Local farmers note growing demand

This year was Juniper Hill's third year in production and second year as a CSA. Their CSA membership started with 15 and has since doubled, allowing for expanded production.

"I think it's becoming more and more common in our country as a whole," said Hainer, noting increased desire by many people to have a better connection to the places their food originates.

While some CSAs make weekly deliveries to their members, Hainer encourages people to come pick up their weekly share at Juniper Hill.

"I know some people may look at it as an inconvenience to come out to the farm every Friday, but then they get a better connection to where their food comes from," he said. "They see the day we plant them and they see the day we're picking them."

Hainer admits his CSA members may pay an average of 20 to 30 percent more for their produce than they would at a grocery store, but said there's just no comparison when it comes to quality and taste.

"I personally don't think $23 a week for a CSA is too much when plenty of people spend that much on bottled water," he said. "I can understand if you don't want fresh vegetables, but don't tell me it's because it's too expensive."

"We're in this to feed people, not to get rich," Hainer added. "If people come to talk to us about what they need to be a part of it and what they can afford, we can try to work with them."

CSAs in the Adirondacks are also becoming more viable due to the implementation of some new technology.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun to offer grants and low-interest loans to farmers to help buy high tunnels, a kind of low-cost, unheated greenhouse that allows farmers to extend the growing season of several different crops and keep them better protected from insects, disease, and damaging weather.

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