Kestrel Perch Berries, a unique combination of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and U-Pick models, supplies seasonal small fruit to members in the greater Ithaca, NY area. Fruit available includes STRAWBERRIES (4 varieties, all rated 'excellent' for flavor); summer and fall RED RASPBERRIES, RED and BLACK CURRANTS, GOOSEBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, and ELDERBERRIES -- all grown without chemicals and all in one convenient West Hill location!
The CSA is the main focus at Kestrel Perch, but a limited amount of non-member picking is available on a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) basis. For more information, click on the PAYG link below.
CSA picking started the first week in June. If you're still interested in a share for the rest of the season, please e-mail the address below to find out about your best option.
- New this year: an August/September share that includes BLUEBERRIES. (SOLD OUT)
- Gone this year: BLACK RASPBERRIES. A planting of these typically bears for 6-7 years. Ours succumbed to disease right on schedule and were replaced this spring by (more disease-tolerant) PURPLE RASPBERRIES, which will start bearing next year.
- New this year: BUSH PIE CHERRIES. They got hit by that freaky frost last year, so this is the first year they'll be bearing - and we don't know their timing yet!
- Kestrel Perch is sponsoring a Summer Berry Pancake Brunch on June 22 as a fundraiser for the Healthy Food for All program, which supports reduced-price CSA shares for low-income families and individuals in and around Tompkins County. For brunch information and ticket sales, click HERE
For more information on picking/using berries, click HERE
For additional information about PAYG picking, click HERE
April 2011 CROP MOB at Kestrel Perch: see the video HERE
Kestrel Perch in Organic Gardening magazine! Click HERE
220 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850
Email: ithacaberries "at" gmail "dot" com
I hope you will choose to support this additional option for locally grown foods in Tompkins County!