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Seeking CSA in Fairfield County

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cteats Jun 7, 2005 11:17 AM

Is anyone aware of a community supported agriculture (CSA) program somewhere in lower Fairfield County? The only one on the Northeast Organic Farming website is in Shelton, and I'd like something closer to Stamford.

BTW, the URL for the site is:

http://www.ctnofa.org/programs/csa.php

If you are not familiar with CSA's, it is a program where you can buy shares of a farm's output in advance, and receive produce weekly. The quality of the produce can be spectacular, and you'll expand your horizons by, for example, trying to think of what to make with 12 pounds of kale.

Thanks,

  1. njensen Jan 14, 2010 09:30 AM

    I've been getting my CSA from the Gazy Brothers Farm at the Greenwich Farmers Market for the past 3 years. You definitely get your monies worth and you can pick up your share at the Saturday Farmers market at the Greenwich train station right off 95 - super convenient. Their CSA is not on Local Harvest so its really the best kept secret in Fairfield county!
    You get the info directly on their website http://www.gazybrothersfarm.net

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      kjc Jan 13, 2010 07:44 AM

      p.s. on my just posted reply: the farm is not designated organic, but if you review their farming practices you will see that they farm organically, but just haven't spent the wads of money needed to get the certification. Many local farms face this issue. In fact, some local farms that claim they're organic still use pesticides - they're just designated "organic pesticides." Who knew? Ask the farmer where their fertilizer comes from - the truly organic ones use what the animals give them...

      1. njensen Jan 13, 2009 09:24 AM

        Okay - I'm going to tell you the best kept secret about CSAs in Fairfield county.
        Gazy Brothers Farm - who has a cart at the Greenwich farmer's market every Saturday - has a CSA! It is fabulous and VERY reasonablly priced. My favorte part is that they offer a CSA for Spring, Summer and Fall (right up to Christmas). So you only have to survive the Winter without fresh local veggies. During the farmer's market season you just show up on Saturday to pick up your veggies, they don't have boxes pre-made so I advise getting there right when it opens (9:30) for the best selection. For the Spring CSA they do select drop offs right to your home...just depends who they get to sgn and and where you live.

        Here is their website: www.gazybrothersfarm.net
        You can also E-mail Lexi at gazybrothersfarm@sbcglobal.net - I usually have to E-mail them to get the latest sign up form.

        Last time I looked they weren't listed as a CSA on localharvest - so this really is a hidden gem!

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        1. re: Analiese
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          DGresh Jan 23, 2009 08:49 AM

          I belong to another CSA which is provided by Stoneledge farm, in Westchester County. I've been a member for 4 or 5 years and have been very happy with it. Someone in our group photographs each week's share so you can get a really good idea of the selection and quantity: http://www.westchestercsa.org/2008/ve...

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            sibeats Jan 23, 2009 10:51 AM

            Thanks for posting the link! I signed up for the CSA in Southport after reading about it here, but was disappointed that there was no info on what the weekly "baskets' would include. It was a great idea to photo and document it all that way. Hopefully the Southport one will be similar.

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              Analiese Apr 17, 2009 08:11 PM

              According to the Stoneledge Farm blog, it looks like hot peppers, celeriac and onions will be in our "baskets" this season - http://www.stoneledgefarmny.org/blog/. Last year they regularly emailed anyone who bought a share to let them know what was coming in advance and sent/posted recipes. I'll be blogging regularly about my baskets and recipes on http://fairfieldgreenfoodguide to further support and develop the CSA community.

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                kjc Jan 13, 2010 07:41 AM

                The Stoneledge Farm site many have mentioned services almost a dozen CSAs in the NYC and CT area, including one in Stamford that i have been a member of for 4 years now. If you go to their site www.stoneledgefarmny.com and click on CSA locations, you can see the manhattan, white plains, and stamford ones. You can even register right there (or get on waiting list...not sure if we're fully membered yet). YES, we get a list every week of the veggies (and fruits if you join that share) we'll receive, and there's a swap box if there's something you don't like but another veg you prefer. Its Wednesdays in Glenbrook. Feedback from members over the years has enabled us to get more of what we enjoy and less kale :). Good luck!

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            martyl9 Jan 10, 2009 11:24 AM

            one was started in White Plains last year by the five synagogues. here is the link to their google board
            http://sites.google.com/a/tuvwhitepla...

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              cteats Jun 23, 2005 02:51 PM

              FYI, I heard back from CTNOFA. Nothing that hadn't already come up on this board. It sounds like Fort Hill Farm is the best bet for next year.

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              Thanks for contacting CT NOFA.

              Unfortunately, there are no closer CSAs to you. However, Fort Hill Farm CSA in New Milford does have a drop off sites in Fairfield county. However I believe that they are sold out for this year. You might contact them now to get on the list for next year. 860 350-3158 or pbucciaglia@yahoo.com. www.forthillfarm.com.

