FAQs for 2021

FAQs:

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 harvest in an 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 25 years; their son Peter and his wife Candice have now taken 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

For information specific to Yorkville CSA, INCLUDING PRICING:

https://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/csa.cfm?ID=1

What is Yorkville CSA?

Yorkville CSA is a group of about 150 families and individuals who 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.

Where do we pick up?

Church of the Epiphany, corner of 74th and York; we set up on the York Avenue side. If it rains hard, we go inside, through the church vestibule on 74th.  We’re not part of the church; they generously allow us to use their facility and store our supplies in their courtyard.

      As some of you may have heard, Church of the Epiphany is moving sometime in fall 2021 The building on York has been sold to Weill-Cornell and the Epiphany Congregation is moving to the soon-to-be rehabbed Jan Hus building on First and 74th.  We’re going to move with them. It might be a bit chaotic for a week or two but we’ll settle in quickly.

When do we pick up?

Official time is Tuesday, 4-7 pm. But last year, we found that the truck arrived early and we moved the opening time to 3 pm—we expect that we’ll be able to do that again this year

The 7 pm closing time is strict; the church has to be locked by 7:15 and we have to get the site broken down by then. We do try to pack some extra shares for latecomers so that they can pick up until we leave.

When is the first week?

The first delivery is scheduled for June 8; there have been a few times when bad weather in the spring delays the opening. A few weeks before the first delivery, we’ll email you and ask you to confirm that you know the opening date; if you don’t respond to the email, we’ll call you.

      The season runs for 24 weeks and ends on November 16, the week before Thanksgiving.

Are we required to help run the site?

No volunteering is required; we have a group of amazing volunteers, most of them grad students from Rockefeller, Cornell-Weil, and Sloan-Kettering. They’re smart, experienced, dedicated, and truly nice. They run the site so well that I usually feel superfluous. But if you want to volunteer—some of it is a lot of fun—there is always work to do. Let me know and we’ll set it up. There are also volunteer activities outside the site—writing recipes, setting up farm trips and potlucks, informing members of the start date. If you want to be involved, we can use whatever time you can give us.

What’s in a share?

There are usually 8-10 items in the share every week. We eat with the seasons; we don’t get tomatoes in June or broccoli in August, but the tomatoes of August and the broccoli of October are delicious. The farm website has a list of the crops they grow. Our website has lists of what was in the share each week in 2020; you’ll find it here:.

2020 shares, week-by-week

How do we communicate?

We keep communication to a minimum, usually one email per month in the off-season, one per week during delivery season. During the season we try to send an email each week that includes some community information and news from members as well. Please send any info you would like us to include.

You will have phone numbers to call if you really need to, including a phone number for the farm. Remember, everyone in the city is a volunteer; and everyone at the farm is really busy.

When do we find out what’s in the share each week?

Our vegetables are harvested very close to the time they’re delivered. Even the farmers don’t know exactly what they’ll be picking until they pick it. Sometimes, a vegetable spurts up at the last minute; sometimes it slows down. We know it’s hard to plan without knowing what we’ll be getting though, so we try. Sometime over the weekend, the farmers emails a list to all the members—but things still change. Sometimes an item will be taken off the list. More often, something is added.

What if I can’t make it one week? Can I send someone to take my share for me? Can I pick up extra the following week?

You can send anyone to pick up your share. Our security system is simple: if someone asks for your share and gives us your name, we let him/her have it. We’ve never had a problem. We’ll give you an info sheet for surrogate picker-uppers.

But no, we can’t promise to hold your share and you definitely can’t pick up extra the following week. Shares that are not picked up are donated to the church’s meal program or to a food pantry. Volunteers are allowed to take a bit extra. The farm can’t replace food that has already been sent and we can’t hold it.

What if I don’t like or am allergic to something in the share? Can I take more of something else?

