The ground will soon freeze over and we can expect the white stuff to make its first substantial appearance in the coming weeks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get organic, fresh and locally grown produce.
While many farm stands shut down around the end of November, several North Fork organic farms offer winter community supported agriculture programs with items like fresh veggies, free-range eggs and cheese.
“It’s a mixture of things that we’re still harvesting in the field that are frost tolerant,” said Lucy Senesac, farm manager at Sang Lee Farms in Peconic. “Then we have root crops and all that can go through December.”
Also expect hothouse-grown items and items like potatoes that can be stored for several months in your share, Senesac said.
“Most of the farm stands are done for the season by Thanksgiving, but we’re trying to keep it going,” she said. “We’re hoping it is a mild year so we will have that stuff at the [Riverhead indoor] farmer’s market.”
Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market
PO Box 216, Aquebogue
Garden of Eve offers a pre-boxed once a month pickup from December through May.
The “Garden of Eve” winter share includes produce and eggs from the farm. A vegan option replaces the eggs with locally grown apples.
The “Shopping Basket Galore” share features smaller quantities of eggs and produce, with the addition of two to three local products, including jarred pickles and tomatoes.
Both winter shares are $330 for six months, or $55 per pickup.
Pickup spots are at various locations from the Riverhead farm to Brooklyn.
Garden of Eve also offers winter eggs, fruit, cheese and dairy, soup and pickles and preserve shares starting at $36 for six months. Visit gardenofevefarm.com for more info and to sign up.
Golden Earthworm Organic Farm
652 Peconic Bay Boulevard, Jamesport
Golden Earthworm is offering a winter share starting the first week of December.
There are two pickup locations, one at the Jamesport farm (Thursdays) and another in Port Washington (Tuesdays). There will be three pickup dates and each box will contain five to seven organic items. The cost is $90 ($30 per week).
Pickup dates are Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Jan. 5 for the Port Washington locations and Dec. 3, Dec. 17 and Jan. 7 for Jamesport.
Expect potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, leeks, beets and more.
Sign up online (deadline is Nov. 20) by visiting goldenearthworm.com.
KK’s The Farm
59945 Main Road, Southold
Unlike many other CSA programs where you must sign up and pay in advance, KK’s The Farm does things a little differently.
You can place weekly orders, depending on what’s available at the organic and biodynamic farm, and pay as you go. There is no minimum purchase and no weekly obligation.
Farmer Ira Haspel will send a weekly email detailing what’s in stock and you simply email him back with your order. To join the list, email [email protected].
Some examples of available items are Swiss chard, arugula and mustard greens.
Visit KKthefarm.com for more info.
Sang Lee Farms
25180 Route 48, Peconic
The deadline for Sang Lee’s early winter share is today (Tuesday, Nov. 10), so if you’re interested, sign up ASAP.
There will be five pickups from Nov. 24 through Dec. 22 and the cost is $175 if you plan to pick up at the farm. There are other pickup locations across Long Island.
Expect hearty vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and much more.
Additional shares, like cider, cheese and soup, may be added for an additional fee.
Visit Sangleefarms.com to sign up.