CSA = Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is agriculture supported by a community in which members will buy a share from the farm prior to the growing season in order to support the farmers throughout the growing season. The member will get a share every week for 22-24 weeks (usually June thru November) of local and certified organic produce. The shares consist of vegetables, and some fruits all harvested fresh! In addition to a CSA share, members are invited to our Pick-Your-Own (PYO) fields once a week to partake in the harvest and see where their veggies grow. PYO vegetables are different than what we grow in the main fields and usually include crops like: okra, sauce tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, specialty basil, green beans, snap peas, flowers, and herbs!
Joining our CSA means you become a part of our community. We share with you the weekly harvest from the fields and together we share in the risks and rewards each season has to offer. Being a part of our CSA means we are able to support each other, our local food system, and the integrity of the land.
Our growing practices
We are a USDA Certified Organic Farm and follow only organic growing practices. . We strive to provide high quality, fresh, seasonal produce by enriching and maintaining the health of our soils, water quality and air through our farming practices. By using practices such as composting, cover cropping and companion planting, we are able to encourage our crops and soils to produce and maintain high fertility. Our crops are grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or GMO (genetically modified organisms) and are grown outside as well as in our four passive solar greenhouses year round.
We are dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of our land by nurturing a biologically diverse environment. We want to foster a place where the community can come together to teach, learn, experience, and celebrate life in the Hudson Valley. In addition we pride ourselves on being able to provide and support our farmers with a fair and sustainable living wage.
We are certified through the Northeast Organic Farming Association: New York Division or NOFA-NY
What is Organic?
When a farm or processor is “Certified Organic” it means that a USDA-accredited certification has verified that the production practices used meet the requirements outlined in the National Organic Program (NOP) Standards. The NOP Standards are based on the principles of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 that puts forth the basic concept that healthy soil is the foundation for healthy plants and animals. NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC is New York State’s largest organic certification agency, accredited since 2002 by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).
Certified organic operations must apply for certification each year. This involves undergoing an annual on-farm inspection, submitting their organic system plan, maintaining detailed records, and paying an annual certification fee. Once certified, operations must notify the certifier of any changes to their operation to ensure continued compliance.
Example of a Typical share throughout the season...
Harvest expectations: The list below outlines some of the vegetables we hope to have and when you may see them in your share. This list is based on our best estimate and experience, but of course weather, pests, and other events will affect actual production and timing.
Late Spring/ Early Summer (weeks 1-7):, arugula, *beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli raab, cabbage, carrots, celery, collards, cucumbers, escarole, fennel, garlic scapes, green garlic, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, new potatoes, radicchio, spinach, spring radishes, scallions, spring onions, *strawberries, *sugar snap peas, summer squash, swiss chard, hakurei turnips
Mid-Summer (weeks 8-16): *beans, beets, celery, *cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, kirby cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, *hot peppers, lettuce, melons (cantaloupe and watermelon), onions, sweet peppers, potatoes, summer squash, spaghetti squash, sweet corn, swiss chard, *plum tomatoes, red slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, *tomatillos, herbs and *flowers
Late Summer/Fall (weeks 17-24): arugula, beets, bok choy, broccoli, broccoli raab, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collards, celeriac, celery, eggplant, escarole, *flowers, fresh ginger, garlic, herbs, *hot peppers, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, onions, peppers, popcorn, potatoes, radicchio, shallots, spinach, summer squash, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, *plum tomatoes, tomatoes, *tomatillos, turnips, winter radishes, winter squash
Pick Your Own
All members are entitled to our PYO (Pick Your Own) fields which will be open during Farm Stand pick up hours. Each week there will be a board explaining how much members are allowed to harvest as quantities are subject to change daily. We encourage you to take advantage of PYO because crops in our PYO field are often not offered in the regular weekly share. E.g. okra, cherry tomatoes, specialty basil, green beans, edamame, snap peas, herbs, flowers, and more.
Farm Stand Pickup
Full & Half Share Farm Stand pickup- A weekly share from June thru November of 8-15 different vegetables and some fruit. A Full Share is recommended for a Family of 4 or couple that are vegetable enthusiasts where a Half share is recommended for a couple or individual that is a vegetable enthusiast . Members will come to the farm stand to pick out their share once a week on their assigned day throughout the growing season. Full Share is typically twice the Half Share. Members are asked to bring their own bags for pick up and clippers for U-Pick Items
2018 ONSITE PICK-UP
Pricing and Information to follow
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