SHARE SWITCHING 2020

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If you’d like to switch shares with another member, here’s the place to do it. List the week you’d like to swap and the week or weeks you’d like to swap for; what kind of shares you have; and contact info. If you’re willing to sell your share for cash, list that too.

Email me when you post; I have to approve the posts and I don’t check this page often.

Once you find someone, you’re on your own;  I really don’t want to get involved. And check the other posts before you post your own, someone may already be looking to swap for a share that you want.

Here’s an example:

I have an alternate week share, Group B and I’d like to switch for any Group A share in July or August. I have a full vegetable and full fruit share. I am also willing to sell the vegetable share for $29 and the fruit share for $12, to be paid by paypal or venmo.

Lori, layprod@aol.comor 212-879-6600

PANDEMIC FAQs–2020 CSA

FAQs:

These FAQs apply only to the 2020 season; we’re usually a laid-back group without a lot of rules and regulation. If the current situation eases up, so will we.

  I’ve pasted non-pandemic-related questions at the end.

Where and when?

Where?: CSA shares are picked up in front of Church of the Epiphany, 74th Street and York Avenue, on the York Avenue side.

When?: Every Tuesday, from 4-7 pm

When is the first week?: The first week is June 2. The season lasts for 24 weeks, ending on November 10.

How is Stoneledge handling sanitation:

You’ll find their plan here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G3qzcTiUunX6u7b87uzhcbTd0B0X5vlCF4DbRK6SAM8/edit

How will our shares be delivered?

All food will be boxed as individual shares; boxes will hold full shares or half shares. Fruit, mushrooms and other optional items will come in bags.

Where will we pick up our shares?

We will stack up the boxes in front of the church on the York Avenue side. We’ll mark distancing lines on the ground with chalk. Please respect the lines—there won’t be long waits because it will take very little time to pick up.

What if it rains?

The church will probably be closed for the first few weeks of the season. (We hope, for many reasons, that they open earlier, but we’re planning for worst-case scenario).  For members, it won’t be a problem—you will grab your shares in a matter of moments. We’re working on ways to keep our volunteers dry as they supervise pickup..

Can I just upack my box into my bag and leave the box?

Sorry, no. We want people to pick up as quickly and cleanly as possible and we think that having people unpack boxes at the site will take time and be messy. If you want to go around the corner, unpack, fold the box and bring it back, we can’t stop you but we don’t recommend it.

How will we carry home the boxes?

At the first delivery, we’ll get big tote bags; the boxes will fit in the bags. If you are reciving additional items, please bring an extra bag.

    PLEASE remember to bring your bags. We don’t have room to store a lot of stuff this year, until the church opens.

How can we recycle the boxes?

You can fold the boxes and store them in your home. Bring them back the next week. We’ll set up big plastic bags. Slip your box into the bag. The farm truck will pick them up the next week and they will be reused.

The virus does not live on cardboard—even plasticized cardboard—for more than five days, so by the time you bring them back, they will be disinfected.

Will there be a swap box?

We can’t figure out how to provide a swap box because people won’t be opening their boxes and because we want as little handling as possible. If someone comes up with a safe plan, we’ll reconsider.

What if I don’t like or am allergic to something?

We’re working on a way for you to be able to bring it back the next week; if you have any ideas, let us know. We know that no one wants anything to go to waste–but we can’t replace it with another item under the current conditions.

Will we be able to bring compost?

If the church opens, we’ll try to restart our compost pile. We think it is especially important because the city is no longer collecting compost. But we don’t know when the church will re-open.

What if I can’t pick up my share?

You can send anyone you want to pick up for you. You don’t have to let us know—just ask your surrogate to give us your name. Please give surrogates all the pickup instructions.

Do I have to volunteer to run the site?

No—our dedicated volunteers are coming back. They will supervise all pickups. If you want to volunteer, let us know.

What if I come late? Can you hold my share me?

In previous years, I’ve brought shares to my building for later pickup. This year, I don’t think my building will allow it, and it’s not fair to my neighbors. We’ll see if leaving a few boxes outside near the church steps is feasible.

