Fresh, affordable produce will be on its way to Downtown Brooklyn & Boerum Hill for Brooklyn Beet's 9th year!
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. When you become a member of a CSA, you're purchasing a "share" of vegetables (or fruits) from a regional farmer. CSA members commit to purchasing and picking up a weekly or biweekly "share" of their farmers' harvest throughout the growing season. By paying for the entire season of produce upfront, we are enabling our farmers to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and so forth.
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 is offering a flower share for the first time, freshly-baked bread from a local baker, and 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. A full vegetable share runs for 22 weeks and cost $607 in 2016. This works out to only ~$27/week for about two bags of fresh, organic vegetables. We also offer half shares that are distributed every other week for $303.50.
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 teaching cooking lessons at the YWCA, writing social media 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 open for the 2016 season! Click here to sign up online, or click here to download a form and mail to the address on the form. For 2016 we are offering two options for payment: mailing a check or using PayPal for a secure online money transfer.
The SIGN-UP and PAYMENT deadline for the 2016 season is May 27, 2016.