Where To Get Your Vegetables On.
Spring is nearly here in New York! Citywide, the season of eating that doesn’t revolve around a crock pot, an oven, or a can is met with an exuberance reserved for few things. People no longer want to strangle one another, layers are shed and we all flock down to the Union Square Farmers Markets in droves.
Which, as it turns out, does make you want to strangle your fellow man. While you’re on a mission to find turnips in a timely manner, someone is strolling in front of you without a care (or a timeframe) in the world. Does this mean it’s time for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share?
Think about it. For just a little extra each month, you wouldn’t have to rub elbows with some parent trying to placate a fussy child with a apple cider doughnut. Those “We’re in love and cooking organic!!” couples would disspear and your hands wouldn’t hurt from lugging home all those bags of agricultural goodness. Sounds pretty good, right? You could just get a box of all this stuff once a week and go back to being all zen-like for the other six and a half days a week.
Well, yeah. You could just join a CSA and forget about all that nonsense if you’re REALLY committed to picking up all those goodies (and using them). Without fail, every week you will be responsible for picking up a box of stuff, most of which you have minimal choices on or else. The hours always seem massively inconvenient to pick up your share. Although it is a noble effort to support farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, everyone that I’ve ever known to join a CSA finds them difficult. At best. CSA shares are notoriously trying because of their hefty fees ($400-600 per season on average) and most require volunteer work hours on top of that. Plus, as one friend of mine quipped on his weekly bounty: “My vegetable crisper has turned into kohlrabi cold storage.”
But for those adventurous souls who have decided to rise to the challenge, the early spring months usually mark the kickoff of a season of questionable vegetables. To thee, I salute you. Below is a list of places so that you can begin your adventure into creative cooking (which I wholeheartedly support).
Please note, these locations may vary in the 2012 season. Please contact the CSA directly for more information.
A. Greenpoint Williamsburg CSA. Greenpoint, Brooklyn
B. Paisley Farm CSA. Located conveniently at the epicenter of hipster culture!
C. Healthway Farm CSA. McCarren Park, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
D. East Williamsburg CSA. Red Shed Community Garden, East Williamsburg
E. Partner’s Trace CSA. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
F. Lineage Farm CSA. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
G. Bushwick Food Co-Op CSA. Bushwick, Brooklyn
H. Eagle Street CSA. Greenpoint, Brooklyn
I. Southside CSA. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
J. Bed Stuy Farm Share CSA. Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn