Getting a hold of a CSA share in Brooklyn is starting to feel like a blood sport – the few available shares in most local CSAs sell out by early Spring. Happily, we’ve got some good news for Brooklyites who got frozen out of their local CSAs this season, or for those who just want to lock in a source for some great local fruit through this year’s harvest season.
Wen-Jay Ying, a Just Food alumnus, has partnered with the Nicholson family of Red Jacket Orchards of Geneva, NY to create a brand new fruit CSA. The Nicholson family, which has run the orchard since 1958, grow all their fruit using responsible Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. CSA members will receive Red Jacket apples, berries, peaches, apricots, plums, juices and more.
If you’d like a spot, get your application in as soon as possible – all applications must be in by Thursday, August 5.
Wen-Jay was kind enough to chat with us for a minute about the draw of CSAs and the circumstances that led to the collaboration with Red Jacket:
“I grew up on Long Island but have been living in Cobble Hill since I graduated college four years ago. The end of June, 2010 marked the end of my Americorps VISTA year of service at Just Food, where I worked with the CSA in NYC program. I loved the CSA model as a way to create a community of shared knowledge, as an educational tool, to feel connected to our food and to know our farmers, and for the obvious reason of getting amazing produce that has been grown with care and love. I think I also have a personal attachment to csa because it was my first real look into the sustainable food movement, which I feel really drawn to; it brings people in a big city together and is constantly inspiring.
I joined the Red Jacket team because I feel they truly see the bigger picture of how agriculture can change people’s lives and use various ways to help paint this picture … there are so many great and creative food projects going on everywhere in NYC right now by groups, individuals, non profits…its an amazing thing to be a part of.”
Here are more details on the Red Jacket CSA from Wen-Jay:
“Interested in getting farm fresh fruit at an affordable price? Would you like to support a local, family farm? These are two great reasons to sign up for a CSA! Through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), members pay a farm up front for share of produce that they can pick up from a distribution location once a week. The price they pay for this share is cheaper than purchasing the same quality of produce at a grocery store or farmers’ market. At the same time, a CSA ensures a certain amount of revenue for the farm. By joining a CSA, members can also familiarize themselves with their farmer: they can learn more about how their food is grown and who grows it.
Though most vegetable CSAs are sold out in the city, you now have an opportunity to sign up for something completely new – a fruit CSA! The Red Jacket Orchards Fruit CSA will provide members with weekly shares of farm-fresh fruit from August – November. Fruit CSA shares in the city are currently additional product shares of vegetable CSAs – you must be a member of a vegetable CSA to partake in the fruit share; this is not the case for the Red Jacket Orchards Fruit CSA, who is completely independent of any vegetable CSA. The Red Jacket Orchards Fruit CSA shares will have a variety of fruits grown on their orchards in upstate NY, such as peaches, plums, pears, apples, and grapes. In addition to fruits, members will receive apple sauces, jams, and fruit juices.
The Red Jacket Orchards CSA will have two distribution locations, which are listed below. Full and half shares are available. Full shares are priced at $22 per week and half shares are $13 per week. Membership applications should be sent in by August 5th. To see a sample share list and for more information on how to sign up, visit http://redjacketorchardscsa.wordpress.com/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain
513 Henry Street, Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens)
Corner of Henry Street and Sackett Street
Tuesdays, August 10 – November 9 from 4:00pm – 6:45pm
2. Jimmy’s No.43
43 E. 7th Street, Manhattan (East Village)
Corner of 7th Street and 2nd Ave
Saturdays, August 14 – November 13 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm