Farms Gearing Up for CSAs

Weekly pick-ups of vegetables and fruit

National CSA Day, launched last year by Small Farm Central to promote community-supported agriculture, takes place on Friday, Feb. 26. A number of area farms offer CSA programs, including:

Glynwood Farms in Cold Spring offers 115 shares in its CSA program, with two options: a full share with weekly pickup for $700, or a half share with pickup every other week for $365. The season lasts 24 weeks, with the first pickup scheduled for Tuesday, May 31; shares include a selection of more than 40 varieties of USDA certified organic vegetables. Pickup hours will be 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays or Fridays at Glynwood, or 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Garrison Café on Route 9D. The farm also offers subsidized shares through the Philipstown Food Pantry and accepts SNAP benefits for share purchases and products sold at its Farm Store. Shares can be ordered online at glynwood.org/buy-our-products/csa.

Longhaul Farm in Garrison typically sells 30 shares, with delivery from June to September. A full share is $650 for a weekly box of vegetables to feed a family of three to four people. It also offers split shares and community shares where members subsidize families who cannot afford a full share on their own. For information call 845-424-6277 or email [email protected]

Fishkill Farm in Hopewell Junction offers weekly boxes of organically grown (uncertified) vegetables, berries and tree fruit, along with some ecologically grown (IPM) fruit. Fruit includes strawberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, apples, lots of berries, plus some unique varieties like donut peaches and black raspberries. Pickup is available at the farm. CSA shares picked up at the farm also include a variety of bonus “U-Pick” produce members will be able to harvest themselves. Visit fishkillfarms.com for more information or call 845-897-4377.

Common Ground Farm Wappingers Falls offers a “U-Pick CSA” which includes, on average, four to six items per share. U-Pick offerings in the past have included sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, scallions, lettuce, peppers and beans. The CSA runs 12 weeks from late June to early September and members can choose to harvest on Tuesday afternoons or Saturday mornings.  The cost is $175. Email [email protected] for more information. Members are asked to bring their own bags and scissors or a small knife. The farm is located at 79 Farmstead Lane, on the grounds of Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center.