Our 2020 CSA Program is Sold out.
Thank you for supporting Locally Grown Food.
I think all of us are anxiously looking forward to the start of the 2020 Urban Farm CSA season. This year has brought a lot of uncertainty, and having a way to access local fresh food each week hopefully brings some normalcy. We are excited to bring you fresh produce which is a proven benefit to both physical health and mental wellness. At the Urban Farm, produce is grown using regenerative agriculture, low-till methods and using integrative pest management which results in nutrient dense, healthy produce that lasts longer since it is grown right here at the farm.
We wanted to update you on some new procedures that will be necessary in order to keep the interaction at the Farm Stand safe for you and for our staff due to COVID-19. The CSA at the Urban Farm last year was a pick-your-own. Our new procedures preserve many elements of pick-your-own while adding in safety features following the guidance of Rutgers University On Farm Food Safety series. These processes necessitate the use of more staff before, during and after CSA pickups dedicated to a safe operation, therefore we will operate CSA pickups on Saturdays only at this time from 10am-3pm at The Urban Farm (31 Hazel Street). Times will be preset for pickups based on your last name. The pickup will operate even in inclement weather unless the weather is determined to be dangerous necessitating an alternate date.
Based on what we have heard and learned these past few weeks, we recommend that one person per household enter the farm stand for the pickup of your CSA produce. A list of available items will be communicated weekly, giving you the opportunity to make a plan for the varieties you wish to choose which will speed up the pickup process for all customers. The farm will not generally be open as in previous years. Customers will proceed at a 6 feet distance from other customers in a one way direction as marked through the stand, and then exit through our other gate which easily feeds back to the parking lot. Many other safety procedures will be implemented and communicated later this week.
Please note that you will be required to wear a face mask – cloth mask covering is acceptable- that covers the nose and mouth. All staff will be wearing masks and gloves, and will be the only ones handling the produce prior to you placing it in to your own reusable bags. Please know that we are taking these necessary precautions to follow all CDC and USDA guidelines for the safe handling of agriculture. We appreciate your partnership with us as a CSA member and look forward to the opening of the season.
The full list of safety procedures will be forthcoming. Thank you for your attention, cooperation and patience.
2020 CSAs are SOLD OUT.
First pickup is Sat. June 20th.