Fishkill Farms' CSA
Pick Up Information:
Our CSA runs weekly, June through mid-November. Currently, we offer two CSA pickup locations: at our Farm Store in East Fishkill, NY, and at the Old Stone House [link to OSH website] in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Members picking up at our Farm Store will receive weekly bonus pick-your-own items!
What it includes:
A variety of fruits and vegetables from the farm. Fruits may include berries, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears & apples. Vegetables may be greens, tomatoes, squash, beans, onions, potatoes, garlic & broccoli. Due to Mother Nature, not all items will be in the share each year, so treat this list only as a general guideline. Shares picked up on the farm will also include additional pick-your-own items.
Here are some of the CSA crops (this list is not complete, but will give you an idea of what you may find in your share):
Our vegetables, berries, and some tree fruit are grown according to standards that meet and, we feel, surpass national organic standards. Orchard fruit is very difficult to grow organically in the northeast, so we split our orchards. About 1/3 of our apples are grown without the use of chemicals and the remainder is eco-certified. Eco-certified means we spray only when it is absolutely necessary and use the safest, gentlest spray materials possible. For more information, visit http://www.redtomato.org/ecoapple.php.
Why Fishkill Farms' CSA?
We grow an amazing variety of produce (more than most local farms). As a result, all the produce in our share is actually from our farm, which means it was grown according to our strict environmental standards. And because of our diverse plantings, if one crop is light or fails, there are usually many more that do beautifully.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people will one share feed?
This depends on how often you cook, how much your diet is fruit and veggie based, and whether you will be canning or freezing produce for the winter. A CSA share will supplement a large part of the food supply of a 3-4 member family or provide most of the fruits and vegetables eaten by two. One person will have food left over for hungry and appreciative neighbors. The amount given varies over the course of the season.
Do you offer half shares?
No, but we do allow members to split full shares, and we will gladly help facilitate a split share. A typical way of doing this is to alternate pickup weeks for an "every-other-week" share, or members can divide the shares themselves after pickup. The surefire way to split a share is to find a friend or neighbor to split with. If not, we will search for a partner for you to split with.
What if I cannot make it to the farm during Saturday morning distribution?
If you are out of town for a pickup or cannot make it for any other reason, you may have a friend come and pick up your share for you. For off-farm pickup, we cannot hold shares past the pickup times or allow members to take extra produce the next week. For on-farm pickup, we strongly encourage members to arrive at the farm during the designated pickup times. If you arrive after, your produce may still be available, but we cannot guarantee it.