Welcome to the Red Hook Community Supported Agriculture blog. We hope you can join us this summer and many summers to come. Why? Because it means delicious, fresh, affordable vegetables grown right here in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
So what, you ask, is a CSA?
Traditionally, Community Supported Agriculture projects were bridges built between urban consumers and rural farmers. They provided a pathway to bring high-quality organic food to a community while also supporting local farmers.
The Red Hook CSA is unique among urban CSAs because the farm you invest in is right here in our community. In fact, you can go and see it: Just walk down to Columbia and Beard streets.
And your farm provides long-term educational programming to local teens and school children. Meaning that while you are purchasing high-quality food for your family, improving your diet and shrinking your impact on the environment, you are also making an investment in the future of Red Hook.
How does it work?
At the beginning of the season, you buy a “share” of the harvest. You can either get a full share, good for a family or two vegetarians, or a small share, which is better for couples and singles.
Each week you pick up your bounty on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Red Hook Community Farm on Columbia and Beard streets. Unlike some CSAs, your harvest is not pre-boxed for you. Instead, you visit the CSA farmstand and choose your own vegetables based on what is included in that week’s share.
Each week you take home roughly six to ten items worth $11 to $20, depending on your share option.
There is also a selection of other shares available. A fruit share, which includes berries, peaches, grapes, apples, plums and more is offered. Also available is a weekly egg share.
Shares are offered on a sliding scale payment of 25% to 50% less for low-income members. Work shares are also available. We accept checks, credit and debit cards, WIC Fruit and Vegetable Coupons, and Farmers Market Nutrition WIC and Senior coupons.
Photo by Jason Adams