More CSAs available to Westchester, Rockland and Putnam residents

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After a few inquiries, we found out about a few more CSAs available to Lower Hudson Valley residents. Lots more options now if you’re looking for farm-fresh produce in your fridge.

With CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture, btw), you prepay a farm for deliveries of pickups of its fresh produce each week. You get guaranteed fresh food all summer, and the farms get much needed cash to get their crops into the ground.

I’ll include live links here, too.

Jeanette Corbi told us about the CSA at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown.

Sarah Kazan emailed to let us know about Hazon CSA of White Plains (www.whiteplainscsa.com). They use Chubby Bunny Farm, based in Falls Village, Conn., which has an online registration system.

There are shares available at Cropsey Farm in New City. (www.cropseyfarm.org)

And we got a note from Loretta Bandera Adamo about another CSA group in White Plains, which gets its goods from Stoneledge Farm in S. Cairo, NY. www.stoneledgefarmny.org

Here is a summary of what is offered, she says:

“Stoneledge Farm CSA delivers farm-fresh, local organic food to St Bart’s in White Plains every Wednesday from early June through late November. For about $22 per week, you will get a bag of just-picked, pesticide-free, chemical-free, seasonal vegetables, enough for a family of four. Fruit shares and market orders of coffee, honey, maple syrup, and more are available also.

“Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique relationship of mutual support and commitment between a farm and community members for an entire growing season.  CSA members purchase a share for the growing season before the harvest begins.  The price of the share enables the farm to cover yearly costs, almost all of which are incurred before the crops are ready for harvest.  This entitles the member to a share of the harvest thoughout the season, grown and delivered by a farm they know and trust.   CSA’s benefit small farmers, the environment, your wallet, and your health.

Visit www.stoneledgefarmny.org for sample shares and to sign up.

She also said there will be a CSA roundtable at Good Counsel in White Plains on April 28. Her email is lorband@optonline.net

 

 

 

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Bill Cary's idea of a good weekend is to dig in a few dozen bulbs, turn the compost pile, pull weeds for a couple of hours and fill the car twice with new annuals from the nursery. He grew up in Louisville, Ky. His gardening was limited to growing parsley and impatiens on the windowsill of Manhattan walkups until the mid-1990s when he bought a rundown old chicken farm on 8 acres in the Hudson Valley. Now he spends his weekends chasing deer, hacking away at invasive shrubs and vines and wondering why he doesn't have more meadow and less lawn.

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