What is a CSA?

A: A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly portion of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become members of the CSA.

What is the name of the farm who works with the Einstein CSA?

A: Our produce comes from Norwich Meadows Farm of Norwich, NY

Is the produce organic?

A: Yes, Norwich Meadows Farm is a NOFA-NY Certified Organic Vegetable Farm.

How was the farm connected with the CSA?

A: Just Food is the non-profit umbrella organization who matches qualified local farms with CSAs in NYC.

Can I visit the farm?

A: Yes, we intend to have a formal farm visit for the CSA once a year, in the spring. If you are interested in organizing this event, please contact us at einsteincsa@phd.einstein.yu.edu.

When is the Summer CSA season?

A: The season generally runs from mid-June through mid-November, usually 22 weeks long.

Do you only have vegetable shares?

A: No, in addition to the vegetable share we have also offered optional fruit shares and additional products in the past. However, what we may offer changes from season to season. In addition, to order fruit and/or additional products, you must purchase a vegetable share.

How much food to I get each week?

A: A single share is about 1.5 - 2 grocery bags of produce. It can vary from week to week throughout the season. Please click here to see example shares for some of the shares from different weeks last season.

What is the time and place of distribution?

A: While this changes each season (winter and summer), distribution is typically for a period of 3-4 hours on a weekday. We will not know exactly when until the farmer finalizes his delivery schedule, which typically occurs close the first delivery date. Our distribution site will be in the courtyard in front of the 1935 building of Einstein housing.

Do you deliver shares?

A: No, we don’t have the capability to make deliveries and our members find that seeing each other at the weekly distribution builds community.

Do I have to be a member to participate in the CSA?

A: Yes, only prepaid members can participate in distribution. There are no on-site sales of the produce during the season.

What is the cost of a share?

A: Prices can be found on the sign up sheets for either the Summer or Winter CSA. Prices do change from year to year.

What if I can't use a whole share to myself but don't have anyone to split it with?

A: Please feel free to use our Find a Share Partner spreadsheet to find someone to split a share with.

Can I become a member for part of the season?

A: No, we only take members for the full season. 

How do I make a payment?

A: Please see the Sign Up Sheet during the enrollment period for information on check payment and deadlines.

Do I have to donate any time to be a member in the CSA?

A: Yes, every member (often there are multiple members per share) needs to volunteer to help out for at least two 2-hour shifts during the season. For instance, if you are splitting a share with another person, this amounts to a total of 8 hours of volunteer work (two 2-hour shifts for you and two 2-hour shifts for your partner).

If I work late or my schedule does not permit, do I still have to work at distribution?

A:  If your schedule is not flexible at all we can arrange for other volunteer opportunities. 

What happens if I’m on vacation or can’t get to distribution one week?

A: You can ask a friend/neighbor to pick up your share, but they must sign it out. If no one comes to pick up your share it is donated to a local soup kitchen. 

Are there any events or activities associated with the CSA?

A: We always welcome new ideas and volunteers for other activities.

What if there is a drought or flooding and the farm can’t produce the quantity or quality of vegetables it normally does?

A: By becoming a member of the CSA you assume the risk of organic farming. Our farmers are highly experienced and will do everything they can to make sure we have the best possible produce no matter the circumstances.

What if there is leftover vegetables? 

A: Leftover vegetables, regardless of the season, are donated to a local soup kitchen or pantry. 

What if I forgot to pick up one of my special products? 

A: Special product well be held by the closer for 12 hours. You must email einsteincsa@phd.einstein.yu.edu as soon as you realize that you forgot to pick up your special products and organize a time to receive it.