Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Crown Heights Farm Share Looking for Members

Crown Heights CSA 

Back in the summer of 2009, ILFA participated in the inaugural year of the Crown Heights Farm Share (then the Crown Heights CSA), and I'm happy here to give it a full-fledged endorsement. For a decent sum of money up front (a few hundred bucks), you get an enormous amount of farm-fresh, delicious produce every week from June - November. While the price sounds like a lot up front, it works out to something like 8 bucks a week for an enormous bag of vegetables that would cost three times as much and taste half as good at any local grocery store. In addition, it forces you to eat your vegetables, you get to meet interesting neighbors at the pickup, and because you don't want it to go to waste, you learn how to cook new and interesting dishes that involve whatever random combination of produce the green earth has provided that week. Worst comes to worst, you eat a lot of delicious raw vegetables.

The Crown Heights Farm Share folks came by the CHCA meeting tonight (additional updates coming soon) to announce the opening of their registration for the summer of 2012. They've expanded their options this year - in addition to tasty veggies from Sang Lee Farms, they also offer fruit, cheese, butter, and yogurt shares - and they're looking to expand the size of the CSA, too (in years past, it filled up very quickly). They've also got subsidized shares and pay-as-you-go plans available for those who qualify, so if the up-front costs sound like a lot, there are ways to work around it.

Weekly fresh veggies are one great way to enhance a hot Brooklyn summer - if you're not one of the one-percenters who jet to the Hamptons to avoid paying NYC taxes, join today!

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