We plan to set up a swap box this year; you can leave something you don’t want in the swap box and take something that someone else has left. But you can’t count on finding what you want. In some cases, you will just get one item less or take it for a friend. If you can’t use many of the vegetables that we get, this probably isn’t a good idea for you.

What are “CSA extras?”

We can order additional products in two ways:

     Stoneledge Farm Marketplace offers local honey and maple syrup, fair trade coffee, cooking oils, mushrooms, and bulk produce when available. Order by Friday of each week for delivery the following Tuesday. For more information:

www.stoneledge.farm (click on Marketplace; ordering will begin right before the first delivery)

     Lewis Waite Farms: We can also order meat, dairy, grains, and other sustainably-raised products from a consortium of local farms. The products are delivered every second week to the site; you place your order the previous week.  For more info

www.csalewiswaitefarm.com

Lewis Waite also makes monthly deliveries to the city during the winter. Deliveries are made to a member’s apartment and those who have ordered pick up from there. I’ll send info about the next delivery in the next newsleter.

Is all the food organic?

All the vegetables grown on the farm are USDA certified organic. The fruit comes from other farms. The fruit 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 fertilizers 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, and I eat a lot. 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 110 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-five 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.

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 Apri““`

2020 shares, week-by-week

WEEK 1

Standard Vegetable Share

Red Leaf Lettuce (red fire)

Chinese Cabbage

Tropicana Green Leaf Lettuce

Radishes

Arugula

Sage

Red Ruby Basil Transplant

Rhubarb

Stoneledge Farm Tote Bag

Small Vegetable Share

Red Leaf Lettuce (red fire)

Tropicana Lettuce

Radish

Arugula

Sage

Red Ruby Basil Transplant

Stoneledge Farm Tote Bag

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: White Button 

WEEK 2

Standard Vegetable Share

Red Curly Kale

Green Tropicana Lettuce

Red Sails Lettuce

Garlic Scapes

Mizuna

Chinese Napa Cabbage

Purslane

Sage- Salvia Edible Flowers

Small Vegetable Share

Red Sails Lettuce

Garlic Scapes

Red Curly Kale

Mizuna

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Oyster

WEEK 3

Standard Vegetable Share

Green Leaf Lettuce

Red Butterhead Lettuce

Red Oak Leaf Lettuce

Mustard Greens

Frizee

Escarole

Kale

Garlic Scapes

Summer Savory

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Portobello Mushroom:

WEEK 4:

Standard Vegetable Share

Green Leaf Lettuce

Red Leaf Lettuce

Sugar Snap Peas

Romaine Lettuce

Endive-Frisee

Garlic Scapes

Summer Squash

Amaranth Greens

Spinach

Small Vegetable Share

Sugar Snap Peas

Green Leaf Lettuce

Summer Squash

Red Leaf Lettuce

Garlic Scapes

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Shiitake

WEEK 5

Standard Vegetable Share

Fennel

Summer Squash

Cucumbers

Tropicana Lettuce

Red Leaf Lettuce

Escarole

Sugar Snap Peas

Garlic Scapes

Small Vegetable Share

Fennel

Summer Squash

Tropicana Lettuce

Sugar Snap Peas

Escarole

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Crimini- 

Fruit:  2 baskets Blueberries; 1 basket Sweet Cherries

WEEK 6

Standard Vegetable Share

Early Spring Cabbage

Summer Squash

Green Slicing Cucumbers

Specialty Cucumbers (colors range- yellow, brown, white)

Eggplant

Green Leaf Lettuce

Swiss Chard

White Scallions

Mint

Small Vegetable Share

Summer Squash

Green Cucumber

Specialty Cucumber (colors range- yellow, brown, white)

Green Leaf Lettuce

Eggplant-

Mint

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: White Button

Fruit: 1- Basket Blueberries; 1- basket Sweet Cherries

WEEK 7

Standard Vegetable Share

Cherry Tomatoes

Summer Squash

Cucumbers- (colors range- Green slicing to specialty yellow, brown, or white)

