FAQ (Frequently-Asked-Questions)

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  • How does the Yellow Hook CSA work?
  • Members purchase a “share” of farm produce for a season. In turn, the farmer uses your money to buy seeds, plant, and harvest produce that is brought directly to you.Each Thursday the farmer delivers a truckload of produce to our designated pick up site, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 414 80th Street (corner of 80th Street and 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Members may stop by between 5:30pm and 7:30pm to pick up their share of produce.

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  • Can you describe the vegetable share?
  • The Rogowski Farm, a certified naturally grown farm, strives to deliver a vegetable share of 8 to 10 items per week. The amount of produce delivered follows a bell curve.Types of crops grown on a steady basis and most likely to be included in a CSA Share:
    Salad Greens — various lettuces and other leafy greens suggested for eating raw
    Cooking Greens
    — such as kale, swiss chard, bok choi, collards & mustard greens
    Root Vegetables
    – such as beets, carrots, kohlrabi, turnips & potatoes
    Herbs
    — such as basil, thai basil, chives & cilantro
    Onion Crops
    — such as scallions, leeks, cippolini, globe onions & limited garlic
    Short-Season Crops
    — such as spinach, flowers, cucumbers, sugarbaby watermelon, tomatoes & winter squash

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  • What is organic?
  • Cheryl farms organically and is certified by Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). CNG is an alternate national organization oriented to the small-scale farms, which sell directly to their customers and observe traditional growing practices that work with the soil’s ecology rather than rely on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Learn more about Certified Naturally Grown produce.

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  • Can you describe the fruit share?
  • Fruit shares will include apples, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, plums, raspberries, rhubarb and strawberries for 23 weeks — June 10 to November 11. For the weekly anticipated availability of fruit please refer to the harvest calendar.

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  • What are certified Eco Apples?
  • Eco apples are certified by the northeast-based organization Red Tomato as low spray and follow the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocol. Both Stone Ridge and Breezy Hill orchards are committed to sustainable farming practices and are certified Eco Apple.

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  • How long does the CSA season last?
  • 23 weeks for vegetables
    June 10 to November 11

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  • Where and when do I pick up my share?
  • Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 414 80th Street (corner of 80th Street and 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn).
  • Pickup is every Thursday, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

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  • What is EOW?
  • EOW is an every-other-week or half-share, suitable for individuals who might not make use of their share before the following week’s pick up. Every-other-week members are assigned to either an even or odd week season pick-up. Since the number of vegetable deliveries is an odd number of weeks, the last week will be shared between two EOW members.

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  • What should I bring with me?
  • Bags! Bags! Bags! A shopping cart may also be helpful.

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  • What is the work shift commitment for members?
  • The Yellow Hook CSA is a member-run all volunteer organization, so we do ask for a small amount of your time to make things run smoothly. All members are required to work one shift during the Thursday evening distribution, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church located at 414 80th Street (corner of 80th Street and 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn).
  • Duties include helping to organizing and labeling bins of food, setting up scales and signs, checking people off as they come in to pick up their shares, restocking produce, and cleanup. You may also be responsible for gathering leftover produce which will then be donated.

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  • What if I have to cancel a scheduled work shift?
  • Your work shift commitment is essential to enabling the distribution of member shares. If you cannot make your shift you may arrange to swap shifts with another member; or you may make arrangements to have a friend, significant other, relative, or caregiver cover your shift.

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  • What if I can’t be there to pick up my share?
  • Invite a neighbor, friend, co-worker, or family member to pick up your share in your absence. Any food not retrieved by members is donated.

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  • Can I split my share?
  • Sure, but it’s up to you to make your own arrangements. The Yellow Hook CSA requires that the whole produce share is picked up in its entirety. Later on you can split the share between your share partner(s). All names and contact information should be on the contract, with the name of the principal shareholder identified.

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