WHAT IS THE CSA?
The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a weekly distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to individuals and families in New London. All of the food will be grown by FRESH New London and Connecticut College. Our food will be of the highest quality that we can offer, however, CSA members are pre-buying a share of the farm’s yearly output. This means that they are also sharing the inherent risk of growing food. Weather, pests, and unforeseen events can impact crop yield. We will do everything in our power to ensure fresh, healthy, and delicious food every week.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE CSA?
We expect to run the CSA for 18-21 weeks, depending on the weather and growing conditions. It will begin mid-June and last until mid-October.
WHEN WILL THE PICK UP BE?
Pickup will be Saturday afternoons at the FRESH Garden at Mercer and Williams Streets. When we have an exact window of time, we will let you know.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO GET IN MY SHARE?
Seasonal vegetables and fruits grown in New London with FRESH staff, Conn College staff and students and FRESH Youth Crew members. In June and July, you can expect lettuces, peas, carrot, kales, collards and other dark greens and some cabbages. By August and September, we expect to be harvesting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, tomatillos, summer squash and zucchini. By October, we expect winter squash, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and cilantro. This list is just a sampling. There will also be fruit, berries, more herbs, flowers and much, much more (and all is subject to the vagaries of the weather).
HOW MUCH FOOD WILL I GET?
We offer two sizes, small and large. The small will include about 12-16 pounds of food per week and the large will contain about 20-25 pounds. The weight of weekly food will vary due to seasonal and crop differences.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We have ten large shares for $650 and small shares for $350. In addition, we will be offering some shares to New London residents who meet low-income standards at a sliding scale.
WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE A DISTRIBUTION DAY?
It is your responsibility to come to each distribution day, bring your bag and pick up your share.
If you need to miss a CSA distribution day, please be in touch with us ahead of time to designate a friend or relative to pick up on your behalf at the appointed time. Generally, we are not able to store your share for another day or pick up time.