Growing Heart 2014 Growing Season
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CSA?
How much does it cost?
What is your half-share policy?
How do you determine price?
What’s in a share?
Where do I pick up my share?
How do I sign up?
When does it start?
What happens if I can’t pick up my share?
Can I come to the farm?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a simple and efficient way to distribute food directly from local farms to people in nearby communities. In a CSA you buy a fixed-price “share” of the farm’s harvest for the season, and receive a selection of fresh produce weekly from June through October. Your share will be delivered to a convenient neighborhood drop-off spot, where you come by once a week and pick up your vegetables, meet other CSA members, trade recipes and chat with the farmers.
When you sign up, you dedicate yourself to being our customer for the year, thus providing us a secure market — a welcome measure of certainty in the fickle world of farming! We, in turn, dedicate ourselves to being your farmers, providing you with a varied, nutritious, and chemical-free vegetable diet. When you join a CSA, you know exactly where your food is coming from. And you can ask us any questions about our farming methods and how we take care of our land to better feed you! Working directly with you – without the intermediary of stores or wholesalers – gives us the opportunity to provide the freshest quality produce you can buy. Your veggies will be harvested within 36 hours of your collection time. You may also discover new varieties and even new vegetables that you would be unlikely to find in a grocery store.
In the CSA model, the farm members share the risk as well as the rewards of the farm season. Mother nature provides no guarantees, and some years a particular vegetable may not do very well. You, the members, also share in the bounty of the farm, and members receive highest quality vegetables and herbs. As a member of a CSA, you will be directly supporting small-scale, ecological, local farming, and helping maintain our regional farmlands and rural areas.
A full share is $600 for 20 weeks of vegetables from June-October. A half share is $325 for 10 weeks (every other week from June-October). Members may split a full share for no additional cost if they sign up together. We offer members the option to add meat, eggs, and/or herbal products to their shares for an additional cost. See our sign up sheet for details.
We have two options for half-share holders:
1. Pick up a full share every other week. You’ll get 10 weeks of produce for $325, and we’ll tell you which weeks to pick up.
2. We pair you with another half share member. Once you are paired up, you can either decide to pick up on alternating weeks (this might give you more flexibility than the above option – if you’re out of town for a week your buddy can pick up your share, then you can get the next two weeks in a row) or to split the share in half each week (or whatever other arrangement works for you). Growing Heart Farm will not physically split the share in half for you – we drop off a full share – it’s up to you and your CSA buddy to work out those details.
We are a very small farm working largely by hand and with – instead of against – nature; the care in our techniques is reflected in the quality our veggies. We feel that the taste of our produce far surpasses what you find in the grocery store and even the farmers market due to the attention and care given during cultivation and harvest.
If you are willing to invest in the best tasting, highest quality ingredients, we are the CSA for you. If you are looking for bulk produce on a budget, we unfortunately may not be the best option. LocalHarvest has a helpful guide to choosing the best produce purveyor for you.
We are one of the few farms within 100 miles of NYC and we run entirely on solar power and employ many other sustainable practices. Our prices reflect the true cost of producing veggies at this scale in a sustainable manner. It takes two full time people and many other loving helpers to run our CSA and we want to share the love we have growing with you.
What’s in a share?
Shares will include between 7 and 12 types of vegetables and/or herbs per week. The variety will generally be limited at the beginning of the season and increase as the summer progresses. You can find shares from previous years on our blog. Some examples of the selection, by season:
Spring – arugula, baby mixed greens, beets, cabbage, chard, chicory, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, peas, radishes, spinach, turnips, chives, oregano
Summer – basil, baby mixed greens, beets, cilantro, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, gherkins, kale, lettuce, leeks, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, tomatillos, summer squash/zucchini
Fall – arugula, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, chard, collard greens, fennel, kale, leeks, parsnips, peppers, turnips, radishes, rutabaga
Due to limited staffing, funds and hours in the day, we will be offering only one NYC pick up location this year:
- SOHO – Nathan Love 407 broome st map - Wednesdays 5pm-7pm
Pick ups for local members will be available at the farm and in Millbrook on Saturdays from 9am-11am.
For 2014 registration is limited to 30 NYC and 20 local CSA members, first-come, first-served.
- You are not considered registered until we receive your 50% deposit or payment in full.
- We accept checks (cash if you can catch one of us in person). Make checks out to Growing Heart Farm.
To register, please download a pdf of the registration form and send it to the farm.
Follow the instructions on the form and return your completed form to:
Growing Heart Farm
25 Jeans Drive
Pawling, NY 12564
When does it start?
The season is 20 weeks long, beginning in late May or early June and running until early to mid-October.
What if I can’t pick up my share
You can send a friend to pick up for you. Missed pickups will be donated to local food kitchens after the pick up time ends. If you let us know at least a few days in advance we can try to accomodate a double share another week.
Can I come to the farm?
We love volunteers and encourage members to come help out on the farm. All ages and abilities are welcome, including kids and those with limited mobility. You’ll get to see first-hand where your food comes from as you help with harvesting, washing, weeding or similar “work.” We are less than a mile walk from the Harlem Valley – Wingdale Metro North train station. Email csa [at] growingheartfarm [dot] com to arrange a visit.