Eggplant

Lettuce

Spinach

Red Scallions

Early Spring Cabbage

Basil- Green

Small Vegetable Share

Eggplant

Summer Squash

Lettuce

Basil- Green

Red Scallions

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Oyster

Fruit: 1 Basket Sugar Plums; 1- basket Sweet Cherries

WEEK 8

Standard Vegetable Share

Pum Tomatoes

Slicing Tomatoes

Black Bell Eggplant

Sweet Peppers

Jalapeño Peppers HOT

Celery

Summer Squash OR Cucumbers

Parsley

Garlic

Cherry Tomatoes

Small Vegetable Share

Tomatoes

Celery

Black Bell Eggplant

Peppers

Cherry Tomatoes

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Portobella- 

Fruit: 1- Basket Sugar Plums; 1- basket Nectarines

WEEK 9

Standard Vegetable Share

Slicing Tomatoes

Plum Tomatoes

Eggplant

Fresh Onions

Herb (will send update)

Beets- Red Ace

Green Beans

Green Bell Peppers

Cherry Tomatoes

Small Vegetable Share

Tomatoes

Green Bell Peppers

Green Beans

Beets

Cherry Tomatoes

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Shiitake 

Fruit: 1 bag- Mixed White & Yellow Peaches

WEEK 10

Standard Vegetable Share

Plum Tomatoes

Slicing Tomatoes

Sweet Bell Peppers (Colors range from greens, to purple)

Celery

Leeks

Oregano

Eggplant

Kale

Cherry Tomatoes

Small Vegetable Share

Tomatoes

Celery

Cherry Tomatoes

Sweet Bell Peppers (Colors range from greens, to purple)

Leeks

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Crimini 

Fruit: 1 bag- Mixed Donut Peaches, Yellow Peaches & Nectarines

WEEK 11

Standard Vegetable Share

Tomatoes (slicing and plum)

Cilantro

Serrano- Hot Peppers (small and green-red)

Sweet Peppers (colors range from green, orange, red, purple)

Tomatillos

Cherry Tomatoes

Fennel (Use the Fronds!)

Red Onions

Small Vegetable Share

Cilantro

Tomatoes

Peppers- Sweetn

Peppers- HOT Serrano

Fennel

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: White Button 

Fruit: 1 bag- White Donut Peaches, Yellow Nectarines

WEEK 12

Standard Vegetable Share

Summer Squash OR Broccoli

Slicer Tomatoes

Plum Tomatoes

Sweet Peppers (colors range from green, orange, red, purple)

Celery

Leeks

Potatoes

Swiss Chard

Cherry Tomatoes

Small Vegetable Share

Leeks

Swisschard

Tomatoes

Potatoes

Sweet Peppers (colors range from green, orange, red, purple)

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Oyster 

Fruit: 1 bag- Yellow Peaches & Clapp Pears

WEEK 13

Standard Vegetable Share

Delicata Winter Squash

Sage

Sweet Peppers

Eggplant

Lacinato (dinosaur) Kale

Tomatoes

Beets

Onions

Will send an update

Small Vegetable Share

Delicata Winter Squash

Lacinato (dinosuar) Kale

Tomatoes

Sage

Onions

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Portobello  Grown by Bulich Mushroom Farm

Fruit: 1 bag- Clapp Pears & Italian Prune Plums

WEEK 14

Standard Vegetable Share

Winter Squash

Red Russian Kale

Collard Greens

Sweet Peppers

Tomatoes

Carrots (Orange)

Beets

Parsley

Green Beans  OR  Edamame Beans

Small Vegetable Share

Carrots

Parsley

Green Beans  OR  Edamame Beans

Winter Squash

Collard Greens

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Shiitake  Grown by Bulich Mushroom Farm

