WEEK 10: 8/15/2019

Hi Everyone, So the weather continues to be excellent for both plants and humans!  If this keeps up it will be a Circle Brook Farm update record for consecutive weeks without complaining about the weather! Maybe I should call the Guinness Book of World records folks- I understand they’ll certify just about anything if there’s enough money in it. There are strong storms forecast for tomorrow, so we’ll have to wait and see how that goes. In the meantime we have lots of nice produce heading your way!

We are back in business on the lettuce front, at least for this week. We still have an ample supply of cukes and eggplant and there are literally tons of tomatoes. We are moving in to some different varieties with the string beans.  Two heirloom types are beginning to produce heavily- Dragon Langerie (a purple streaked wax bean) and the Rattlesnake bean (a purple streaked green pole bean).  Rattlesnake beans, also known as Preacher beans down south, are quite sweet and tender enough to eat raw. They can be served as a crudité vegetable where their beautiful coloration can be appreciated, since it fades away with cooking. If memory serves I promised sweet corn for this week, but it is not quite certain that there will be enough to go around. The first planting came up a little sparse. We have many plantings behind this which seem to be catching up to each other, so corn will be abundant soon. 

The share for this week will be: Beans, cukes, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, red skin potatoes, beets, red onions, eggplant, melon, choice of ground cherries or cherry tomatoes and sweet corn (?). For: extras there will be tomatillos and assorted hot peppers.   Premium members will also receive scallions, choice of kale, chard or dandelion greens and choice of an herb (parsley or lemon/Thai basil).

As a reminder: we will reuse the green pulp basket we shipped the small tomatoes in as well as the plastic pints in which we pack the cherry tomatoes and ground cherries, so please remember to bring them to the pickup site. Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Enjoy! Farmer John

Check out our video - Great Kills CSA Visits The Farm


Peaches and Nectarines

Site Coordinator

 Joe Abenante 718 619-0374

CSA Volunteer

Leigh Goldstein

Volunteer Work Schedule


Circle brook farm visits

Farm Visit- June 29th and 30th - 10:00 AM to 4 PM Saturday 6/29 will be the main day for CSA members with Sunday 6/30-11 AM to 4 PM as a rain date and for anyone who cannot make it on Saturday. This will be a potluck picnic, please bring a vegetarian dish to share with others. Grills will be available for anything you wish to bring to cook. There will be tours of the fields at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Volunteers are welcome to help with set up and parking. A state park- Kittatinny Valley is nearby with wonderful trails and camp sites available. This year we are also asking for volunteers to help pick peas for an hour or two prior to the start of the farm visit on Saturday and Sunday.

Volunteer days- I know there are many people who would like to come out to lend a hand and I certainly can use the help. On Sundays during the delivery season we will have volunteer days. These will be to help with harvesting labor intensive crops like peas, beans, garlic and onions. For these volunteer days members should notify me directly by e-mail of their intention to attend. Please send me an e-mail during the week prior to the event and not weeks or months ahead.

If using navigation please use street address- 141 Brighton Rd. Andover NJ 07821 Using Circle Brook Farm will take you to the wrong place.

Volunteer days- Sundays - Meet at 141 Brighton Rd., Andover, NJ

Saturday June 29th and Sunday, June 30th @ 9 am -Help with pea picking.

Sunday, July 7th @ 9 am – pea picking

Sunday, July 14th @ 9 am - Help with the garlic harvest.

Sunday, July 20th @ 9 am - Help with bean picking.

Sunday, August 5th@ 9 am - Help with onion harvest

Bringing fresh organic produce to urban residents straight from the farmer



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. 




If you are interested in joining and have questions, email us at:

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


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 was 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 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.


2019 Great Kills CSA Member Schedule

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

Contact Roy Fischman, the GKCSA VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR by e-mailing or (718) 887-1854 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.