CSA: Sign up for the season ahead!

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) helps local farms and ensures a fresh and diverse supply of local food for your family all growing season long.

How it Works

CSA members pre-purchase a “farm share” and then literally share in the farm’s harvest for the growing season (usually June to October or November).  This financial support, early in the season, enables a farmer to better plan what and how many crops to grow and make other commitments for the season ahead.  

Glynwood has recently facilitated a coalition of more than 60 farms to put together a searchable database of CSAs. Click here to find out what CSAs are near you. Continue reading to learn about Hilltop Hanover’s unique, market-style CSA in Yorktown.

Hilltop Hanover Farm’s CSA

In nearby Yorktown, Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center offers a summer CSA. One unique element of Hilltop Hanover’s 120 member CSA is the fact it runs market style.

“So a lot of CSAs, you come, you pick up a pre-made bag of food. Ours is set up almost as if you’re walking into a farm stand and you’re just picking and purchasing produce, with it nicely displayed and laid out. So that on the chalkboard it’ll say something like ‘Pick up a bunch of radish, a head of lettuce, two cucumbers, a half pound of eggplants’, and the consumer comes through the farmstand and picks up their vegetables,” explains Marianna Fishman, Hilltop Hanover farmer and coordinator of adult programs, adding that customers enjoy the experience of being able to have this extra element of choice. Hilltop Hanover also uniquely provides half shares for smaller families who don’t need such an immense amount of produce each week.

CSAs are perfect for people willing to experiment with new foods and cooking.

“You need to be somebody willing to be adventurous with your palate and experiment in cooking and trying new things, because we don’t want this produce we’ve worked so hard to grow to go right into the trash” said Marianna. 

Most members enjoy the exposure to new produce and the high quality of food so much that they return as members year after year.

“I think it becomes addicting to get well priced, local organic food. Once you pick up items from a farm that was harvested that day, and you see grocery store produce for what it really is–something that was shipped across the country or maybe from another country. It doesn’t have nearly the nutritional value, it doesn’t taste the same,” says Marianna.  “It’s empowering to be able to drive a couple miles and not just support a local farm, but also get produce that has a much higher nutritional quality than something you’d get in a grocery store.”

To learn more about the Hilltop Hanover CSA click here.

Other Farms offering CSAs

Hilltop Hanover is not the only CSA around! Click here for a searchable directory created by Hudson Valley CSA Coalition and find a CSA that works for you!