North Fork farms to check out this CSA Day

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Sylvester Manor’s farm stand (Credit: Charity Robey)

The taste of juicy watermelon and freshly picked sweet corn never seems farther away than in February.

But rest assured that even at the end of winter local farmers are preparing for the 2018 season and they’re relying on our help to deliver the farm-to-table produce we crave.

Community supported agriculture programs help local growers cover the cost of ordering seeds and planting prior to the high season and the revenue it reaps. CSA members subscribe to a season’s worth of produce months in advance.

Farmers benefit from the upfront investment while members are guaranteed a box of fruits and vegetables every week throughout the harvesting season — at a discounted rate from non-subscribers.

Small Farm Central, an organization dedicated to supporting local agriculture, has coined last Friday of February, CSA Day.

“We wouldn’t be able to farm without [CSAs],” said Anthony Panarello, of Natural Earth Farms in Calverton, which will be donating a CSA share to a local food pantry for very 10 sign-ups received today.

Sign up at one of these local farms offering a CSA program and spread the word using #CSADay.

Biophilia Organic Farm
211 Manor Lane, Jamesport
(516) 769-97328

Browder’s Birds
4050 Soundview Avenue, Mattituck
(631) 477-6523 or (631) 599-394

Feisty Acres
211 Manor Lane, Riverhead
feistyacresfarm@gmail.com

Garden of Eve
4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead
(631) 722-8777

Golden Earthworm Organic Farm
652 Peconic Bay Boulevard, Jamesport
(631) 722-3302

KK’s The Farm
59945 Main Road, Southold
(631) 765-2075

MarGene Farms
2230 Soundview Avenue, Mattituck
(631) 298-7688

Natural Earth Farms
2806 River Road, Calverton
(631) 804-3036

Sang Lee Farms
25180 County Road 48, Peconic
(631) 734-7001

Sep’s Farm
7395 Main Rd, East Marion
(631) 477-1583

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
21 Manwaring Road, Shelter Island
(631) 749-0626