The CSA Model
Community Supported Agriculture provides structure and security for small farm businesses.
The CSA model was created so that farmers could receive income when business demands it. Consumers invest in the farm early in the season (January to May) and receive the fruits of their investment when the farm is most abundant (June to December). This payment structure allows farmers to invest in their annual startup costs (seeds, equipment, and paying employees) when the bulk of the farm work is happening but there are few products to sell.
CSA members (or “subscribers”) usually pick up their “share” at the farm (or at a predetermined drop-off location) on a weekly schedule. Though there is much variety in different CSA share offerings, a standard vegetable share usually includes up to a dozen seasonal crops and costs from $25 to $45 per week. The vegetables (or herbs, flowers, eggs, dairy, grains, meats or a combination) are freshly harvested and locally grown. Each CSA share is prepared with little waste or packaging; it will have logged low food mileage and it will have been grown with beneficial agricultural and environmentally responsible practices.
CSA members have access to elements of a farm that the average market consumer does not. Many farms offer pick-your-own gardens, on-farm events, classes and workshops, educational newsletters and specialty shares. There is flexibility built into the CSA model, including varying share sizes and lengths, payment plans, working shares, pick-up and distribution sites. All these choices make each CSA membership as unique as the farm operation it supports.
The CSA Model brings two of our most basic needs together in one package: fresh food and community. In addition to receiving a selection of fresh, local, seasonal food, share pickup time is an opportunity to meet the farmer, learn about the farm, greet friends new and old, and experience the benefits of investment in community. Leon Vehaba, a Farm Manager at Poughkeepsie Farm Project, says, “My CSA members are like an extended family. We have members that were on this farm as babies; now they’re finishing college. Coming to the farm to pick up each week is a family ritual for all of us.”
In an effort to make the CSA model more accessible to more people, the CSA farmers of the Hudson Valley have created the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition with coordinating support from the non-profit Glynwood. The Coalition’s mission is to expand and diversify CSA membership and to organize opportunities for residents to connect with local farmers and learn more about becoming CSA members.
“I opted to get involved in the Coalition because it’s important for small farmers to work together, and because it connects our farms to new members,” says Wes Hannah of Solid Ground Farm. “Working hand-in-hand with the people who eat our food is why we started farming in the first place,” he adds.
No matter where you live in the Hudson Valley, there is a CSA nearby. There are many ways to purchase food, but there is no better way to eat like you live here.
Hudson Valley CSA Coalition
2019 Hudson Valley CSA Farms
10 Chair Factory Rd, New Lebanon
No synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Uses Belgian draft horses as primary source of power. Vegetable share: $600-$800; half share: $400-$600. Sliding scale available. Pick-up: at farm, Tuesday, Friday.
Common Hands Farm
257 Stevers Crossing Rd, Hudson
Vegetable share. Large: $700; medium: $550-$650; small: $375-$425. Pick-up: Hudson Upstreet Market, Wednesday; Philmont Coop or Chatham Farmers’ Market, Friday; Hillsdale Farmers’ Market, Saturday.
Field Apothecary & Herb Farm
245 Main St, Germantown
Medicinal herbs. Approximately $150 per season. Pick-up at farm. Also, offers shipping.
Good Fight Herb Co.
253 1/2 Warren St., Hudson
Herbal share: $365
Hawk Dance Farm
362 Rodman Rd, Hillsdale
Assortment of heirloom vegetables grown using organic practices. Full share (3-4 adults): $600; half share (1-2 adults): $300. Pick-up at Copake Hillsdale Farmers’ Market, Saturday.
Hawthorne Valley Farm
327 Route 21C, Ghent
Demeter-certified biodynamic farm growing vegetables and fruit. Full vegetable share: $500-$550; half share: $275-$320. Fruit share: $205. Pick-up: at farm, Friday; at Riverdale, Inwood, and Garden City, Thursday.
