Despite Wednesday being the first day of Spring, it really hasn’t felt all that Springish around Harlem. The wind has been unusually harsh, the sun has been mostly absent, and the temperature is still content hovering around 35 degrees even though March is almost over. In years when Winter outstays its welcome, I become particularly desperate for hints that warm weather will be here soon. Perhaps it’s genetic? Since childhood my family has been obsessed with scoping signs of Spring; from counting which neighbors have tree branches were dotted with tiny red and green buds, to stopping the car next to the garden to admire new growth every time we pulled into the driveway, each of us always cherished news of Spring as if it were a winning lottery ticket.
But, when living in the Concrete Jungle your opportunities to spot similar signs of Spring are far less plentiful (though last weekend when I walked by Jackie Robinson Park I was giddy to see wrapped leaves of fresh green sprouting along the brick walls, even if the poor things were barely taller than the snow surrounding them), so I troll other food and agriculture blogs looking for photos of tiny fledgling leaves engulfed by dark dirt, or jump up and down when I receive emails announcing our Annual CSA Sign-Up. So, since I got that exact email this past week (YAY CSA!), I wanted to share it with all of you because my life is infinitely better now that I can get fresh, locally and organically grown produce so close to home at such an affordable price from Gonzalez Farms in Goshen/Pine Island, NY.
Below are the details of my wonderful CSA, known to most as the Kitchen Table/Project Harmony CSA of East and West Harlem. And, if you don’t know what a CSA is (but have the creeping suspicion that they are pretty damn cool), take a minute to learn about one of the most brilliant ways for city dwellers like us to eat locally, check out Strictly Nutritious’ quick guide to CSAs.
Kitchen Table/Project Harmony CSA Sign Up Information:
The Kitchen Table Project Harmony CSA will run for 22 weeks, beginning on Thursday, June 6th 2013 and ending on Thursday, October 31st 2013.
Pick Up Locations:
There are two pick up locations, each of which has pick up hours every Thursday from 5pm-7pm at the Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden on West 122nd Street (between 7th & 8th Aves) or in Papo’s Garden on East 119th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves).
High Income Shares – $440 Early Bird Special $425
Regular Share – $390 Early Bird Special $375
Subsidized Share – $340 Early Bird Special $325
Early Bird Special:
There is an Early Bird Special (EBS) for those that buy the share in full by April 15th.
Hesitant to join because of the cost, pick up times, or the amount of vegetables you’ll get every week? Why don’t you ask a neighbor, a friend, or a co-worker to split the share with you? Or still unclear about what a CSA is? Feel free to email me and I will be happy to discuss any and all concerns with you.
If you would like to join please download the 2013 SUMMER CSA MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT and return to the appropriate email address and follow the payment instructions. For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to seeing you at the Garden’s for Pick-Up!