Plovgh (pronounced ‘plow’), an East Williamsburg-based alt-CSA, is forging their own freewheeling twist on the traditional CSA subscription model.
Plovgh partners with several upstate farms to bring a wide variety of fresh local produce to locations throughout Brooklyn each week. The twist? With Plovgh, there’s no season-long commitment requiring you to pay an upfront subscription fee for a pre-determined amount of weekly produce. In fact, there’s no commitment at all.
Plovgh members (there is no fee to sign up) receive an email each week listing all of the produce available from each farm, along with details about the growing practices of each farm (organic, kinda organic, not organic etc.) Members then place orders online for whatever veggies they want, from any of the participating farms, and pick up their haul at a pre-determined place and time.
Pickup locations currently include Tuffet and Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg, 46 Bogart in Bushwick, Veronica People’s Club and Hosh Yoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn Brainery in Carroll Gardens, 365 Bridge Street Downtown, and Five Spot Soul Food in Clinton Hill, in addition to spots in Queens and Manhattan. More locations are in the works (and if you’d like to see one in your neighborhood, Plovgh encourages you to contact them at email@example.com.)
Plovgh is also working with Partners Trace, a new practicing organic farm near New Paltz, to help them raise some much-needed cash to fund their first season on their new farm. The deal? Fresh, local produce fiends can pre-purchase credits to use to purchase Partner’s trace produce at any time throughout the growing season, at a discount. A purchase of $50 worth of credits gets you $59 worth of produce. $100 in money gets you $125 in veggies, plus some pickles; and $250 gets your $358 worth of the good stuff, with pickles and a farm visit and dinner included.
To create a free Plovgh account (required to get their weekly produce lists and to make purchases), see their website at www.plovgh.com
To purchase credits and shares in Partners Trace, click here.