Can I order other products from Lewis Waite or other vendors—meat, dairy, etc.?

As of right now, Lewis Waite is not planning to make deliveries to the site; they will send orders via UPS. They are working on other solutions and we’ll keep you posted. You will be able to order from Stoneledge Marketplace–honey, maple syrup, coffee, beans, and other items.

All these boxes and labor  must be a great financial burden on Stoneledge. Can I help?

At first, Stoneledge did not want to accept donations; site managers convinced them to make it easy for people to help if they wanted to—it’s totally your choice. You’ll find a link here:

https://www.stoneledge.farm/store/marketplace-categories.cfm?ID=15

The price for shares purchased after April 15 already include a $20 charge to defray additional costs.

The following questions are not related to the pandemic.

What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture is a relationship of support and commitment between a farm and a community. CSA members purchase shares of the farm’s entire growing season before the harvest begins. They then receive a share of the harvest throughout the season, grown and delivered by a farm they know and trust to a site in their neighborhood.

Payments from members enable the farm to cover yearly costs, almost all of which are incurred before the crops are ready for harvest. Because the farmers know that their crop is sold, they can concentrate on farming the best way they can rather than on marketing, sales, and accounting.

What is Stoneledge Farm?

Stoneledge Farm is a USDA-certified organic farm in South Cairo, NY about two hours north of the city. We’ve been working with farmers Deborah and Pete Kavakos for over 20 years; their son Peter and his wife Candice are now in the process of taking over. The Kavakoses grow more than 50 different crops and deliver to over 20 sites in New York City, Westchester, and Connecticut. To learn more about the farm, visit their website

www.stoneledge.farm

What is Yorkville CSA?

Yorkville CSA is a group of about 150 families and individuals that purchase shares in Stoneledge Farm; we’ve been doing it since 1998. Our group is 100% volunteer-run; no one is paid, though some of us receive all or part of shares for free.

Is all the food organic?

All the vegetables grown on the farm are USDA certified organic. The fruit comes from other farms. It is local, and the Kavakoses look for most sustainably-grown food they can find—but it is not organic. The mushrooms are not certified organic, but mushrooms are not grown the same way and pesticides or synthetic fertilizes are not used. The farm also offers corn shares during the summer; the corn is not organic.

How many people does a full share feed?

That’s a very tricky question; it depends how hungry you are. I’m single and take a full share. I usually finish it before the weekend—but I cook for other people and I freeze/preserve some. There are families of five that take a half share and say they have too much.

How many members are in the group?

We sell about 100 full shares; some of these are divided into half shares, split shares, and alternate-week shares. There are about 150 separate families and individuals on our roster. We usually sell out months before the season starts and could sell many more shares-–we’re limited by space in the truck.

What if bad weather or another disaster makes it impossible to deliver or harms the crop?

We all sign up with the knowledge that we are accepting the ups and downs of nature, along with the farmer. When nature cooperates (which is usually the case) crops are bountiful. Sometimes, bad weather harms a crop, but there are plenty of others that make up for it. On balance, most of us feel that we get a great deal—over 60% of our members return each year (many do not return because they leave the neighborhood). Over the past twenty years, there were two weeks when the farm could not deliver (once on 9/11/2001 and once right after Hurricane Sandy) and we lost several weeks of deliveries during Hurricane Irene. It’s important for members to know and understand this—even though the vast majority of the time, we get beautiful, delicious shares every week.

How do I sign up? Do I have to pay for it all at once?

Just go to the farm website and click on the “new members” button. You will be given prompts to set up an account and then to purchase shares. Once you’ve purchased a vegetable share, you will be able to add fruit, mushroom, and/or coffee shares—you can’t buy the extra shares without first buying a vegetable share. You can pay by credit, either all at once or in three installments. Or, you can click “pay by check” and mail a check to the farm.

