a fresh initiative to bring you local produce
Learn more at Roots & Wings CSA Open House
on Saturday, March 21, at the "Farm Room" at Days of Wonder in Dobbs Ferry
|Days of Wonder|
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and consists of a community of people who pay in advance for a portion of a farm’s harvest. It’s a win/win: Members receive an assortment of seasonal produce throughout the farming season. Farmers receive payment early in the season, a time when they need to purchase seeds but typically would not have income.
We are launching Roots & Wings CSA in partnership with Rexcroft Farm, a seventh generation family farm in Athens, NY. Rexcroft Farm has been working with CSAs in the Westchester area for the past eight years, as well as various farmers markets.
|CSA shares include 7-8 kinds of produce|
Farmer Dan King grows a variety of produce, as well as raises cows, pigs, and chickens on the pasture, and keeps bees.
“I’m ordering my seeds now, and will start my seedlings in a few weeks based, in part, on how many people I’m farming for in the Roots & Wings CSA. We hope to be getting on field in late March,” says Dan.
Nancy Delmerico, Roots & Wings CSA Manager, has long been an advocate for the community and for sustainable living, using both her artistic talents and her knowledge of her hometown, Dobbs Ferry. Nancy says, “Roots & Wings CSA is a way we can move towards a more healthy lifestyle as individuals while also contributing to a healthier planet.”
EatLocalNY is the cosponsor of Roots & Wings CSA Open House, providing sustainably grown coffee from Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown. In addition, all Roots & Wings CSA members will receive 15% off all EatLocalNY online purchases.
“EatLocalNY shares Roots & Wings commitment to strengthening local food systems and supporting local economies.”
Roots & Wings CSA offers a 20 and 15-week vegetable share, half-shares, the option of adding on a fruit share, and individual purchase of eggs, meat, maple syrup and honey. The season runs from June through October. The distribution site is South Presbyterian Church’s parking lot, in Dobbs Ferry. Pick-up is between 7:30 – 9:30 Sunday mornings.
For more information, visit rootsandwingswestchester.blogspot.com or contact Roots & Wings CSA Manager, Nancy Delmerico, at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Rexcroft Farm will be donating a CSA share and excess produce to the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry.
Rexcroft Farm is a seventh generation family farm. Dan and Nate King run the operation with assistance from other family members and a few dedicated employees. They own just less than 400 acres, which is divided up into vegetable areas, greenhouse areas, barns, pastures and woodlots. Rexcroft Farm focuses on vegetable production with a strong secondary emphasis on our grass-fed, naturally raised animals. They also grow peaches, apricots, plums and raspberries.
The Kings grow with long-term ecological health in mind. They employ integrated pest management; a technique that suppresses unwanted insects without relying on pesticides, as well as use organically approved products such as insecticidal soap and other natural oils. They do not use genetically modified seeds. They also run the farm with a wide open door policy, inviting people to visit the farm and learn how their food is grown. “When CSA members visit the farm, we take them on a tour and say, ‘This is your food growing here. Here's what we're picking this week.’ People love it,” Dan says.
Rexcroft Farm has been a member of C.E. Inc. Greenmarkets in the NYC area since 1998. They are members of Farm Bureau and are a Pride of NY Farm.