We love our local farms and the bounty we find at their stands. A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a way to show loyalty to your favorite farm. In the traditional CSA model, people pay for a season’s worth of produce (a membership), sometimes months in advance. The CSA member then receives a box of fruits and vegetables every week throughout the harvesting season. This is great for the farmers because they get the revenue when they most need it to get ready for the growing season.
Today, there are many different ways to manage and be part of a CSA. CSA shares (the weekly delivery) come in different sizes (half-share, whole-share) and different frequencies (weekly, biweekly) to accommodate different household preferences. Some farmers offer add-ons like eggs, bread or flowers. In some models, the member can pick and choose what she wants in the box each week. Some CSAs more closely resemble buying clubs, where the members pay every month until they cancel.
On the East End, there are some great options to choose from for a Winter/Spring or Summer/Fall CSA share. Some include East End Community Organic Farm, East Hampton; Garden of Eve Organic Farm, Riverhead; and Sang Lee Farms, Peconic. There are many more, but these are a few examples. Explore more farms on our website here.
What is CSA Day? In 2015, Small Farm Central released the 2014 CSA Farming Annual Report, which gathered data from more than 250 CSA farmers and almost 53,000 memberships. Among some interesting facts, the report showed that the most popular day for CSA Sign-ups in 2014 was Friday, February 28. So in 2015, the first National CSA Sign-up Day was held on Saturday, February 28. CSA farmers offered special discounts and promotions and enjoyed an influx of sign-ups from members wanting to support local agriculture. This year, CSA Day is about more than getting lots of CSA sign-ups; it’s a whole day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture.
In summary, it’s a day (February 28, 2020) to celebrate CSAs and your local farm as well as enjoy some discounts on a membership. Garden of Eve Farm in Riverhead is offering said discount. They are extending $10 off of a Summer/Fall Share for CSA Day. If you sign-up by March 1, 2020 and enter the code, CSADAY, you will receive the discount at checkout. Learn more about their CSA by clicking here. To sign-up, click here.
There are many benefits to joining a CSA. Garden of Eve Organic Farm shares with us what it’s all about.
A CSA is like a subscription, or a vegetable-of-the-week club. You get to enjoy a mini-farmers market, all in one pick up.
- Vegetables – Fruit – Eggs
- Sunflowers – Bread – Grassfed Meat
- Gourmet Cheese
- Vegetable and Herb Plants
- Beer from the Garden of Eve Farm Brewery
You pay in full for your share before the distributions begin in early June, and in return for your commitment to our farm we provide you with just-picked organic produce at a good value, as well as farm trips, news, recipes, and a community of like-minded people to get to know. Summer/Fall Shares are 24 weeks, except sunflower shares which will be 10 weeks (July 1-Sept 6).
What are the benefits?
- Cook healthier, more delicious dishes: The share includes more than 40 varieties of vegetables which will challenge you to eat more fresh foods.
- Help the environment: We do not use any toxic pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers.
- Support your local farmers and the local economy: Enjoy farm visits and tours, CSA member potlucks, and a relationship with your farm.
We recommend looking further into joining a CSA share program if you enjoy fresh, local produce. It helps you and the farmers in your community.