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Uptown Kingston members pick up their shares from our friends at Rough Draft Bar & Books, at 82 John St in Kingston on Friday afternoons, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The CSA season runs from the beginning of June through the end of October. We’re now accepting registrations for the 2020 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. You will be able to choose 7 or 9 units of those items each week. A unit may be four 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!)
Seem too complicated? Don’t worry – we’ll continue to offer the regular “farmer’s choice” box of veggies (similar to other CSA farms) and accompanied by recipe suggestions. We’re just giving you the option to select, if you want.
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 a share 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 Uptown Kingston members, we will email you a very simple form each week a few days before pick up, where you will select your items from what’s in season that week. We will pre-pack your share in a box with your name on it, so it’s easy to pick up. 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!
Each week, head to Rough Draft on Friday afternoons to pick up your box. While there, please consider checking out the great book selection and grab a beer! We are really excited to be partnering with Rough Draft, and consider it a way for two small local businesses to work together to support each other and be a positive part of the Kingston community. One of us farmers will be at the distribution each week, ready to give you your weekly produce box – we’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Details and Pricing
Pickup day: Friday, 4:30-6:30 pm
Location: Rough Draft Bar & Books, 82 John St, Kingston, NY. (Click here for directions)
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.