What is a CSA?
The basic idea of Community Supported Agriculture is that a farmer grows for a group of members who have purchased “shares” in the harvest. Members pay at the beginning of the season when the farmer most needs the money. When the crops start coming in, in June, the farmer delivers a weekly assortment of vegetables, herbs and some fruit. You support sustainable local agriculture and get freshly picked organic and farm fresh produce at reasonable prices. In addition, you know the farmer growing your vegetables and can visit the farm – establishing a personal connection with your food supply.
Meet our Farmer
John Krueger is the owner/operator of Starbrite Farm in Andover, NJ. He has been farming for over 25 years. John’s farm and food are certified organic by NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association). He grows and shares his produce with close to 700 members. Some of his other CSA sites include Metuchen, Westfield, Montclair, Newark and Staten Island.
What will I get in my share?
The share season begins in June and runs for 24 weeks into November. A typical share includes 6-10 varieties of produce. The amount and types of produce delivered will vary by season. Here’s the list of what was included in last year’s CSA share: http://www.westfieldareacsa.com/weekly-share-documents/weekly-share-2012. We will provide you with recipes and storage tips so you can make the most of your share. If you have a question about how to prepare or use a vegetable, feel free to ask, chances are, a chef will be nearby at Elijah’s Promise.
You can add fresh baked bread and dessert to your share by adding a subscription in the Elijah’s Promise Raisin’ Dough CSB.
What does it cost?
There are a number of ways to participate in the CSA. Our goal is to make sure anyone can participate, regardless of income. A share costs $600, which works out to $25 a week. You may split a share with a friend. You can split the share however you like. Some people alternate picking up and keeping the full share every other week. Some people prefer splitting each week.
We also have a limited number of payment plan and sliding scale shares, which require a 10% deposit at sign up, and then weekly payments at the time of pick up. Payment plan and sliding scale options can be found in the registration form.
Picking up your share
Pick up day will be Friday. The location of pick up will be Elijah’s Promise, 18 Neilson St., New Brunswick. The site will look a little like a farm stand with vegetables in crates and in coolers. Members weigh and bag their own shares. Feel free to have a friend pick up your share if you can’t make it one week. All food left over at the end of the night is donated to Elijah’s Promise.
Sharing is what makes a CSA
All members are asked to volunteer 5 hours during the CSA season to help support its success. This can be done in two ways. You can work two shifts of 2 1/2 hours each during pick up. Or, you can attend a Volunteer Day or Work Party at the farm.
How do I sign up?
Please print and fill out a registration form. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information.
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