              Best regards,

              Bill Duesing, Executive Coordinator
              CT NOFA
              203 888-5146
              www.ctnofa.org

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              1. re: cteats
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                lllyndaaaa Jan 10, 2009 10:13 AM

                I know this is an old post, but I just found out about a new organic CSA of Stoneledge Farm opened in Southport (lower Fairfield County). Go to http://fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com/?p...
                About 40 spots are still available. The cost is $485 for 24 weeks, June through November.

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                Mike Jun 7, 2005 04:25 PM

                Your heading of CSA piqued my interest.When I opened your message I also found BTW URL csa.php.

                ITTIGTOFT (I think that I'm getting too old for this)
                I would much rather read complete sentences.Is everybody in that much of a rush?

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                1. re: Mike
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                  adamclyde Jun 7, 2005 08:56 PM

                  Mike... say what?

                  CTEATS... I've looked around a bit in the past for local farms that sell shares, but I don't think there is anything closer than Shelton... I guess that isn't a surprise since I haven't really found any farming areas closer than that around. All the farmers at the farmers markets are from quite a ways out in CT.

                  I also looked in NY, thinking maybe something up near pound ridge or something, but couldn't find anything close by there. In fact, Long Island was the closest NY CSA.

                  Anyhow, good luck... if you find one closer than Shelton, let me know. I'll be buying the shares next to you...

                  1. re: adamclyde
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                    cteats Jun 7, 2005 09:38 PM

                    Adamclyde, shortly after I posted I wrote an email to CT NOFA seeing if they know a farm that might be interested in setting one up in lower FField County. I'll post back if anyone responds. I'm betting there are others on this board who might also be interested.

                    Mike, not shorthand, your browser isn't displaying URL's. Try googling "Connecticut NOFA".

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                      Miss Sue Jun 8, 2005 08:30 AM

                      CTEats and Adam Clyde and everyone,
                      I tried Fort Hill Farm, which is up Danbury way (New Preston?), but it is sold out for the season. They deliver to Darien, Westport, and several towns in lower Fairfield County. It isn't much help for this year, but just wanted to let you know for next. I have a couple of calls out about other places, so I, too, will let y'all know if I hear more.

                      Thank you for posting about this.

                      Susan

                      1. re: Miss Sue
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                        adamclyde Jun 8, 2005 03:19 PM

                        Susan -

                        Thanks for posting. I called to put my name on their list. I also called the place in Shelton (Guy's Eco-Garden) just to check them out too. Maybe they have a local drop off too? Anyhow, got a message.

                        While we collectively salivate at the prospect of fresh produce, anyone been to any of the local farmers markets yet this year? I was at the Greenwich one off I-95 Exit 3 on Saturday. I love that one. Picked up 6 jalapeno plans for $2. All the stands had great selections of tons of kinds of lettuce too. It was awesome. Wondering how some of the other farmers markets around are sizing up this season... any insight yet?

                        1. re: adamclyde
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                          AH (new to CT) Jun 13, 2005 08:24 AM

                          When I learned in March that I'd be moving to CT I immediately began investigating CSAs in the area. Unfortunately, when I knew my new address in early April, I learned that Fort Hill farm (www.forthillfarm.com) - the only CSA with drop-off locations in Fairfield county already had sold out for this season.

                          My take on this is that (1) I am doomed to suffer this summer as I reminisce too much about last summer's CSA in Brooklyn, and (2) next year I'm signing up for a CSA in the dark days of February!

                          I found a comprehensive list of CSAs in the entire state of CT at:
                          http://www.ctnofa.org/programs/csa.php

                          A list of farmers markets in CT is at:
                          http://www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarket...

                          1. re: AH (new to CT)
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                            adamclyde Jun 13, 2005 10:58 AM

                            where in CT are you? there are some decent farmers markets in Fairfield county. The stamford one is terrible, but the Greenwich and New Canaan ones are pretty good. And... strawberries have just started making their appearance. Mmmm.

                            1. re: adamclyde
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                              Miss Sue Jun 13, 2005 11:20 AM

                              Yay, Adam, I'm glad you mentioned strawberries. According to the site of Jones Family Farms, in Shelton, they are open for strawberry-pickin'. My son & I go every summer. He eats them as fast as he can pick them, I pick way too many, and we drive home in the heavenly fragrance of strawberries. Then I have to give away at least half of what we picked. He also loves the Berry Ferry, a truck that takes you out into the fields. Any other suggestions for berry-picking sites?

                              Susan

                              Link: http://www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/

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                                David Bedell Jul 4, 2005 07:46 PM

                                You may also want to check www.greenburbs.com, which has listings of organic farms, organic lawn care, health food stores & restaurants, etc., all in Fairfield County.

                                Link: http://www.greenburbs.com

                                Image: http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/groups/g_298...

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