If you’re craving the taste of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s easy to support local farmers by joining Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share on Long Island.
Becoming a member of a CSA is as easy as finding the farm nearest you, and paying a seasonal fee. You can choose from a variety of options at most farms including a full or half share, full season, or limited, and even opt in for a fall and spring membership as well.
CSAs give members access to freshest produce from the farms as they are harvested, and it assists the farmers with their upfront farming expenses each year. You can choose an all organic farm if you like, as well as conventional farms that are usually less expensive.
CSAs are a perfect choice for those who want to enjoy local, fresh fruits and vegetables and who also wish to help the environment because this type of farm-to-buyer plan doesn't require shipping produce long distances.
If you are interested in researching the CSAs near you, here is a list of some of the Long Island farms that offer programs. Make sure to call or visit their websites to find out how much each costs, what’s included, and if they offer delivery, or you have to pick it up at a local drop-off point.
Nassau County CSAs
- Located on the grounds of Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Restoration Farm is on the smaller side but features a good variety of fresh vegetables, herbs, flowers, berries, eggs and more through their CSA. The farm has the distinction of being a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA).
Suffolk County CSAs
- Homecoming Farm is an organically certified farm located in Amityville that grows produce including kale, onions, rutabaga, carrots, beets, turnips, cabbage, radishes, spinach, summer and winter squash, pumpkins, melons and more. They also grow sunflowers, calendula, nasturtium, zinnias, and marigolds. Each week, members of their CSA can pick up between 10 to 15 pounds of certified organic vegetables as well as bouquets of certified organic flowers and culinary herbs.
- Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett produces 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables. This includes gourmet lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, greens, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, garlic and more.
- Hamlet Organic Garden is a certified organic farm in Brookhaven. Members can pick up their weekly share of organic produce as well as flowers in mid-May through October.
- Organics Today Farm produces bell peppers, Sicilian eggplant, broccolini, turnips, radicchio, Concord grapes, onions, red raspberries, figs, zucchini, butternut squash and more at their East Islip location.
- Green Thumb Farm Share in Huntington has been in Raymond Halsey family for twelve generation, dating back to 1644. They are USDA certified Organic, and NOFA-NY Certified since 1989. You will find over 100 varieties of flowers and over 300 different varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs including sweet potatoes, lettuce, leeks carrots, kale, beets and much more.
- Biophilia Organic Farm is open from mid-June through mid-October. Their Riverhead-based farm produces peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, eggplants, cucumbers, and more.
- Golden Earthworm Organic Farm is another Certified Organic CSA farm, serving over 1500 member families on both Long Island and Queens. Members receive arugula, spinach, rhubarb, Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, strawberries, sugar snap peas, basil, zucchini, cantaloupe and more in their shares from the Jamesport farm.
- Sang Lee Farms is in Peconic, and 100% certified organic. You can choose from a partial or full CSA vegetable share, depending on the size of your family.
- Garden of Eve Organic Farm offers a variety of organic fruits and vegetables, bread and dairy, as well as farm-fresh eggs and also cut flowers in its Riverhead CSA program.
- Invincible Summer Farms is an organic farm specializes in rare heirloom vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers. They grow over 300 varieties at the Southold farm, offer a truly premium crop.