By Analiese Paik
If you’re not motivated to shop farmers’ markets (there are two on Saturdays this winter), or just don’t have the time to work with raw ingredients, here’s an excellent way to eat locally that removes both the shopping and the prepping. Winter Sun Farms is a Hudson Valley-based business that works with small sustainable family farms to freeze and otherwise preserve their summer produce and fruit for a winter CSA that’s trucked to distribution sites in NY, NJ, and CT. Watch this 2 minute video to learn more about this innovative, farm-to-table co-packing facility that’s ensuring the viability of small family farms while meeting the needs of consumers who want to eat food grown close to home. Schools and other institutions seeking high quantities of food participate in their wholesale program.
Winter Sun Farms Winter CSA Pickup at Wakeman Town Farm, Westport (this is the only distribution site in CT)
This is not a weekly CSA! There are five monthly distributions starting in December and ending in April. Visit Wakeman Town Farm at 134 Cross Highway in Westport the second Thursday of each month, between 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm, to pick up your share of frozen and preserved food. Pick up dates are: 12/13, 1/10, 2/14, 3/14, and 4/11. Bring a cooler or insulated bag for optimal storage. Large families may want to purchase two shares. The blueberries and raspberries go especially fast since they’re perfect with hot winter breakfasts like oatmeal and pancakes. Winter Sun Farm’s website has a helpful collection of recipes using the ingredients in your share.
Winter Share Produce & Fruit (7 Items per pickup)
Frozen: Blueberries, Green Beans, Diced Peppers, Fall Greens, Raspberries, Sweet Corn, Summer Squash, Cauliflower, Butternut Squash Puree, Edamame, Broccoli Florets
Shelf Stable Glass Jars: Crushed red plum tomatoes
Fresh Vegetables: Pea Shoots
Price: $132 for 5 months.
To register online, click here and scroll down to Westport where you will see a listing for Wakeman Town Farm. Click the radio button, click next, then you’ll see the 5 distribution CSA to add to your cart and check out. You’re done! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for pick up dates.
“By joining us for a Winter Share, you not only get delicious food, but you help us create a more regional, fair, and sustainable food system” -Winter Sun Farms