Registration is open for the 2020 CSA season! For details about what’s in a share, pics of past weekly shares, share plans and payment options, please see our Join/2020 Season page. And as always, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
There’s never been a better time to examine—and shorten—your food supply chain. Most supermarket produce travels around 1500 miles to reach your table and is subjected to a whole lot of storage, handling, and interventions along the way (gassing, irradiation, preservatives). PPkCSA produce is grown, harvested, and packed fresh each week at a family farm in upstate New York. They drive it to Brooklyn; we pull it off the truck; you come and pick it up. Simple.
We are redesigning processes to prepare for CSA distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are answers—from both our farmer, Ted Blomgren of Windflower Farms, and your PPkCSA core volunteer team—to some FAQs for the 2020 season:
What will distribution look like?
Farmer Ted: We plan to minimize food handling and streamline distribution by pre-bagging or pre-boxing your share at the farm. We are maintaining social distancing protocol and have sanitizer and ample PPE.
PPkCSA core group: We’ll be limiting the number of people on site at a time, and social distancing will be practiced as members grab-and-go with their prepackaged shares.
What will my volunteering commitment be?
PPkCSA core group: We are suspending the normal member workshift requirement until it’s safe to resume. The six-person core group will manage all aspects of distribution.
Are payments or pricing changing?
PPkCSA core group: As always, we offer four pricing plans depending on self-reported household income, but our guide to choosing a plan now considers household size, too. Due to economic challenges, we’ve expanded our payment options. You can now pay for your share in as many as five installments. We accept paper or electronic checks, credit and debit cards, PayPal, Venmo, and SNAP.
Will my CSA location change?
PPkCSA: Right now it looks like our distribution site will remain in the lobby of Crow Hill Cross Fit (1010 Dean Street). If the space remains closed, the owners have agreed to give us access for CSA distro. If things change, we will find another nearby location.
And here’s the last word from Farmer Ted:
Please stay posted for news from the farm and Prospect Park CSA regarding distribution logistics, site location, and volunteering commitments as the first share approaches. We pledge to keep you informed and to deliver and distribute your shares safely and efficiently.
Please follow us on Instagram at @windflowerfarm to learn more about what’s happening at the farm. We also suggest that you check the Prospect Park CSA website, Facebook page, and Instagram (@ProspectParkCSA) for the latest information.
Thank you for your trust in us to grow your food, and for your support of the farm and our CSAs. We are as excited as you are about the season’s upcoming bounty: delicious vegetables, mouth-watering fruit, fresh eggs, and beautiful flowers. If you’ve already joined us, thank you for your membership. For those of you who haven’t just yet, we welcome you with open arms.
Farmers—human beings—are resilient. Together, we will prevail through this challenge and the others to come.