2015 CSA Information
What is a CSA, Cost & Benefits for Joining?
What if you could get a season's worth of Fresh Organic Local produce directly from a farmer in your area? You can! Community Supported Agriculture, CSA for short, is a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food straight from the farmer who grows it. Members receive their produce on a prearranged schedule for their membership fee.
Here’s how it works. The farm offers a certain number of "shares" of the farm’s bounty for sale at the beginning of the season. Interested consumers purchase a share (membership or subscription) and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week.
As the shares are purchased in the early spring, the farm can utilize the cash flow for the purchase of many start-up costs, including seeds, fertilizer, equipment and supplies, and even begin to hire the necessary staff to begin seeding and preparing. All of this can begin before the markets are open and other revenues become available.
In addition to this help with start up costs, early spring CSA sign ups help the farm to plan its growing schedule, so that the right amount of produce is available for the season, and there is not too much or too little.
The CSA members, in turn, receive vegetables at reduced prices, from a local and organic farm near them, with all the vitamins and benefits that fresh food offers. The members receive the vegetables and fruits that are produced each season, thus learning about and hopefully enjoying to eat the various foods with the seasons. In addition, the farm makes information available about the produce received in the shares, with recipes and tips for storing and preparing. It can be interesting and fun!
Farms often offer tours or other 'on farm' activities each season as well, so that members can meet the team of growers and see where all it all happens. There is nothing quite like seeing the farm firsthand, to get to understand and know where your food comes from and how it is grown. Pictures cannot tell the whole story. Most farmers want to get to know its CSA members, and want the members to get to know them.
The CSA is a unique economic relationship, a partnership between consumers and a farmer. Consumers contract, or sign an understanding, with farmers before the growing season begins, and agree to share the risks and rewards of growing food.
What will I get as a Sang Lee Farms CSA member?
Each week, you will receive a 'share' of fresh certified organic vegetables. The share includes anywhere from 7-9 different items (depending on the season). The vegetables are planted with you in mind so that you get traditional favorites as well as a mix of new and interesting veggies to try each week. Please refer to our example share list so you can get an idea of the quantity and seasonality of vegetables we offer.
You will also be able to visit the farm during our CSA Open House and Tour day in MAY so you can see the farm and meet our farm team. We will also hold volunteer days (mostly in the early part of the season) so you can help us with some field work and harvesting, and experience firsthand what goes into getting the vegetables from the field to your table. This year you will receive a weekly CSA Newsletter telling you what is in your share, how to store and easily prepare your veggies, plus up to date news and photos from the farm.
Excluding any major inclement weather issues, Sang Lee Farms pledges to provide its members with a weekly supply of delicious Certified Organic "Fresh-Lee-Cut" vegetables. Our members will receive fresh picked produce, harvested at the peak of ripeness, when flavor and nutrition are at its very best.
How long is the Program?
The CSA Program runs for 25 weeks, beginning the week of June 2nd & 3rd going to the week of November 17th & 18th.
Additional CSA Programs
Once you are a Vegetable Share Member you may join our other CSA programs. For 2015 we have joined with other local farmers to bring you additional products. These include a fruit and a cheese share.
The Fruit Share is from Briermere Farm in Riverhead, NY.
The Cheese Share includes cow, goat and sheeps milk cheeses from the East End of Long Island as well as Hudson Valley, NY.
What is the Pricing and Cost involved?
Vegetable Share $585
*LONG ISLAND PICKUP SITES
Vegetable Share $560
*HOME FARM PICKUP, PECONIC NY
Fruit Share $195
Cheese Share $195
Where Can I pick up my weekly CSA Share?
Sang Lee Farms - Wednesdays 2pm-7pm 25180 county road 48, Peconic, NY 11958
Westhampton Beach Farmer's Market - Saturdays 9am-1pm - 85 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, 11978
Northport Farmer's Market - Saturdays 9am-1pm - Main St, Northport, NY 11768
Easthampton Farmer's Market - Fridays 9am - 1pm - 136 North Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
Jericho Kosher Deli - Tuesdays 1pm-6pm - 441 N. Broadway, Whole Foods Shopping Plaza, 11753
Merrick Jewish Centre - Tuesdays 225 Fox Blvd, Merrick NY 11566
When is the payment due and how can I pay?
The deadline for all Vegetable CSA memberships is April 1st, 2015.
Every member will sign up online here on our website, and you will have a few options for payment. You can pay via paypal (you don’t need an account and can pay with credit card or with pay pal) for an extra $30 processing fee OR you can print your invoice and send it in with a check or drop off cash to the farm directly.
Some Additional Thoughts
CSA participation provides direct support for thousands of small farms and the freshest local food for thousands of families. As side benefits, CSAs help with environmental considerations, i.e. reducing individuals' carbon foot prints associated with the transportation of food supplies from distant locations, builds networks of families who are cultivating new and healthy ways of eating, and helps shape a better model of smaller scale agricultural production. As with past seasons, our CSA members receive a great value in the vegetables they receive for the price of their memberships. Our goal is to have very happy CSA members.
Please note: Our staff is often packing and finalizing the boxes between 12:00PM and 1:00PM. Likewise, our staff must close up the barn each evening before finishing for the day. We ask you therefore, to please pay close attention to the scheduled times. It is the CSA member's responsibility to pick up his/her share on the designated day. We cannot hold your box if it is not picked up on the designated day. Special arrangements must be made ahead for any changes to this schedule. All shares not picked up will be donated to a local food pantry.