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+ 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. Shareholders 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, seasonal, certified organic vegetables throughout the growing season.
+ How do I join?
You can register online here.
+ What if I’m a returning shareholder?
You must log into your account on our CSA Registration Site. This link will take you to the right place.
+ What do I receive as a CSA shareholder?
The Rockland Farm Alliance CSA is 25 weeks long and runs from the end of May through November. CSA shareholders receive weekly shares of certified organic produce grown at Cropsey Community Farm. A CSA Farm Share will contain 8-12 items per week and will vary in both quantity and vegetables, depending on the season. In the beginning, in June for instance, your CSA share may be smaller and consist of more greens and herbs, while at the middle to end of the season, you will enjoy a more abundant share of.
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 shareholders are invited to cut a selection of flowers at Cropsey Communinity 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 shares?
Yes, we offer: • General Vegetable Shares, self-packed at Cropsey Farm (Tuesdays & Saturdays) or the Nyack Farmer's Market (Thursdays) ($750) • Work Shares ($650 after rebate applied upon completion of 12 volunteer hours) • Cut-Your-Own Flower Shares ($100)
+ Can I split a share with someone?
Sure, you can split your share with a friend or neighbor. When you sign up you’ll have the option to add another person. 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: Find a Friend to Split Your CSA
+ Is a CSA share the same as a Supporting Membership?
No, when you purchase a CSA share you specifically purchase a share in Cropsey Community Farm’s harvest in order 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 and to register, please follow this link. You may join either or both programs.
+ How do I pay for my CSA share? Do I need to use a credit card?
You may pay by debit or credit card via PayPal or Dwolla or by 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 shareholders must be paid in full before the first pick-up of the season. Pick-ups will not be allowed to any shareholder who is not paid in full.
+ How will I receive my produce?
Shareholders pick up their produce on a weekly basis at one of the locations below on regularly scheduled days. Shareholders choose a pick-up day and location during registration. Pick-up locations and days are as follows:
Cropsey Community Farm, 220 South Little Tor Road, New City, NY.
TUESDAY 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, or
SATURDAY 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Nyack Farmers’ Market, Main Street Parking Lot, Nyack, NY. Pick up is at RFA/Cropsey Community Farm Booth. THURSDAY 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
+ How long is the growing season? How many pick-ups will I receive?
Our season is 25 weeks long.
+ What is the pick-up procedure?
Shares must be picked up at the location and on the day chosen at registration, within the specified time frame.
For Pick-ups at Cropsey Community Farm or Nyack Farmer's Market: Please bring your own bags or boxes, along with some smaller bags or containers for loose items. Pick up is self-serve. You will sign in. 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. Farm staff will be on hand for assistance.
Flower Shares: Shareholders can cut their own flowers at Cropsey Community Farm and only on Cropsey Community 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 Community Farm, please park in the lower parking field. 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 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 shareholders. For each pick-up day, the team harvests the amount of produce needed for the number of people picking up that day. Your produce has already been harvested whether or not you pick up your share. Uncollected shares are donated to local food pantries.
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 CSA share.
If you expect to miss a pick-up, try to enlist a friend to pick-up for you. Or, let us know in advance to 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.
+ Can I ask you something else?
We are happy to help with any questions you may have! Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our office at 845-634-3167. Please note that our office staff is part-time. If you don't reach us by phone, please leave a clear voicemail and we will return your call.