Friend John Krueger! Become a member of CSA Newark in 2017: support a local, diverse, small scale farm and enjoy seasonal, locally grown, certified organic veggies. We think John’s veggies taste better then any supermarket veggies and are more affordable too! Sign up before March 31st and get a $25 discount.
Our veggies are grown by John Kruger in Andover, NJ, on the Circle Brook Farm. Read more about John and his farm here.
Here are the details on the 2017 CSA season:
The season runs for 24 consecutive weeks from mid-June until the end of November.
Share pickup is every Wednesday, 4pm-7pm at the Button Factory: 85 Hamilton Street in Newark, NJ. In the Ironbound – close to Penn Station. (Please note: Google places us 3 blocks off – we are really between New Jersey Railroad Avenue and Bruen Street, Google places us correct if you type 81 Hamilton Street…).
This year, we will offer two different full shares:
The share you know from past seasons is now called the PRIME share, and run $675 for the 2017 season (24 weeks = $28.13 per week) – or $650 if post marked by 3/30/2017 ($27.08 per week). A BASIC share will be $525 for the season (24 weeks = $21.88 per week) – or $500 if post marked by 3/30/2017 ($20.83 per week).
Here a description of the two share types:
Option 1: PREMIUM Share (the share we know from prior seasons as a FULL SHARE)
Premium share will on average contain 12 -13 items. There will be more variety then in the basic share and it 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.
Option 2: BASIC Share (this is a new and smaller offer)
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 (compared to the Premium Share), for example perhaps 3 instead of 4 of crops such as peppers, eggplant, squash and cucumbers.
Just as in prior years: John does not offer half shares, but the organizers of CSA Newark enable splitting a full share. Please contact us for details, should you be interested in splitting a PRIME share.
Generally speaking: the share varies in size and content throughout the season. Typically the first and second week is smaller, then shares become larger and stay large and bountiful through the season. The type of veggies vary with what is growing on the fields – but have a look at some past shares here to get a better understanding of the average size of the shares. Generally speaking: full shares are great for families or for vegetarian couples, half shares are great for singles or couples who do not eat so much veggies.
The pick-up location is run by volunteers and to make it all possible, we ask for some volunteering time (one 3.5 hour shift) from each member and for $15 site fee for the season. Please see the membership form for details.
To become a member, find the membership form here: 2017 CSA Member Form and follow the instructions. If you consider sharing a share, please contact us for details: info at CSANewark dot com.
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