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Posted 6/11/2018 6:53pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • garlic
  • chives with flowers
  • red kale
  • a variety of lettuce
  • beets
  • kohlrabi
  • bok choi 

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Chive Blossom Vinegar

clive blossom vinegar

My favorite thing to do with chive flowers is make vinegar. Super easy (and pretty) and makes a great dressing for all the salads you'll make this week with out CSA lettuce! 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

The summer season is finally here! We're so excited for our first pick-up tomorrow. Please note that the first two pick-ups will occur in the garden area at the church, not inside, and volunteers will be on hand to direct you. 

St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street
(entrance on East 11th street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
From 4pm to 8pm  

We're looking for volunteers in the 4pm - 6:30pm slot. Please email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com and let us know if you can help out! If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your first volunteer shift, be sure to do so here

If you are a new CSA member (or just need a refresher) we have created a welcome flyer that has tips and FAQ's for the season. We'll have these on hand at our first pick-up as well. 

Also don't forget to bring your own bags for pickup each week. We cannot provide bags or boxes to help transport your share. And if you need help getting back into the swing of the CSA, our "Caring For Your Share" PDF organizes common veggies in the order you should eat them in, with quick facts on storage practices. 

Finally, if you're interested in joining our core committee, we're looking for more members to join for the positions of Market Day coordinator and volunteer coordinator. Reach out to info@washingtonsquarecsa.com if you're interested! 

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

lettuce
The farm has seen many ups and downs this year mostly due to the weather. We have seen a cold wet spring punctuated with a few days of hot weather. In fact, we're now in another cool spell. There have been highs in the seventies and lows in the fifties. For most crops this is okay, because they like the cool weather. It is not good though for crops like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers who do not fare well with the cold.

We are looking forward to a good CSA season. We have taken on an additional 80 acres of new land! This will allow us to do a better job of cover cropping. We plan on doing over 25 acres of cover crops this year which is over 3 times what we normally do.

Thank you,

Norwich Meadows Farm
 

If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please don't hesitate to let us know by emailing us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com!

 
Posted 6/7/2018 8:23pm by Core Committee.

Our first pickup is this Tuesday, June 12 and our volunteer page on signup.com is now available to claim shifts! An integral aspect of the CSA is that it takes every member's efforts to make it run smoothly. For that reason, we ask that each person sign up for two volunteer shifts throughout the season. Of course, if you are interested and available, you are welcome to sign up for more than two. 

 
For the time being, in order to allow people more latitude in meeting their requirement, we ask that each share sign up only for one shift. We have limited the dates to Tuesdays up to and including August 21. That marks the half-way point of the summer season. In conjunction with opening registration for the fall season, we will expand the signup dates throughout the end of the season, and remind members to claim their second shifts. 
 
If you become aware that these time slots simply won't work for you, please e-mail our info address, and we will work together on creating a less time-specific project in order to help you meet your commitment.

Thanks! 

The WSCSA Core Committee
 
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Posted 5/31/2018 1:46pm by Core Committee.

Good Afternoon, 

Welcome new and returning members to another great season of seasonal, local, fresh produce! Mark your calendars, our first pickup will be Tuesday, June 12. This year, pickups will continue at:

St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street
(entrance on East 11th street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Tuesdays, from 4pm to 8pm  

Look out for details on our first pickup in our weekly newsletter, which will precede the pickup on Monday evenings throughout the season. We'll also send out the sign-up link for volunteer shifts in the coming weeks. 


Now Recruiting a Core Committee Position

We're looking for a member to join our volunteer core committee! Details for the position are below. Please email info@washingtonsquarecsa.com ASAP if you're interested. 

Member Communications & Volunteer Coordinator 
This role is approx. 1-3 hours per week, and must have the availability to frequently check emails and respond throughout the week in a timely manner (within 24 hours). Duties include: 
  • Receiving and responding to all member communications in a timely manner (ex: issues/questions regarding work-shifts, registration, balances, shares, etc.)
  • Relaying queries and issues to proper Core member for execution as necessary
  • Setting up and maintaining the Volunteer SignUp.com account
  • Working with site coordinators to ensure sign-up sheet is filled in after distribution Tuesday evening on google drive.
  • On Wednesday mornings, email members who did not show up for a volunteer shift and coordinating with Financial Officer to charge their account
  • Communicating volunteer shift reminders to members 
  • Checking in with the church once a month to ensure everything is running smoothly on their end
  • Managing site contracts with church 

Thanks! 

The WSCSA Core Committee
 
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Posted 5/11/2018 6:23am by Core Committee.

Last chance to join! Tomorrow, Saturday May 12 is the final deadline to register for the summer and fall CSA. 

If you have already registered for the upcoming season, add-ons are also available! Update your membership here to add fruit shares or other meat, dairy, and pantry items. 

