Accepting new members beginning March 1, 2013

Join the Central Harlem CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and enjoy weekly deliveries of organic produce from June through November.

We will be accepting a limited number of new members on a first-come first served basis by mail beginning March 1, 2013. For more information about joining the Central Harlem CSA, please refer to this page for details on our share prices and the 2013 membership agreement.


Week 22 share


11.8.12 Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, potatoes, carrots, celeriac, kale, and leeks. Fruit Share - Golden Delicious or Rome

Here are a few tips from Roxbury Farm’s week 22 newsletter to help us store our root crops. This will be especially helpful if you’ve purchased an additional winter share from the farm.

  • Do not store apples or other fruits near your root vegetables. The ethylene in the fruit will cause your carrots to turn bitter and other root crops to spoil.
  • Onions and garlic should be stored separately or they can flavor your other vegetables.
  • Don’t wash your vegetables until you are going to use them.
  • The key to long term storage is finding the correct temperature and humidity and finding a place with little light. No vegetables should freeze.
  • Check your stored vegetables often to make sure they aren’t spoiling. Remove damaged or spoiled roots to protect your other roots.
  • Roots coming out of storage may have some blemishes or soft spots. You can usually peel them or cut off the bad spots and use the rest of the roots.

Beets: High humidity and cold. They store well in a perforated bag in your refrigerator.

Brussels Sprouts: We deliver the sprouts attached to the stalk and they store best that way. Don’t wash them until you are going to use them. Store them loosely wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Cabbage: Cabbage should be stored away from your other root crops as they may flavor them. They can get a rather strong odor after being stored for awhile. Even if the outside leaves turn bad you can peel them off and the rest of the cabbage will be fine. Cabbage does best under cool temperatures; your fridge works well or a cold spot in your basement or garage. You can wrap them loosely in a plastic bag to keep them moist.

Carrots and Parsnips: High humidity and cold. If you have room in your fridge you can store them in a plastic bag that is perforated. If you have access to a cool basement, garage, closet, crawl space, laundry room, etc. you can store carrots and parsnips in a 5 gallon bucket or milk crate lined with newspaper or burlap, or a cardboard box lined with newspaper. Use damp washed sand or clean wood shavings to insulate and separate your carrots. Layer sand and then carrots or parsnips.

Celeriac: Does well in the fridge or stored like carrots.

Onions: Cool & dry locations work best. Just above freezing is best. You can hang them in a mesh con- tainer or tie them up in panty hose and keep them in a cool, dry closet or cupboard.

Potatoes: Keep away from light or they will turn green. Store in a cool cupboard in your kitchen or closet. You can line an old clothes basket or vented cardboard box with newspaper and layer your potatoes in it making sure to cover the top. Around 40°F is best.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes need to stay above 55°F to avoid chilling damage. Sweet potatoes also bruise easily so handle with care. A dark cupboard in your kitchen or a closet is a good place for sweet pota- toes.

Winter Squash: Keep them dry and around 55°F. You can keep them with your Sweet Potatoes. Check often to make sure they aren’t spoiling. If you find spots or dents eat them quickly.

Please remember next week is the last delivery of the regular CHCSA season, and that we’ll have another 1.5 delivery next week due to the missed delivery the week of Hurricane Sandy.

Distribution cancelled tomorrow, November 1

Sorry this has taken so long -  we’ve been waiting for Mayor Bloomberg to tell us whether or not schools will be open tomorrow.  OK.  The answer is NO, schools will not open tomorrow.

So, the Central Harlem CSA core group has cancelled the distribution for tomorrow.  However Roxbury has offered to give us a double distribution next week, on November 8th.  Then one more distribution on November 15th  – the last for this season.

Next week’s distribution will be very heavy!  Plan ahead – perhaps plan on two people to pick up the double share on the 8th.

The members who were scheduled to do volunteer work tomorrow – you are obviously relieved!  Roberta will be touch because we may need some extra volunteer help next week.  If you have any questions, let us know.

Finally, please check with your share-mates and other friends who are members to make sure everyone has seen this notice.

We all hope everyone is doing well – we are grateful to have been spared the terrible conditions of other parts of New York.

See you on November 8th!   Oh, and don’t forget to vote!!

The Central Harlem CSA Core Group

Adrian, Alexej, Ashley, Cheryl, Dana, Elizabeth, Roberta

Dear Roxbury Farm members

Dear Roxbury Members,

We read the NY Times website this morning and saw all the damage you sustained in NYC and Westchester County.  We hope you are all okay and we are thinking of all of you.  We aren’t sure how we can help from up here but let us know if we can.

The storm didn’t come this far north, we just had a little bit of rain and wind.

We hope for a quick recovery of services and for your safety.

All the best,

Jean-Paul and Jody for the Roxbury Farm Crew

The Just Food Great CSA Smackdown Event – postponed!

Come watch CSA members from across New York City vie for bragging rights at Just Food’s Great CSA Smackdown Finals event. It’s free this Saturday and great for all ages. Even though our CSA didn’t compete this year, we hope to see some Central Harlem CSA members there!

What:                  Just Food’s Great CSA Smackdown Finals Event

Date:                Saturday, November 3, 2012  Postponed due to power outages

Location:          St. Mark’s Church- 131 East 10th Street, Manhattan, NYC

Time:                 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ticket:                FREE

Invitation & RSVP:

More Information:


Week 21, post hurricane share (anticipated)

Roxbury Farm just posted emailed us this week’s newsletter with an update on their pre-hurricane preparations.
Farmer Jean Paul reports the crew harvested 6500 lbs of carrots on Thursday, 9,000lbs on Friday, and on Saturday the crew and several volunteer members harvested 16,000lbs of beets, celeriac, and parsnips in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, Roxbury reports they have saved most of the root veggies and there are still Winter shares for sale! To order a winter share, please click here. If you are a member the cost is $100 for three deliveries in December, January, and February.
This weekend should remind us all why it’s great to be part of a member-supported farm that can pull together help when it’s needed most.
Post hurricane share, anticipated:
  • sweet potatoes
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • butternut squash
  • cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • celeriac
  • kale
  • FRUIT: apples


Roxbury Farm needs your help before Frankenstorm!

Due to the threat of rain and wind and impending “Frankenstorm,” Roxbury Farm has asked any member that happens to have tomorrow (October 27) free and would like to help harvest root crops to visit the farm tomorrow morning and help harvest our crops!
Crew and CSA members will be in the fields from 8:00 – 5:00 and would appreciate any and all help during that time.  Please bring a lunch if you will be working during the lunchbreak. The more hands the better!

Winter shares still available!

Roxbury Farm has more winter root vegetable boxes available for Central Harlem CSA members and other neighbors who love their veggies! The winter share will consist of three deliveries of 30 lbs of storage vegetables for a total of 90 lbs. The deliveries will be the week of December 3, January 7, and February 4 at our regular pick up location. The boxes will include potatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, onions, parsnips, winter squash, and celeriac.

Our beets growing at Roxbury Farm, 2011

To order a winter share please complete the 2012 Winter Share form directly with Roxbury Farm.

The cost of a winter share is $100 for the three deliveries for a total of 90 lbs of vegetables for present CSA members.  The winter share is $125 for non-members.