In this morning’s New York Times (front page of the Food Section, with a teaser on the front page of the paper!) writer Julia Moskin wrote an article about the proliferation of services that may call themselves CSA’s, but do not share the principles around which the Community Supported Agriculture movement was founded.
I was pleased that she interviewed me for the article, and honored that a couple of quotes made it in there. Mostly she got me sounding disgruntled about these delivery services — fair enough — but for most of the half hour we spoke, I was talking positively about all the great things about CSA!
So I wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU for participating in a true CSA and let you know why I think it’s so important. The principles that make CSA special are:
- Direct connection between farmers and members. This means you know how we grow the food and who we are, and we listen to you and your preferences as we plan the crops for the season. It also means there is no distributor taking a big cut and controlling the price in a way that makes the farm vulnerable.
- Shared risks and rewards, so that, on the risk side, if a freak hailstorm wipes out a planting of squash, we work together to deal with the problem rather than the farm diving into debt, or going under (we want our farm to be here to feed your grandkids!). On the shared rewards side, when there’s a windfall in the fields, it’s more heirloom tomatoes for everyone. (with these non-CSA delivery services, a windfall goes to the venture capitalists who back them).
- A responsibility by the farmers to transfer the CSA members’ support of the farm business into proper care for the environment and just working conditions for farmworkers. We aim to grow food by honoring the values that you, our members, will be proud of.
So take a moment to read the article and consider leaving a comment on the NY Times web site explaining why CSA is important to you.
We thank you for making a commitment to our farm through CSA, and we pledge to keep working hard to make it well worth it!
Ben and Lindsey + family, along with Wes, Kate, Christopher, Amanda, Colleen, Nico, Gilberto, Michael, Hannelore, and Cora
9am – 1pm on Saturday, July 16, 2016.
We will be pulling our garlic plants out of the field and moving them into the greenhouse to cure. Doing the work in the morning means the temperatures will still be in the 70’s, should be a nice day!
Hayrides around the farm at 11am and 1pm, and pick flowers and herbs in the garden while you’re here.
Come for as long or as short a time as you’d like!
We are getting ready to harvest the first vegetables of the season!
CSA members who are on a “weekly” or “Bi-weekly : Week A” schedule can pick up the first share the week of May 31 – June 4.
CSA members who are on a “Bi-weekly : Week B” schedule can pick up the first share week of June 7 – 11.
We do still have some shares available, click for details.
Sign up is open for our Hudson Valley CSA sites: Clermont (on the farm), Woodstock, Kingston and Red Hook Village.
Details are here
Some of our NYC sites have begun sign-up, others will be signing people up soon.
We hope you will join us this season!
We will open CSA sign ups for 2016 in early February. We look forward to a great season!
We are offering a one-time Winter Share of our certified organic vegetables!
Shares will be available as follows, click on your location for details and to sign up:
Fall Harvest Party!
Saturday, September 26th
2pm – dark
1822 Route 9, Germantown, NY 12526
We invite you to the farm for this year’s Fall Harvest Party on Saturday!
A schedule of events is below, along with the menu of food that will be available from Sasha Pearl of the Nothing Special food truck.
Please feel free to bring kids, friends, a picnic. If you are coming from far away we invite you to camp out at the farm (bring your own tent). Drop us a line if you plan to camp.
Please, do not bring pets.
We’ll see you soon!
Ben + Lindsey and family, along with the crew: Brian, Chloe, Critter, Dave, Kate, Jenny, Tim and Wes
Schedule of Events
2pm – dark:
– Cider pressing
– Visit the chickens and pigs
– Games for kids
– Pick in the Pick-Your-Own garden
– Pumpkin picking + carving / decorating
– Garlic shucking (help get garlic ready to plant!)
– Farm Store open to buy extra veggies, pork, eggs, chicken
Hayride + farm tour at 3pm,4pm, 5pm
Live music from Bear Stevens and Tivoli Hootenanny
Campfire at dusk
Sasha Pearl of the Nothing Special food truck will have farm-fresh prepared food available for purchase, please bring cash!
winter squash rosti
farro and leeks
bread with herb butter
We hope you will come join us at the farm on Sunday, July 12th, for our annual Garlic Harvest Party.
Come for as long or as short a period of time as you’d like. Come to lend a hand with the harvest, or just to visit.
12pm – 4pm: Garlic Harvest in the fields (pulling garlic from the ground gathering it up and bringing it to the greenhouse to dry)
12pm – 4pm: Our new Farm Store will be open, you can buy extra veggies, pork, and/or stew hens! The Pick-Your-Own garden will also be open for picking, there are herbs and flowers galore.
2pm and 4pm: Hayrides, taking a tour to the veggie fields, pigs, and chickens.
We began our CSA harvest this week and the season is off to a great start.
It’s not too late to sign up for this season! Your share price will be pro-rated to compensate for any weeks that you have missed.
Click here to see current prices and to sign up.
We invite you to join us at the farm for the following events this season:
Sunday April 26th
11am – 3pm
FARM OPEN HOUSE + POTATO PLANTING
(click here for details)
Sunday July 12th
GARLIC HARVEST PARTY
Help us pull garlic out of the fields and bring it to the greenhouse to cure.
(more details to come)
Saturday Sept. 26th
FALL HARVEST CELEBRATION
Music, Games, Farm Tours, Food, Fun!
(more details to come)
** All events are at the farm at 1830 Route 9, Germantown, NY 12526. Kids are welcome! Feel free to just drop by for a quick visit, or stay for the day. We have a bathroom and drinking water on the farm. If the weather looks questionable, check our web site for updates. Please do not bring pets. **