Beyond the Greenmarket: Delivery CSAs and Farm Shares in NYC
Farmers markets are beautiful places to shop—if you can get to the market on time. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are perfect ways to support local farms while getting your weekly produce needs—when you're available to pick up your share. But both require a good amount of time, effort and, in the case of CSAs, commitment. Enter a handful of companies and CSAs doing things a little differently with delivery to your door and lower barriers to entry.
Quinciple was founded last year by former restaurant forager Kate Galassi and architect Markus Jacobi as a way to "bring great food to our customers every week. They work with quality producers near and far like Greenmarket favorites Bodhitree Farm, Deep Mountain Maple and Hot Bread Kitchen as well as Louisiana's Cajun Grain and Florida's Cee Bee Citrus. Each delivery box is stocked with enough items for two meals for two adults, and comes complete with recipes and storage notes. Delivery is now available in Manhattan below 76th Street and will hopefully be in Brooklyn soon. Delivered boxes are $49.90 a week and slightly larger than their $37.90 pick up counterparts.
Good Eggs is the newest entry onto the online farmers market scene. Its mission is to bring the market to you via their beautiful online shop. The site sources from local favorite producers like Pie Corps, Brooklyn Cured, Dickson's Farmstand Meats, Saxelby Cheesemongers and Blooming Hill Farm with prices on par with your neighborhood weekend market. Good Eggs is currently offering two pickup locations—their Williamsburg office and Greenwood Park beer garden in South Slope—as well as $3.99 Friday delivery to Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Park Slope, Gowanus, and Sunset Park. Later this month they'll be opening up a Wednesday delivery to more neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Nextdoorganics is one of the only year-round CSAs in New York City and has the added bonus of weekly subscriptions with multiple pick-ups sites and a home delivery option. Nextdoorganics sources from a larger consortium of local farms, which means clients have the opportunity to score the season's first strawberries or the last of the tomatoes. Boxes range from the $20 small to the $50 large with extra possible add-ons of bread and other assorted pantry items.
Rustic Roots Delivery
For the strict locavore, there's Rustic Roots Delivery. Run by Long Islanders Jeff and Emer Lloyd Moore, the company is dedicated to bringing local food from sustainable, mostly organic farms to New York City and Long Island within 48 hours of harvest. The regular vegetable and fruit box (12 to 14 items) will run you $55, but that's enough for free delivery and food for four people. Add-ons include cheese from Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, Bee Raw honey, and meats from Helmlock Hill, Northwind, and Sepe farms.
Local Roots NYC
Local Roots NYC is, for all intents and purposes, a CSA, but it's a little different. For one, the season can be split between summer (June to August) and fall (September to November), meaning you don't have to commit to 24 straight weeks of produce right from the start. Secondly, you don't have to purchase a vegetable share; you can just get eggs or milk without any produce. They source from some of our area's best farms like W. Rogowski and Millport Dairy, and they have multiple pick-up times during the week.
Lastly, Plovgh is available if you love the store experience, but would like to know beforehand what to expect when you get there. The website allows farmers to post their current and prospective harvests for buyers to peruse and place orders. The lay consumer is then free to see where their favorite farm's produce is going and when.
About the author: The non-Blondie half of Blondie & Brownie, Siobhan Wallace fits in writing and promoting her book New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks in between working towards her MA in Food Studies from NYU. You can follow her on Instagram at @SiobhanDubs.