The Central Park West CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is accepting signups for our 7 week Fall Season — September 3 to October 15. We’re a community group dedicated to supporting a small local farmer who brings fresh, locally grown pesticide-free vegetables to us on the Upper West Side. Our CSA is run exclusively by our members, and we’re all volunteers. We all pay in advance. For just $16.50/week, you’ll get a half share and for $31/week, you’ll get a full share. Depending on your needs, both provide generous amounts of fresh vegetables straight from Angel Family Farm, upstate in Goshen, NY. The area is known as the “Black Dirt Region” because glaciers passed through there and created incredibly rich dirt where fertilizer is not needed. It’s a great opportunity to meet your farmer and your neighbors while enjoying stellar produce and supporting sustainable, climate-friendly agriculture.
Our CSA distributes in front of Book Culture (Columbus Avenues between W 81st and 82nd Streets) on Tuesdays between 4:30-7pm, with the exception of Wednesday, October 2nd, and Monday, October 7th. Members volunteer by sharing in the distribution of the produce–you’ll receive instructions on how to sign up for shifts when you sign up.
Fall can be a great time to participate in a CSA–it is the season when hearty fall vegetables, such as various kinds of yellow, green and orange squash, grow in the northeast in addition to a variety of other vegetables. And joining for a short season gives you a chance to try us out.
2019 is the 11th year of our partnership with the Angel Family. Ana and Fily Angel are very experienced farmers who grow beautiful pesticide-free produce. Our long relationship with them has enabled us to appreciate their thoughtful, hard work. When Hurricane Irene was predicted to hit Goshen in 2011, we assumed that we wouldn’t receive any produce that week, but Ana and Fily anticipated flooding and picked our vegetables in advance!
Supporting local farmers is important in many ways. As our climate grows hotter, it will be increasingly difficult to protect soil and grow food. Healthy soil stores carbon which helps maintain a habitable climate and produces healthy food. Growing pesticide free vegetables is good for the soil and it’s good for all of us.