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?
Yes, 3 shifts per veggie share during the summer season.
Sign up for your shifts on our online calendar. Some members consider their work shifts to be a highlight of CSA membership! It’s an opportunity to unplug in a beautiful garden, and pitch in while getting to know your neighbors. Since all of us 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 (up to 1 1⁄2 hours each) are required per veggie share, regardless of how many people are splitting the share. Tasks can include unloading bins from the delivery truck, staffing the distribution stations, sweeping the patio, staffing the garden’s front gate, wiping down empty bins, carting leftovers to the food kitchen, etc.
Shifts are worked during distributions on Thursdays, with the option of:
Truck unloading shift (4:45 – 5:30 PM) <– 45 min!
Early shift (5:15 – 6:45 PM ) <– 1 ½ hours
Late shift (6:30 – 8:00 PM) <– 1 ½ hours
How many people does one share feed?
Our weekly summer vegetable share consists of more than what one single person could likely get through each week. One veggie share tends to work out well for a household of two or maybe three–depending of course on how much you cook/eat. Also keep in mind that the first few 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, fruit, egg, flower, cheese, bread, and meat shares… but 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 Mary House’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 collection site, 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.