2022 CSA PROGRAM
WHAT IS CSA?
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a popular farming model in which customers pay the farmer a lump sum up front and then receive a portion of the farm's harvest in return throughout the farm season. The CSA model benefits both the farmer and the customer. It gives the farmer the capital needed to budget the entire farming season and purchase equipment, seeds, soil amendments, and other supplies necessary to grow, harvest, wash, pack and distribute crops. It provides the customer with a deep and personal connection to their food: locally grown, fresh veggies that are produced by us, your farmers. In a time when our food system is so vastly impersonal, this close connection with farms makes a big difference in local economies, food education and personal nutrition.
WHAT IS THE LO FARM CSA LIKE?
Becoming a CSA member provides you with a weekly share of fresh produce grown on our farm for 26 weeks (sometime in late May / early June through November). Members will receive a predetermined box of vegetables each week which can be picked up at our farm in Catskill, or at Grazery located in New Paltz.
We offer Full Shares and Half Shares. The Full Shares receive 7-10 veggies per week, and Half Shares receive 4-6 veggies per week.
Share contents will vary as the season changes: the beginning (cooler) part of the season tends to have more green items like salad greens, kales, broccolini, Bok choi, radishes; the midsummer heat lends itself to crops such as tomatoes, watermelons, zucchinis, cucumbers, peppers and early potatoes; and the shift into fall gives us sweet potatoes, leeks, winter squashes, more cool-weather salad greens, broccoli, cauliflower, and more. There are certain items we hope to have available in the CSA shares throughout most of the season: some kind of salad green, some kind of allium (AKA onion - scallions, bunching onions, leeks), and a solid rotation of more seasonal crops.
We have a LIMITED NUMBER of
New Paltz shares available for the 2022 season!
This year there is a cap on the number of New Paltz shares available. If you want to secure your spot as a CSA member and pick up in New Paltz, please sign up and pay for a CSA share ASAP!
CAN MEMBERS CHOOSE WHAT'S in their share?
CSA members will not be able to choose what's in their weekly share; contents will be farmers' choice. As many of our customers know, we are big fans of the choose-your-own system, however we have made a shift to CSA boxes because we had to move our farm operation to a new location for the 2021 season. This has been an exciting adjustment for us, but rebuilding our farm operation essentially from scratch has been hard work. We do not yet have a Farm Store on site, which is one of the crucial components that makes the choose-your-own system setup so beneficial for farmers in terms of economics and time management. We will continue to work tirelessly to build up our farm, but for the time being we do not have the capacity to fulfill special orders. For these reasons, this year we are focusing our efforts on a specially curated CSA box filled with fresh veggies grown by us using organic methods only.
We will still offer our Farm Card program to be used at the Rhinebeck Farmers' Market. For more information about this, you can hop on over to our Farm Card page.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE CSA SHARES BE AVAILABLE?
Beginning sometime in late May or early June (exact start date is weather dependent), CSA shares will be available for pickup at our farm in Catskill, NY on Thursdays, 2pm to 7pm**. We will also have a pick up on Wednesdays in New Paltz at Grazery, located in the Water Street Market from 2pm to 7pm**.
**Please note that pickup times are subject to change slightly before the beginning of the CSA season; we will notify all members of any changes in pickup window times.
HOW MUCH DO CSA SHARES COST?
Catskill Full Shares:
$660 (an average of $25.38 per week for 26 weeks)
Catskill Half Shares:
$360 (an average of $13.85 per week for 26 weeks)
New Paltz Full Shares:
$710 (an average of $25.38 per week for 26 weeks plus a weekly $1.93 delivery fee)
New Paltz Half Shares:
$400 (an average of $13.85 per week for 26 weeks plus a weekly $1.54 delivery fee)
Box quantities will vary throughout the season as crop abundance ebbs and flows; for example, late spring shares might have fewer veggies than peak-harvest midsummer shares, but over the course of the season, CSA box contents will exceed the monetary value of the share.
HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?
First, you'll need to sign up for CSA membership online. Then you can either pay online by credit card (which has an added 3% processing fee) or you can mail us a check (no additional processing fee). At this time we are not accepting cash payments. Both Half Shares and Full Shares must be paid in full to secure membership for the season. You can find more information regarding how to pay your CSA share when you sign up.