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A Fresh Take on CSA

holtonfarms_logoCommunity supported agriculture (CSA) is one area where foodies, nutritionists, and “localvores” easily mesh.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, CSAs consist of members paying a fee upfront (known as a “farm share”) which enables them to receive a certain amount of farm-fresh produce (and, in some instances, eggs, dairy, honey, meat, baked goods, etc.) for a set number of weeks.

Reduced costs aside, CSAs are a wonderful way to support local farmers and have access to fresh food.

Part of the contract of joining a CSA is that members have to volunteer certain amount of hours throughout their share.

I recently learned about the Holton Farms CSA program, which provides a new spin on the traditional model.

Unlike conventional CSAs (where, for example, you may be allotted an inordinate amount of bok choy one week), this one allows customers to choose what — and how much — they want to receive.  This handy step-by-step illustration summarizes the concept beautifully.

Another aspect of Holton Farms’ CSA model I love?  Rather than assign one fixed drop-off location, their truck will be in different New York City neighborhoods throughout the week!

The program — which offers 100 items that can be customized to your liking — will run from May 17 until November 21, and the folks in charge have graciously accepted my request of offering Small Bites readers a discount!  The code HFBELLATTI will grant you five percent off your grand total.

Details on purchasing your share can be found here.



  1. Lisa said on May 15th, 2010

    It sounds like the CSA you’ve found is very accessible to people getting used to the idea of a CSA. One of the things I love most about doing a CSA, however, is the challenge of using what they give you. Being a member of a CSA has opened me up to all sorts of vegetables I had never considered buying before, but since they were in my box, I was pushed to try them. It has added an enormous amount of variety to my diet.

  2. bklyn eater said on May 21st, 2010

    not if you’re allergic to certain things — then it becomes wasteful to get certain products. i can’t eat carrots, apples, celery, parsley, and a number of other produce, so i would like a CSA that lets me choose exactly what i can eat… this seems to fit the bill.

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