Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about CSAs on Long Island

Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage is one of many Long Island farms that depend on CSA customers.

Followers of Edible East End will know that we are big fans of the CSA. We quote mushroom grower David Falkowski praising the concept, and have photographed a family that turned their backyard over to a CSA.

Our first cover girls were CSA farmers (Amber Waves Farm), as were our first cover girl and boy (Sunset Beach Farm). Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage, which we profiled last fall, wouldn’t be possible without the support of its devout CSA members. Not unlike Garden of Eve, Quail Hill, Golden Earthworm, Sylvester Manor, or other area farms that depend on a CSA.

This Saturday, all these folks and more will be at the 2nd Annual Community Supported Agriculture Fair in Huntington, at the foodie-friendly Cinema Arts Centre. It’s a free event to meet area growers, learn about their farms, products, and CSA–and to sign up for the upcoming season. To find the CSA that’s right for you, so to speak. Edible East End is a proud partner in the event, and we hope to see you there.

Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave.
Saturday, March 31st from 10 am-1pm

CSAs Attending
Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s
Flora’s Nurseries
Fox Hollow Farm
Garden of Eve Farm
Golden Earthworm Organic Farm
Hawthorne Valley Farm
Homecoming Farm/Sophia’s Garden
Invincible Summer Farm
Restoration Farm
Rustic Roots Deliver (subscription service)
SustainAbility Services

From NOFA-NY: “What if you could get a season’s worth of produce directly from a local farmer? You can! Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is becoming a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food straight from the farmer who grows it. Here’s how it works: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” of the farm’s bounty for sale at the beginning of the season. Typically, the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included, like eggs or fresh bread. Consumers purchase a membership and in return receive a weekly share of produce each week throughout the farming season. You get the freshest produce, picked at the peak of ripeness – not shipped from across the country or stored for weeks.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique economic relationship because it is a partnership between consumers and farmers. Consumers contract with farmers before the growing season begins, and agree to share the risks and rewards of growing food in their local climate. Farmers are free to practice the art of sustainable farming because they are guaranteed a market and an income; consumers receive fresh, just-picked local produce and the satisfaction of helping to keep local farms in business. Each CSA, like every farm, is different and this fair will allow you to find the best fit for your household.

This fair is sponsored by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Bejo Seeds, Farmshed CNY & Farm Family Insurance.  Snacks sponsored by Tierra Farm.

More information as well as dates and locations for upcoming NOFA-NY CSA Fairs at www.nofany.org/csafair

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Brian is the editor at large of Edible East End, Edible Long Island, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn. He writes from his home in Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his family tend a home garden and oysters. He is also obsessed with ducks, donuts and dumplings.