Sunday, March 31, 2013

[UPDATED]: Fresh Veggies in Crown Heights This Summer

Four years ago, ILFA was part of the inaugural class of the Crown Heights CSA (known today as the Crown Heights Farm Share). For those not familiar with the abbreviation, CSA stands for "community supported agriculture," a model in which participants buy "shares" in a farm for the summer in exchange for a weekly payout of fresh veggies. In 2009, there was only one such venture operating in Crown Heights, but as of this summer, there are at least three, along with a local farmers' market on Dean Street between Franklin and Bedford and a few community gardens, too. If you're interested in getting involved with any of these groups, read on below:

- The Crown Heights Farm Share has just opened registration for 2013. They offer full and half shares of vegetables, as well as fruit and cheese shares, and a subsidized program for low-income folks that's payable by food stamps as well as cash. Pickups are every Tuesday at Georgia's Place (Prospect and Bedford). Having been a member for the last four years, ILFA's a big fan - the organizers are fun, friendly, community-minded people (not that you new CSAs don't sound like lovely people, too!). 

- The Letterbox Farm Collective, based upstate but with farms around the area (including the folks from the Wooly Pig Farm in Madison, CT, who got in touch) is launching a CSA out of LaunchPad this year. They'll be offering a garden vegetable share, a poultry share, and a canning share on Monday nights all summer long. 

- Finally, Everett Kramer of Sweet Holler Farm is launching a CSA in Prospect Heights, which will run June - November and offer a wide range of vegetables. Complete info can be found on his site here.

- UPDATE: The folks at the Prospect Park CSA, which picks up over at Grand and Washington, are now in their third year and are also accepting new members. Lots of options!

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