Fruit: 1 bag- Zestar Apples & Bartlett Pears

WEEK 15

Standard Vegetable Share

Acorn Squash

Potatoes

Swiss Chard

Thyme

Leeks OR Onions

Eggplant

Sweet Peppers

Curly Kale

Will send update

Small Vegetable Share

Beets

Thyme

Sweet Peppers

Swiss chard

Acorn Squash

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Crimini

Fruit: 1 bag- Seckel Pears & Gala Apples

WEEK 16

Standard Vegetable Share

Celeriac

Collard Greens

Spinach (Large Green Leaf)

Sweet Peppers

Green Beans

Garlic

Cilantro

We Will Send an Update

Small Vegetable Share

Broccoli

Collard Greens

Celeriac

Garlic

Herb (Will Update)

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: White Button Grown by Bulich Mushroom Farm

Fruit: 1 bag- Mcintosh Apples; 1 quart basket- Concord Grapes

WEEK 17

Standard Vegetable Share

Broccoli OR Cauliflower

Beets

Brussels Sprouts Greens

Sweet Potatoes

Sage

Shallots

Winter Squash

Small Vegetable Share

Shallots

Brussels Sprouts Greens

Beets

Sweet Potatoes

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Oyster

Fruit Shares: 1- bag Cortland Apples & Bosc Pears

WEEK 18

Standard Vegetable Share

Carrots

Garlic

Butternut Winter Squash

Cabbage

Broccoli  OR  Cauliflower

Dill

Sweet Potatoes

Curly Green Kale

Small Vegetable Share

Sweet Potatoes

Broccoli  OR  Cailiflower

Dill

Garlic

Kale

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Portobello

Fruit: 1 bag- Macoun Apples & Bosc Pears

WEEK 19

Standard Vegetable Share

Potatoes

Radishes

Butternut Winter Squash

Bella Luna Hakurei White Turnips

Arugula

Red Leaf Lettuce

Green Leaf Lettuce

Will send update

Small Vegetable Share

Lettuce

Radishes

Bella Luna Hakurei White Turnips

Arugula

Potatoes

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Shiitake

Fruit: 1 bag- Jonagold Apple & Bosc Pear

WEEK 20

Standard Vegetable Share

Carrots

Kohlrabi (purple or green)

Boc Choy

Winter Squash- Kabocha -you can pretty much use Kambocha in all these recipes

Red Russian Kale

Potatoes

Onions (red or white)

Red Leaf Lettuce

Parsley

Small Vegetable Share

Carrots

Onions

Red Russian Kale

Kohlrabi (purple or green)

Broccoli

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom:  Crimini

Fruit: 1 bag- Golden Delicious & Bosc Pear

WEEK 21

Standard Vegetable Share

Red Leaf Lettuce

Green Leaf Lettuce

Cherriet Radishes

Arugula- Can add fresh to a salad.

Cauliflower

Cabbage

Winter Squash

Onions

Will Send Update

Small Vegetable Share

Onions

2- Lettuce (red or green)

Arugula

Cherriet Radishes

Will send Update

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: White Button

Fruit: 1 bag- Koru Apple (a new variety of apple from New Zealand) & Bosc Pears

WEEK 22

Standard Vegetable Share

Carrots

Cabbage

Daikon Radishes

Kale

Potatoes

Onions

Garlic

Pop Corn

Cauliflower

Small Vegetable Share

Garlic

Kale

Carrots

Pop Corn

Will Send Update

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Oyster

Fruit: 1 bag- Stayman Winesap apples & Bosc Pears

WEEK 23

Standard Vegetable Share

Pop Corn

Winter Squash

Potatoes

Carrots

Scallions

Lettuce

Brussels sprout Greens (looks similar to collard greens, & can be cooked the same way)

Celeriac

Garlic

Thyme

Small Vegetable Share

Garlic

Thyme

Lettuce

Carrots

Winter Squash

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: White Button

Fruit: 1 bag- Fuji apples & Bosc Pears

WEEK 24

Standard Vegetable Share

Red Curly Kale

Brussels Sprouts

Purple Globe Turnips

Sage

Parsley

Shallots

Garlic

Potatoes

Carrots

Pop Corn

Small Vegetable Share

Shallots

Winter Squash

Potatoes

Red Curly Kale

Sage

Brussels sprouts

OPTIONAL SHARES

Mushroom: Shiitake

Fruit: 1 bag- Evercrisp & Winesap apples & Bosc Pears

How to pick up

We want to make it as easy as possible to pick up your box.

