Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s (RWA) Rockaway Farm Share is off to a great start. For the last month, members have converged each week on Wednesdays to pick up their share of organic produce from Rockaway’s own Edgemere Farm and Sang Lee Farms, a seventy-year-old family farm on the North Fork of Long Island. So far, produce has varied; amongst others, members have received zucchini, romaine lettuce, carrots, bok choy, and even strawberries.
Each week, members also have a chance to try a sample dish from local Rockaway chef Oprah Davidson as they are picking up their vegetables. Davidson’s weekly recipe features produce from the share to give members ideas of what to do with less well-known items like bok choy and leeks.
The farm share gets even more exciting in July when the fruit share begins. Grown at Briermere Farms, also located on Long Island, members can expect a variety of fruits including apples, pears, peaches, plums, and berries.
RWA decided to create the farm share to increase access to affordable, organic produce. As part of that mission, RWA led a trip of about 40 people (a mix of members and potential members) in May to visit both farms on Long Island. At Briermere Farm, the group took a hayride through the orchards and sampled baked goods using the farm’s fruit. At Sang Lee Farms, the group had a delicious organic lunch and walked through the fields.