We are excited to be entering another year of working with Farmer Zaid from Norwich Meadows Farm, and the gracious church of St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, to get healthy, affordable, and delicious farm products right here in the city. 

We hope you'll join us for the upcoming season! Details below.

 
Cost: $430.00 - payment due by 5/12


Season Info:

summer shareDistribution will be once a week, beginning sometime in June and running until late October or early November. We expect to continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's Church on the Bowery. 
 
For more information about our policies, including summer work shift requirements, please view our Summer 2017 Member Agreement
 
Remember that Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers! To ensure our continued success, we rely on the participation of every member to fulfill volunteer shift requirements. If you're interested in getting more involved, we would love to have you! Email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com to learn about joining the Core Committee.
 
Here's to another summer of supporting our local farmers and eating great food!
 
Cheers,
Your Washington Square CSA Core Committee 

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Posted 5/7/2018 6:36pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow, along with meat, dairy and pantry items:

  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Mixed Greens
  • Parsnips
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Sunchokes
  • Mixed Potatoes
  • Mixed Onions
  • Fresh Garlic

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Sunchoke and Apple Salad

sunchoke apple salad

Sunchokes are coming this week! Not the easiest to peel, but still a fun CSA find. Try them roasted in a simple salad like this one. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,  

It's our last pickup of the winter season! Thank you for joining us in another season of fresh, local produce. But don't worry, our summer CSA is right around the corner and the registration deadline has extended to May 12!  

Sign up now for a summer and fall CSA share

If you've already registered, add-ons such as fruit, meat, dairy and pantry items are now available!

Update your membership to include add-ons

We also need volunteers this week in the 2:30-4:30 unloading slot. There are currently no volunteers signed up for this shift! It's your last chance to volunteer for the season. If you can help out, email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com or just come to the church. 



THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

recipe for disaster

Can #RecipeForDisaster Help Us Stop Wasting So Much Food?

The statistics are familiar — roughly one third of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted — almost half of all the fruits and vegetables we grow. At the same time, almost a billion people around the world go hungry. 
 
A new social media campaign from the World Food Programme (WFP) wants you to turn food waste from a recipe for disaster into a, well, #RecipeForDisaster. However, #RecipeforDisaster isn’t the first social campaign to draw awareness to food waste, and in our age of constant stimulation, it’s hard to keep anyone’s attention for too long — even on issues as pressing as food waste.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee 


If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please don't hesitate to let us know by emailing us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com!

 
Posted 5/1/2018 3:43pm by Core Committee.

We just got notice from the farm that we can extend the deadline for registration to Saturday 5/12. If you missed the opportunity to register earlier, now is your chance! 

If you have already registered for the upcoming season, add-ons are also available! Update your membership here to add fruit shares or other meat, dairy, and pantry items. 

We are excited to be entering another year of working with Farmer Zaid from Norwich Meadows Farm, and the gracious church of St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, to get healthy, affordable, and delicious farm products right here in the city. 

We hope you'll join us for the upcoming season! Details below.

 
Cost: $430.00 - payment due by 5/12


Season Info:

summer shareDistribution will be once a week, beginning sometime in June and running until late October or early November. We expect to continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's Church on the Bowery. 
 
For more information about our policies, including summer work shift requirements, please view our Summer 2017 Member Agreement
 
Remember that Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers! To ensure our continued success, we rely on the participation of every member to fulfill volunteer shift requirements. If you're interested in getting more involved, we would love to have you! Email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com to learn about joining the Core Committee.
 
Here's to another summer of supporting our local farmers and eating great food!
 
Cheers,
Your Washington Square CSA Core Committee 

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Posted 4/27/2018 12:33pm by Core Committee.

Dear Washington Square CSA current and former members,

This Saturday 4/28 is the last day to register and pay for the Summer and Fall CSA! If you have already registered for the upcoming season, add-ons are now available! Update your membership here to add fruit shares or other meat, dairy, and pantry items. 

We are excited to be entering another year of working with Farmer Zaid from Norwich Meadows Farm, and the gracious church of St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, to get healthy, affordable, and delicious farm products right here in the city. 

We hope you'll join us for the upcoming season! Details below.

 
Cost:$430.00 - payment due by 4/28


Season Info:

summer shareDistribution will be once a week, beginning sometime in June and running until late October or early November. We expect to continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's Church on the Bowery. 
 
For more information about our policies, including summer work shift requirements, please view our Summer 2017 Member Agreement
 
Remember that Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers! To ensure our continued success, we rely on the participation of every member to fulfill volunteer shift requirements. If you're interested in getting more involved, we would love to have you! Email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com to learn about joining the Core Committee.
 
Here's to another summer of supporting our local farmers and eating great food!
 
Cheers,
Your Washington Square CSA Core Committee 

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Posted 4/21/2018 11:12am by Core Committee.