Hearty Roots Community Farm
1830 Route 9, Germantown
Top-quality, certified organic produce. Weekly vegetable share: $620; biweekly vegetable share: $330. Weekly egg share: $110. Pick-up: Red Hook, Tuesday; at the farm, Kingston or Woodstock, Wednesday.
103 County Rd 9, Ghent
Certified organic vegetable operation with specialty crops. Fruit and meat shares also available. Summer share: $500-$665 depending on size and location. Pick-up: Ghent, Saturday. In conjunction with Rivertown CSA, pick-up: Irvington and Sleepy Hollow, Saturday.
1958 Co Rd 21, Valatie
Year round, Animal Welfare Approved, grass-fed and pasture-raised meat share. Payment plans available. Full share: $625. Pick-up: on the farm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
4161 U.S. 9, Hudson
Collectively owned and operated farm. Vegetable, meat, eggs, flowers and herb shares available. Spring share: $315; summer share: $1,040; half-share: $575. Pick-up: on the farm, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
1630 County Route 7A, Copake
Vegetables grown without pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers. Large share: $510-$530; medium share: $410-$430; small share: $310-$330. Pick-up: Hudson, Wednesday; Croton and Poughkeepsie, Thursday; Brooklyn and White Plains Saturday.
Little Seed Gardens
PO Box 195, 541 White Mills Rd, Valatie
Certified organic vegetables and herbs. Full share:
$550; half share (biweekly): $325. Beef shares also available. Pick-up: at gardens, Tuesday.
New Leaf Farm
15 Crystal Springs Dr, Lebanon Springs
All crops grown organically, without the use of synthetic fertilizers and chemical sprays. Full share: $575; small share: $375. Subsidized shares also available. Flower share: $150. Pick-up at farm, Tuesday.
Red Oak Farm
1921 US Route 9, Stuyvesant
Seasonal selection of certified organic vegetables, berries, fruit, herbs and teas. Members have option to select items in their share each week. Full share: $495. Half share: $260. Pick-up: Tuesday at Albany Public Library; Saturday on the farm or at Hudson farmers’ market.
2501 Route 9H, Kinderhook
Vegetable, fruit, beef, lamb and chicken shares. Vegetable share: $600-$686 depending on location. Small share: $400-$450.
Fruit: $75; lamb: $118; beef: $155; pork: $150; chicken:$130. Pick-up: on farm, Friday; at locations in the Capital District, Tuesday, and Westchester County, Wednesday.
2409 Route 9, Hudson
Full-diet Winter shares. Root vegetables, greens, herbs, dairy, lamb, beef, eggs, chicken, pork, and fresh bread. Share: $1250 for 12 weeks. Pick up: on farm, Wednesday.
Ten Barn Farm
1142 County Route 22, Ghent
Organically grown vegetables. Shareholders choose from variety of items each week. Full share: $535; half share: $330. Flowers, fruit and breads available. Pick-up: Upstreet Farmers’ Market in Hudson, Wednesday; Millerton Farmers’ Market, Saturday.
The Farm at Miller’s Crossing
170 Route 217, Hudson
Certified organic vegetables, plants and flowers in addition to a small grass-fed beef herd and maple syrup. Meat and vegetable shares available. Pick-up: on farm, Tuesday, Friday.
16 Summit St, Philmont
Fruit grown using biodynamic practices and no chemicals. Share: about $200. Pick-up: on farm, Tuesday or Friday; at Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Wednesday.
Tiny Hearts Farm
1649 County Route 7A, Copake
Large arranged bouquet of cut flowers, vase ready. Spring tulip share: $100; summer bunch share: $170; fall dahlia share: $150. Pick-up at farm flower shop, Friday and Saturday.
Trusted Roots Farm
402 County Route 34, East Chatham
Vegetables and eggs grown with no herbicides or pesticides. Relies on compost, grazing animals, and cover crops for fertility. Full vegetable share: $550; working share: $450; small share: $350; egg share: $62-$116. Pick-up: on the farm Friday, Saturday.
