Monday, April 2, 2007

Basic Information about our CSA

Hi everyone -- we've received a lot of requests for information about the plans for the Kensington/Windsor Terrace CSA. What follows is a basic introduction to where we are now. If you already know a little bit about CSAs, and just want the details about the KWT setup for the 2007 season, please read on past the introductory details.

Of course, we'll add updates here as we have them. We're looking forward to a wonderful season!

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About CSAs

CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture." CSAs in NYC are facilitated by a group called Just Food (www.justfood.org). CSAs help to support family farms that are struggling to stay in business, while providing city people with access to high quality, locally-grown, organic, affordable produce.

Just Food partners a city group (our CSA is called Kensington/Windsor Terrace CSA) with a regional farmer (our farm is Garden of Eve Farm, http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/). During the winter and spring, the CSA farmer sells shares in her/his farm's upcoming harvest to individuals, families or institutions. The share price goes toward the cost of growing and distributing a season's worth of produce and paying the farmer a living wage. Then, each week from June through November the CSA farmer delivers the week's share to a central neighborhood distribution site (our distribution site is to be determined). Members collect their food at their neighborhood sites.

Shares and What You Get

Members receive shares for 24 weeks over the growing season.Typically, each week's share consists of 7-10 types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2-4 people. Over the course of a season members get at least 40 different types of vegetables, always fresh-picked and changing with the seasons. Here is a typical list of the types of vegetables that are delivered, depending upon the season: arugula, basil, beans, beets, bok choi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, chili peppers, cilantro, collard greens, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks,lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, rutabagas, shallots, spinach, summer squash, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, and winter squash.

CSA members must commit to the entire CSA season. They also volunteer 4 hours per season setting up, breaking down, or supervising the distribution site. For most, this means helping out twice at the distribution site.

For an additional cost, CSA members are also given the opportunity to purchase shares of fruit (not organic, but low spray), eggs (not organic, but free-range and vegetarian), and flowers (organic). These shares are only available to members who buy the vegetable share.

We are looking into ways of making meat available--grass-fed, free-range beef, chicken, turkey (including fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving), lamb, and pork from a consortium of independent meat farmers upstate. If we are able to arrange this, you will be able to order via a website. You will be able to order as much or as little as you'd like and meat will be delivered at least once a month.

Cost

In addition to the costs listed below, there will be a $10 administration fee to help us purchase needed items, such as an EZ-UPtent, a scale, etc...

To sign up for the CSA, you can visit the Garden of Eve website:
http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/csa_Kensington_Prospect_Heights.htm

2007 SEASON:
24 weeks, for all shares except flowers, which will be 22 weeks (end
at Halloween).
First pickup: Sat., June 9
Last pickup: Sat., Nov 17 (weekend before Thanksgiving)
Half-shares will get assigned A or B week and come for a "full" pickup, every other week (instead of getting half the amount, every
week).
If you are not able to make your share pick-up, you are welcome to have a friend pick up your share. No prior notice is required, just tell them to check in under your name.

Full Harvest Vegetable Share
June-Thanksgiving, approx. 24 weeks – 7-8 items per week, includes enough vegetables for two large vegetarian meals per week, for a family - or sides for the whole week. See harvest chart (http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/harvest.htm) for approximate schedule of vegetables including heirloom tomatoes, mesclun salad mix, zucchini, baby corn, summer squash, cucumbers, lettuces, beets, carrots, plus pumpkins, gourds, winter squash.
Full Share Price: $475 ($19.80/week)
Half share: $245

Egg Share
June - Thanksgiving, approx 24 weeks – Receive one dozen farm-fresh
eggs from the Garden of Eve Farm's own pastured, free-range hens, fed
no hormones or antibiotics.
Full Share Price: $95 ($3.95/week)
Half egg share: $50


Flower Share
June - Halloween, approx 22 weeks – A gorgeous weekly bouquet of
fresh-picked flowers, grown organically, different every week.
Includes zinnias, snapdragons, sunflowers, gladiolas, black-eyed
susans, and much more.
Full Share Price: $145 (6.59/week
Half Flower Share: $80


Fruit Share
June - Thanksgiving, approx 24 weeks – Starts out in June with strawberries, then cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, apricots, plums and pears in July and August, and mainly pears and apples September through November. Fruits are very fresh and flavorful, not organic but grown on our next-door neighbor's farm using lots of compost and low-spray techniques.
Full Share Price: $245 ($10.20/week)
Half fruit share: $125


"Mega Combo Share" is one of all shares every week:
Added together the prices total $965, but you pay only $925 ($40 discount)
(totals $38.54/week)


"Variety Pak Share" is in respond to POPULAR DEMAND for a little bit of everything at a reasonable price. It includes a HALF share of everything (which means one full share, picked up every OTHER week) Added together the prices total $500, but you pay $485 ($15 discount)
(totals $20.21/week)
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am delighted to see this blog, and even happier to be joining my first-ever CSA. I am currently a Sunset Park resident, with plans to be living in Kensington by mid-June.

I have been a member of the Park Slope Food Co-op since 2000 and will be debating whether to maintain my membership there once I move, or to drop out and find other ways to find affordable and fresh foods. Joining this CSA is my first step.

Are there others who belong to the Park Slope Food Co-op and also a CSA?

Susan said...

Yes! There are many who belong to both, especially members of the Park Slope CSA that distributes down the street from the co-op. People who are members of both find them to be complementary. Some choose to be part of the CSA only, since it also has a volunteer requirement (once or twice over the whole season for the CSA).