Cream of the Crop CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) has been providing locally grown, farm fresh food to the Upper West Side for nearly 2 decades. We are proud to connect Manhattan to delicious, seasonal food that comes straight from the farm to your hands at our distribution site at W 86th and West End Avenue.
Most questions are addressed on this website, but if you still need assistance after you’ve looked around, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Our veggies and optional fruit shares come from Hepworth Farms, a seventh generation family owned farm in Milton, NY on the banks of the Hudson River. The farm is lovingly run by Amy Hepworth, Gail Hepworth, and Gerry Greco. Hepworth's vegetables and berries are Certified Organic and they practice Integrative Pest Management when farming the rest of their fruit.
We also offer a wide variety of optional shares that goes beyond produce, including milk, yogurt, cheese, bread, eggs, and meats from small family farms in upstate New York and Pennsylvania.
Cream of the Crop CSA has always taken pride in ensuring that “Community” comes first. We go above and beyond to serve those who need special assistance or accommodations, and this year will be no exception. At distribution, you can expect:
Volunteers have the option to work separately and independently
Masks and gloves as needed (consistent with city and distribution site guidelines)
Senior and immune-compromised members will have designated collection times, if needed and requested
We hope to once again offer delivery service (for an additional fee).
What types of memberships do you offer?
Full Season Summer/Fall CSA: This season, we are offering 22-week seasonal memberships from June 21 through November 15.
We also offer a shortened “Vacationer’s Share” 13-week membership to accommodate those who are away during most of July and August; pick-ups for Vacationer’s Shares are only during the months of June, September, October, and November.
*New for 2022* This season we are offering a Summer Veggie share 9-week membership that runs July 5 through August 30. It's perfect for students who don't have time to cook when classes are in session and for busy families that want to enjoy the best of summer's bounty but are too swamped to keep up with farm share during the school year.
Once you choose your Veggie Share, you can add as many Add-On Options as you wish to customize your weekly haul. Our HUGE selection of Add-On Options include fruit shares, farm fresh brown or araucana eggs, milk, yogurts, pastured pork or poultry, 100% grass-fed beef or lamb, cow and goat cheeses, bread, and more! We even offer KOSHER poultry and dairy items!
From time to time, we also have special items for sale on-site. Last year we were able to offer additional ears of corn, tomatoes for canning, cherry tomatoes, and locally foraged lion’s mane mushrooms.
Where and when do we pick up our veggies each week?
The 2022 season will begin June 21 and run for 22 weeks, ending on November 15. Our freshly harvested produce is delivered from the farms to our distribution site on the UWS, at the Church of St Paul & St Andrew, 263 W 86th St at West End Ave., every Tuesday. Members collect their shares at the site anytime between 4:00 and 7:30 PM on Tuesdays.
Our corn is treasured by our younger members
Why Join Cream of the Crop CSA?
Certified Organic Produce
22- or 13-week Memberships
The option to get even more veggies with our Veggie Supplement
Over 20 Add-On Options
Late Pick-up Hours
What is a CSA?
A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a partnership between a city group and regional farmers. During the winter and spring, the CSA farmers sell shares of their 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 farmers a living wage. By supporting local farmers, our CSA members not only get freshly harvested produce once a week at affordable prices, but each member is also helping to preserve local and sustainable agriculture and farmland! If that’s not enough, members also enjoy connecting to their local community of food-conscious neighbors and can participate in potlucks, trips to the farm, cooking classes, and other fun events.
Cream of the Crop CSA - Purveyors of fine urban nature to NYC's UWS