Woven Stars Farm
52 Winter Hill Road, Ghent
Organically grown egg, mushroom and seasonal meat shares. Regular share: $650; Family share: $1,300. Pick-up: on farm or Kingston.
Common Ground Farm
79 Farmstead Ln, Wappingers Falls
Nonprofit educational farm project. Ecologically grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Herbs, vegetables and flowers. U-pick share: $210. Pick-up: at farm, Wednesday, Saturday.
Diana Mae Flowers
Naturally grown, specialty cut flowers. Weekly share: $100-$200. Pick-up: TBD.
9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction
Seasonal fruit, vegetables and pick-your-own produce. Full share: $1,045; small share: $650. Egg and winter shares available. Pick-up: at the farm, Friday, Saturday.
Full Circus Farm
27 Mils Path, Pine Plains
Certified organic, horse-powered farm. Vegetable and fruit shares on sliding scale. Full share: $625-$725; half share: $400-$500. Pick-up: at farm, Tuesday, Saturday.
Great Song Farm
475 Milan Hill Rd, Red Hook
Seasonal vegetables and fruit shares as well as pick-your-own crops, flowers and herbs. Organic and biodynamic farm. Full share: $615. Biweekly and family size available. Pick up: on farm, Tuesday and Saturday. SNAP benefits accepted.
Hepworth Farms at Primrose Hill
23 Spring Brook Park, Rhinebeck
Partnership between Primrose Hill Farm Collective and Hepworth Farms. Allows children the opportunity to work with animals and vegetable gardening. Full share: $650; half share: $325. Fruit add-on available. Pick-up: Primrose Hill School, Tuesday.
143 Amenia Union Rd, Amenia
Certified-organic vegetables. Pasture-raised meat, eggs and winter share also available. Full share: $625; half share (biweekly): $340. Egg share: $65-$130. Meat share: $100-$300. Pick-up: on farm, Friday.
689 Schultzville Rd, Clinton Corners
Vegetables and flowers. Vegetable share: $650; u-pick flower share: $120. Farm-raised lamb and pork also available. Pick-up: at farm, Friday evening.
Miracle Springs Farm
709 County Route 11, Ancram
Small goat dairy growing non-certified organic vegetables. Vegetable share: $700; Cheese share: $186. Pick-up: on farm or in Millerton, Saturday.
185 W Kerley Corners Rd, Tivoli
All-natural, antibiotic-free meat and poultry. Multiple share sizes available. $85 for 8 to 10 pounds of meat; $125 for 10 to 12 pounds. Pick up: at farm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; Woodstock Farmers’ Market, Wednesday; Kingston Farmers’ Market, Saturday.
59 Marlorville Rd, Wappingers Falls
Certified-organic produce and herbs as well as u-pick flowers. Full share: $550. Boxed delivery $50. Meat and eggs also available. Pick-up: at farm, Wednesday.
Poughkeepsie Farm Project
51 Vassar Farm Ln, Poughkeepsie
A nonprofit farm project offering weekly seasonal vegetables, berries and flowers. Full share: $859; half share: $467. Working share discount available. Fruit and winter shares available. Pick-up: on farm, Tuesday, Saturday.
Rock Steady Farm and Flowers
41 Kaye Rd, Millerton
Utilizes holistic and sustainable farming practices. Offers shares on a sliding scale. Full vegetable share: $650-$800; half share (biweekly): $350-$425. Limited working-share discount available. Flower share: $88-$275. Egg share: $78-$132. Pick-up: at farm, Saturday.
7770 Albany Post Rd, Red Hook
Meat shares. Grass-fed beef, pastured poultry, lamb and heritage hogs. 10-pound share: $500; 15-pound share: $750. Pick-up: at farm, Tuesday, Friday.
Shoving Leopard Farm
845 River Rd, Barrytown (Red Hook)
Specialty flowers grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Spring share: $95; summer share: $200; fall dahlia share: $95. Pick-up: on farm, Sawkill Farm Market or Clove Kitchen Market, Friday.
Sisters Hill Farm
127 Sisters Hill Rd, Stanfordville
Vegetable shares on sliding scale. Full share: $695-$795; half-share (biweekly): $375-$425. Pick-up: on farm or at College of Mount St Vincent, Bronx, Tuesday.
10094 Route 9W, Athens
Organic vegetables, milk, and eggs. Full share: $650; Half share: $450, Personal share: $350. Pay in full or weekly. Pick-up: Farm Store, Thursdays; Saugerties, Menands, Ravena and Catskill, Saturdays.
Heather Ridge Farm
989 Broome Center Road, Preston Hollow
Animal Welfare Approved frozen meat shares. Regular, Combination, 5-Month, 12-Month Shares available. Pick-up: on farm or shipped.
145 Garcia Ln, Leeds
USDA certified organic vegetables. Standard share: $545-$560 depending on location. Optional fruit, mushroom and coffee shares also available. Pick-up: on farm, Tuesday; multiple locations throughout Westchester County and metro-New York area.
74 Celery Ave, New Hampton
Summer and winter vegetable shares. Full and half share price: TBD. Pick-up: on farm, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Blooming Hill Farm
1251 Route 208, Monroe
Organically grown vegetables. Fruit and plants also available. Market style CSA. Members receive 10% added value on investment. Full share: $500; half share: $250.
Gray Family Farm
261 Otterkill Rd, New Windsor
Members receive a weekly basket with a combination of meats (chicken, beef, pork), vegetables, eggs and specialty items. Full share: $1,275. Pick-up: on farm or in Highland Falls, Friday.
12 Indiana Road, Goshen
Certified Naturally Grown vegetables grown in the black dirt region. Share: $600. Pick-up: on farm, Tuesday.
Peace and Carrots Farm
153 Johnson Rd, Chester
A variety of seasonal vegetables. Full share: $650 (four adult omnivores); half share (two adults): $390. Pick-up: at farm or at West Point, Monday.
Royal Acres Farm and CSA
621 Scotchtown Collabar Rd, Middletown
Certified naturally grown vegetables. No GMOs used on the farm. Full share: $540; half share: $270. Pick-up: at farm, Wednesday, Friday.
362 Glynwood Rd, Cold Spring
Regenerative practices. Vegetable, meat and egg shares. Full share: $740; half share (biweekly): $385. Meat and egg share: $1,000. Winter shares also available. Pick-up: at farm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
69 S Mountain Pass, Garrison
Organically grown vegetables. Chicken, turkey, pork and eggs also available. Full share: $650; half share: $325. Pick-up: at farm, Tuesday.
400 Starr Ridge Rd, Brewster
Organically grown vegetables. Full share: $450; half share $300; biweekly share: $225. Pick-up: at farm, Wednesday.
Cropsey Community Farm
220 S Little Tor Rd, New City
Organically grown vegetables. Full share, on-farm pick-up: $750; off-farm pick-up: $790. Working-share discount available. Hungry Hollow Co-op, Nyack Farmers’ Market or the Valley Cottage Library. Cut-your-own flower or herb share: $100. Pick-up: on farm, Tuesday; Valley Cottage Library, Tuesday; Hungry Hollow Co-op of Nyack Farmers’ Market, Thursday.
260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
Biodynamically raised vegetables, herbs and flower shares. Market Style CSA where you can pack your own boxes. Pick-up: on campus.
283 Springtown Rd, New Paltz
Certified naturally grown heirloom vegetables, herbs, fruit and pasture-raised eggs. Market-style CSA. Suggested pre-payment: $350, replenish account as needed. Pick-up: at farm, Wednesday.
Grass & Grit Farm
Lenape Lane, New Paltz
Offering “farmers choice” meat shares with a diverse selection of pasture-raised pork, chicken, lamb, and 100% grass-fed ground beef. Monthly distribution. Summer share: $595. Winter share: $495. Pick-up: Multiple locations and days.
Huguenot St Farm
205 Huguenot St, New Paltz
Vegetable and fruit shares. Full vegetable share: $649; half-share: $440. Full fruit share: $165; half share: $95. Pick-up: at the farm, Thursday, Friday.
