WHAT IS THE CSA?
The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a weekly distribution of organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs to individuals and families in New London. All of the food is grown by FRESH New London staff and youth crew and Connecticut College’s Sprout Club; it’s a phenomenal way for the young people on our crew to learn the entire process of crop farming, from seed starting to harvest and distribution, as well as connect with our community and earn a fair wage.
We grow a big variety of vegetables and herbs (and a few fruits), including collards, squash, tomatoes, and more, and we are always looking for feedback about what foods people are interested in receiving. Cultivating culturally relevant crops is very important to us – what would you like to see us produce?
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE CSA?
We expect to run the CSA for 19 weeks, depending on the weather and growing conditions. It begins mid-June and lasts until mid-October.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO GET IN MY SHARE?
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. Of course, this list is just a sampling. There will also be fruit, flowers, and 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 12-16 pounds of food per week and the large will contain approximately 20 pounds. The weight of weekly food will vary due to seasonal and crop differences – lettuce and cucumbers have VERY different weights!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We have large shares for $600 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?
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.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Our food is 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.
Applications are closed for 2022!
FRESH New London
Call us: 860-574-9006
Write to us: PO Box 285, New London, CT 06320