I just received the following tip about a CSA with pick-ups in Carroll Gardens and the East Village...
Interested in getting farm fresh fruit at an affordable price? Would you like to support a local, family farm? These are two great reasons to sign up for a CSA! Through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), members pay a farm up front for share of produce that they can pick up from a distribution location once a week. The price they pay for this share is cheaper than purchasing the same quality of produce at a grocery store or farmers' market. At the same time, a CSA ensures a certain amount of revenue for the farm. By joining a CSA, members can also familiarize themselves with their farmer: they can learn more about how their food is grown and who grows it.
Though most vegetable CSAs are sold out in the city, you now have an opportunity to sign up for something completely new - a fruit CSA! The Red Jacket Orchards Fruit CSA will provide members with weekly shares of farm-fresh fruit from August - November. Fruit CSA shares in the city are currently additional product shares of vegetable CSAs - you must be a member of a vegetable CSA to partake in the fruit share; this is not the case for the Red Jacket Orchards Fruit CSA, who is completely independent of any vegetable CSA. The Red Jacket Orchards Fruit CSA shares will have a variety of fruits grown on their orchards in upstate NY, such as peaches, plums, pears, apples, and grapes. In addition to fruits, members will receive apple sauces, jams, and fruit juices.
The Red Jacket Orchards CSA will have two distribution locations, which are listed below. Full and half shares are available. Full shares are priced at $22 per week and half shares are $13 per week. Membership applications should be sent in by August 5th. To see a sample share list and for more information on how to sign up, visit http://redjacketorchardscsa.wordpress.com/about/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distribution Locations: 1. Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain
513 Henry Street, Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens)
Corner of Henry Street and Sackett Street
Tuesdays, August 10 – November 9 from 4:00pm – 6:45pm
2. Jimmy’s No.43
43 E. 7th Street, Manhattan (East Village)
Corner of 7th Street and 2nd Ave
Saturdays, August 14 – November 13 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm