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  • A basket of fresh produce from J. Glebocki Farms. This may, or may not, be representatiave of an actual share, depending on what's in season. A share will contain six to eight seasonal vegetables weighing about a pound or a pound and a half each. Potatoes will be in 8 to 12 pound bags. (Photo courtesy of J. Glebocki Farms)

  • J. Glebocki Farms' market stall in the growing season. (Photo courtesy J. Glebock Farms)

By Ginny Privitar

— Come this June, savvy shoppers can have seasonal, locally grown and freshly picked produce delivered right to their workplace.

J. Glebocki Farms of Goshen is initiating a new Community Supported Agriculture program they’re calling Workplace CSA.

They already have a farm-based CSA program, where shareholders can come to the farm on Maloney Lane on Thursdays to pick up their weekly share during the growing season. But as owner and fifth-generation farmer John Glebocki noted, many people do not live near the farm, so they’ve started this workplace delivery program to make their produce available to everyone.

For each workplace that signs up at least 10 people, Glebocki Farms will deliver, per person, a weekly box of 6-8 seasonal vegetables, for each of the 26 weeks of the growing season, from June 6 through Nov. 27. That works out to about $15 per week, or a total share cost of $400 for the season. Payment plan options are available.

They will be at each workplace location for an hour weekly and will also have a small market set up with additional items that can be purchased. If the shareholder is out that day, a designee can pick up the items for them. Otherwise the share will be donated to a family in need.

A typical early July share might include red Russian kale, red leaf lettuce, purple potatoes, golden beets, baby carrots, yellow zucchini, artichokes and watermelon.

An August share might include garlic, tomatoes, basil, leeks, turnips, potatoes (8-12 pound bag) and spinach. Each delivery comes with a weekly newsletter featuring tasty new recipes to try and news about the farm and workshop programs.

If an individual arranges to manage the program at their workplace, they will receive a free share.

The season kicks off in June. So far they have signed up Crystal Run Healthcare facilities, the Rockland County Department of Health and SUNY Orange.

But the program is not just for workplaces. Church groups, homeowners associations and other groups are encouraged to become members and receive the same benefits.

Shareholders will not only benefit themselves, but their communities. As Glebocki said, “Our commitment is also to our community members. For each 2013 CSA share sold, we will donate one box of produce each week (that's 26 total) to local food pantries.”

For information, contact Kelly at 651-8088 or visit their website: www.glebockifarms.com.

SIDEBAR: About J. Glebocki Farms:

J. Glebocki Farms, owned and operated by John Glebocki, grows a wide variety of vegetables and specialty crops for farmer's markets and specialty wholesalers in the tri-state area. They’ve been in business since 1894. Currently they provide produce to 21 farmers markets in the five boroughs of New York City.

On his website, Glebocki says, “We pride ourselves in offering responsibly grown farm fresh produce that is safe and healthy to eat. Since safe growing practices and product handling are priorities at our farm, our shoppers can be confident in the quality of the produce they purchase from J. Glebocki Farms. We are USDA GAP Food Safety Certified (Good Agricultural Practices).

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