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Farm fresh food in NYC

New Yorkers interested in getting local, seasonal produce (and in some cases, eggs and dairy) straight from a farm have been signing up for community-supported agriculture more and more in recent years.

What’s a CSA?
Local farmers offer some of their “shares” to the public. Consumers buy a share — or membership — and a box of seasonal produce every week through the farming season.

These CSAs are still accepting customers. It’s not a bad way to mark Earth Day.

Staten Island CSA
Partners: Starbrite Farm (Hardwick, N.J.)
Shares: Vegetables, fruits
Length: June 16 – Nov. 10
Distribution location/time: Wed., 5:30-7:30 pm, Christ Church (76 Franklin Avenue, Staten Island)
Expected volunteer time: Five hours at the distribution point during the season
Register at:
Price: $550 per vegetable share, additional $210 for separate fruit shares. Share size: 7-13 different types of vegetables of varying amounts each week —enough for a family of 3 to 4.

West 100th Street CSA
Partner farm: Garden of Eve Farm (Riverhead, N.Y.)
Shares: Vegetables, fruits, flowers, eggs
Length: June 9 – Nov. 17
Distribution location/time: Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 pm, Ansche Chesed Synagogue (251 W. 100th St.)
Expected volunteer time: One distribution shift during the season
Register at:
Price: Prices vary. Full vegetable shares cost $600, while full combo shares (one share each of vegetables, fruits, eggs, and flowers) go for $1080. Share size: 7-10 different types of vegetables of varying amounts — enough for a family of 3-4.

Dumbo/Vinegar Hills CSA
Partner farm: Sang Lee Farms (Peconic, N.Y.)
Shares: Vegetables, fruits, cheese
Length: June 8 – Nov. 9
Distribution location/time: Tuesdays 5-7:30 pm, Phoenix House (50 Jay Street, Brooklyn)
Expected volunteer time: Two distribution shifts during the season
Register at:
Price: Full shares are $585, partial shares are $370, fruit shares as well as cheese shares are both $160. Share size: 8-10 different types of vegetables of varying amounts — enough for a family of 3-4.

Harvest Astoria
Partner farm: Norwich Meadows Farm (Norwich, N.Y.)
Shares: Vegetables, fruit
Length: TBA (expected start date June 16)
Distribution location/time: Wednesdays, 4-8:30 pm, Church Of The Redeemer (30-14 Crescent Street, Queens)
Expected volunteer time: Three distribution shifts of 2.5 hours each during the season
How to register:
Price: $330 for single vegetable share, $630 for double vegetable share, additional $130-240 for fruit shares. Share size: 6-9 different types of vegetables per week — enough for 2-3 people

1)Fresh fruits and vegetables taste much better than their supermarket counterparts.
2)You’re helping local farmers stay in business.
3) New, unfamiliar produce often yields new, exciting dishes. Recipes are often included, too.
4) Having fresh fruit and vegetables in the house means you’ll likely eat more of them.

1)Depending on the week’s crops there can be an overabundance of one or two vegetables.
2)You can end up with a large amount of produce you’re not used to cooking and/or don’t like.
3)You’re at the mercy of the weather. If crops aren’t coming in, you’re not getting them.
4)It can be a pain to pick up the produce.

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