Meet the Farmer on Tues, 4/13!

Dear local vegetable fans and CSA members,

When was the last time you met the person who grew your food? Now’s your chance!

We are delighted to share that on Tuesday, April 13th at 7:30pm, our farmers from Sang Lee Farms on Peconic, Long Island 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!

Our Farmer, Fred Lee

2021 CSA Summer season registration is officially open!

The 2021 CSA season is officially open! Register today!   

BONUS!  With sign up and payment received by March 15 for your share, you will receive a FREE insulated Sang Lee CSA bag!  We expect shares to fill up fast, so please sign up soon if you intend to buy a share this year. Details are below.   

We hope to have you aboard as a member in 2021!  

Brooklyn Bridge CSA Core Group   ********************************************************************
The Details:

Our 2021 season will run from June 9th to November 17th 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.

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 2021, 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 2020 Season can be found here

Member bonus for 2020!  Get 10% off all purchases at the farm and online as a CSA member.  Also, pre-order and receive items from their certified organic kitchen directly to our pick up site without delivery charges.  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). The farm has advised us that the prices have gone up as all of their costs have gone up this season, especially labor costs as the minimum wage increases each year in a labor intensive industry.   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:
Fruit
Fred has partnered again with Briermere Farms to bring us this add-on to our CSA offerings. Fruit is conventionally grown, while utilizing many organic practices and composting.

Quantity: 3lb bag tree fruit or 1 pint berries per week (If you are interested in 2 fruit shares, please contact us.)

If fruit comes in early or all at once, Briermere may choose to give it out earlier. This would mean more fruit in the early shares and less fruit in later shares. The number of weeks may also be less in this case.   Please read through the share contents CAREFULLY so you understand what fruit CAN grow on Long Island and that week to week you will be getting similar things depending on the time of year. If you do not LOVE apples, we suggest you do not participate in the share as the last month or two is primarily filled with apples. 
Note: if you select to include fruit, whole vegetable shares must pick whole fruit shares. Half vegetable shares must choose half fruit shares.

Cheese
This year we will be offering cheese from the east end of Long Island NY as well as from the Hudson Valley NY. You will receive a different type of cheese each week from one of eight different farms! This combination gives you a wonderful selection of soft, medium and hard cheese textures and including cow and goat and sheep’s milk cheeses. Learn more about the Cheese Share here.
Note: if you select to include cheese, whole vegetable shares must pick whole cheese shares. Half vegetable shares must choose half cheese shares.    

**Note the Kitchen Share is not being offered at this time.**   _____________   We expect shares to fill up fast, so please sign up soon if you intend to buy a share this year. Registration officially closes May 1st or when we sell out of them!

Register for shares today!

Week 3 of Early Winter CSA 2020

We are half way through the winter CSA season already!

*Distribution for all shares will be TODAY, Dec. 8, at First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry St, from 5pm-7:30pm (note this is earlier than in the past!).  Distribution is at the front of the church.

VEGETABLE SHARE (VALUE: $48)
1 head RED CABBAGE, 1 bag BABY BOK CHOY, 1/2 lb BRUSSELS SPROUTS, 1 head WHITE CAULIFLOWER, 1 BUTTERNUT SQUASH, 1 head LETTUCE, 1 bunch FENNEL, 1 bunch ARUGULA, 1 bunch BEETS

FRUIT SHARE
3 lbs Apples – Rome & Granny Smith from Briermere Farm

CHEESE SHARE
1 piece Young Sigit from Mecox Bay Dairy



Since we missed it, here’s share info for week #2 (12/1):
VEGETABLE SHARE (VALUE: $47)
2 lbs PURPLE POTATOES, 1 head NAPA CABBAGE, 1 bunch CILANTRO, 1 head ROMANESCO CAULIFLOWER, 1 head BROCCOLI, 1 head LETTUCE, 3 heads BABY BOK CHOY, 1.5 lbs CARROTS

FRUIT SHARE
3 lbs Apples – Red Delicious & Granny Smith from Briermere Farm
 
CHEESE SHARE
1 piece Ewe’s Blue Cheese from Old Chattham Sheephearding Company


And here’s share info for week #1 (11/24):
VEGETABLE SHARE (VALUE: $45)
2 lbs SWEET POTATOES, 1 head SAVOY CABBAGE, 1 piece DAIKON RADISH, 2 heads CAULIFLOWER, 1 SPAGHETTI SQUASH, 1 head LETTUCE, 2 pieces RUTABAGA TURNIPS, 1 bunch FENNEL

FRUIT SHARE
3 lbs Apples – Red Delicious & Ida Red from Briermere Farm
 
CHEESE SHARE
1 piece Camembert from Chaseholm Farm


Early Winter CSA Registration Now Open!

The Brooklyn Bridge CSA and Sang Lee Farms are offering a five week early winter vegetable CSA share with deliveries starting on November 24th, 2020 and running weekly until December 22nd, 2020. Please read this entire email for share details, including any addtional 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. 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 24th (Thanksgiving week)
  • Tuesday December 1st
  • Tuesday December 8th
  • Tuesday  December 15th
  • Tuesday  December 22nd (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:Friday, Nov 6 at 12pm noon (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 2020 #16 – B Week

Full and B week vegetable, fruit, and cheese shares: 
Distribution will be tonight, Wednesday, September 23rd, from 5pm – 8pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) at 124 Henry St. Distribution will be OUTSIDE — in front of the church. Yes, distribution is now directly in front of the double doors at the front of the church. The line will go to the left as you face the church. We will have signs and chalked sidewalks, but heads up that there’s a change!