We’ve experimented and find that this method takes about 14 seconds:

–Put your box on a flat surface (we’ll provide a table or chair;

–Position your open bag over the top of the box; hold on to the handle.

–Pull the bag down over the box

–Pick up the bag by its handles and off you go.

See the video:

http://yorkvillecsa.com/wp-content/uploads/20200617_181604.mp4

About CSA and How To Join

Are there any shares available for this year?

Sorry,  we are completely sold out. We may add a few more shares for fall and there is a possibility that a share or two may become available due to cancellation. Please add your name to our waitlist and we’ll let you know if there’s a share available for you. If not, we’ll let you know when we start registration for 2021. To add your name to the waitlist:

www.stoneledge.farm

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.

The Stoneledge truck delivers vegetables to our site; volunteers help unload and arrange the vegetables on tables. We post signs that list what’s in the share and members pack their own shares.

We’re a laid-back group and there are not a lot of regulations. We generally follow the Golden Rule: Do unto other people’s vegetables as you would have them do unto yours. If you come at the right time, avoid squeezing the tomatoes, and keep your dogs away from the food, you’ll be fine. There are always experienced volunteers around to help and answer questions.

How much does it cost?

VEGETABLE SHARES come in three versions:

Full shares: $585 for 24 weeks ($555 if you buy before January 1)

Half shares: $330 for 24 weeks ($305 until January 1). The farm sends only half shares. At the beginning of each session, our volunteers split up a limited number of full shares so that members can pick up half. We sell out of half shares very quickly; we have been sold out since the day we opened registration to new members. Many members buy shares with friends and split it themselves each week; we provide a place to leave half the share for the second member of a split share to pick up a bag that’s been packed by the first member.

Alternate week shares: $330 for 12 deliveries ($305 until January 1). Alternate weekers pick up full shares every other week. We’ll assign you to “odd” or “even” weeks.

Once you purchase a vegetable share, you can add optional shares:

FRUIT SHARES: 20 weeks of fruit—local, low-spray BUT NOT ORGANIC: $260

MUSHROOM SHARES: 24 weeks, mushrooms from a local farm: $130

COFFEE SHARES: 6 deliveries of fair-trade coffee, from Central America; $126

Where do we pick up?

Church of the Epiphany, corner of 74th and York. In 2020, we will be on the York Avenue side.  We’re not part of the church; they generously allow us to use their facility and store our supplies in their courtyard.

When do we pick up?

Official time is Tuesday, 4-7 pm. Our volunteers arrive at around 2:30 to set up tables, post signs, etc. The truck arrives at around 3 and we unload and organize the tables. We’re almost always ready by 3:30, sometimes earlier, and we’re happy to allow people to pick up as soon as the food is on the table—we use the 4 pm starting time in case the truck is delayed by traffic. There have been only a few occasions when we have not been ready by 4 pm, always caused by major traffic tie-ups.

The 7 pm closing time is strict; the church has to be locked by 7:15 and we have to get the site broken down by then. We do try to pack some extra shares for latecomers so that they can pick up until we leave.

When is the first week?

The first delivery is scheduled for June 9, 2020. A few weeks before the first delivery, we’ll email you and ask you to confirm that you know the opening date; if you don’t respond to the email, we’ll call you.

The season runs for 24 weeks and ends on November 13, 2018, the week before Thanksgiving.

Are we required to help run the site?

