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CSAs for Commitmentphobes

January 25, 2012
Monthly CSAs can be hard to commit to for busy city dwellers. (Photo by: Plovgh)

We get it. You like the idea of a CSA, but you’re just not ready to commit. You’re out of town a lot, and that restaurant bucket list is always growing.

Good news: the city that brought you FreshDirect and wine and cheese CSAs is making life easier for you yet again, with local CSAs that allow you to opt in on a weekly basis. Buy those peaches and ramps when you want them, and skip ’em when you’re short on change, or overbooked for Restaurant Week. The result: groceries straight from the farm, when you want them—and when they won’t go to waste.

Plovgh (pronounced “plow”) is an online marketplace where farmers post what crops they have available each week; you either place an order, or you don’t. Stock up on Hudson Valley Harvest’s frozen veggies and Sugar Hill Farm’s pasture-raised beef one week; try biodynamic Partners Trace Farm’s sage allspice bitters and Late Bloomer Farm’s organic greens the next.

Plovgh pickup is available at The New School’s Lang Café in the West Village (every other Friday), Hosh Yoga in Greenpoint/Williamsburg (Fridays), Veronica People’s Club in Greenpoint (Saturdays), the YMCA in Long Island City (Fridays), and downtown Brooklyn (Saturdays, permanent location TBD). East Williamsburg/Bushwick pickups are in the works. No Plovgh pickup point in your neighborhood? Learn how to organize one here.

Over in Boerum Hill, Rucola runs its own flexible CSA program called This Batch. This Batch lets members know what’s fresh through a weekend email; then it’s up to you whether to purchase a single portion, family-sized portion or nothing, all on a weekly basis.

Now go order your groceries—no strings attached.

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