When and where does it all go down?
We distribute out of a community garden on the Lower East Side.
During the summer season, the distributions take place weekly, 5:30 – 7:30 PM on Thursdays. During the winter season, the distributions take place monthly, 12:30 – 1:30 PM on Saturdays.
Is there a work shift requirement?
During the summer season, yes.
Lots of members consider their work shifts to be a benefit of CSA membership! It’s an opportunity to pitch in, while getting to know your neighbors. Since we as members are our own staff, our collective labor is what keeps this CSA running, therefore work shifts are mandatory. Members who fail to fulfill their work shift obligations by the final distribution of summer will not be invited to re-join the CSA for following seasons.
THREE work shifts (1 hour and 45 minutes each) are required per season per membership, regardless of how many people are splitting how many shares. Meaning, a single person with one veggie and one flower share owes three shifts, just like three roommates splitting one fruit share also collectively owe three shifts. Tasks can include unloading bins from the delivery truck, staffing the distribution stations, sweeping the patio, overseeing food scraps collection for compost, wiping down empty bins, carting leftovers to the food kitchen, etc.
Shifts are worked during distributions on Thursdays, with the option of the unloading shift (4:45 – 6:30 pm) or closing shift (6:15 – 8:00 pm). Email us for the work shift calendar URL.
How many people does one share feed?
Our weekly summer vegetable share is large and feeds several people (the weekly contents are far more than what one single person could likely get through each week). One veggie share tends to work out well for an omnivorous household of three, or a vegetarian household of two–depending of course on how often you cook. Also keep in mind that the first couple weeks of the season are lighter as the harvest season gets underway, but things ramp up pretty quickly.
Do you sell half shares?
It’s up to you to find a friend or neighbor to go in on your veggies with you, if you think they’ll be too much for you as a single person living alone (which they almost certainly will be). You can post to our facebook forum to try to find someone to pair up with. More info on veggie share contents & size here.
What do you offer besides vegetables?
Lots. We sell veggie shares, fruit shares, egg shares, flower shares, cheese shares, bread shares, meat shares… the list goes on.
Plus, there are many items that can be purchased a la carte (order as much or as little as you want, whenever you feel like it, and pay as you go)–including all kinds of cheeses, frozen meats, granola, jam, breads, yogurt, grains, and a lot more. Info here.
What if I can’t make it to distribution on time or at all?
No need to give us a heads up, just send someone on your behalf, or not–it’s up to you.
Keep in mind that it’s not possible for us to hold food for later (or earlier) pick-up, beyond our regular distribution hours. NO EXCEPTIONS! If you can’t make it, send a friend instead–that person simply has to provide your full name at sign-in and s/he’s good to go. If nobody comes for your share, your food gets donated to the Bowery Mission’s soup kitchen around the corner.
Do you take kitchen scraps for compost?
Not currently, sorry!
However, we encourage our members to save their scraps (in a container in the freezer, for reduced smell/mess) and drop them off for no cost at a nearby composting facility, or explore the option of a paid home pick-up service such as Reclaimed Organics.
Can I meet the farmers?
Farmer Ted comes down to the city each spring before the start of the summer season, for a meet and greet. He loves the opportunity to meet all the members for whom he’ll be growing and harvesting his veggies, and our members love to put a face to the man behind the produce that’ll be nourishing them all summer.
Additionally, every August we organize a trip up to Ted’s farm in Valley Falls, NY. It’s a weekend of tromping along rows of veggies, sampling carrots straight from the ground, communal meals, a bonfire, camping under the stars, and maybe a dip at the local swimming hole. The invite goes out to members via email around late July.