One of the highlights of the summer months is the access to fresh produce and ingredients from so many incredible farms and purveyors. We love a good CSA (community supported agriculture), as it allows us to try a variety of fruits and veggies while supporting local business. CSA’s deliver a plethora of ingredients every week or every other week, challenging us to try new recipes and get our of our comfort zone while using the most healthy, locally-sourced ingredients. We’ve also done CSA splits with neighbors over the years when we know we won’t have time to get through all of the ingredients before they start to turn (helpful hint: when it doubt, puree it in a sauce or smoothie, or make it a soup...Whit has plenty of recipes to share if you’re interested!).
The Tribeca CSA is run out of Washington Market Park (310 Greenwich St) and distributed 3:30-6:30PM on Tuesday. Founded in 2009, they’re currently taking orders for shares for the 2017 season (remember, there’s only a limited number of spots!) for both full and half shares. All members are required to fulfill a minimum of two 2.5 hour work shifts per season at the distribution site, which is a really fun way to meet your neighbors and contribute to the community.
In the Financial District area, Fulton Market CSA offers both a vegetable and fruit share via Norwich Meadows Farm. You can buy the vegetable share separately from the fruit share, and can also do a half share for the fruit. Pick up is Mondays 4:30-6:30PM for 22 weeks (mid-June through mid-November) at 5 Hanover Square. To join, email APakulis@gmail.com as there are limited spots left.
If these CSAs don’t work for you or your schedule, we like Rustic Roots delivery for farm-to-door service. You simply pick the product, dairy, poultry, seafood, and anything else you want, and they’ll deliver it to your door from their sustainably grown farm along with some easy recipes. Another option is checking out the weekly Tribeca Green Market Wednesdays and Saturdays where you can find fresh, local fare from a variety of purveyors.
Have you ever been a part of a CSA? Let us know in the comments.