No volunteering is required; we have a group of amazing volunteers, most of them grad students from Rockefeller, Cornell-Weil, and Sloan-Kettering. They’re smart, experienced, dedicated, and truly nice. They run the site so well that I usually feel superfluous. But if you want to volunteer—some of it is a lot of fun—there is always work to do. Let me know and we’ll set it up. There are also volunteer activities outside the site—writing recipe sheets, setting up farm trips and potlucks, informing members of the start date. If you want to be involved, we can use whatever time you can give us.

We do ask each member to contribute one or more recipes. A few of us have been compiling recipes sheets each week, but they’re getting old and we’re repeating ourselves. With 150 members, there are probably lots of great ideas out there. So even though I have no clue how to enforce it, we make a recipe contribution part of the deal.

What’s in a share?

There are usually 8-10 items in the share every week. We eat with the seasons; we don’t get tomatoes in June or broccoli in August, but the tomatoes of August and the broccoli of October are delicious. The farm website has a list of the crops they grow. Our website has lists of what was in the share each week in 2017; you’ll find it here:. https://yorkvillecsa.com/2017/12/share-lists-2017/

How Do I Haul This Stuff Home?
When possible, please remember to bring your own bags.  Reusuable bags are best, but plastic bags are (of course) just fine.  If you have a large collection of plastic bags at home,we are happy to take them, so that we have some extra bags when members need them.

How do we communicate?

We keep communication to a minimum, usually one email per month in the off-season, one per week during delivery season. Our weekly email during the season includes lists of what’s in the share, recipes and tips. We try to include some community information and news from members as well.

You will have phone numbers to call if you really need to, including a phone number for the farm. Remember, everyone in the city is a volunteer; and everyone at the farm is really busy.

When do we find out what’s in the share each week?

Our vegetables are harvested very close to the time they’re delivered. Even the farmers don’t know exactly what they’ll be picking until they pick it. Sometimes, a vegetable spurts up at the last minute; sometimes it slows down. We know it’s hard to plan without knowing what we’ll be getting though, so we try. On Sunday night or Monday morning, the farmers send a list to the site coordinators and we send them to members—but things still change. Sometimes an item will be taken off the list. More often, something is added.

What if I can’t make it one week? Can I send someone to take my share for me? Can I pick up extra the following week?

You can send anyone to pick up your share. Our security system is simple: if someone asks for your share and gives us your name, we let him/her have it. We’ve never had a problem. We’ll give you an info sheet for surrogate picker-uppers.

But no, we can’t promise to hold your share and you definitely can’t pick up extra the following week. Shares that are not picked up are donated to the church’s meal program or to a food pantry. Volunteers are allowed to take a bit extra. The farm can’t replace food that has already been sent and we can’t hold it. That said, on weeks when I’m at the site (I’m sometimes out of town), I usually take home an extra vegetable share; the first person who asks for it, gets it. And if you let me know by 3 pm, if I’m around, I will leave your share with my doorman for pickup later in the evening or the next morning—on a best-effort basis, no promises.

What if I don’t like or am allergic to something in the share? Can I take more of something else?

We usually have a swap box, but not for 2020.

I can’t pick up my share until right before closing time. Will I get the dregs?

For 2020, everything is boxed. Every gets the same thing.

What are “CSA extras?”

We can order additional products from:

Stoneledge Farm Marketplace offers local honey and maple syrup, fair trade coffee, cooking oils, mushrooms, and bulk produce when available. Order by Friday of each week for delivery the following Tuesday. For more information:

www.stoneledge.farm (click on Marketplace; ordering will begin right before the first delivery)

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 110 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.

SHARE SWITCHING 2021

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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, Odd Weeks and I’d like to switch Week 3 (June 29) for any Even Week share in July or August. I have a full vegetable and full fruit share. I am also willing to sell the vegetable share for $30 and the fruit share for $12, to be paid by paypal or venmo.

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