Registration deadline extended to Friday 5/6 at 3pm!

We have extended the registration deadline to Friday at 3pm, you can register here!

Details on shares and what’s available can be found in posts below.

Sharing a note from our farmer on:

WHY IS THE CSA PROGRAM IMPORTANT FOR OUR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY?


Greetings Sang Lee fans!
The CSA program is really where we started to make a turn toward being more sustainable as a business. Selling our Asian vegetable products wholesale to all the Chinatown markets on the east coast in the 80s and 90s became something that was no longer sustainable for a farm on long island. Prices of the same veggies were cheaper for wholesalers to buy from California and Mexico – even with shipping it across the country!

When we transitioned to growing organic in the early 2000’s and diversified our crops in an effort to farm better for the land and our family, we also had to figure out new sales channels for our product. Wholesale was not fruitful, but what other ways were there to sell and sell consistently? The farmstand was born and grew over the years to share our veggies and prepared foods with the local community, in a DIRECT way. NO middle man. This started to feel right. But again, we still needed to have a guaranteed amount of sales to plan for labor and supplies and avoid interest fees on loans. The CSA was the missing piece.

When the CSA  began in 2006 – 2009 time period, we started to be able to plan more for the people we were growing for. We had the revenue UP FRONT in the winter and spring when we desperately needed supplies and a plan for growing and to know how much to grow. The CSA has allowed us to purchase equipment we needed and invest in better cover crops and systems for the land. We no longer have to do things the easiest and cheapest way. We can do things the better way for the land, people, and community.

We continue to grow our CSA every year, as well as our farmers markets and farmstand. These three pillars of our business are why we were able to survive the pandemic. Many farms selling wholesale had to pivot.We hope to continue the CSA program for many more years. It is the bread and butter of our farm. It is so important and SO ARE YOU.

Where you spend your money, is where you are putting your energy. Your dollars are from your hard earned livelihood, and we thank you for supporting our livelihood, and that of many of our employees. It is getting harder to run a business on Long Island, especially a farm when there is so much pressure to develop the land and add houses, not to mention labor costs and supply increases. But lest we forget, the true HEART of the North Fork is the farmland and the people who work here and support it. We are a family owned farm, and we consider our staff as part of our family. Every dollar you spend with us goes back into the farm and the people, making better systems for the land, the people who work here, and the North Fork. If you live locally, or you live further west, or in Brooklyn, we hope you also consider the North Fork as the farming heart of the whole island. We see you as part of our community and we are so grateful to be able to share our veggies with you and your families in areas where there is no local farms within a few miles.

Whether you join the CSA, shop with us at the markets or farmstand, we just wanted to share how much of a difference you make for us and our staff. We appreciate you, and we can’t wait for another amazing season ahead. Growing organic veggies on the North Fork has it’s challenges, but we are committed and we love what we do. We hope you feel the love and energy we put into growing our food for you. 

Meet the Farmer TODAY (4/25) [virtual event]

We are delighted to share that on Monday, April 25th at 7:30pm, our farmers from Sang Lee Farms will once again join us for a virtual Meet the Farmer event! Come to learn more about how our farmers do their amazing work, how they’re preparing for this coming CSA season, and more about what it means to be part of a CSA — including the many benefits to you, your wallet, and your and your family’s health.

We will be joined by our fellow Brooklyn CSAs in DUMBO and Crown Heights for this event, who also partner with our farmers at Sang Lee Farms. Registration is required, please sign up here

If you need any assistance using Zoom, or have any questions about the event, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom soon, and to being together with our incredible farmers. 

Thanks again to all who have signed up and paid for this season, and if you still need to send your check, please do. If you have been meaning to sign up for this year [season details below] and you haven’t done so, you can register here!

Registration is open for the 2022 Summer Season! (+ Early Bird bonus)

Our 2022 season will run from June 8th to November 16th for Vegetable Shares. Pick up Wednesdays from 5pm-8pm at First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry St, Brooklyn.

BONUS!  With sign up and payment received by March 15 for your share, you will receive a FREE insulated Sang Lee CSA bag! We will send the bags with your first CSA Pickup.

Sign up today!

Vegetables:
Vegetables come from our fantastic farmer Fred Lee at Sang Lee Farms, a certified organic specialty vegetable farm in Peconic on the North Fork of Long Island.  For 2022, each veggie share is expected to be 8-10 items that week and this year the season is 24 weeks.  You can sign up for a full share (pick up every week) or a half share (pick up every other week).  Sample share listings for the 2021 Season can be found here

Member bonus for 2022!  Get 10% off all purchases at the farm and online as a CSA member. 

