What is a CSA or Farm Membership?
As our 2018 Summer-Fall CSA comes to a close, we are introducing 4 new HeartBeet Farms CSA options for the 2018-2019 season.
What is a Farm Membership at HeartBeet Farms? Since we are focused on connecting families and kids to where their food comes from, our farm memberships are all about families and kids! We do not have typical farm membership or CSA (community supported agriculture) programs. Our goal is to provide families with kid-friendly, healthy produce and local specialty items on a regular basis that are full of nutrition AND that parents know exactly what to do with - whether eating it raw or grilling, baking, boiling, or broiling it! And if you are not sure what to do with it, we provide recipes on our weekly newsletters and @ our Pinterest account.
What CSA options does HeartBeet Farms offer?
We now offer 4 different CSA options - a Specialty Winter CSA, a 5-week Spring CSA, a 10-week Summer CSA and a 5-week Fall CSA.
Specialty Winter CSA: From November 2018 to April 2019, receive a monthly HeartBeet Farms specialty box delivered right to your home. Includes local honey, ‘bean to bar’ chocolate originating from a global cacao farm, organic, non-GMO popcorn and more. Read more...
- 6-month membership: $199
- 4-month membership: $159
- 1-month membership: $49
Spring Greens CSA Membership: Enjoy a diversity of spring greens including spinach, romaine, asian greens, kale, swiss chard and more; 5 consecutive Thursdays: May 16 – June 13, 2019; $99; pickup at farm only. Read more...
Summer CSA Membership: Enjoy weekly organically grown, family-friendly summer vegetables plus a freshly prepared quart or pint of soup or sauce; 10 consecutive Thursdays: June 27 – August 29, 2019; Prices include pickup at farm; add $110 for 10 weeks of home or office delivery; free delivery with 10 + members per location. Mini (1 person) $189, Half (1-3 people) $299 and Full (4-6 people) $399. Read more...
Fall CSA Membership: Enjoy fall greens, winter squash, sweet potatoes, a freshly prepared quart of soup or sauce and more; 5 consecutive Thursdays: September 12 – October 10, 2019; $99; pickup at farm only. Read more...
What is included in the Summer HeartBeet Farms Membership?
1. A weekly box of fresh vegetables and fruits harvested at the farm that day -full share (feeds 4-6 people), half share (feeds 1-3 people) and a mini share feeds 1 person.
2. A quart or pint of soup or sauce prepared from the vegetables harvested that week is included in the half and full shares. The mini share includes a pint of soup or sauce.
3. Our members can pickup their box at the farm or, for an extra $11 per week, we will deliver it right to your door. This includes local delivery within the Town of Brookhaven and Town of Smithtown. For locations outside of these Towns, send us a note and we can discuss local drop-off venues.
Why do we include a soup and sauce in our summer and fall CSA memberships?
We want to make it as easy for families to eat healthy. Soups and sauces make for fast and easy healthy meals. All of the soups and sauces are prepared by Jason's Food Service Group & Catering.
What are some examples of the soups and sauces we included in 2017 and 2018?
In 2017 and 2018, some of the soups and sauces we featured included kale pesto, rhubarb salsa, cabbage soup, squash soup, asparagus soup, white bean chard soup, tomato and kale soup, banana pepper salsa, tomatillo salsa, sweet potato soup, leek and potato soup, carrot soup, vegetable soup, stewed tomatoes and cucuzza soup, butternut & acorn squash soup, and cabbage and eggplant soup. You can review our 2017 & 2018 CSA boxes, soups and sauces by clicking here.
What is the HeartBeet Farms membership schedule and pickup/drop-off dates?
For 2019, our Spring Greens CSA will include Thursday pickups at the farm from 12-5PM, May 16 through, June 13. The summer CSA distribution begins Thursday, June 27, 2019 through Thursday, August 29, 2019, a total of 10 weeks. For pickup at the farm, members select from time frames between 12PM-6:30PM. For home delivery during the summer, we will speak to you directly to identify the best timeframe. For the Fall CSA, pickups at the farm will also be on Thursdays, 12PM-5PM from September 12 through October 10, 2019. The Specialty CSA will be mailed to your designated address.
How do you sign-up for the HeartBeet Farms membership?
Register online for all of the CSA memberships. Registration is open. Click on the CSA that interests you!
How much does the Summer CSA Memberships cost?
The Summer 10-week full farm membership costs a total of $399 for the farm pickup option. The half farm membership is a total of $299 for the farm pickup option. The mini farm membership is a total of $189 for the farm pickup option. Add another $110 if you would like your weekly produce to be delivered right to your home every Thursday!
What is the difference between the full, half and mini farm Summer memberships?
Both half and full memberships include a quart of soup or sauce each week. The full membership is designed to feed a family of 4-6 people. The half membership is designed to feed a family of 1-3 people. The mini farm membership is designed to feed 1 person and includes 1 pint of soup per week.
Are there any meat share options?
Yes, we partner with a local butcher, Marino & Son Meats, 2131 Middle Country Road, Centereach NY 11720 (just up the road from HeartBeet Farms). Marino & Son Meats, family owned and operated in Centereach with over 100 years of meat cutting experience, is featuring a selection of beef, chicken, pork and turkey, sourced from Marino & Son’s trusted suppliers with a special emphasis on humanely raised and free range animals. Selections will include specialty items such as homemade sausage, kabobs, and pinwheel steaks made with fresh produce from HeartBeet Farms, when available. If you are interested in adding a meat option, there is a 14-week, 7-week or weekly option. The 14 and 7-week options offer significant discounts. The weekly option is $50 per week for up to 4 lbs of meat each week. The meat share add on is only offered during the Summer CSA. If you are interested in adding a meat option, please add a note during your CSA registration process and we will invoice you separately.
Tell me more about the Specialty CSA.
While our soil is rejuvenating over the winter months and while our seeds begin to sprout during early winter and spring, we wanted to continue to deliver agricultural-based products to our customers. Some of the products that are selected for our Specialty CSA are from our farm such as the honey. Some of the products were discovered from Jen's Chocolate adventures to cacao farms in Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Grenada and her experiences doing chocolate tastings at events, and other products were delicious, healthy local products that we were lucky to come across! Each HeartBeet Farms Specialty Box will tell a 'story' about the items included!
Not interested in a CSA Membership? Then check out our mobile farm stand locations to buy some organically grown vegetables and fruits.