Dear Washington Square CSA current and former members,

There's only one week left to register for the Summer and Fall CSA! If you have already registered for the upcoming season, add-ons are now available! Update your membership here to add fruit shares or other meat, dairy, and pantry items. 

We are excited to be entering another year of working with Farmer Zaid from Norwich Meadows Farm, and the gracious church of St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, to get healthy, affordable, and delicious farm products right here in the city. 

We hope you'll join us for the upcoming season! Details below.

 
Cost:$430.00 - payment due by 4/28


Season Info:

summer shareDistribution will be once a week, beginning sometime in June and running until late October or early November. We expect to continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's Church on the Bowery. 
 
For more information about our policies, including summer work shift requirements, please view our Summer 2017 Member Agreement
 
Remember that Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers! To ensure our continued success, we rely on the participation of every member to fulfill volunteer shift requirements. If you're interested in getting more involved, we would love to have you! Email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com to learn about joining the Core Committee.
 
Here's to another summer of supporting our local farmers and eating great food!
 
Cheers,
Your Washington Square CSA Core Committee 

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Thank you for reading!  If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please don't hesitate to let us know by emailing us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com.

Posted 4/16/2018 8:41pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow, along with meat, dairy and pantry items:

  • Spring Onions
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Green Spinach 
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Rutabagas
  • Yellow Onions

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Garlic Soup with Spinach

soup

Spring is so close but it's a cold and rainy week so another soup recipe it is! Since garlic is a key component in this, seems perfect for the fresh garlic we'll get tomorrow. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,  

We're excited for another batch of farm fresh vegetables and other goods this Tuesday!   

We also need volunteers this week in the 2:30-4:30 unloading slot. We cannot run the CSA without volunteers, so it's really important to fill these slots each week.There's only two pickups left to get your required shift in. If you have not signed up yet, please do so here

Finally, if you're enjoying the winter CSA and want to continue through the summer and fall of 2018, registration is now open. The cost is $430.00, and payment is due by 4/28.

Sign up now for a summer and fall CSA share

If you've already registered, add-ons such as fruit, meat, dairy and pantry items are now available!

Update your membership to include add-ons



THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

space veggies

Scientists grew the first vegetables in Antarctica without soil or sunlight

A group of German scientists stationed in Antarctica have successfully grown vegetables in a specially designed sunless, soilless environment.

The researchers are working with the EDEN-ISS project, in association with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The goal of the project is to find possible ways to cultivate food for human missions in space. While NASA has successfully grown greens on the International Space Station, the Antarctic project aims to produce a wider range of vegetables that might one day be grown on Mars or the Moon. The hostile environment and isolation of Antarctica provided offer one way for scientists to simulate conditions on Mars or the moon.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee 


If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please don't hesitate to let us know by emailing us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com!

 
Posted 4/15/2018 6:01pm by Core Committee.

Dear Washington Square CSA current and former members,

There's only two weeks left to register for the Summer and Fall CSA! If you have already registered for the upcoming season, add-ons are now available! Update your membership here to add fruit shares or other meat, dairy, and pantry items. 

We are excited to be entering another year of working with Farmer Zaid from Norwich Meadows Farm, and the gracious church of St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, to get healthy, affordable, and delicious farm products right here in the city. 

We hope you'll join us for the upcoming season! Details below.

 
On-Time Bird: $430.00 - payment due by 4/28


Season Info:

summer shareDistribution will be once a week, beginning sometime in June and running until late October or early November. We expect to continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's Church on the Bowery. 
 
For more information about our policies, including summer work shift requirements, please view our Summer 2017 Member Agreement
 
Remember that Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers! To ensure our continued success, we rely on the participation of every member to fulfill volunteer shift requirements. If you're interested in getting more involved, we would love to have you! Email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com to learn about joining the Core Committee.
 
Here's to another summer of supporting our local farmers and eating great food!
 
Cheers,
Your Washington Square CSA Core Committee 

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Thank you for reading!  If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please don't hesitate to let us know by emailing us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com.

WSCSA Summer Pickup #1 - Tuesday June 12June 11th, 2018

WHAT'S COMING These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow: garlic chives with flowers red kale a variety of lettuce beets kohlrabi bok choi  WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION Chive Blos

WSCSA Summer 2018 - Volunteer Spots are Open! June 7th, 2018

Our first pickup is this Tuesday, June 12 and our volunteer page on signup.com is now available to claim shifts! An integral aspect of the CSA is that it takes every member's efforts to mak

WSCSA Starts June 12! Now Recruiting for Core Committee May 31st, 2018

Good Afternoon,  Welcome new and returning members to another great season of seasonal, local, fresh produce! Mark your calendars, our first pickup will be Tuesday, June 12. This year,