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Kingston/Lomontville on-farm members pick up straight from farm, a beautiful spot on Hidden Valley Road, on the western edge of Kingston near the Ashokan Reservoir. The CSA season runs from the beginning of June through the end of October, and pick-up is Tuesdays or Saturdays. We’re now accepting registrations for the 2019 season. You also have the option to purchase several add-ons, including fruit, mushrooms, eggs, and maple syrup (details on add-ons are here, and you can select them on the registration form).
Free Choice CSA
We offer a free choice model, where you get to pick what’s in your share from the harvest week to week, selecting from a variety of veggies based on total points. We’ll usually have about 15 items available to choose from. You will be able to choose 7 or 9 units of those items. A unit may be two pounds of tomatoes, a big bunch of kale, a bag of salad mix, a pumpkin, etc.
We like the free choice model because the biggest concern we’ve heard over the years from CSA members is that there’s always certain items that go uneaten – after all, everyone’s taste is different. When you get to make your own decision about what you take home, you’re going to select what you know you’ll eat, and you get to enjoy healthy, delicious food that’s fresher than anything you can find in the grocery store. (We’ll still provide recipes and descriptions for unusual items to encourage you to try new things!)
We’ll occasionally limit an item in a given week (ie, “maximum of 1 watermelon this week”) to make sure that every member – even if you come at the end of the day – gets a complete selection. There will be plenty of everything to go around!
What’s with sliding scale?
We strive to keep our share prices as low as possible, but we know that some folks are willing and able to contribute a little more to help keep those prices down. Therefore, we offer a sliding scale system – feel free to choose the base level, or to add a little more!
So, what does this look like?
One week, you might choose to take home a hefty load of tomatoes along with some onions and cilantro to make a giant batch of your signature salsa. Another week, it could be three types of cooking greens, carrots, beets, kabocha squash, garlic and hakurei turnips. Sometimes, you may feel adventurous and want to try out those watermelon radishes and romanesco cauliflower; other weeks, you’re looking for the more familiar staples for your salads and stir fries. We look forward to giving you a chance to be yourself while eating with the seasons!
Sounds good! How does it work?
For Tuesday pick-up members, we put out all items for you to select from, under the covered awning of our CSA pick-up area. We always harvest of each item, so don’t worry about popular items running out early. One of us will be there each week to greet you and answer any questions.
For Saturday pick-up members, we pre-box the shares. We will email you a very simple form each week a few days before pick up for you to select your items from what’s in season that week. We pack your share in a box with your name on it, so it’s easy to pick up from in the walk-in cooler. If you forget to fill out your form, or if you prefer the simplicity of the regular assorted box (the “farmer’s choice”), just ignore the form and we’ll take care of it! We’ll be around to answer any questions, and to make sure you know where to find your share.
Pick Your Own
And don’t forget that you’ll be able to access our pick-your-own garden every week during pickup. We’ll be growing herbs, flowers, cherry tomatoes and more. We’ll let you know at pickup each week which parts of the PYO garden are open for harvest. The PYO is open to all members, whether picking up on Tuesday or Saturday (and Catskill and Saugerties members are welcome to come down as well!).
Details and Pricing
Pickup day: Tuesday, 4pm-7pm or Saturday 9am-1pm
Location: 205 Hidden Valley Road, Kingston NY 12401
7-point share: $475-$550 – Great for a veggie loving individual or a small family
9-point share: $575-$650 – Suitable for a pair of veggie lovers, or a larger family
We require a $100 deposit to reserve your share, and the remainder is due by the first pickup in June. We can work out a payment plan if you need a little more time.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 528-9382.