Our CSA produce comes from a conglomerate of amazing small, family farms in NY and PA with the bulk it (vegetables and fruit) coming from Hepworth Farms. Hepworth Farms is a seventh generation family owned farm in Milton, NY on the banks of the Hudson River. The farm is lovingly run and operated 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.
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 in their 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. By supporting the farmers, our CSA members not only get freshly picked or processed delicious food once a week at a very affordable price, they are also helping to preserve local/sustainable agriculture and farmland, and get to enjoy being part of a community of food-conscious neighbors, participate in pot-lucks, trips to the farm and other fun events. Members are required to volunteer for a minimum of 3 2 hour 'shifts' to help out at the site over the course of the season.
How much does it cost? The price for a 24 week Large Veggie share is $662.40 (or $602.40 if member volunteers on/off site) Large shares typically include 10 to 14 different items each week, generally enough for a family of 4 or a vegetarian couple. We also offer a 24 week Small Veggie share for $438.00 (or $378.00 if member volunteers on/off site) which typically includes 8 to 11 different items and are more manageable for single person households or those who don't eat a lot of veggies. The weekly cost per share can be as low as $25.00 per week for a Large share and $15.75 per week for a Small share! This cost is much less than the cost of the same amount of food that you would purchase at your local organic grocer or farmer's market! For more information on how to get your $60.00 credit click here.
Where and when do we pick up our veggies each week? For the 2013 season we begin in early June (not sure exactly when yet. That depends on Mother Nature) and run for 24 weeks ending in November. Our freshly harvested produce is delivered from the farms to our distribution site in NYC, at the Church of St Paul & St Andrew, 263 W 86th St at West End Ave. Members collect their food at the site between 4:30 and 7:00 PM every Tuesday.
We also offer optional shares of; pastured eggs, pasteurized non-homogenized milk, non-homogenized/non-pasteurized raw milk, yogurt, butter, low-spray fruit, pastured chicken and ground turkey, 100% grass-fed beef and pork, aged cow's cheeses, artisan pasta, local fish and gelato! Yummy! Pastured turkeys are available to order for Thanksgiving.
Members can have the ability to purchase a variety of other local items on a week to week basis.