Upper West Side at Rutgers Church
2022 shares are now available!
We invite you to join us for Community Supported Agriculture on the Upper West Side! All are welcome. CSA members receive our farm’s freshest Certified Organic vegetables throughout the harvest season, from June through November. You can join for the full season, or for just the Summer or Autumn season. Eggs and fruit are available, too!
What's in a vegetable share?
At each pickup, members can expect to receive about 5 types of certified organic vegetables grown right here at Hearty Roots Farm. Members will receive an email the day before pick up to let them know what will be in that week’s share.
Each week we harvest a balance of our organic salad greens, root vegetables, cooking greens, herbs, and other seasonal produce (like tomatoes or peppers in the summer, and winter squash in the fall). You can see a full list of what we’re growing this year here.
The shares at this CSA site are designed for small households, with fewer vegetables (and a lower price) than many CSA shares. If you cook a lot, or have a larger household, we suggest that you purchase two shares.
What are in the add-on egg and fruit shares?
The egg shares come from our own Hearty Roots pasture-raised hens! If you add an optional egg share to your order, you can choose to get a dozen or a half-dozen eggs each week. Our hens live out on the pasture, foraging in the grass, which gives their eggs amazing, nutrient-rich orange yolks. Read more about our eggs here.
Fruit shares include one fruit item per pick-up (for example, a basket of blueberries, or 6 apples, or 5 large peaches, etc.). We source the fruit from a handful of orchards and fruit growers in the Hudson Valley.
Fruit availability varies from season to season. In summer you can expect peaches, blueberries, pears, nectarines, raspberries, cherries, and plums. In the fall, the share includes many varieties of apples, pears, cider, and more!
While we source organic fruit when we can, there are very few certified organic fruit options in the Hudson Valley. Most of the fruit is grown conventionally, by farmers we know and trust.
The CSA distribution takes place on Wednesday afternoons/evenings, from 3:30pm–8:30pm, in the lobby of Rutgers Church (236 West 73rd Street, between Broadway and West End).
Shares are pre-packaged in reusable tote bags. Please return your empty tote bag at the following week’s pick-up so we can clean and re-use them for your next share!
The full harvest season runs from June 1st to November 30th. Members can choose to sign up for a Full Season share, or for just the Summer or Autumn Season.
There are three holiday weeks this season when no shares will be delivered, to allow the farmers to catch up on planting and weeding. For all members, we will be skipping deliveries during the week before the July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving holidays. Taking these weeks off from harvest will allow our team to catch up on our field work and plant care, and will help alleviate some of the stress of the peak summer months.
This year the dates for each are as follows:
Full Season Share (24 pick-ups) — The Full Season runs from June 1st through November 30th. No deliveries will take place June 29th, August 31st, or November 23rd.
Summer Season Share (12 pick-ups) — The Summer Season runs from June 1st through August 24th. No delivery will take place on June 29th.
Autumn Season Share (12 pick-ups) — The Autumn Season runs from September 7th through November 30th. No delivery will take place on November 23rd.
In addition to these three pre-arranged holiday weeks, members may choose up to 2 additional "vacation" weeks each season (for a total of 4 vacation weeks for Full Season members), to make sure the CSA schedule fits your personal schedule! Members who choose to use these optional vacation weeks will be credited for the value of the unused share, to be put toward their next CSA installment payment or CSA purchase.
If you miss a pickup or choose to skip a week without notice, the share will be donated to someone in need through Rutgers Church. No food is wasted!
Members of the 2022 Rutgers Church CSA with Hearty Roots Farm are required to volunteer to help with Wednesday pick-ups for one shift each season that you are receiving shares. Volunteer shifts take place on Wednesdays during regular pick-up hours, in the lobby of the church at 236 West 73rd St. Everything will be arranged when you arrive; there is no set-up or clean-up involved. Volunteers make sure names are crossed off the check-in list correctly and help keep pick-ups running smoothly. It’s easy, and fun to meet other CSA members! If you have children, they are welcome to accompany you.