CSA IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

CSA IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

Please note that this plan is still tentative. We’re very open to suggestions and questions and we’ll change the plan if someone comes up with something better. If you see a hole in the plan, please let us know. We’ll also react if the situation changes for the better. But we think we need a plan that will cover the worst-case scenario, which is that the church is closed for at least the first part of the season and that social distancing and facemask rules stay in effect. We can make the deliveries safe; they won’t be as much fun. I will miss the schmoozing and the tastings, and the conversations—but when I wave to you, please know that I’m smiling under my mask and looking forward to returning to the old way, even if it’s not until next year;

So. Here’s what we’ll do.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

–Same pickup time and location:

–Corner of 74th & York, but we’ll be on the 74th Street side this year.

–Tuesdays, 4-7 pm (we may be able to open a bit early if that’s useful to some members—let us know if you’d prefer an earlier pickup

–Season runs from June 2-November 10. 24 deliveries

–$585 for a full share, $330 for alternate-week share.

— $265 for fruit share, $135 for alternate week fruit share
–$150 for mushroom share, $85 for alternate week mushroom share   
–$131 for coffee share; $121 for dry bean share

CHANGES FOR THIS YEAR:

–The farm truck will deliver individual boxes for each share. There will be smaller boxes for half shares. We’ll stack the boxes and use one table for bags of extras (fruit, mushrooms, beans, coffee, etc.). Members will walk down the line and pick up their items. Members won’t be allowed to open the boxes—they’re all the same, just take one. It should not take long for pickup.

–We’ll move to the York Avenue side of the street. It’s a wider street, easier for people to distance themselves. We’ll use chalk lines to mark spacing but we’re not anticipating long lines because pickup will be so quick.

–Everyone has to take their boxes home. No one can unpack at the site. We’re all getting new Stoneledge tote bags and the boxes will fit into the tote bags. If you forget your bag—please try to remember–we’ll have a few on hand but the charge will be $5-10 for a new tote bag.  You’ll need another bag if you have extra shares.

     We’re encouraging people to fold their boxes flat when they get home, put them in a bag, and put them away in their homes until the next pickup. After three to five days, they are sanitised; the virus does not live longer than that, even on plasticised surfaces.

     We’ll have those big plaid plastic bags at the site. Members can slide their folded boxes into the big bags. We’ll zip them up and store. Even if the church is closed, we are confident that we’ll find a place to store these bags until the next pickup—as long as they come back to us folded flat. The farm will pick up the bags the following week.

      If someone wants to walk away from the site, unload their vegetables, flatten their boxes, and return them right away—we can’t stop you, but we really don’t recommend it.

–We’ll have tarps to cover the food in case it rains. Since pickup will be so quick, members won’t have a problem picking up outdoors. We’re working out how to protect our volunteers on rainy days.

–We’ll keep a bottle of disinfectant at the site (1/2 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water) and volunteers will wipe down the table every half hour or so, or when necessary. Since no one will be touching anything except the bag or box that they are taking home, we don’t think more than that is necessary.

GUIDELINES

We’re going to send around guidelines to members. We’ll formalize this list before the first pickup. Feedback would be appreciated:

            Don’t open the boxes, or try to feel how heavy they are. When you touch a box or bag, take it.

Please don’t approach the site managers with questions. Send questions by email, text, or phone. Site managers will have phones, so they can answer questions immediately.

–           No one is allowed to leave vegetables that they don’t want at the site; we’ll ask the church if people can bring back stuff and leave in a barrel for homeless people or others who need food.

Unless the CDC lifts the mask recommendation, everyone will have to wear masks at the site, and we’ll try to have a few extras on hand.

Please follow the social distancing lines. We will probably mark off spots for at least twelve people to be there at the same time.

Kids will be welcomed at the site, but we’re asking caregivers to make sure they don’t touch anything. We don’t think we can give out stickers at the site; I’m thinking about a monthly mailing. I’d love to find an activity for kids, such as a weekly online quiz, so that our younger members can still be engaged. If anyone has ideas, I’d love to hear them.

If you’re bringing a dog, please think about how you will pick up while holding on to a leash.

If anyone can suggest other guidelines, please let us know.

–If anyone is interested in seeing Stoneledge’s plan for hygiene on their end, you’ll find it here

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G3qzcTiUunX6u7b87uzhcbTd0B0X5vlCF4DbRK6SAM8/edit