Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is a CSA? (CSA=Community Supported Agriculture)
    CSAs help to support family farms that are struggling to stay in business, while providing city people, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods, with access to high quality, locally-grown, affordable produce.
  • Why should I join one?  Because here in Crown Heights our supermarkets don’t sell local or organic vegetables. By joining our CSA you are supporting a NY State farmer and getting access to vegetables you would never get in our neighborhood.
  • Do I have to live in Crown Heights to join?  No you don’t have to live in Crown Heights to join, but you have to be willing to come to Crown Heights every week to pick-up your vegetables.
  • How much does it cost?  A partial share is $350 and a full share is $565 for 23 weeks of produce – that works out to $15 a week for a partial share and $24.50 a week for a full share.
  • How does payment work?  Our CSA pays the farmer at the beginning of the season and he delivers fresh organic vegetables to us on a weekly basis for 23 weeks.
  • What if I can’t afford to pay that much at once?  A payment plan may be possible – please talk to us about your situation.
  • Is this food really organic?  Yes. We are working with Sang Lee Farms, a NOFA-NY Certified Organic Vegetable Farm.
  • How was the farm connected with the CSA?  Just Food is the non-profit umbrella organization who matches qualified local farms with CSAs in NYC.
  • Can I visit the farm?  Yes, we will be organizing a farm visit for all our members, details to follow. Also the folks at Sang Lee Farms have a weekend farm stand in Long Island, which you can visit on your own.
  • When is the CSA season?  Our season runs from June through November.
  • Where and when do I pick up my vegetables?  Pick-ups will be every Tuesday, starting June 9th, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm in front of the Franklin Park bar at 618 St. John’s place near the 2/3/4/5 Franklin Avenue stop.
  • Do you deliver shares?  No, we don’t have the capability to make deliveries, plus seeing each other at the weekly distribution will build a sense of community.
  • How do I join?  Please come to our registration event on Sunday April 5th from 2:00 – 6:00 at the Franklin Park bar. If that date has passed please email us at crownheightscsa@gmail.com.
  • Why just vegetables? Can’t I get fruit or meat?  Since this is our first year we are only offering vegetables. Hopefully next year we can add other items.
  • What’s in a full share? A partial share?  The DUMBO CSA works with the same farmer and they have a list of what was included each week last year for a partial and a full share: www.dumbocsa.org
  • I’ve never heard of some of these vegetables. What do I do with them?  Your fellow CSA members will be passing around recipes and creative ideas for how to use some of these vegetables. Check out the Recipe page on our website for updates and ideas.
  • Do I have to be a member to participate in the CSA?  Yes, only prepaid members can participate in distribution. There are no on-site sales of the produce during the season.
  • What if I can’t pick up my share one week?  You can ask a friend/neighbor to pick up your share or give it away. If no one comes to pick up your share it will be donated to a local food provider.
  • Which local food provider will receive leftover shares?  This will be Georgia’s Place, a nearby organization that provides permanent housing for mentally ill, formerly homeless adults.  They also foster their tenants’ independent living, which includes developing healthy eating habits in their lives through personalized cooking classes and garden to table meals.
  • Do I have to work a shift?  Yes, each share requires working 2 distribution shifts (4 hours) during the season.  There are 2 shifts to choose from:  an early shift (4:30-6:30 pm) and a late shift (6:30-8:30 pm).
  • If I work late or have children, do I still have to work at distribution?  Yes, we have a late shift from 6:30-8:30 PM for people who can’t leave work early. If your schedule is not flexible at all we can arrange for other volunteer opportunities. You can bring your children to distribution with you.
  • Are there any events or activities associated with the CSA?  Members volunteer to plan get togethers, food demos and farm visits. We will also be organizing fundraisers to be able to provide low-income shares. New events will be posted on the website.  We always welcome new ideas and volunteers for other activities.
  • What if there is a drought or flooding and the farm can’t produce the quantity or quality of vegetables it normally does?  By becoming a member of the CSA you assume the risk of organic farming. Our farmers are highly experienced and will do everything they can to make sure we have the best possible produce no matter the circumstances.

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