CSA FAQ’s 2017-11-29T18:28:53+00:00

CSA FAQ’s

What is a CSA?
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” A CSA program enables community members to buy a share in the farm’s harvest. Members buy shares in advance of the growing season to help finance the seed, planting, equipment and labor costs of farming. In return they receive a weekly supply of fresh, local, seasonal vegetables throughout the growing season.

How do I join?
Just click here to be directed to our CSA sign-up site. 

What if I’m a returning member?
Use the link in the above paragraph (How do I join?) which takes you to our CSA sign-up site . Then clink the link at the top of that page in the green box that says: “Returning member?”

What do I receive as a CSA member?
The Rockland Farm Alliance CSA is 25 weeks long and runs from May through November.  CSA members receive weekly shares of organic produce grown at Cropsey Community Farm. A CSA Farm Share will contain 8-12 items per week and have a weekly value equal or greater than $30. In the beginning of the season, your CSA share may be smaller while at the middle to end of the season, you will enjoy an abundant share.

While not a complete list, here’s what could be included in your CSA share at different points in the season:

May/June: lettuce, swiss chard, kale, snap beans, summer squash, zucchini, spring onions, radishes, cucumbers, spring garlic/garlic scares, salad mix, beets, fennel and culinary herbs

July: shallots, fresh garlic, carrots, lettuce, swiss chard, kale, snap beans, onions, tomatoes, new potatoes, squash, zucchini, sweet peppers, eggplant and culinary herbs

August: the same as July plus sweet corn

September: the same as July plus sweet corn, broccoli, raspberries, and spinach

October/November: fennel, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, winter squash, turnips, radishes, parsnips, spinach, arugula, onions, brussels sprouts, broccoli, celery, celeriac lettuce, kale and culinary herbs.

Pick-your-own flower shares are also available as an add-on for CSA members or as a stand-alone item. Flower share members are invited to cut a selection of flowers at Cropsey Farm each week, during scheduled vegetable pick-up times on Tuesdays or Saturdays and as long as weather permits.

Are there different levels or types of CSA memberships?
Yes, we offer:
• General Vegetable Shares, self-packed at Cropsey Farm ($750)
• Pre-Packaged Vegetable Shares for pick-up at Hungry Hollow Co-op in Chestnut Ridge, NY, the Nyack Farmers’ Market, or the Valley Cottage Library ($790)
• Work Shares ($650 after rebate applied upon completion of 16 volunteer hours)
• Cut-Your-Own Flower Shares ($100)

Can I split a share with someone?
Sure, you can split your membership with a friend or neighbor. When you sign up you’ll have the option to add another name to your membership. If you’d like to split a share but are in need a partner, we have a Facebook group you can join to find one. Click HERE to connect to it.

Is a CSA membership the same as a Supporting Membership?
No, when you purchase a CSA membership you specifically purchase a share in Cropsey Community Farm’s harvest to receive a supply of produce during the growing season. A Supporting Membership is a way of supporting other programming offered by the Rockland Farm Alliance, such as education, school field trips, advocacy work, and donations of organic produce to local charities. For more information about Supporting Memberships click HERE. The two are separate. You may join either or both.

How do I pay for my CSA share? Do I need to use a credit card?
You may pay by debit or credit card, PayPal, Dwolla or a check. These choices are offered at the end of the CSA sign-up process on the check-out page. When possible, we prefer payment by check as we are charged high fees for purchases via paypal. Dwolla is a good second choice because their fees are much lower.

All members paying in installments must be paid in full by MAY 1, 2018. Share pick-ups will not be allowed to any member who has not paid in full.

How do I get my produce?
Members pick up their weekly shares at one of the locations below on regularly scheduled days. Members choose a pick-up day and location during the sign-up process. Pick-up locations and days are as follows:

Cropsey Community Farm, 220 South Little Tor Road, New City, NY. Follow signs for pick-up.
TUESDAY 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SATURDAY 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hungry Hollow Co-op841 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.
Pick up is at cash register.
SATURDAY: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Nyack Farmers’ Market, Main St. Parking Lot, Nyack, NY.
Pick up is at RFA/Cropsey Community Farm Booth.
THURSDAY 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Valley Cottage Library, 110 Rt. 303, Valley Cottage, NY.
Inquire at main desk for directions to pick-up area.
TUESDAY 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

How long is the growing season? How many pick-ups will I receive?
Our season lasts 25 weeks.

What is the pick-up procedure?
Shares must be picked up at the location, on the day chosen at sign-up, and within the specified time frame.

Cropsey Community Farm (New City) Pick-ups: Please bring your own bags or boxes, along with some smaller bags or containers for loose items. Pick up is self-serve. There will be a member list for you to check off your name when you pick up. A chalkboard will list items and amounts to take. Scales are provided for items that need weighing. Please leave behind any small containers used by the farm to divide loose items into portions. A farm staffer will be on hand for questions.

Pre-packaged Pick-ups (Hungry Hollow, Chestnut Ridge, NY; Nyack Farmers’ Market; or Valley Cottage Library): These shares are pre-packaged for in-store pick-up. Price includes purchase of 2 insulated totes and our cost for packing and transporting to this site. To receive your pick-up please return the previous week’s empty tote for use in packing the following week’s share.

Flower Pick-ups: Picked by member at Cropsey Farm and only on Cropsey Farm pick-up days during scheduled pick-up hours. Ask for instructions in the vegetable pick-up area.

Please be respectful of surrounding property. If picking up at Cropsey Farm please park in the parking field if possible. If you are unable to walk up the hill, you may park along the sides of the driveway but please allow room for other cars to leave and enter.

What if I can’t make it to my pick-up? 
We do know how busy you are and that schedules sometimes change due to unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately, if you forget to make your pick-up we may be unable to accommodate you.

Here’s why: Our farm manager bases her crop plan on the number of CSA members. For each pick-up day the team harvests the amount of produce needed for the number of members picking up that day. Your produce has already been harvested whether or not you pick up your share, and it will no longer be fresh a few days later. If you want to make your pick-up later in the week, we have to harvest that share amount again reducing the following week’s harvest and taking our farm team away from other tasks.

So, please put your pick-ups on your calendar and set a reminder. You’ll also get weekly e-mail alerts from us letting you know what to expect in your upcoming pick-up.

If you expect to miss a pick-up, try to enlist a friend to pick up for you, or let us know in advance and we’ll donate it to one of our local partner charities. We try to avoid waste by donating or selling any unclaimed produce. Thanks for your understanding!

Can I change my pick-up day or time?
Our tight schedule and small farm team makes it difficult for us to deviate from the pick-up schedule once the season starts. So, we can not allow pick-ups on any other day except designated pick-up days. A change of pick-up day (from Tuesday to Saturday or vice-versa) may be allowed at our discretion for a $10 fee.

Sign me up! Click HERE to join our 2018 CSA.