Bringing fresh organic produce to urban residents straight from the farmer

 

WHO ARE WE

The Great Kills CSA (GKCSA) is an all-volunteer community run organization that partners with Farmer John Krueger from Circle Brook Farm in Andover, NJ to provide organic produce to the Staten Island residents who pay for a produce share. The GKCSA host site, Christ Lutheran Church, offers a location for the GKCSA community to distribute the produce they receive from Circle Brook Farm. Distributions are every Thursday evening between 530pm and 730pm between June and November for a total of 24 weeks. The GKCSA is committed to providing fresh, organic produce to the Staten Island Community at a reasonable cost, to encourage healthy living, and to support both local farmers and the health of our planet. 


 

HOW TO JOIN

*****REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN *****

If you are interested in joining and have questions, email us at: GreatKillsCSA@gmail.com

When applying for membership you must PRINT, FILL OUT and SIGN a GKCSA Member Application

Make your Check/Money Order payable to: Circle Brook Farm

Mail your Application and Check/Money Order to: Jacqueline Perine, 29 Adlai Circle, SI, NY, 10312

DO NOT SEND CASH!


2019 Vegetable Share

 Know your farmer, know your food.

Farmer John is happy to announce two different share options this year! The organic, locally-grown vegetable share cost for the 2019 GKCSA 24-week season is as follows: 

BASIC SHARE – a smaller share, approximately ¾ of the size of last year’s share. The basic share will contain on average 8 to 9 items and will include more common produce such as lettuce, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, potatoes cucumbers etc. There will be smaller quantities of some items, for example 2 or 3 instead of 4 of crops such as peppers, eggplant, squash and cucumbers, or lower weights of beans. COST: $600

PREMIUM SHARE – this is the essentially the same as the share that has been offered during previous years. A share will on average contain 12-13 items. There will be more variety and in some cases larger quantities of products such as peas and beans in the premium share. There will be more greens in the premium, for example perhaps 2 bunches of spinach instead of one and a greens item during mid-summer when these are scarce. There may be a few items that are only provided in the premium share. While herbs will be included in the basic share they will be provided more consistently in the premium share. COST: $700

New this year- we will accept members after the start of the season. The cost will be prorated.

Our first pickup for this season will be Thursday - June 13, 2019!

Discounts: As always, Farmer John is offering an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of $25 off each share if paid in full by March 1st. Great Kills CSA is waving the Administrative Fee this year to keep costs down. 


2019 Fruit Share

Fruit shares are payable before the first fruit delivery of the season. Fruit shares are delivered between July and September, for 15 weeks, offering 6-7 pounds of 2 types of fruit weekly. COST: $240

There is NO EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for fruit shares.

NOTE: Fruit shares CANNOT be purchased without having purchased a vegetable share.

2019 Egg Share

Egg shares are payable must be paid before the start of the 24 week season. The cost per share is for one dozen eggs. You may purchase an unlimited number of organic, free range eggs before the start of the season. COST: $120

There is NO EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for egg shares.

NOTE: Egg shares CANNOT be purchased without having purchased a vegetable share. 

2019 Fall Extension

FALL EXTENSION: TBD

Fall Extension is an opportunity for GKCSA members to stock up on hearty vegetables after the 24-week share has ended. These vegetables could be stored for 1-2 months. FALL EXTENSION shares total 40 lbs. of produce per share. The cost of the FALL EXTENSION will be decided upon by the farmer at the end of the season.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WEEK 1: 6/13/2019

Message from Farmer John Krueger

Hello Everyone, So we have arrived at the week many of you have been anxiously waiting for- the first CSA share delivery. In spite of the weather related challenges we have faced this spring, we have a nice share for you to start out the season.  The main weather issue has, of course been too much rain and not enough sun.  The main effect of this is that we have been delayed in getting some of our planting done. We did get poor germination on the first planting of beans but I will be replanting later this week. We also lost about a thousand broccoli plants which were in a low spot in the field and sat in super saturated soil for too long.  C’est la vie! The peas are just starting to come in so they are not abundant just yet. We will send them to some groups as availability allows.  We keep track of who has received and who has not so we will keep things equitable when we come to the end of the pea production period. We have a couple of unusual items for you this week at least for the CSA neophytes among you. Garlic scapes are the flower tops of the garlic plant and can be grilled (my favorite way), chopped finely and sautéed, pickled or blended with cheese and nuts to make a garlic pesto.  They keep for weeks; even months in the fridge so don’t feel as though you need to use them up quickly. In the brassica slot we begin with kohlrabi which can be cooked or eaten raw- grated into a salad or to make kohl-slaw.  Our chervil is already starting to flower and yellow a bit so rather than include it as an herb choice we are sending it as an “extra”. Chervil is a French fin herb and is difficult to find fresh since it doesn’t like hot weather so the Francophiles among you will appreciate it.

The share for this week will be: Lettuce (red leaf or Boston), spinach, radishes, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, maybe peas and choice of cilantro or dill. Premium share will also have a choice of escarole or endive (frissee)

Enjoy!      Farmer John

Check out our video - Great Kills CSA Visits The Farm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So34vRpYZ2c&t=86s

Produce

 Fruits

TBD

Site Coordinator

 All site coordinators will be present

CSA Volunteer

N/A

Volunteer Work Schedule

Demonstrations

TBD


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2019 Great Kills CSA Member Schedule

All volunteers must meet at Christ Lutheran Church, 121 Cleveland Ave, Staten Island, NY 10308 by 4:45pm. Site is open until 7:30pm.         

Contact Dawn, the GKCSA VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR @ GreatKillsCSA@gmail.com or (718) 689-2441 to make changes to your mandatory work schedule. If you have an emergency and cannot work on your assigned evening, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.