COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
The Phillies Bridge Farm Project Board of Directors is excited to announce our new farmer Anna Elbon! We look forward to a season of abundant, beautiful produce, great community fun, excellent education programs, and generous service to those in need: the mission of this leading Community Supported Agriculture farm in the Hudson Valley since 1995!
At Phillies Bridge Farm, we sell most of our vegetables through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which fed over 200 local families in 2012. Joining our CSA is a great way to buy fresh, affordable, locally-grown produce while connecting to the community, to the land where the food is grown, and to the people who grow it.
Community members become Shareholders in the farm by registering and paying for a “share” in advance of the growing season. In return, Shareholders receive a portion of the farm’s bounty once a week for six months, from late May or early June through mid-to-late November. (Exact start and end dates are determined by growing conditions.)
The CSA model allows Shareholders to develop a deep connection to the sources of their food while providing the farm with a steady customer base. Together the farmers and shareholders reap the benefits and meet the challenges of every growing season.
We grow over 150 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, providing our Shareholders with a vast array of fresh produce throughout the season. We employ the latest organic growing methods and sustainable farming techniques to ensure the continuing health of our soil and land.
In exchange for the tax-deductible farm membership fee included in the cost of a share, CSA Shareholders receive small discounts on our education programs and help support the farm’s not-for-profit mission to engage the community in hands-on learning about food and farming. Shareholders also receive farm news updates, food preservation tips, and seasonal recipes in our Weekly Field Notes, compiled by our farmers and their apprentices.
How It Works
Once a week throughout the CSA season, Shareholders come to the farm during established distribution times to pick up their shares. (See our FAQ page for more information.) Most of our produce is harvested and washed prior to distribution, when it is laid out in the Harvest Room for Shareholders to weigh and carry home in their own bags and baskets. Shareholders also have the opportunity to pick some crops (such as peas, flowers, cherry tomatoes, and herbs) directly from the field, deepening their connection to the land and the cycles of the growing season, while greatly increasing the value of their weekly haul.
Photo Credits: Steffen Thalemann (top & middle) and Jill Rubin (bottom)