We are very excited to offer a winter CSA program for the first time ever! Like our main season CSA, members pay up front and in return receive a weekly share of Balsam Farms’ produce. Because of the differences in the seasons, the items that you’ll receive in the winter share will be different from those of the summer, but we have a surprisingly large selection of items available throughout the winter months.
Because Long Island’s climate is generally temperate, we are typically able to harvest crops from the field well into January. These crops include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, kale, herbs, and more. Members will also receive crops that we’ve stored at their peak, including carrots, beets, winter squash, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Additionally, because we have four-season greenhouses on our farm, we’re able to include farm fresh greens throughout the winter, when they otherwise would not be available locally. These include arugula, salad mixes, lettuce, kale, and more.
We are also offering many new items specially for our winter CSA! We are particularly excited to offer products from our new grain program, which include wheat, rye, oats, popcorn, polenta and corn meal, and several varieties of dry beans. Another new project we’ve been working on in partnership with the East End Food Institute is prepping and freezing our produce in season, including our World Famous Corn! This way, we can distribute it to our winter CSA members. When appropriate, we will also include some of our jarred items and prepared foods to round out and enhance your weekly share. Items may include salsas, sauces, jams, pickles, soups, and pestos.
For those looking to enjoy an even fuller local winter bounty, we are offering several share add-on options including fruit (mostly apples), bread, eggs, cheese, and grass-fed beef.
Another thing to note about our winter CSA is that we deliver on Fridays which coincides with our Balsam Farms weekly Delivery Service. That means that you can order many other products from our farm & other local producers a la carte, in addition to what you are receiving in your CSA. We will also waive the minimum order for this service since we will already be coming to you with your CSA share.
We hope you’ll join us and see all that the winter has to offer!