Payment/Pricing:

You can become a member by signing up for a Full or Half Veggie Share. 

The pricing listed on the sign up form includes a $19 administration fee, and a commitment to volunteer (covering two shifts over the course of the season).

As in past years, we are offering three tiers of pricing:
– Standard pricing to cover the basic costs of the product and CSA administration
– Reduced pricing for those who need it. Separately, if you’re interested in discussing a payment plan or other options, please reach out to brooklynbridgecsa@gmail.com
– Sponsor shares for those that are able to donate a bit extra – please consider it! Sponsor shares subsidize reduced-price shares and enable low-income individuals and families to be part of our CSA.

Add-On Shares include Fruit and Cheese – see the Join page for more details!

Winter BBCSA newsletter #1

Distribution for all shares will be tonight, November 23, at First Presbyterian Church (124 Henry St) from 5pm-7:30pm (note this is earlier than for summer share!).  Distribution is at the front of the church.

This week’s vegetables:
2 lbs FINGERLING POTATOES
1 SPAGHETTI SQUASH
1 bunch CARROTS
1 head BROCCOLI
1 head LETTUCE
1 PURPLE NAPA CABBAGE
2 bulbs GARLIC
2 ONIONS
2 pce RUTABAGA
1 head CAULIFLOWER

BBCSA Newsletter 2021 #24 – B Week

Thank you for being a part of the 2021 season!

Full and B week vegetable shares, the FINAL distribution for 2021 is tonight, Wednesday, November 17, from 5pm – 8pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) at 124 Henry St. Distribution will be OUTSIDE in front of the church.

This week’s vegetables:
2 lbs FINGERLING POTATOES
1 SPAGHETTI SQUASH
1 bunch CARROTS
1 head BROCCOLI
1 head LETTUCE
1 PURPLE NAPA CABBAGE
2 bulbs GARLIC
2 ONIONS
2 pce RUTABAGA
1 head CAULIFLOWER

BBCSA Newsletter 2021 #23 – A Week

For full, A week vegetable, fruit, and cheese shares:  
Distribution will be Wednesday, November 10th, from 5pm – 8pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) at 124 Henry St. Distribution will be OUTSIDE in front of the church.

This week’s vegetables:
1 head LETTUCE
2 SPAGHETTI SQUASH
1 bunch CARROTS
2 lbs WHITE POTATOES
1 WATERMELON RADISH
1 NAPA CABBAGE
1 head CAULIFLOWER
1 bunch KALE
1 head BROCCOLI
1 bulb KOHLRABI

Fruit:
3lb bag WINESAP, GOLDEN and RED DELICIOUS & JONAGOLD APPLES from Briermere Farms
When you get apples, immediately take them out of the bag and inspect for bruising. Use the bruised ones first and simply cut the bruise off. Keep apples in the crisper of the fridge all the time.


Cheese:
1 JERSEY GIRL CHEESE from Jake’s Gouda
Made from 100% grass-fed raw cow milk. This semi-hard, colby-style cheese is firm and springy, with a natural cave-aged rind and a bright, earthy flavor. Pairs well with smoked ham, olives & roasted peppers.

Winter CSA registration open now!

The Brooklyn Bridge CSA and Sang Lee Farms are offering a five week early winter vegetable CSA share with deliveries starting on November 23rd, 2021 and running weekly until December 21st, 2021. Please read this entire post for share details, including any additional offerings. We are once again combining with DUMBO/Vinegar Hill CSA for this program, but pick up location is at FPC this year.  Registration is on a first come first served basis and will close Wed November 10 at midnight! Register here 

The vegetables for each distribution are a mix of cool weather field harvested vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, and storage vegetables.  The items per week may include: Brussels sprouts . Cauliflower . Broccoli . Cabbage . Carrots . Beets . Sweet Potatoes . Potatoes . Rutabaga . Turnips . Kohlrabi . Lettuce heads . Bok Choy . Herbs . Spinach . Kale . Radishes.  You can find last year’s full share contents here.

We are offering  the 5 Week Winter Share at a FULL membership level only this season.  The FULL share is expected to include 8-10 items and members will pick up EVERY WEEK. You are welcome to share your membership with someone else but we will not offer a HALF share for the short season. Prices for each share amount are listed on the registration form.

