Fishkill Farms' CSA
PICK UP INFORMATION
Our CSA runs weekly, June through mid-November. Currently, we offer two CSA pickup locations: at our Farm Store in East Fishkill, NY, and at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Members picking up at our Farm Store will receive weekly bonus pick-your-own items!
We are pleased to offer a Winter CSA program to our local customers. This program is approximately 16 weeks long, from December-late March. The pickup site is at the Farm Store in East Fishkill.
What it includes:
A variety of fruits and vegetables from the farm. Fruits may include berries, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears & apples. Vegetables may be greens, tomatoes, squash, beans, onions, potatoes, garlic & broccoli. Due to Mother Nature, not all items will be in the share each year, so treat this list only as a general guideline. Shares picked up on the farm will also include additional pick-your-own items.
Here are some of the CSA crops (this list is not complete, but will give you an idea of what you may find in your share):
In the winter, we are hindered by the limitations of the season. However, we grow a variety of cold-hardy and storage crops, that we are pleased to provide to your family during the colder, darker months of the year. Fresh items in the share may include apples, potatoes, cabbage, kale, greens, fresh-pressed cider and more. Later in the season, we offer a variety of items freshly frozen from the season's production: sun-ripe tomatoes perfect for sauces and soups, halved peaches, strawberries, blackberries, black currants, and peppers."
Our vegetables, berries, and some tree fruit are grown according to standards that meet and, we feel, surpass national organic standards. Orchard fruit is very difficult to grow organically in the northeast, so we split our orchards. About 1/3 of our apples are grown without the use of chemicals and the remainder is eco-certified. Eco-certified means we spray only when it is absolutely necessary and use the safest, gentlest spray materials possible. For more information, visit http://www.redtomato.org/ecoapple.php.
Why Fishkill Farms' CSA?
We grow an amazing variety of produce (more than most local farms). As a result, all the produce in our share is actually from our farm, which means it was grown according to our strict environmental standards. And because of our diverse plantings, if one crop is light or fails, there are usually many more that do beautifully.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people will one share feed?
This depends on how often you cook, how much your diet is fruit and veggie based, and whether you will be canning or freezing produce for the winter. A summer CSA share will supplement a large part of the food supply of a 3-4 member family or provide most of the fruits and vegetables eaten by two. One person will have food left over for hungry and appreciative neighbors. The amount given varies over the course of the season. Designed to act as a supplement to a family's produce needs, rather than a total replacement, the winter share will cover a substantial amount of a 3-4 person family's produce requirements, providing them with the rare opportunity to eat local all year round!
Do you offer half shares?
We offer a "Small" share option to our CSA customers. The Standard share will contain around 10-12 items per week, the Small share will offer 6-8 items per week. If you would like to split a Standard share with someone, we recommend finding a friend or neighbor, and simply writing both family names on your application. A typical way of doing this split is to alternate pickup weeks for an "every-other-week" share, or members can divide the shares themselves after pickup. Unfortunately, we cannot facilitate the search/match process for share partners at this time.
What if I cannot make it to the farm during Saturday morning distribution?
If you are out of town for a pickup or cannot make it for any other reason, you may have a friend come and pick up your share for you. For off-farm pickup, we cannot hold shares past the pickup times or allow members to take extra produce the next week. For on-farm pickup, we strongly encourage members to arrive at the farm during the designated pickup times. If you arrive after, your produce may still be available, but we cannot guarantee it.