The Brooklyn Beet CSA brings locally grown, farm-fresh vegetables and fruit to your neighborhood from early June - early November. The pick-up location is convenient to Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Fort Greene.
WHAT IS A CSA? “CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs are partnerships between community members and local farms designed to benefit them both. CSA members commit to purchasing and picking up a weekly or biweekly "share" of their farmers' harvest throughout the growing season.
WHAT DO YOU GET? Members can sign up for full shares (every week) or half shares (every other week) of vegetables and/or fruits from two different farms located outside of New York City. Each week's share will usually contain 6-8 different types of vegetables, and 3-5 varieties of fruit. Our CSA also offers eggs, yogurt, cheese, and meat through Lewis Waite Farms.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Shares are available at a price that is similar (or less) than what you would pay in the grocery store. For example, a full vegetable share runs for 22 weeks and will cost $561. This works out to only ~$25/week for about two bags of fresh, organic vegetables. We also offer half shares that are distributed every other week for $280.50.
WHERE DO I PICK UP MY SHARE? Distributions are Tuesdays from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the lobby of the YWCA of Brooklyn at 30 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (between Atlantic Avenue and State Street). Distributions begin in early June and runs through early November. Don't forget to bring your own bags!
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW? Part of the reason CSA shares are so inexpensive is because they are all-volunteer run. To join the Brooklyn Beet CSA you must commit to volunteering between 3 - 4 hours with us once over the 22-week season along with purchasing at least one half share of vegetables. Most will help manage our weekly distributions, but members can help out by writing blog posts, planning events for the CSA, etc. Volunteer sign-up will occur at the beginning of the season. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HOW DO I SIGN UP? Sign-ups are now closed for the 2015 season, but please be on the look out for sign-ups for the 2016 season in February 2016! For 2015 we offered two options for payment: mailing a check or Venmo, a simple and free smartphone app for secure money transfers.
The SIGN-UP and PAYMENT deadline for the 2015 season was June 5, 2015.