Hard though it is to believe, there is now less than a week until the Bay Ridge CSA season kicks off for another year. After hearing Hearty Roots’ farmer Benjamin Shute’s plans for the year ahead, we’re completely over-excited about another summer of great tasting local vegetables, eggs and fruit coming our way!
From June 9, the CSA pickup takes place every Saturday between 8:30am – 10:30am at the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church (on Fourth Avenue between 68th & Senator Streets). Please do be on time, as the pickup ends promptly at 10.30am, and there won’t be any vegetables on the site after this time. If you’re going to be away, or think you might be late, ask a friend to attend the pickup for you to make sure you’re not disappointed!
The first weeks of the CSA are traditionally a little slow on produce, just because the growing season is still getting into full swing. With the weather we have had recently, that might be a little different this year, but don’t be too concerned if you’re getting a lot of garlic scapes in the first few weeks – the season is usually hugely bountiful as the weeks go on!
The fruit share, which is operated by Montgomery Place Orchards, will begin on July 7th for those who have signed up. And as ever, we have partnered with Lewis Waite Farm and their network of local producers to offer Bay Ridge CSA members access to healthy, organic, and locally produced products all year round, including breads, meats, cheese, jams, eggs, grains and syrup. You can find more details at the Lewis Waite Farm website at www.csalewiswaitefarm.com.
The Bay Ridge CSA is a great community of people, and we have events both at the farm and in Brooklyn all season long. This blog, and the Bay Ridge CSA website are good ways to keep up with what’s going on – with plenty of recipes with ideas on what to do with your vegetables. You should also join the Bay Ridge CSA listserv at Yahoo, to enable you to exchange recipes and views with other members.