CSA FAQ’s 2016-12-09T19:22:13+00:00

CSA FAQ’s

For complete details about our CSA download our Member Agreement (click here) and keep a copy for your records.

What is a CSA?
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” It’s a program that allows community members to buy a share in the harvest of a local farm. 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. Join early and get a Bonus Basket! Join and pay in full by JANUARY 31 and you’ll be entitled to an additional pick-up the week before our first regular pick-up dates.

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 runs from May through November and gives members 25 weekly baskets of organic, biodynamically grown produce, herbs or flowers grown right on Cropsey Community Farm. Our farm team plants a wide variety of greens, root vegetables, legumes, tubers and more. Members have enjoyed fresh-picked arugula, kale, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, beets, potatoes and garlic, to name just a small portion of our crop selection.

In addition, we offer flower and herb shares which entitle members to cut a selection of flowers or herbs at Cropsey Farm once each week during scheduled vegetable pick-up hours for as long as the weather permits.

CSA members also have FREE access to our year-round program of growing and nutritional workshops. In 2015 we featured classes in raw cooking, beekeeping, soil fertility, keyline irrigation and more.

And our new partnership with Hungry Hollow Co-op in Chestnut Ridge offers some additional bonuses for CSA Members who choose the Co-op as a pick-up location. (See below.) CSA members picking up at Hungry Hollow get a discount for any Co-op shopping they do on pickup days. CSA members get a 5% discount on pickup days; anyone who is a Co-op AND CSA member will enjoy 10% off on pickup days. In addition, Co-op Owners who join the CSA receive a $25 Co-op gift card.

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);
• Cut-Your-Own Herb Shares ($100).

For complete details about all our share types please see our Member Agreement (click HERE). For more detailed information about Work Shares click HERE.

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 our harvest to receive a supply of produce during the growing season. A Supporting Membership is a donation that supports the mission of the Rockland Farm Alliance. For more information about Supporting Memberships click HERE. The two are completely separate. You may become 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. We charge a $10 administrative fee for check payments. For complete details about all our payment options please see our Member Agreement (click HERE)

Members who join by JANUARY 31 may pay in two installments with one half ($375) due at time of sign-up and the balance ($375) due by MAY 21. All members must be paid in full by MAY 21, 2017. 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.
First pick-up dates: TUES – May 30, 2017, THUR – June 1, 2017 & SAT – June 3, 2017
Last pick-up dates: TUES – Nov. 14, 2017, THUR – Nov. 16, 2017 & SAT – Nov. 18, 2017

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 & Herb 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 at all possible. If you are unable to negotiate the hill you may park at 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 his 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. So, watch for those.

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 permanent 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 2016 CSA.

For complete details about our CSA download our Member Agreement (click here) and keep a copy for your records.