Farming is a risky business (imagine a Toyota factory having to operate without a roof) and so it can be difficult to find traditional financing especially for new farm businesses like ours. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Each share purchased is an investment in our farm season and our farming community. The income from your purchased shares functions as a bridge loan helping with start-up expenses like seeds, potting soil, and labor. The money we raised together in 2018 contributed over $160,000 to our region's burgeoning agricultural economy. This money is used by family-owned businesses and is often spent in other small local business --- The farmer buys a drink at the local pub; the pub owner gets a car tune-up at the local mechanic; the mechanic buys a drink at the local pub; the pub owner buys veggies from the farmer --- bouncing back and forth around the Catskills. In stark contrast to money spent at chain grocery stores, your share purchases do double duty by kickstarting our farming season and, at the same time, contributing to our region's deep economy.
Also: yep, good guess; 607 is our area code. It's been a dream of ours for some time to get a co-op, or farm club, or new grange scene happening. This project is a start in our region at formalizing the organically collaborative nature of farming.
The BIG IDEA is simple: Working together and with your help, we small farms can scale up in order to provide enough food to meet the demand and standards of our communities without having to resort to chemicals or crazy debt, or, likely, both. We like to think we’re modeling a new economy of collaboration, rather than an economy of scale.
If you'd like to chat more about how this all works, or how we spend your money, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are dedicated to transparency.
NYC & CATSKILLS: PICK-UP ON WEDNESDAYS
Bed-Stuy | Hart's | 506 Franklin Ave (near Fulton ) | 5 - 8 pm | SOLD OUT
Bed-Stuy | Chicky's General Store | 406 Tompkins Ave (Hancock and Jefferson) | 12 - 9 pm
Bed-Stuy | YMCA | 1121 Bedford Avenue | 4 - 7 pm
Bushwick | Caffeine Underground | 447 Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Central and Putnam) | 12 - 9 pm
Fort Greene | Peck's | 455A Myrtle Ave (Washington and Waverly) | 4 - 7 pm
Gowanus | Four & Twenty Blackbirds | 439 3rd Ave (9th St) | 4 - 8 pm
Greenpoint | Dandelion Wine | 153 Franklin St (India and Java) | 12 - 9 pm
Greenpoint | Sunview Luncheonette | 221 Nassau Avenue (Russell and Henry) | 6 - 8:30 pm
Prospect Heights | Four & Twenty Blackbirds | 634 Dean St | 4 - 9 pm
Prospect Lefferts Gardens | MCG Grand Cafe | 1199 Nostrand Ave | 11 am - 11 pm
Red Hook | Record Shop | 360 Van Brunt Street (Sullivan and Wolcott) | 5 - 8 pm
Williamsburg | Dandy Wine & Spirits | 37 South 4th Street | 12 - 9 pm
Williamsburg | Puerh Brooklyn | 174 Grand St (Bedford Ave) | 4 - 8 pm
Long Island City | SquareWine & Spirits | 24-20 Jackson Ave | 4 - 9:30 pm
Harlem | Co-op | 409 Edgecombe Ave | 8-9:30am and 5:30-8:30 pm
Washington Heights | The Small Idea Daycare | 52 St. Nicholas Place #6 (153rd St) | DAYTIME HOURS
West Village | Market Table | 54 Carmine Street (corner of Bedford) | 5 - 8 pm
Andes | Wayside Cider | 6 - 10 pm
Bloomville | Table on Ten | 6 - 10 pm
Bovina | Brushland Eating | 6 - 10 pm
Charlotteville | Star Route Farm | 1 - 5 pm
Cooperstown | Origins Cafe | 6 - 9 pm
Delhi | BUSHEL | 10:30am - 12:30 pm
Hobart | Bull and Garland | 6 - 10 pm
Oneonta | Autumn Cafe | 5 - 8 pm