What does CSA stand for?
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”. A CSA brings high quality and fresh produce grown by local farmers to a neighborhood or area. CSA members buy “shares” of a farm’s yield, upfront, to cover the farm operational costs during a the season. In return, members receive weekly deliveries of fresh organic vegetables, fruits, and eggs. The direct partnership between farmer and member cuts out the middlemen, and translates on a fresher, more affordable produce than when bought from the supermarket.

Where does our produce come from?
We partner with Norwich Meadows, a USDA and NOFA certified organic farm near Binghamton in upstate New York. Zaid, our farmer, picks up the veggies on Wednesdays and drives into the city every Thursday to deliver the harvest. It can’t get any fresher than that!

How about the fruit, dairy, and honey?
Red Jacket Orchards provides most of our fruits, except for the melons and watermelons that come from Norwich Meadows. In respect to the environment, Red Jacket uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices and is certified by Food Alliance as a sustainable producer of plums, apricots, and prunes. It’s as good as it gets! The dairy products come from Ithaca Milk and the honey is from Kutik’s Honey Farm

What types of shares are there?
We currently offer vegetables, fruit, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, granola and honey shares. Veggies are delivered every week while fruits and other items can be delivered weekly or bi-weekly. All members need to commit to a vegetable share. Shares all other products are optional.

How much does a share cost?
Shares are paid for in full at the beginning of the season, then delivered from June through November (20 – 22 weeks). The 2014 price for a veggie share is $380. A share is enough for 2-3 people. (In years past mid-season harvests have been abundant enough to can, freeze and/or share.)  Fruit shares are $240 for weekly or $120 for biweekly delivery and begin in July. In addition we offer eggs, milk, honey, yogurt, cheese, butter and granola. This year the farm is offering an early enrollment discount of $40 for payments received by 3/31.

What types of veggies and fruits will I get?
Items are seasonal and vary as the season progresses. Each veggie share will include 7-10 different types of veggies each week. Each item is not just one veggie but can include enough for several meals. A very incomplete list of items we have received includes: Salad greens, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, savoy cabbage, boc choi, heirloom tomatoes, husk cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, basil, garlic (and garlic scapes), corn, leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, radishes… Maybe it would be best to take a look at Norwich Meadows crop schedule to see what’s in season.

Do you have other products?
This year in addition to veggies and fruit we are offering eggs, milk, honey, yogurt, cheese and granola.

Do I have to be an Ozone Park resident to join?
Definitely not. Our pickup location is at Nativity Church on Rockaway Blvd and 91st St in Ozone Park, Queens. Most of our members come from Eastern Brooklyn and Southern Queens, but we welcome everyone!

What’s the deadline to join?
We will be enrolling new members until approximately 2 weeks before our first delivery (The 2014 season is expected to begin the week of 6/16). The farm is offering a $40 discount for early enrollment (By 3/31).

How do I join?
To become a member, you need to fill out our sign up form and pay the full amount for your share. Payments are made directly to the farm via money order or by Paypal or Credit Card on their website  (If paying online the farm has added a small fee to cover transaction costs) To receive a registration form e-mail us: ozoneparkcsa@gmail.com or download it here.

Have other questions?
Send us an email. We’d love to hear from you!