CSA

CSA sign ups have begun!

 

 

 

What Does CSA Mean?

 

CSA is the abbreviation for “Community Supported Agriculture.” CSA programs are a way for folks to develop direct relationships with local farmers while enjoying the freshest, healthiest most local produce. By paying in advance of the growing season, CSA programs also benefit farmers by helping to cover the up-front costs associated with raising food. Every week the box is prepared using crops at the peak of their harvest time, making each box diverse and a surprise. It is not uncommon to receive fruits and vegetables you may have never cooked with or have even heard of before, so joining a CSA requires some sense of adventure and creativity!

Download the application here!

 

Questions?

Call us at (914)485-1210 or stop by in person and meet the farmers!

 

We are currently open Friday - Sunday 9am-5pm until April 2nd

 

We will resume normal business hours, 8am-6pm, 7 days a week, beginning April 3rd!

 

CSA pick-ups are Thursdays at our farm store between 8am and 6pm beginning July 6th

 

*Space is limited so bring in your application as soon as possible or send your application with payment to:

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 10560

Benefits for you, benefits for the farm!

 

By becoming a member of our CSA you are choosing healthy, high quality, safe food for you and your family. As part of our CSA you not only receive a weekly box of the highest quality, freshest produce, you are also directly supporting our farm and other local farms, which helps us grow the best food we can. Our farm grows over 20 different crops and each week we walk the fields and choose the best of what’s ready to put in your box. Almost all the crops are harvested the same day or the day before you pick up your box, guaranteeing the freshest possible produce. Additionally, every week our farm manager visits other local farms (mainly root-crop farms as our soil is too rocky to grow them) hand-picking from their freshest harvests to bring home and fill your box.

 

 

 

The Beef we sell here at Harvest Moon comes from our own grass fed Scottish Highland Cattle. Our herd of Highlanders are not grain finished and are antibiotic and hormone free their entire lives. Our cattle solely eat pasture with the addition of dropped apples from our orchard in the fall. Highland cattle are considered the premium grass fed beef due to their ability to produce prime lean meat, with good marbling and good flavor on solely pasture.

 

Queen Elizabeth is said to eat exclusively Highland beef (She has a herd of Highlanders at Balmoral Castle). Due to the Scottish Highlanders long, thick coat they need not expend energy every year insulating their bodies with fat as most other cattle do. Due partially to said coats, Highlanders and highlander crosses have graded in the top of their respective classes at the prestigious National Western Stock show in Denver, Colorado.

 

In addition to their great taste and beautiful appearance, the Highlander's meat is healthier for you than conventionally produced beef. The meat from our Cattle is significantly higher in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty Acids, as well as richer in vitamins and minerals.

 

The Scoop on Grass Fed

 

Grass-fed beef ranching is not only good for the animals, but involves managing natural resources and supporting local producers.

 

Here's how:

  • Good for the animals. Grass-fed cattle eat what their systems process readily and they live in a more natural habitat.
  • Manages natural resources. Vegetation on properly managed pasture helps to maintain the soil, filters and controls run-off.
  • Supports local producers. Most grass-fed ranchers are either independent, selling beef from only their own property or belong to a small, locally focused producer group.

 

Grass-fed beef is a leaner choice and has a more favorable ratio of omega fatty acids.

 

Here's why:

  • A leaner choice. Because grass-fed cattle are typically leaner than cattle that are fed grain, almost all cuts have less fat than grain-finished beef.
  • A better fat ratio. Meat from animals that spend their entire lives grazing has a more favorable ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Starts with nature. For beef cattle, grazing provides the most natural diet. Their digestive systems readily convert grasses, legumes and herbaceous plants into protein.

 

Grass-fed beef is priced fairly for the producer and is worth every penny.

 

Here's why:

  • Can cost more to produce. It takes longer to bring grass-fed cattle to market, so there's more cost involved in raising them.
  • Is priced fairly for the producer. Because grass-fed cattle are not finished with grain, they usually weigh less than grain-finished cattle, yet can cost the producer as much or more to raise.
  • Is worth every penny. Many people believe that ranching more sustainably by taking care of the environment and helping local communities is worth paying more for.

 

Grass-fed beef is a delicious alternative to grain-fed beef and cooks a little differently.

 

Here's some info:

  • Naturally flavorful. Many people prefer the distinct, vibrant flavor that is slightly different than that of grain-finished beef.
  • Doesn't need as much cooking time as grain-finished beef. Grass-fed beef is leaner than grain-finished beef, so pay attention to make sure you don't overdo it. Tip: use a meat thermometer!
  • Benefits from a room-temperature starting point. Don't start cooking with cold grass-fed beef straight from the refrigerator. Starting cold can result in poorly cooked meat.
  • Works well in recipes. When using grass-fed beef in your favorite recipes, simply lower the cooking temperature of your oven by about 25 degrees F. The cooking time will stay about the same.
  • Grills nicely. When cooking on the grill, let the flames burn down more than you do for other meat.
  • Appreciates a light touch. Always use tongs, never a fork, to turn your beef. Piercing causes precious juices to be lost.
  • Let it rest. After cooking, remember to let the meat rest to allow the juices to redistribute before slicing.

 

 

Our grass-fed beef meets our strict quality standards, which require that animals are raised on a vegetarian diet with no antibiotics or added growth hormones. In addition, all beef producers are required to follow rigorous animal welfare standards that apply to all stages of an animal's life and environment.

 

We hope you'll continue to learn about the benefits of grass-fed beef and don't forget to pick up some grass-fed beef in our store to give it a try yourself!

 

Source for the above information is Whole Foods Market

 

 

Farm Rules:

All visitors must check in at the store prior to entering other areas of the farm.

 

ALL bags are subject to search.

 

No off premise food/drink permitted.

 

Leashed DOGS are permitted on the farm just not in the store.

 

Please DO NOT touch or feed the animals, they may bite.

 

Absolutely NO climbing of trees.

©2011 - 2016 Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Road

North Salem, New York 10560

Store Hours:

8:00am - 6:00pm Daily

Have a question? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

 

Farm Rules:

All visitors must check in at the store prior to entering other areas of the farm.

ALL bags are subject to search.

No off premise food/drink permitted.

Leashed DOGS are permitted on the farm just not in the store.

Please DO NOT touch or feed the animals, they may bite.

Absolutely NO climbing of trees.

Store Hours:

8:00am - 6:00pm Daily