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North NJ (Bergen County) CSA's

sixelagogo Aug 19, 2007 05:17 AM

Does anyone have a share in a local csa? There's one in paramus (of all places) and I'd be interested in hearing your reviews on that one or any other in the area.

  1. OffTheBroiler Aug 19, 2007 12:34 PM

    Yes, you have PurpleDragon Co-Op which is very good. My wife and I act as substitute members for it from time to time.

    http://purpledragon.com/

    Group Locations: Allendale, Basking Ridge*, Bergenfield, Boonton, Bridgewater, Chestnut Ridge, Cortland Manor, Cranford, Croton, Dobbs Ferry, East Orange*, Edison, Flemington, Goshen*, Green Brook, Hastings, Highlands*, Hoboken, Jersey City, Kinnelon, Leonia, Little Silver, Livingston, Long Valley, Madison, Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair, Morris Plains*, Morristown*, Neptune, New City, Newark, Nyack, Oceanport, Pompton Plains, Randolph, Ridgewood, Rutherford, Scotch Plains, Somerville, Sparta, Springfield, Staten Island, Succasunna, Summit, Teaneck, Wayne, West New York, Westfield, Westwood & Yorktown.

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    1. re: OffTheBroiler
      sixelagogo Aug 20, 2007 05:07 AM

      I've never heard of PurpleDragon but I went to their website...sounds really interesting, but really different from a CSA, especially the part about produce from Latin America and selling vitamins...I don't exactly get how that helps local farmers...I love that they deliver to Bergenfield, however, as driving out to orange county everyweek/other week isn't something I'd be up to doing.
      Do you know how much a share costs?

      1. re: sixelagogo
        OffTheBroiler Aug 20, 2007 12:14 PM

        About $46, the last time we checked.

        PurpleDragon isnt your typical CSA. They support regional agriculture in addition to small farmers elsewhere.

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      JRBlack Aug 19, 2007 01:22 PM

      Are you referring to Joy's Farm in Paramus? That's the only one I know of in Bergen. Heading north, there don't seem to be any in Rockland, but Orange County has at least one: Midsummer Farm in Warwick, NY. We were members last year and enjoyed it. They included eggs from their free-range chickens every week, lots of fresh herbs and sometimes potted herbs to plant, as well as lovely bouquets in addition to the organic veggies. If you want to see the farm/check out their produce, they operate a stand at their farm on Saturday mornings.
      www.midsummerfarm.com

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      1. re: JRBlack
        sixelagogo Aug 20, 2007 05:08 AM

        Yes, Joy's is the one I was thinking of in Paramus...Do anyone who's been part of that CSA?

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