The Vegetables that are available in Indian Grocery Stores do not come from India.
They are largely grown in Central America to keep the prices low.
These vegetables are harvested weeks earlier before the vegetables have reached their prime so that they can last the long journey.
This generally causes a lack of taste. Moreover, the hybrid seed varieties are selected for durability, production, and appearance at the expense of flavor. The treatments mandated to kill pests can further degrade flavor or texture. It might seem logical that older produce is also less nutritious and lasts less. It also spoils easier and earlier due to the factory preservation techniques used.
The larger problem is of the use of fertilizers and pesticides in growing these vegetables in large scale commercial farms. Studies after studies have shown the harmful health effects on us and our family.
None of the Indian Vegetables available in Indian Grocery Stores are Organic. All imported vegetables need to be either fumigated or irradiated for US Customs, both of which are not allowed in Organic standards.
Understanding this problem, we at Gopal Farm have selected heirloom (ancient) seed varieties directly from farmers in India with a focus on taste and originality.
With our partners in India - small farmers, small scale breeders, and local seed growers, we have been able to source not only the Desi (heirloom) seeds of standard normal vegetables like Bottle Gourd, Bitter Melon, Eggplants, chili, Ridge gourd, tomatoes, okra, dosakkai, etc. but we have also been able to source many unique vegetable seeds from different regions of India.
We at Gopal Farm NY are now probably the largest repository of Indian Heirloom Vegetable seeds and we continue to grow them each year. We are hoping that seeing the enthusiastic usage of these local desi vegetables in the USA, local farmers, Chefs, and households in India will start growing and using them more thereby reviving the usage of healthy flavorful local seasonal vegetables.
We have been trialing them at our NY farm since 2016 using better than Organic practices. We use a combination of ancient Indian Agriculture techniques as well as modern implements and knowledge.
These vegetables are then picked when they are just ripe, largely only a day before they are delivered to you or you could even come and pick them up yourself
OR you could come with your family and help plant them at the beginning of the season!
Previous year's CSA box receivers consistently list taste and nutrition as the most important reason to continue to source their weekly Indian Vegetables from us. The second reason is for children's health by sourcing their Organic Indian vegetables from a local farm. The third reason is the convenience of home deliveries.
Indian Farm Box - Organic Vegetables: We grow a large variety of the following Farm fresh Organic Vegetables (as per the season). You may select the box for a family of four or a family of two. You are able to weekly Customize what you need, then Checkout like in a normal shopping cart.
Standard Vegetables - Heirloom Tomatoes, Heirloom Potatoes, Cauliflower, Carrots, Cabbage, Onion, Garlic, Salad mixes, Beets, Spinach, Bell Pepper, etc.
Indian Vegetables - Different varieties of Indian Eggplants, Okra, Hot chili peppers, Curry leaves, Indian cucumbers, Lauki (Bottle Gourd), Bitter melon(Karela), Pui Saag (Malabar spinach/Bacchankura), Gongura, fresh Methi leaves, fresh mustard leaves, various Indian green Beans, Coriander leaves, Dossakaya, Cow Peas, Ash Gourd, Round Gourd (Tinda), Snake Gourd, Pointed Gourd, Winged Bean, Surti Papdi (Hyscianth Bean, Yard Long Bean, etc.
We grow a large variety of the following Farm fresh Organic Vegetables (as per the season). You may select the box for a family of four or a family of two. You may select for weekly or bi-weekly delivery. You may also select the day of the week you would like the box to be delivered. Once the season starts (in 2020 from mid-April) you are able to weekly Customize the vegetables, as per seasonal availability and your need, then Checkout like in a normal shopping cart.
The Summer'19 season was for 20 weeks between July 1st and Nov 11th.
For the 2020 season, we have expanded our service to 35 weeks after feedback from 2019 CSA members as everyone wants organic vegetables and fruits throughout the year.
Our 2020 season will be from Mid-April to Mid-December. We can accommodate 250 member shares in 2020.
In colder months, we will be growing the greens in geothermally heated greenhouses. We have also partnered with an Organic Farm in Florida to grow Organic Vegetables and Fruits for the beginning and end season months when it is too cold here in NY to grow warm weather Indian Vegetables. With our contracted truck, we are able to bring the harvested vegetables from our FL farm within 2 days to our NY farm keeping the flavor and freshness intact.
Order bulk Organic Indian Vegetables when seasonal abundance permits. For a family gathering or any other event, you may order in bulk. You may contact us for availability and bulk pricing.
If you need further information, please contact us. We are dependent on your feedback and involvement for improvements.