Straight out of the Ground coming to Rockaway this summer


Straight out of the Ground Tomato Harvest, 2012

The impact of Hurricane Sandy’s saltwater surge on the local vegetation will become more apparent now that spring has arrived. To many residents, it is obvious that many trees, shrubs, flower beds and gardens are suffering the after effects of the storm, and may not be productive for several years.

For those who enjoy fresh summer produce, do not despair if your garden was damaged. Community supported agriculture is coming to Rockaway this summer. No, that doesn’t mean we will all be tilling the soil in Fort Tilden. A CSA is a cross between a farmer’s market and a food co-op, with an emphasis on locally grown, organic produce. Members pay a fixed price at the start of each season, and in return they receive a weekly delivery of whatever produce is being harvested.

Straight Out of The Ground started serving Brooklyn customers last year, and is now branching out to the Rockaways. All of the produce is grown on a biodynamic farm in Roxbury, New York, and will be delivered to a drop-off point in Rockaway Park on the day it is harvested. Customers can expect to receive a constantly varied delivery of summer produce, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, and melons.

A full share, which costs $650, is enough to feed a family of four for one week. A half share will also be available for $360. Either subscription entitles the customer to 24 weeks of fresh, locally grown produce.  For more information or to sign up for a subscription, click here.