Here’s some great news for fans of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and fresh locally produced food in general:
Amantai Farm CSA is coming to Flatbush!
Shayna Lewis, last year’s market manager at the Cortelyou Rd. farmers’ market, is working with one of the farmers from that market, Jorge Carmona from Amantai Farm, to start a CSA in the neighborhood. They’ve already got 20 members signed up and their goal is 40. Here are some of the details from Shayna:
The share includes enough vegetables for a family of 4 for the week. Amantai Farm is not certified organic, but does not spray anything on their vegetables, which in my opinion makes them better than the certified organic farms who spray organic pesticides and fertilizers. It’s definitely a good deal for anyone interested in local and organic. Jorge will be doing just vegetables (and melons). In the spring he’ll have salad greens, spinach, peas, herbs, etc. moving into summer squash, cucumbers, a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, cilantro, sweet and hot peppers, summer greens, onions, potatoes etc into winter squashes, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc. He does produce honey and will provide it for CSA members at a discount.
DROP-OFFS: Saturdays will not work as a drop-off day, so we are going to pick either a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon/evening to deliver the shares to your house, or to have you pick them up at a to-be-determined location if you live too far away or you’d rather pick up. If anyone has a preference for or against any one of these days, let me know and I’ll try to make it work for everyone the best way we can. Get back to me as soon as possible.
CHECKS: Please mail your checks/money orders made out to Jorge Carmona to:
10039 Ziegels Church Rd.
Breinigsville, PA 18031
All checks should have arrived by mid-April, so you have some time, just don’t forget . The cost is $400 for basic participation, add $60 to include a dozen eggs weekly, $30 for a half dozen. Eggs can also be ordered weekly. For a half-share, cost is $200.
SPREAD THE WORD: We now have about 20 members, but are going for 40. Please, tell any one you think might be interested. Feel free to give them my email address.
REQUEST VEGETABLES: Now is the time to request anything that Jorge is not already planning on planting. Most seed orders have to be in in the next three weeks, so speak now or forever hold your peas (sorry for the bad pun).
For further info, contact Shayna at shayna.lewis [at] gmail.com.
Shayna will also be speaking about Amantai Farm CSA and Community Supported Agriculture at this weekend’s Greening Flatbush event.