloupe in August. From September to early November, the share finishes with watermelon, gooseberries, ground cherries, grapes, apples, plums, and pears.
Here’s the kind of variety you can expect, based on our 2018 shares—BERRIES: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and gooseberries; CHERRIES: Bing, Rainier, Montmorency, and sour; PEARS: Bosc, Devoe, Clapp, Sickle, and Asian; APPLES: Gala, Sweeties, Golden Supreme, Cortland, Empire, Mystery Red, Mutsu, Fuji, Macintosh, Ginger Gold, Honeycrisp, and Red Zestar; PEACHES: white, yellow, and donut; GRAPES: Concord, Niagara, and Cayuga; plus ground cherries, watermelon, and a few cantaloupes.
The melons are organic and so are most of the berries. But the humid weather in the Northeast typically requires some spraying to grow apples, peaches, pears, grapes, and cherries. Hepworth Farms practices Integrative Pest Management (IPM), which means they spray only when necessary, using small amounts of targeted synthetic pesticides.
Yes, you can register for a Fruit Share without getting a Vegetable Share! The cost of a Fruit Only Share is $280 (that’s $250 for fruit + $30 membership fee) There is no additional fee for fruit if you’re already getting a veggie share (it’s included in the vegetable share price). Fruit-only share members must work 3 volunteer shifts, just like all veggie share members. Please check out Volunteer Info for details.
Registration for the 2019 season is closed.