Don’t Go Bananas: Sign up for Your $17 Winter Fruit CSA Share

All this can be yours for one low price a week.

We’re still dizzy with a harvest-time high from our first bite of 2010 apples from local farms. Now, imagine all the perfect pies and nights with hot cider ahead if you could bank on a batch of fresh fruit each week, all winter long.

As luck would have it, Red Jacket Orchards, the Finger Lakes’ farm known for its wide variety of fruit and crisp juices, is now accepting members for its Winter CSA.

For those who have never joined a CSA before, one that gives you only sure-fire favorites like fruit is a good way to start out — everything’s ready to eat! (Except maybe quince; these ancient apple cousins have to be cooked.) Distribution starts soon — some require you to apply by the 23rd —  so sign up now and you may still get those quinces I’m loving from the farm’s first-ever CSA this fall.

The Red Jacket Orchards winter share will run from November to the end of the year in three locations: two in Brooklyn (Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens) and one in Tribeca. Weekly shares come to about $17 a week for a full share, and $10 for a half-share. To see a sample share list and for more information on how to sign up, visit http://redjacketorchardscsa.wordpress.com/ or e-mail [email protected] And for a list of pick-up points citywide, see below.

LOCATIONS:

1.  The Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters- 225 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn (Fort Greene); Wednesdays, November 3 to December 22 from 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Applications are due October 23, 2010

2.  Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain – 513 Henry Street, Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens); Tuesdays, November 16 – December 28 from 4:00pm – 7:30pm

Applications are due November 5, 2010

3.  92 Y Tribeca – 200 Hudson Street, Manhattan (Tribeca); Wednesdays, November 24 – December 29 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Applications are due November 12, 2010

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Cathy Erway is a home cook, local/sustainable foodie, author of The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove and www.lunchatsixpoint.com.