Delivery days are on Tuesdays (see below) for 5 consecutive weeks, pick up at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn (124 Henry St). Cost information for all shares on registration form.  Sponsor shares and reduced-price shares available (see registration form for details).

Delivery dates:

  • Tuesday November 23rd (Thanksgiving week)
  • Tuesday November 30th
  • Tuesday December 7th
  • Tuesday  December 14th
  • Tuesday  December 21st (Christmas Week)

Add-ons available:

  • Briermere Farms is offering a winter FRUIT share (5 deliveries of approximately 3 lbs. of apples or pears each).
  • A CHEESE Share with fresh Goat’s, Sheep or Cow’s Milk Cheeses (5 deliveries of approx 4-8oz per week) from Long Island or Hudson Valley cheese makers.  

PLEASE NOTE: You must sign up for a winter vegetable share to purchase fruit or cheese shares.

Pickup Location:

First Presbyterian Church  (124 Henry St) in Brooklyn Heights from 5:00-7:30 pm (note the change in pick up times) on the dates above.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE ABOVE SHARES

Deadline to register: Wednesday, Nov 10 at midnight (We have a very limited number of shares available, so enrollment is on a first-come, first served basis.)

We will be in touch with you about volunteering after you register.

Please Note: The Brooklyn Bridge CSA accepts subsidies to help provide access to vegetable shares to low-income families. CSA stands for community supported agriculture and we believe that everyone in the community should have access to quality organic vegetables. Your subsidy will go towards a vegetable share for a low-income family in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

We will send you an email confirmation when we receive your payment.

As always, please contact us with any questions.
Thank you!! The Brooklyn Bridge CSA Core Group  

BBCSA Newsletter 2021 #22 – B Week

For full, B WEEK vegetable, fruit, and cheese shares:  
Distribution will be Wednesday, November 3rd, from 5pm – 8pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) at 124 Henry St. Distribution will be OUTSIDE in front of the church.

This week’s vegetables:
1 head LETTUCE
2 SPAGHETTI SQUASH
1 bunch CARROTS
2 lbs WHITE POTATOES
1 WATERMELON RADISH
1 NAPA CABBAGE
1 head CAULIFLOWER
1 bunch KALE
1 head BROCCOLI
1 bulb KOHLRABI

Fruit:
3lb bag WINESAP, GOLDEN and RED DELICIOUS & JONAGOLD APPLES from Briermere Farms
When you get apples, immediately take them out of the bag and inspect for bruising. Use the bruised ones first and simply cut the bruise off. Keep apples in the crisper of the fridge all the time.


Cheese:
1 JERSEY GIRL CHEESE from Jake’s Gouda
Made from 100% grass-fed raw cow milk. This semi-hard, colby-style cheese is firm and springy, with a natural cave-aged rind and a bright, earthy flavor. Pairs well with smoked ham, olives & roasted peppers.

BBCSA Newsletter 2021 #20 – B Week

For full, B WEEK vegetable, fruit, and cheese shares:  
Distribution will be Wednesday, October 20th, from 5pm – 8pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) at 124 Henry St. Distribution will be OUTSIDE in front of the church.

This week’s vegetables:
1 head LETTUCE
1 head BROCCOLI
2 EGGPLANT
1 KOREAN MOO RADISH
2.5 lbs RED FLESHED POTATOES
6 oz FRESH GINGER
3/4 lb GREEN BEANS
1 head SAVOY CABBAGE
1 head RADICCHIO


Fruit:
3 lb bag BARTLETT PEARS & JONA GOLD APPLES


Cheese:
1 CAMEMBERT from Chaseholm Farm Creamery

BBCSA Newsletter 2021 #18 – B Week

For full, B WEEK vegetable, fruit, and cheese shares:  
Distribution will be Wednesday, October 6, from 5pm – 8pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) at 124 Henry St. Distribution will be OUTSIDE in front of the church.

This week’s vegetables:
1 head LETTUCE
1 bunch ARUGULA
1 head NAPA CABBAGE
1 head BROCCOLI
2 heads BABY BOK CHOY
1.5 lbs POTATOES
2 BELL PEPPERS
1 EGGPLANT
1 bunch SCALLIONS
1 bunch RADISHES


Fruit:
3 lb bag SECKLE PEARS & RED DELICIOUS/GALA APPLES

Cheese:
1 EWE’S BLUE CHEESE