How it Works
Every week, members come to our pick up site in Fair Lawn, and receive their share of vegetables (and fruits, if you sign up for both) for the week. Pick up is on Tuesdays from 2pm-9pm. The season runs for 24 weeks, from June 9th to November 17th.
About the vegetables:
All of our vegetables are organic and come from Circle Brook Farm in Andover, NJ. There are several opportunities during the season to go and visit (and help out!) on the farm. Learn more about Farmer John.
How big are the shares?
The vegetable shares offer a wide variety from week to week depending on what is seasonally available.
We took some pictures of last year's shares and posted them on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/GlenRockFairLawnCSA/
The share includes about 9-10 different varieties of vegetables. This is a great amount for most people. Single people will typically find a friend to split the share with as it might be too much for one person.
The farmer makes every effort to provide members with a variety throughout the season. Previous shares have included: arugula, asian greens such as bok choy and tatsoi, green and yellow beans, beets, broccoli, broccoli rabe, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celery root, raninbow chard, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, onions, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, salad greens, scallions, summer squash, spinach, tomatoes, tomatillos, turnips, winter squash as well as herbs such as basil, sage, dill, savory, chives, lemon balm, thyme and many more.
Most of the fruit we distribute comes from an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY. While the farm grows their vegetable crops organically, the fruit is labeled Eco-grown. This means that they adhere as much as possible to organic methods but do spray when necessary with products not approved for organic production. These sprays are primarily early in the season when the fruit is just setting. The farm regularly tests the fruit to insure it is free of pesticide residues. It is very difficult to produce certified organic fruit here in the Northeast. Most of the organic fruit in the US comes from California or Eastern Washington State where drier conditions prevail and there are not quite as many insect pests to battle.
The share will usually consist of 2 types of tree fruit each week with an average of 5-7 lbs. total weight. We will begin the season with blueberries, peaches, plums, and nectarines. During those weeks when we send blueberries or hardy kiwi the total weight will be less as these are high priced items. The fall fruit shares will be comprised of different varieties of apples and pears each week and hopefully with some organic hardy kiwi from PA at the end of September. The season will run for 15 weeks beginning sometime in early July and ending in October. We may skip a week or two during the course of the season, depending on availability of fruit. The cost of the fruit share will be $16 per week which equals $240 for the season.
We will again be offering an egg share for the 2020 season. In 2017 Farmer John built a “chicken tractor”- a mobile chicken coop used for raising birds on pasture. He acquired a flock of laying hens; Rhode Island Red crosses. The birds are outside all day, where they feed on the grass and other plants and insects as well as the vegetable wastes which the farm generates. The birds spend the night on roosts inside the chicken tractor protected from predators. Their foraging diet is supplemented with milled grain (corn and soy) that is locally sourced and non GMO.
The cost of the egg share is $5/dozen/week. We will begin deliveries the week of June 7th, the first week of the vegetable share delivery. To be fair, there will be a limit of 2 dozen/week per member. In September there will be an opportunity to increase your egg order. 1 dozen/week = $120 2 dozen/ week=$240
Membership Information and Cost:
Vegetable Share: $600* (24 weeks)
Fruit Share: $240 (15 weeks)
Egg Share: $120 (per dozen for 24 weeks) or $240 for 2 dozen/week
*Please note that the costs are paid directly to the farmer. The CSA collects a $10 site fee per person at the first orientation meeting to cover CSA site costs.
Some additional membership information: