The following is a note from Fred and Karen Lee of Sang Lee Farms (our CSA’s farmer). Please note that the CSA prices listed on the FAQs page reflects the price increase noted here, plus an $18 administrative fee to cover costs of supplies, programming, etc. Also note, our CSA site does not offer Partial Shares. Instead we offer Full Shares and Half Shares. A Half Share is a full share, picked up every other week.
After much thought and debate, we’ve decided that we must raise the price of the vegetable CSAs slightly for 2012. The price for the partial Share will be $375.00, and the Full Vegetable share will be $595.00, for the 2012 (23) week season. The price increase comes to approximately $.87 per week for the partial and $1.09 per week for the Full Share.
Our objective to provide a great value of vegetables for as many folks in our (3) existing Brooklyn CSAs as we can has not changed. We have no plans of taking on any additional Brooklyn CSA groups for 2012, even though we have had inquires by (2) new forming groups to date. Almost all of our production and operating costs have increased every year since the last price change (2) seasons ago. The 5.6% and 4.4% increase in the partial and full share CSAs, just (bearly) covers the change in our costs from 2 years ago. Additionally, we are very conscious of the difficulty some members may have meeting the cost of their CSA memberships, and hope these changes do not create any additional hardship for anyone.
We have many objectives as we start the new 2012 season that include paying our workers better wages, and up grading our field equipment and tractors by beginning the replacement of our tractor fleet that averages almost (40) years old.
I could go on about many things, but I believe I’ve touched the main points. We hope that any of your programs that assist members with their CSA payments will continue to make our CSA a viable option for all. We value our relationship with all the members of the Brooklyn Bridge CSA tremendously and hope that we continue to do well together.
Fred & Karen