Paisley Farm is our 25-acre farm in Tivoli, NY owned and operated by Michael Kokas and Jan Greer. We have been growing organic specialty vegetables for 18 years, and we farm with the help of our two children, Julian and Augusta. We plant with the chef in mind. We love to cook ourselves, and we love to share what we grow. We’ve been keeping the best chefs in Manhattan happy for two decades, and now we can do the same for you, with our CSA!
What’s a CSA?
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” CSA members pay in advance for a share in the farm’s production, so that funds are available to the farmer to get the growing season started. In return, members receive shares of the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from connecting to a local farm. When community members provide the farmer with working capital to start the season (literally, “seed money”), growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing. CSA members help local farmers stay afloat, and get the benefits of fresh, healthy, local produce. Becoming a member of our CSA means you are supporting family farmers, preserving the health of the land around your city, and eating the healthiest local food available.
“Community” is the first word in CSA! We ask that someone from each household signs up to help out at the produce pick-up site during the season. Members are not required to do any work on the farm, but you are certainly welcome to visit and to help out! Many members enjoy volunteering at the farm and learning more about where their food comes from; and we enjoy working with members and getting to know them better. We also plan to offer various events throughout the season. We look forward to collaborating with our members on these additional activities!
The realities of farming:
There are always risks in farming, but our experience has taught us to minimize these risks by planting a diversity of crops, and following regular planting successions. Nature tends to balance the offerings, too. For example – a dry season for arugula will mean a great crop of tomatoes.
Why you should join:
CSA members get a great deal – fresh, organic, healthy vegetables at a reasonable price and the security of knowing where your food comes from. The food you will receive will be at its peak of ripeness and nutritional value. You can be proud that you are helping a small family farm and supporting a sustainable local food source. So, join us for a season and share the harvest!
Pick Up Locations:
113 N. 7th Street, between Berry and Wythe - pick-up hours: WEDNESDAY 5:00 - 7:00pm
Metropolitan Exchange Building
33 Flatbush Avenue - pick-up hours: WEDNESDAY 5:00 - 8:00pm
See our website to sign up for either one of these locations!
***Share Choice Information***
Forager Share (April into May) -- $120 each *
A Paisley Farm Special! Foraging is a special treat we are offering this year. This four week share will start April 18; the pick up days will be April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9. The share will contain 3 lbs of foraged items. Starting with ramps on the first delivery, and will include fiddlehead ferns and nettles as they become available. The share will contain ramps every time and fiddle heads as the spring progresses, finishing up with the nettles. Hopefully there will be other surprises as well, such as greenhouse micro greens and pea shoots. These are not exactly foraged but a nice addition spring salads and plates.
Spring/Summer Vegetable Shares -- $550 each *
Thank you for joining paisley farms 2012 summer CSA. The weather has been awesome and we are excited about this season. We are looking for an early start to the season and will start the week of June 6 th and run for 22 weeks until October 31st. This year we will be planting more leafy greens and heirloom lettuce as well as some of our old favorites like sweet peppers , heirloom tomatoes, bunching onions and eggplant. And of course fresh picked sweet corn from the Hudson Valley. You can expect in your share six to ten items each week for 22 weeks.
Fruit Shares - $290 each
For 19 weeks starting on or near June 8th, 2012.
Cheese Shares -- $290 each *
This will include a variety of local artisan cheeses from Hudson Valley Farms, the Finger Lakes, and Upstate NY. This sampling of cheeses will give you a taste of fresh, biodynamic, probiotic, and conventionally aged goat cheese as well as sheep and cows milk cheeses. Farms included will be listed on our blog! We love being able to share these cheeses with you!
Egg Share $105 for Full Share / $55 for Half Share.
For 22 weeks along with Vegetable Share delivery. Full share is 1 dozen omega eggs per week. Half share is half-dozen omega eggs per week. Please write number of shares as "0", "0.5" or "1".
Pasture raised local pork to be delivered with the Winter CSA. These pigs are of excellent quality and raised humanely without hormones or antibiotics. Raised from piglets on Spring Hill Lake Farm in Red Hook New York (Dutchess County), grass fed and finished with vegetables and local apples;the pork has a savory and juicy flavor. There are two size shares to choose from and they will be delivered frozen in parcel with your winter share. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE! There are a limited number of these juicy and delicious pork shares... get your orders in!
Pork Share OPTION 1 -- $275 *
This selection includes 3 packages of bacon, 1 pork butt, 4 (4 pack) pork chops, 1 ham steak, 2 packages of sweet sausage, 2 packages of hot sausage. They will be delivered frozen in a parcel with your Spring Summer Shares starting in September. It will be posted on the blog when ready.
Pork Share OPTION 2 -- $325 *
This selection includes 3 packages of bacon, 1 pork butt, 4 (4 pack) pork chops, 2 ham steaks, 2 packages of sweet sausage, 2 packages of hot sausage, 1 pork shoulder, 1 rack spare ribs. They will be delivered frozen in a parcel with your Spring Summer Shares starting in September. It will be posted on the blog when ready.