Please sign up here for one 75-minute session during each season that you are receiving shares. Full season members should choose one slot in each season (Summer and Autumn). The dates for the summer season are June 1st–August 24th. The dates for the fall season are September 7th–November 30. Please enter your name in a slot from those available, then keep a record of the date(s) and time(s) you’ve selected. In the event you are not able to keep your scheduled slot, please arrange for a family member or friend to volunteer as we are not able to arrange substitutes.
Upper West Side at Rutgers Church CSA 2022 Prices
Full Season Vegetable Share | 24 weeks |
Partial Season (Summer or Autumn) Vegetable Share | 12 weeks | $22/pick-up ($264/season)
Egg Share | $7/dozen or $4/half-dozen
(For Full Season Shares: $168/season for a dozen eggs, $96/season for half-dozen)
(For Partial Season Shares: $84/season for a dozen eggs, $48/season for half-dozen)
Fruit Share | $6.50/pick-up
($156/season for Full Season Shares, $78/season for Partial Season Shares)
One-time Membership Fee | $10
(See below for more information.)
Pay in Full
We appreciate your full payment to help the farm cover all the costs of growing the vegetables at the beginning of the season!
Pay in Monthly Installments
A non-refundable deposit is due on sign-up. The remaining monthly payments will be processed on the first of each month during the season (June–November for Full Season Shares; June–August for Summer Shares; September–November for Autumn Shares). A small $0.30 fee is added to each installment payment by the credit card processor.
Full Season vegetable shares: $84 deposit (+ $10 membership fee) | 6 monthly installments of $70
Partial Season vegetable shares: $54 deposit (+ $10 membership fee) | 3 monthly installments of $70
Full Season egg shares (dozen): $36 deposit | 6 monthly installments of $22
Partial Season egg shares (dozen): $18 deposit | 3 monthly installments of $22
Full Season egg shares (half-dozen): $18 deposit | 6 monthly installments of $13
Partial Season egg shares (half-dozen): $9 deposit | 3 monthly installments of $13
Full Season fruit shares: $36 deposit | 6 monthly installments of $20
Partial Season fruit shares: $18 deposit | 3 monthly installments of $20
There is also a one-time membership fee of $10 that will be due at sign-up for all members, whether paying in full or in monthly installments. This money helps keep your CSA running! These funds are used by the Rutgers Church CSA core organizers for various materials and expenses that arise over the course of the season, and to help subsidize shares for low-income and food-insecure community members. This membership fee is mandatory to join this CSA. When you sign up for your share, you will see the membership fee in the “Add-on Shares” section. You must add the Rutgers Church membership fee from those selections to your cart before you check out. If you do not pay for the membership fee when you place your order, your card on file will be charged for the amount of the membership fee prior to the start of the season. Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions about this.
If you paid in full, you can cancel your share at any time with a week's notice. You can choose to have a credit issued for a future CSA or Farm Market purchase; or receive a refund for the value of the shares remaining in the season less 5% for processing fees.
If you pay with installments, you can cancel your payment plan at any time. The installment payments already made are non-refundable, and your cancellation will take effect at the beginning of the next month.
Ready to join? Here's how you sign up!
You can sign up for your share here! We use GrownBy software for our CSA member management. We love GrownBy for two reasons: it allows you to check on your pick-up schedule and to change pick-up locations and dates, and it is software designed by a farmer-owned cooperative that was founded by Hearty Roots’ own Lindsey Lusher Shute! It works great as an app from the Apple or Android app stores, or can be used in a web browser.
If you purchased a share from us last year, you should already have an account set up. If you are a new member (welcome!), you will need to create an account as part of your purchase. Once you are logged in, you will be able to make all of your selections (full season or partial season, adding on eggs and/or fruit, and your required membership fee) before checkout. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to providing you and your family with our fresh, delicious produce this season!