How to Join Dirty Boots Farm's 2017 CSA

Note: We still have limited space in both of our Brooklyn CSAs for the 2017 season! Email us at dirtybootsfarmny@gmail.com for more information on a prorated membership! Offer while supplies last! 

Dirty Boots Farm has two CSAs in Brooklyn, NY, one in Bushwick and another in Bay Ridge, with details below. Membership for the 2017 season is now open!

BUSHWICK -- Our Bushwick CSA pickup will be at Montana's Trail House (445 Troutman St., corner of Troutman Street and Scott Avenue) from 9am - 11am on Sundays. The CSA will run the 22 weeks from June 4 - October 29 and we offer weekly ($530) and biweekly ($275 for 11 weeks) membership. We will also be offering a Fall season extension for the three weeks from November 5 - November 19, with membership available later in the year.

To join, please download and fill out our Membership Agreement (Word Document) and return by mail (5 Contorino Way, 2F, Chester, NY 10918) or email. Checks, payable to Dirty Boots Farm, LLC, must be received before your membership status can be confirmed. For more information, please email us at dirtybootsfarmny@gmail.com.

BAY RIDGE - Our CSA pickup, located on Bliss Terrace between 68th and Bay Ridge Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, will run from 10am - 12:30 pm on Sundays. The CSA will run the 22 weeks from June 4 - October 29 and we offer weekly ($530) and biweekly ($275 for 11 weeks) membership. We will also be offering a Fall season extension for the four weeks from November 5 - November 19, with membership available later in the year.

To join, please download and fill out our Membership Agreement (Word Document) and return by either mail (5 Contorino Way, 2F, Chester, NY 10918) or email. Checks, payable to Dirty Boots Farm, LLC, must be received before your membership status can be confirmed. For more information, please email us at dirtybootsfarmny@gmail.com.

This Season's Produce list

June  - Radish, Spinach, Peas, Lettuce, Salad Mix, Braising Greens, Bok Choi, Scallions, Sorrel, Chicory

July - September - Salad Mix, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Eggplant, Peppers, Herbs, Braising Greens, Carrots, Beets, Radish, Green Beans, Okra, Tomatillos, Bitter Melon, Onions, Scallions, Shallots, Potatoes, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Melons, Bok Choi, Endive, Radicchio

October - November - Braising Greens, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Beets, Parsnips, Rutabaga, Daikon, Carrots, Leeks

Why Join a CSA

Ten Reasons Why Joining a CSA is a Good Idea

1) It’s cheaper than the supermarket/farmers’ market:

    To illustrate this further, let’s do a cost analysis/comparison of a sample share. At full price, a weekly CSA share comes out to $24.09. Here’s what’s we project will be in the share for the week of 7/12/15:

2# of choice of greens (kale, collards, chard)

1/2# mustard salad mix

1# crystal white wax fresh onions

1 head cauliflower (1-5#)

1 head lettuce

2# heirloom tomatoes

2-3# summer squash

1.5# cucumbers

1#bu. rainbow carrots (1-2#)

1 bu. choice of fresh herb (cilantro, parsley, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, dill, sage)

So how much would this cost in a supermarket? It definitely depends on the supermarket, but here are some prices I was able to find:

The Park Slope Food Co-op probably has the best prices for fresh produce anywhere in Brooklyn (they are member-run, and so the prices are just a little bit above wholesale). Here are the prices for comparable items to the 7/12 share:

Kale $2.07/bu

Baby Mustard Mix $8.20/lb

Shallots $3.47/lb

Cauliflower $4.95/hd

Lettuce $2.79/lb

Heirloom Tomatoes (non-organic) $4.07

Summer Squash $2.25

Cucumbers $2.61/lb

Rainbow Carrots $2.32/bu

Herbs $1.29

The total cost for same quantity that’s in the share would be $33.47

From what I could find on the internet, here’s what the 7/12 share might cost you at Whole Foods (with some comparable substitutions):

Kale $2.99

Mesclun Mix (6oz) $3.99

Carrots $1.59/lb

Organic Onions $3.44/lb

Cauliflower $3.99

Lettuce $1.99/hd

Heirloom Tomatoes $4.50

Summer Squash $3/lb

Cucumbers $1.98/lb

Organic Carrots $1.59/lb

Herbs $1.29/bu

The total here comes out to $43.17. Please don’t take my word for it though. Go to your local supermarket and do a price comparison.

2) It’s better for the environment:

    Buying local means less fossil fuel usage for shipping long distances and thus less greenhouse gas emissions. Buying small-scale organic produce versus industrial produce means many things, like less topsoil erosion, less hazardous chemical run-off, more habitat for beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife and generally building up healthy soil with healthy microbial balances.

3) It’s better for the local economy:

  Buying local means supporting economic activity in your region. Strong local economies are more resilient to national/global swings. CSA’s are beneficial to farmers because they cut out the middleman and the farmer can get a fair price for his/her produce without having to charge exorbitant prices. This makes farming a viable career choice and thus supports farming in your area.

4) It’s better for the food security of your region:

    Being dependent on food shipped in from thousands of miles away means that we are dependant on the price/availability of oil. Oil is a non-renewable resource, and will run out one day. Hopefully, we will be able to feed ourselves by then!

5) It’s better for your health:

    Produce distributed at a CSA is probably the absolute freshest produce you can get. Fresh produce is MUCH, much more nutritious than produce that is even a couple days old. I’m not sure if there’s research out there on this, but it is something that I know many people to have observed and I have definitely felt it in my own body. It is also much more likely that you will cook vegetables everyday when you are receiving large quantities of them weekly. The benefits of eating more vegetables are pretty apparent.

6) It’s good for your kids:

    Kids like vegetables if you give them tasty vegetables. Getting kids eating healthy early on is very important to their long-term health and happiness.

7) You can talk to your farmer directly:

    Being able to talk to your farmer means that you can find out exactly how your food is raised and how the soil, water and local wildlife are tended to. You can make suggestions of things that you’d like them to grow, or things you’d like less of. You can learn probably more than you’ll ever want to about the various challenges of farming. You can come work for a day (or two)!

8) You can try new things with little risk:

    Most people do not buy things they’ve never cooked before at the grocery store because they don’t know how it’ll turn out. With a CSA, you will try new things without any additional cost. Never tried Okra? Broccoli Rabe? Fennel? Tomatillos? Rutabaga? Parsnips? Malabar Spinach? Blue Hubbard squash? Orange watermelons? Heirloom muskmelons? Well now you can!

9) It helps build community:

    In NYC, most people do not know their neighbors anymore. CSA’s definitely help people build connections with each other, either just by chatting at the drop-off location or by helping each other organize events like potlucks, trips to the farm or volunteer days.

10) It tastes better:

    The taste difference between produce that was picked the day before or the day of and produce that was picked even just a week before is impossible to describe, but pretty obvious once you’ve tried it.