Spring Greenpoint CSA Roundup!

Robyn Van En, Pioneer of the CSA Movement

Every weekend many of us hit the farmers market circuit, navigating between Union Square Park, Union St, and Russell St in an effort to avoid the wilted offerings found at the Super A. However, there’s a simpler way: a plethora of local CSAs (community supported agriculture) – essentially a prepaid share of a farm’s produce that offer us the chance to avoid the vagaries of choice and opt instead to support a small farm that in turn supports us.

Below are several of the CSAs from which we Greenpointers can choose.  Is your CSA listed? Is it missing? Love your CSA? Have any recipes? Canning secrets?  Let us know in the comments.

Vegetable CSAs
Note that prices are listed for full, weekly shares.  Other options may be available.

Rachel Mae’s CSA: picks up at Cafe Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave), $600/24-week season.
Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA: Picks up at McCarren or McGolrick Park.  Weekly shares are $595/275/155/66 for veggies/fruit/flowers/eggs and $200 for a bi-weekly cheese share.
Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative: Picks up at Eastern District (1053 Manhattan Ave), so be sure to budget extra for irresistible cheese.  $725 for a 25-week season.
Southside CSA:  Picks up at The Woods (48 S 4th St).  Dizzying array of share options, so best to check their website for information.  Donates to the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen!
Lineage Farm CSA:  Picks up at the Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St.)
Partners Trace: Picks up at TBD (224 Franklin St) & Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 20 weeks / egg shares / flower shares / berry shares / orchard shares / canned good shares

Fish CSAs
I’m particularly excited by the fish CSAs available, as they provide a good, sustainable source of fresh fish, something Greenpoint lacks outside of smoked offerings or the farmer’s market stalls.  I’ve heard great things about both of these.

Mermaid’s Garden CSF: Picks up at Urban Rustic.  $33/week for a 2-2.25 lb delivery, $16.50 for a 1.25 lb delivery.  Possible add-ons/substitutions for shellfish.

Gabe the Fish Babe: Details online are scarce but she was enthusiastically recommended.  The fish club is apparently full at the moment, but join the mailing list on the website for updates.

Eat locally, Greenpoint!