What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is an alternative, locally-based model of food distribution where farmers and customers ("shareholders") share the benefits and the risks of growing food. CSA shareholders make a commitment to support the farm and in return, the farm provides a bountiful supply of seasonal, fresh produce throughout the growing months.
During the winter, shareholders purchase a share of the upcoming season's harvest. We use this money to buy seeds, equipment, fertilizers, and other things we will need for the farming season. By the time the first crops are ready for harvest, we have sold all of our shares and can focus all of our energy on growing food.
How our CSA works
At our CSA, we maximize your options. Shareholders pick the season, share size, and hours they wish to work (if any), as well as the items in their weekly share.
All shareholders pick up their shares at the farm during our weekly Distribution. Shareholders choose their favorite fruits and veggies from 15 to 20 different crops and can add to their weekly shares with Pick Your Own crops. Distribution is also a time for us to get to know you and for you to get to know PFP's community and spend time outside enjoying the farm.
There is a first-time shareholder fee of $50 and as shareholders a membership minimum level of $35 a year helps ensure the larger organization remains operational. Hours listed for work shares are total work hours for the season. We accept full payments or deposits. Deposits must include first-time shareholder fee, membership fee, and CSA share deposit (or full CSA payment in full). Account balances are due by March 31st.
Regular Farm Share Packages
We have several different packages for our regular season farm shares, depending on how many weeks you want to receive shares and how much produce you want in each share. We also offer work shares and non-work shares. If you choose a work share, you get a discount on the cost of your share in exchange for working on the farm.
We also have a few Specialty Shares for those who would like fresh homegrown produce outside of the normal season and/or locally grown orchards fruits. See the options below!
An abundant array of roasting roots, nutty winter squash, juicy radishes, and fresh greens from our heated tunnels is enough to feed a family for two weeks. Pick-ups every other Saturday at the heated Vassar Barns. Stay in touch with the farm over the winter and see what Four Seasons Farming is all about.
- $350, 8 pickups, enough food for 16 weeks
- Every other Saturday, December-March
- Average 14-16 lbs roots, squash, onions + 3 fresh greenhouse grown greens
Glorie Farms in Marlboro, NY follows IPM practices to produce high quality, sustainably grown orchard fruit here in the Hudson Valley. Enjoy white and yellow peaches and nectarines; bosc, bartlett and seckel pears; Niagra and Concord grapes; and apple varieties from Crispins and Goldens to Winesaps and Macouns.
- 15 weeks from July - Nov, Tuesday or Saturday pickup
- Average 8 pounds of fruit per pickup
Kick off the spring season with the season’s first harvest! Say goodbye to the roasted root vegetables and heavy hearty foods of winter and enjoy two weeks of fresh spring greens. Pick ups will include buttery lettuce mixes, sweet early radishes and salad turnips, spicy baby mustards and arugula, and tender first-harvest kales and chard.
- $60 for 2 weeks in May, Tuesday pickup only
- Average 7 items per pick-up
PFP is pleased to partner with a few local producers to expand our offerings to our shareholders!
North River Roasters
Poughkeepsie’s only coffee roaster, North River Roasters (NRR), will be available right here at the farm!
Modeled after the farm CSA, NRR offers Community Supported Coffee Roasting (CSCR) subscriptions that gives subscribers freshly roasted coffee each week. NRR coffee is sourced from farms that provide fair wages to their workers, employ sustainable farming methods, and represent the diversity of Poughkeepsie.
Back Paddock Farm
The folks at Back Paddock Farm regularly attend pickups during the regular share season to offer their grass-fed beef. From their About page:
We are producers of 100% grass-fed beef log grown mushrooms. Through intensively managed rotational grazing and responsible agro forestry methods, we aim to create efficient strategies to improve our land and ecosystem in a way that mimics nature's perennial processes. Our goal is to produce good, healthy food and to share an understanding of our role in the natural world.
PFP requires all CSA shareholders to become members. Membership fees help support our Education and Food Share Programs. Please choose a membership level and indicate your choice on your application.
of freshly harvested produce, from June to November
Pick Your Own
berries, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, herbs, and more
250 lbs of food
in last year's full-season, large share
connect with your neighbors and PFP staff at Distribution
of seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers to choose from.
34,555 lbs of food donations thanks to your membership