Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a CSA and how does it work?

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a partnership between CSA members and a farmer. The farmer is supplied with a predictable income, and members are supplied with freshly harvested vegetables, fruit, and eggs on a Weekly or Every Other Week (EOW) basis beginning in June and going until the end of October or November. Typically, members or “share-holders” of the farm pledge to pay in advance for the cost of growing the vegetables provided during the summer harvest. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s harvest throughout the growing season. Members pick up their shares at a distribution site run and organized by neighborhood CSA members. The 2017 season runs June 7 to November 15th, with a 22 week option ending November 1st or a 24 week option ending November 15th.

What kind of vegetables will I get in my share?

A week’s share will consist of 7-10 vegetables (as the seasons dictate). In addition to the vegetables that you are familiar with – onions, squash, carrots, greens, beets, lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants, cabbage, parsley, etc., MimoMex Farm also grows an array of traditional Mexican and Central American vegetables and herbs as well as a large selection of peppers (grown without pesticides!). For unfamiliar produce, we have recipes and storage tip sheets on our website that will surely help turn even the most conservative cook into a culinary adventurer!

Free-Range Eggs

The Egg share consists of one dozen eggs from pastured chickens at Tello’s Green Farm (the chickens get to run around the farmyard to their hearts content). The optional egg share is only available if you are purchasing a Weekly or an Every Other Week vegetable share.

Orchard Fruit Share

The Orchard Fruit share consists of seasonally available fruit from Hepworth Farms. The optional fruit share is only available if you are purchasing a Weekly or an Every Other Week vegetable share.

Our Farmers

Mimomex  Farms

We are partnered with MimoMex Farm in Goshen, New York, (formerly Rodri-Mex) run by Martin and Gaudencia Rodriguez, and we are very excited! Some of you may have already seen MimoMex and their produce at the Sunset Park Greenmarket during the summer months on 4th Ave. and 59th St. The Rodriguez family is based in Brooklyn during the off season, but once the growing season starts, they move upstate to their farm in Goshen.

Read more about the kinds of food raised at MimoMex Farm in our Frequently Asked Questions

OUR EGG FARMERS

We are pleased to partner with Nestor and Alejandra Tello of Tello’s Green Farm for our eggs.

Originally from Colombia, the Tello’s raise their hens on a 5-acre piece of land about 100 miles from New York City in Red Hook, NY. For more info on their farm, click here.

 

 

 

OUR FRUIT FARMERS

Borchert Orchards in Marlboro, NY & Soon’s Orchards, New Hampton, NY

The fruit being offered this season will come from two different local orchards, Borchert Orchards and Soon’s Orchards.

Borchert Orchards is located in Marlboro, New York and has been in operation since 1919. Next year will mark their 101st year anniversary. Their orchard is a family run business with 4 partners, growing a variety of berries and stone fruits in addition to pears and apples. As a part of the CSA, you will be able to sample a variety of different fruits from Borchert Orchards and as they say, “By our family to your family.”

Soon’s Orchards has been growing apples since 1910 and their farm rests on 30 acres of land in New Hampton, New York. They grow a variety of different apples, peaches and nectarines. For more information about Soon’s Orchards, please see their website at http://www.soonsorchard.com.

LOFTED COFFEE

Lofted Coffee
seeks to maintain a modest life while working to provide tangible support to coffee producers. We wish to actively challenge the current coffee trade-standards and strive to find solutions for a sustainable market, both locally and globally. We believe in complete transparency and traceability – committing ourselves to honest and ethical business practices while ensuring a product of the highest quality to our friends and partners.

CYNTHIA’S BREAD

Wild yeast, flour, water, salt. Cynthia Lamb has been baking artisanal organic sourdough bread for over a decade starting with just those four ingredients. The whole wheat and rye grains used to make these breads are locally sourced and ground within a day of baking. This results in naturally leavened loaves that retain most of the whole grain nutrients. The natural leavening process makes these breads tasty and easy to digest.

Cynthia is offering a 1+ pound loaf each week. During the season, the two primary breads will be ‘boules’ (round loaves): a country ‘white’ sourdough (wheat starter, wheat and freshly ground wheat and rye berries), and her signature brown bread (wheat starter, freshly ground wheat berries, freshly ground rye berries). Additional loaves may include 100% whole wheat naturally leavened pita breads, Finnish rye bread, and Finnish cardamom braided bread.

Is the produce organic?

MimoMex Farm produces vegetables for the Sunset Park CSA using organic growing practices but they are not certified by the US Department of Agriculture. The fresh veggies you receive each week through the Sunset Park CSA are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. MimoMex sources the fruit (apples, peaches, pears, plums, etc.) for our fruit shares from neighboring farms. It is very difficult to produce fruit organically in this region and very few of our local fruit producers are certified organic. The fruit is produced using conventional practices or using a system called integrated pest management (IPM), which seeks to limit the amount of chemical controls used on the farm. Our eggs come from chickens that are free-range and eat grains, grass, some soy, and nothing with hormones or animal byproducts.

Subsidized Shares

Sunset Park CSA is a mixed-income CSA. We use a sliding scale to make our vegetable shares available at a lower price to households living on less income. Households with greater incomes help subsidize households with lower incomes. We are proud to be a mixed income CSA and maintain a two tiered pricing structure to ensure that the CSA remains accessible to low-income members. We are now able to accept SNAP benefits from members.

How do I pay?

Please see the online Membership Agreement form for 2017 season prices. A deposit (or full payment) is due with your agreement form to secure membership. The deadline for sign-up is May 15 and deadline for payment is May 21. Shares will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The deposit includes a $10 administrative fee (which includes Just Food affinity membership dues for our CSA). You can:

  • Pay in Full – Paying for your share early in the season is the preferred method, as it helps cover expenses such as seed orders, equipment, and maintenance.
  • Pay in Installments – To reserve a share pay a deposit of $100 for a weekly share or a deposit of $50 for an EOW share and pay the remainder by May 21, 2017.
  • Sign Up for a Flexible Payment Option – A flexible monthly payment plan is available to members who are eligible for the “Brooklyn” plan option. Please contact the CSA at SunsetParkCSA(@)gmail.com or by phone at 347-460-1477 if you need to establish an alternate payment plan.

Refund & Non-Payment Policy

If payment is not received in full by May 21, 2017, the CSA will retain $50 of your deposit and refund the remaining amount. If you contact us before May 21, 2017, and are not able to keep your share, we will refund the whole amount except for the $10 admin fee.

Where and when do I pick up my vegetables?

Members pick up their shares on Wednesdays between 5:30 and 7:30 PM at the distribution site @ St. Michael’s Church, 352 42nd St, Sunset Park, between 42nd and 43rd streets. If you are unable to pick up your share you may send someone to pick it up for you. Shares cannot be held past 7:30 PM.

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What is the time commitment for members, and what comprises a shift?

Because we are a member-run, volunteer organization we rely on members’ time. Members are required to work 2 shifts of 2 hours each for a total of four hours per season. Our work duties include unloading the delivery truck, organizing and itemizing produce, setting up scales, tables and chairs, etc. At the end of a shift, all equipment must be returned to storage, tables are put away, and plastic crates get stacked so they can be returned to the farm, ultimately leaving the site in its original state. These responsibilities may be changed and/or modified as our CSA’s needs evolve.