DUMBO CSA: Deadline 4/29

Farmer Fred is back! Signups are now open for the DUMBO CSA, which brings fresh produce and cheese from Long Island farms directly to our neighborhood.

How it works: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for people to buy vegetables directly from a local farmer. The DUMBO CSA’s season runs from June to mid-November this year. Members prepay for the season and then each week pick up their fresh, locally-grown, organic vegetables. Pickup is at the Phoenix House on 50 Jay Street on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. In addition, every member is required to contribute two volunteer shifts over the course of the season (approximately 4 hours total).

To sign-up for the CSA, click here. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 29. 

This year, the DUMBO CSA will be offering:

  • Shares of fresh local vegetables provided by Sang Lee Farms on Long Island. The season is 25 weeks long, and each delivery will feature approximately eight different varieties of vegetables (sometimes more during peak harvest months!) from tomatoes and lettuce to fennel and asparagus and much more.
  • Optional fruit shares are provided by Briermere Farms. A typical share consists of two containers of berries, or one container of berries and three pounds of fruit, or six pounds of fruit. (Season is 18 weeks starting in mid-July.)
  • Dairy shares of cheese (18 weeks) consist of 4-6 ounces of cheese each week from a rotation of eight artisan cheese providers from around New York state.

Read more about the DUMBO CSA on their website, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

Bonus: Meet the Farmer!

If you’re interested in local produce and organic farming, you won’t want to miss the chance to meet Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms in Brooklyn Heights on April 22.

April 22, 2015
136 Lawrence Street Apt. 3B
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to

Fred has been delivering fresh produce to our neighborhood for almost a decade through the Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA. Not only does he grow a mean carrot, he’s a great speaker and storyteller—meeting Fred is a highlight of the season for many CSA members. He’s coming into town to talk about the ins and outs of organic farming on the North Fork, talk about the history of his farm, and answer questions about how CSAs work (and if we’re lucky, there may even be some early produce to sample!).

Photo: “harvest vegetables” by flickr Jeanette