5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson
Vegetable, fruit, herbs and flower shares. Full share: $700; half share: $450; double share: $1,300. Meat shares also available. Pick-up: at the farm, Tuesday, Saturday.
Old Ford Farm
1359 Old Ford Rd, New Paltz
Produces vegetables, grass-fed raw milk and pastured eggs, pork, chicken and turkey. A flexible CSA model priced according to members of household. First adult: $370, additional adult: $300; kids $8 times their age. Pick-up: at farm, Wednesday.
Phillies Bridge Farm Project
45 Phillies Bridge Rd, New Paltz
Organically grown vegetables, herbs and flowers. Full season, big share (3 to 4 people): $750; small share (1 to 2 people): $475. Partial season shares also available. Pick-up: at farm, Tuesday, Saturday.
Roundout Valley Organics
331 Dowe Road, Ellenville
Collaborative markety-style CSA offers eggs, flowers, fruit, herbs, meat and vegetables. Annual membership fee of $50.00 creates an account. Fill account with an initial $100.00 then add funds as you need. Pick-up: multiple days/locations.
Sea Change Farm & Flower
221 Marcott Road, Stone Ridge
Sustainably grown fresh flowers from late spring through fall. Hand-picked CSA bouquets will feature a delightful blend of what is in bloom each week. Full share: $255. Pick-up: on farm, Tuesday.
Second Wind CSA at Four Winds Farm
158 Marabac Rd, Gardiner
Certified organic and no-till. Full share: $600-$768. Also offers local fruit when available and optional local egg share. Pick-up: at the farm, Tuesday; in Garrison, Wednesday.
Solid Ground Farm
205 Hidden Valley Rd, Kingston
Uses organic and regenerative practices. Fruit and vegetable shares, $450-$550. Egg, mushrooms and maple syrup can be added on. Also raises pastured chickens and grass-fed beef. Pick-up: at farm, Tuesday, Saturday.
2880 Lucas Tpk, Accord
Organically grown vegetables. Full share: $595; half share: $295; 10-week share: $295. Pick-up: at farm, Thursday.
187 Plains Rd, New Paltz
Market-style CSA providing organically grown vegetables. Full share: $1,000; half-share: $550. Pick-up: at farm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Fable: From Farm to Table
1311 Kitchawan Rd, Ossining
Sustainable agricultural practices. Provides fresh fruits and vegetables without pesticides. Fruit, vegetable and egg shares. Farmer’s share: $750; forager’s share: $500; gardener’s share: $250. Pick-up: on farm Saturday, Sunday.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem
A variety of vegetables grown using organic practices as well as low-spray fruit. Milk, cheese, meat and flower shares also available. Full season, full share: $810; half-share: $450. Partial season, full share: $585; half-share: $325. Pick-up: at the farm store, Thursday.
Hemlock Hill Farm
500 Croton Ave, Cortlandt Manor
Vegetables grown with biodynamic, bionutrient and permaculture techniques. Animals raised hormone- and antibiotic-free. Vegetable share: $630. Egg share: $90. Whole farm (vegetable and meat) share: $1,800. Half shares available. Pick-up: at farm, Thursday.
Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center
1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights
Vegetable shares. Full share: $700; half share: $350. Pick-up: on farm, Tuesday, Thursday.
Peace and Carrots Farm at Groundwork HV
22 Main St, Yonkers
Vegetable shares on sliding scale: $350-$495.
Pound Ridge Organics
22 & 24 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge
Full-diet share offers vegetables, herbs, meat, dairy, eggs, flowers, fruit. $50 initiation fee, buying is free choice with no minimums. Pick-up: on farm, Saturday.
20a Salem Rd, Pound Ridge
Flowers and herbs grown naturally without the use of synthetic chemicals. Flower and herb shares. Spring share: $125; summer share: $299; late summer dahlia share: $529. Pick-up: on farm, Friday, Saturday.