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Great CSA in Westchester--Cowberry Crossing

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spa Mar 19, 2011 01:34 PM

I can't say enough about the CSA model (you pay now and receive a weekly share of a farm's harvest throughout the growing season) for local farms. It supports the farm, builds a personal connection with the farmer, and provides members with a steady supply of fresh, locally grown veggies.

I know we've talked about Cowberry Crossing here here before. Wonderful biodynamic+organic produce and meat, incredible eggs, terrific people. If you've ever considered joining a CSA, this is the time! You can pick up your share at the Pleasantville or Hastings market.

Sales at the winter farmers markets have been down this year (maybe too many markets in the area now?) and CC is really hoping to increase CSA membership to give them a firmer financial footing. Interested? Info on their website http://www.cowberrycrossingfarm.com/c...

Also, I'm happy to share my experiences here, if anyone has any questions.

I have no connection with CC other than as a long-term customer and fan. Thanks for listening!

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    byramgirl Feb 21, 2012 06:24 AM

    I know Greenwich isn't in Westchester, but you can't get any closer than this! New CSA pick-up location starting in June at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Byram, conveniently located between Exit 2 and Main St. in Port Chester. Here's the 411:

    STONE GARDENS FARM EXPANDS CSA PROGRAM IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY
    Local farm adds new pick-up location in Greenwich

    Shelton, Conn. --- Feb. 8, 2011 --- Stone Gardens Farm in Shelton will be expanding their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program this spring by adding a new pick-up location for customers at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 290 Delavan Ave. in Greenwich.

    The farm’s CSA program allows customers to make an annual payment at the beginning of the growing season directly to the farm, which will entitle them to a box of fresh vegetables each week during the growing season, from the beginning of June to the end of October.

    Seasonal offerings will include spring greens, radishes, and bok choy, as well as vegetable seedlings for planting in spring gardens during the first few weeks of June. During the summer months, CSA members will enjoy delectable varieties of tomatoes, squash, peppers, hardy greens, eggplant, beets, garlic, and of course, the farm’s famed sweet corn.

    Growers and owners Fred and Stacia Monahan founded the family-owned business in 1998, after expanding from a roadside vegetable stand where they sold vegetables and flowers at Shelton’s Dairy on Birdseye Road in Shelton. The couple steadily grew their business, planting more varieties of vegetables on mostly leased land. Today, the Monahans grow a wide variety of seasonal produce on 50 acres, as well as raise grass-fed beef, pork, and poultry, which are processed and sold directly to customers.

    While not an organic farm, Stone Gardens practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which means that Fred and Stacia, along with their employees, only spray crops when absolutely necessary, and after all other measures to save the crop have been implemented. If it is deemed necessary to spray, the Monahans try to use the most environmentally-friendly pesticide or fungicide possible, and rotate crops yearly, adding compost and manure to the fields every fall as well as planting cover crops to minimize the affect of any type of pesticide used.

    “Our goal is to grow healthy plants without harming any beneficial insects, the soil, or ourselves,” said Stacia Monahan of their growing practices. “We love being able to grow real food for real people.”

    Customers may purchase vegetables directly from Stone Gardens at their farm stand, located at 83 Saw Mill City Road, which operates daily from May to Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stone Gardens also sells its products at the City Seed Farmers Markets in New Haven. Orders for chickens, Thanksgiving turkeys, or a full or partial share of a cow or pig may be placed by e-mailing Fred or Stacia Monahan at stonegds@comcast.net. More information on Stone Gardens Farm can be found by visiting www.stonegardensfarm.com

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    1. re: byramgirl
      i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 21, 2012 06:48 AM

      Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, Greenwich is pretty far out of the way for us. I was looking at the Roxbury farm CSA, which has pickups in Pleasantville and Mt. Kisco, but I don't think we'll end up doing it. The reason we went ahead with the Cowberry CSA was our firsthand experience with their produce at the farmers' markets. There is a sense of not knowing what I'm getting myself into with Roxbury. Guess we'll be back to a la carte farmers' market shopping...

      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
        rose water Feb 21, 2012 07:01 AM

        I can't rave about Roxbury Farm enough. I switched from a Roxbury CSA to a Lancaster PA-based CSA and missed Roxbury's produce every single day of last summer. Their lettuce and greens are exquisite, and there is nothing more delicious in the world than their sweet sweet corn. Roxbury is a CSA only farm, and their owners are lovely (to the extent that I got to know them through their weekly newsletters!)

    2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 21, 2012 04:44 AM

      I received an email yesterday from Cowberry Crossing. Unfortunately, they will not be doing a CSA this year. No reason was given. It's disappointing to me-- I really enjoyed it the past two years and I think the quality of their produce is unmatched.

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      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
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        spa Feb 21, 2012 04:49 AM

        Yes, very sad. I'll miss their produce and them, too. They're so nice.

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          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 21, 2012 05:13 AM

          Any idea why they're not doing it? I've been seeing them weekly at the Croton market (first outdoor, now indoor) so I'll ask on Saturday. By the way, in better news, the chickens have started laying eggs!

      2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 19, 2011 06:01 PM

        I recently posted on another thread raving about Cowberry Crossing.... can't agree more.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771545

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