Q: What is a CSA?
A: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for people to buy vegetables directly from a local farmer. Before the harvest season, members commit and pre-pay to buy fresh, locally-grown, organic vegetables.
Q: Is the produce organic?
A: Yes, our vegetables come from Sang Lee Farms, a NOFA-NY Certified Organic Vegetable Farm. Our fruit comes from Briermere Farm, which is not certified organic, however they certainly aim for as little conventional spray as possible given the wet climate of New York. Many organic practices are integrated into the growing program.
Q: How was the farm connected with the CSA?
A: Just Food is the non-profit umbrella organization who matches qualified local farms with CSAs in NYC.
Q: Can I visit the farm?
A: Yes, there is an open house out at the farm every year in April, and Sang Lee Farms runs a Weekend Farm Stand which you can visit on your own.
Q: When is the CSA season?
A: The summer/fall season typically runs from mid June through mid November. Our winter season runs through November and December. The exact timing depends on the growing season, which depends on the weather.
Q: Do you only have vegetable shares?
A: No—in the summer of 2018, we will also offer Fruit, Cheese, and Kitchen Shares made at Sang Lee Farms, from seasonal soups and salads to dressings, pestos, and dips.
Q: What is the time and place of distribution?
A: Our summer distribution is held in DUMBO Heights at Randolph Beer, 82 Prospect Street. Distribution runs Wednesdays from 5:00-7:45 PM.
In the winter, distributions are on Tuesday evenings.
Q: Do you deliver shares?
A: No, we don’t have the capability to make deliveries.
Q: Do I have to be a member to participate in the CSA?
A: Yes, only prepaid members can participate in distribution. There are no on-site sales of the produce during the season.
Q: Can I become a member for part of the season?
A: No, we only take members for full seasons. However, you are welcome to select the Partial Share option to try out a smaller share of vegetables for your first CSA season.
Q: Do I have to donate any time to be a member in the CSA?
A: Yes, every member (or family) needs to volunteer to help out distributions during season (2 shifts in the summer, and 1 in the winter).
Q: If I work late or have children, do I still have to work at distribution?
A: Yes, we have a late shift from 6:15-8:00 PM for people who can’t leave work early. If your schedule is not flexible at all, we can arrange for other volunteer opportunities. You can bring your children to distribution with you.
Q: What happens if I’m on vacation or can’t get to distribution one week?
A: You can ask a friend/neighbor to pick up your share or give it away. If no one comes to pick up your share, it is shared among the Randolph Beer team.
Q: Are there any events or activities associated with the CSA?
A: Members volunteer to plan get togethers, food demos and farm visits. We always welcome new ideas and volunteers for other activities.
Q: What if there is a drought or flooding and the farm can’t produce the quantity or quality of vegetables it normally does?
A: By becoming a member of the CSA you assume the risk of organic farming. Our farmers are highly experienced and will do everything they can to make sure we have the best possible produce no matter the circumstances.