Please keep in mind new COVID-19 safety protocols for this year:

  • Members who come to pick up will be required to wear face covering/mask
  • All veggie shares are pre-bagged 
  • Distribution will be from 5-8pm until further notice, but please try to space out your arrival over the 3 hours so that there is not a crowd at 5pm
  • Let the sign in volunteer know your name (or who you are picking up for), take a bag (and any extra items that don’t fit in the bag), and you are set!

This week’s vegetables (retail value $42):
2 BEETS
2 ACORN SQUASH
1 head ROMAINE LETTUCE
1 KOREAN MOO RADISH
1 head BOK CHOY
3 HOT PEPPERS
2 ONIONS
1 bunch ARUGULA
2 EGGPLANTS
1 bunch PARSLEY

Fruit:
1 3lb bag Gala, Gingergold & Cortland apples from Briermere Farms

Cheese:
2 pieces assorted Chevre from R&G Cheesemakers

BBCSA Newsletter 2020 #14 – B Week

Full and B week vegetable, fruit, and cheese shares: 
Distribution will be Wednesday, September 9th, from 5pm – 8pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) at 124 Henry St. Distribution will be OUTSIDE — in front of the church. Yes, distribution will now be directly in front of the double doors at the front of the church. The line will go to the left as you face the church. We will have signs and chalked sidewalks, but heads up that there’s a change!

Please keep in mind new COVID-19 safety protocols for this year:

  • Members who come to pick up will be required to wear face covering/mask
  • All veggie shares are pre-bagged 
  • Distribution will be from 5-8pm until further notice, but please try to space out your arrival over the 3 hours so that there is not a crowd at 5pm
  • Let the sign in volunteer know your name (or who you are picking up for), take a bag (and any extra items that don’t fit in the bag), and you are set!

This week’s vegetables (retail value $43):
1 bunch DILL
1 lb RED POTATOES
1 head OAK LETTUCE
1/2 lb SHISHITO PEPPERS
1 bunch RADISHES
1 bunch ONG CHOY
2 ears CORN
1 EGGPLANT
1 bunch LEEKS

Fruit:
1 3lb bag nectarines, Gala apples, & Jona Gold apples from Briermere Farms

Cheese:
1 piece Moonlight Chaorce Chevre from Chaseholm Farm Creamery

BBCSA Newsletter 2020 #13 – B Week

Full and B week vegetable, fruit, and cheese shares: 
Distribution will be Wednesday, September 2, from 5pm – 8pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) at 124 Henry St. Distribution will be OUTSIDE to the right of the church if you are facing FPC.

Please keep in mind new COVID-19 safety protocols for this year:

  • Members who come to pick up will be required to wear face covering/mask
  • All veggie shares are pre-bagged 
  • Distribution will be from 5-8pm until further notice, but please try to space out your arrival over the 3 hours so that there is not a crowd at 5pm
  • Let the sign in volunteer know your name (or who you are picking up for), take a bag (and any extra items that don’t fit in the bag), and you are set!

This week’s vegetables (retail value $50.00):
1 whole SEEDLESS WATERMELON
1.5 lbs GLOBE/SAUCE TOMATOES
1 head ROMAINE LETTUCE
2 EGGPLANTS
2 heads BABY BOK CHOY
2 LARGE BEETS
1 KOHLRABI
1 head BOSTON LETTUCE
1 bunch CHARD

Fruit:
1 3lb bag peaches & nectarines from Briermere Farms

Cheese:
1 piece Tomato Basil Cows Milk Tillsit from Harpersfield Dairy

BBCSA Newsletter 2020 #12 – A Week

Full and A week vegetable, fruit, and cheese shares: 
Distribution will be Wednesday, August 26, from 5pm – 8pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) at 124 Henry St. Distribution will be OUTSIDE to the right of the church if you are facing FPC.

Please keep in mind new COVID-19 safety protocols for this year:

  • Members who come to pick up will be required to wear face covering/mask
  • All veggie shares are pre-bagged 
  • Distribution will be from 5-8pm until further notice, but please try to space out your arrival over the 3 hours so that there is not a crowd at 5pm
  • Let the sign in volunteer know your name (or who you are picking up for), take a bag (and any extra items that don’t fit in the bag), and you are set!

This week’s vegetables (retail value $50.00):
1 whole SEEDLESS WATERMELON
1.5 lbs (3-4) GLOBE TOMATOES
1 head BOSTON LETTUCE
1 bunch KALE
1 BELL PEPPER
1/2 lb GRAPE TOMATOES
2 ZUCCHINI
3/4 lb STRING BEANS
1 bunch BASIL

Fruit:
1 3lb bag peaches & nectarines from Briermere Farms

Cheese:
1 piece Gruyere ‘Alpage’ from Chaseholm Farms