Support Local Farms, Youth Jobs, & Good Eats!
Added Value partners with the Red Hook Community Supported Agriculture (Red Hook CSA) to offer a weekly produce share of vegetables grown right here in Red Hook. Support our mission of youth empowerment while taking home fresh produce at affordable prices. We are unique among urban CSAs because the farm in which you invest is right here in your community!
2018 GENERAL INFO
- 22 weeks: two pick-up options: Saturdays, 10am-1pm OR Wednesdays, 5-8pm
- Saturday pick-ups: 560 Columbia Street, Red Hook Community Farm (across from Ikea)
- Wednesday pick-ups: 110 West 9th Street, (plaza in front of the Miccio Community Center)
- First pick up: June 13 or 16
- Last pick up: November 14 or 17
- Regular pick up Fourth of July
- No pick-up August 29 or September 1 (Labor Day holiday)
- Full share: ~4 people
- Small share: ~2 people, pricing is 65% of full share
- Volunteer: 8 hours total - 1 pick up shift and 1 secondary shift per membership
- Payment: cash, check, debit/credit, EBT
- Payment 1 date: June 13 or 16
- Payment 2 date: September 12 or 15
SLIDING-SCALE PRICING LEVELS
- Full share: $330 (works out to $15/week)
- Small share: $215 (works out to $9.75/week)
- Household income: under $45,000
- Payable in full at first pick up; in two equal installments; or Weekly Food Box option*
- Full share: $440 (works out to $20/week)
- Small share: $286 (works out to $13/week)
- Household income: $45,000-$65,000
- Payable in full at first pick up; or in two equal installments
- Full share: $550 (works out to $25/week)
- Small share: $358 (works out to $16.25/week)
- Household Income: $65,000 and higher
- Payable in full at first pick up; or in two equal installments,
- “B”- Level, aka Benefactor Level, helps support Level 1 shares
- Full share: $660 (works out to $30/week)
- Small share: $429 (works out to $19.50/week)
- Household Income: any
- Payable in full at first pick up, or in two equal installments
- Note: $110 (full) / $71.50 (small) qualify as charitable donations for tax purposes!
- Fruit: Full = $300, Small = $177
- Egg: One dozen/week: $100; 1/2 dozen/week = $50
- Cheese from Saxelby Cheesemongers: Full = $350; Small = $187
- Note: supplemental shares must be paid in full at the first pickup, June 14 or 17.
2018 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a CSA? A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is an arrangement where at the beginning of the season (late spring/early summer) a group of people buy shares of the upcoming harvest directly from a farm. Then, every week they pick up their individual share of vegetables until the end of the season. This group of people are investing in the farm! The farmer benefits from a guaranteed group of buyers and the CSA members benefit from fresh, affordable produce. As with any investment, the farmer and the CSA members share in the triumphs and struggles of growing food. A bad year for cucumbers is a tragedy for all but a great season for tomatoes means that members get pounds and pounds for salsas galore!
Why should I join? There are so many reasons to join a CSA, especially the Red Hook CSA! First, your membership re-circulates money back through Red Hook by supporting our ability to hire local youth to run the farm. The vegetables will have traveled ZERO miles, reducing your carbon footprint and ensuring you have the freshest vegetables possible. CSA's are also an important tool for strengthening local food systems. And finally, you get to meet more of your neighbors and hang out at the best farm in Brooklyn!
What would I get every week? We provide a variety of vegetables and herbs (usually 7-10) every week, based on what is ready to harvest. An example full share from a random week last summer: 5 lbs eggplant, 2 bunches Swiss Chard, 2 lbs cucumber, 2 bunches collards, 2 lbs sweet peppers, 3/4 lb hot peppers, 2 bunches arugula, and 4 ears corn.
What if I miss a week? If you know you can't pick up your share, have a friend come get it instead. Unclaimed shares are donated to our local food pantry here in Red Hook.
How come the pay-as-you-go option is only open to Level 1 members? Our goal is to get the veggies out to as many community members as possible. By offering a weekly payment option, more of our neighbors - who can't afford a lump sum, upfront payment - are able to join. We are thankful for members who are able to invest in the farm at the beginning of the season, and for everyone who eats our veggies!
Can I pick up my share on a Wednesday one week, and a Saturday another week? No, you can only pick up on your regular day.
Last year I picked up on Wednesdays at the NYCHA Farm - why did the location change? By moving the pick-up over to the Miccio Community Center, we hope to more closely engage (and get our vegetables out to) our neighbors on the east side of the neighborhood. We also plan to run a small farm stand in conjunction with the CSA distribution. Every year we try something new to further our mission of empowering youth and feeding the Red Hook community!
Why do I have to volunteer? The CSA is run by volunteers - you! - and everyone pitches in 8 hours before the end of the fall season. Plus it's a great way to meet other members! Every membership needs to sign up for a pick-up shift (either Wednesday or Saturday) - setting up the vegetables, helping other members collect their veggies, and breaking down at the end of the pick-up. The other hours can be helping with harvesting during the week, doing compost or farm work on Saturday mornings, writing blog posts, or something else to support the CSA and farm. We always need a lot of help with Harvest Fest - October 20 this year!
What do I do with all these veggies?! Check out the CSA's blog, the Collard Courier, for some creative and delectable recipes from a long-time CSA member. This year we'll have our Community Chef back at the Saturday farm stands cooking up some farm-fresh treats with a youth Culinary Intern - they'll hand out recipes that may inspire some culinary experimentation of your own! And if you find a moldy pepper or some wilted kale in the back of the fridge, fret not! You can always stash it in the freezer until you bring it to the farms to be composted.