When I (Elena here) first moved to the neighborhood, I looked into bringing a farm to the area. Tired of buying tasteless fruits and vegetables, brought from far away, I asked my friend Betsy—whose family has a homestead and small farm upstate—how to go about bringing fresh and local vegetables here. She suggested to contact Just Food.

Michele and I often talked about how much we’d like to have a farmers market nearby. So we met with Paula, the NYC/CSA program Manager at Just Food and with Zaid, our farmer to be.

Starting a CSA wasn’t going to be easy: it was already too late in season, ours wasn’t a neighborhood keen on organic produce, we needed more people to help organize. Still, we decided to give it a try fantasizing all the way how nice it’d be to have fruits and veggies straight from the farm. We plastered the neighborhood with fliers, got published in a few e-zines, and sent hundreds of emails.

Two months later, the Ozone Park CSA was born. We didn’t have enough members to meet the farmers’ requirements but we’re able to come to an agreement (Thanks to Paula at Just Food!). There were challenges and still are.

We appreciate our farmers’ commitment to bringing the freshest harvest every week, and hope ours is a lasting partnership, and I want to thank our members for their trust and support.

Spread the word, and enjoy the bounty!