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Posted 6/12/2017 9:51pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what we're looking forward to tomorrow:

  • Garlic Scapes
  • Spring Onion
  • Radish
  • Chives
  • Kohlrabi
  • Pac Choi
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach 

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Feta-Radish Dip

radish feta dip

Looking for something other than salads to use up your radishes this week? I recommend this super simple feta-radish dip, which I made for a picnic last weekend. Really easy and refreshing for a summer get-together!  
 
 

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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. Once again, pick-ups will be at: 

St. Marks Church on the Bowery
131 East 10th Street

(entrance on East 11th street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
From 4pm to 8pm  

Volunteering

If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your first volunteer shift, be sure to do so here

CSA Resources

Now that the veggies are on their way to our fridges and counters, we wanted to share some great resources for the best ways to store and utilize your share!

  • Our "Caring For Your Share" PDF organizes common veggies in the order you should eat them, with quick facts on storage practices. 

  • The Save the Food Campaign aims to reduce food waste in the US, and their beautiful website is packed with tips, tricks, and facts for wasting less food. 

  • First time CSA users can review these 5 great tips on CSAs from The Kitchn.

  • The book Recipes from America's Small Farms, a collection of recipes from CSA farmers and members across the country, is a great resource for inspiration all season long. 

Have a favorite resource not on this list? Feel free to share it on our Facebook page! 

Instagram Giveaway

We're giving away a fabulous prize to one lucky member who is subscribed to our Instagram page. The winner will receive a $25 Market Day credit and a few kitchen goodies. Visit our Instagram page for official rules for entry. We will announce the winner at our second pickup on June 20!


THIS WEEK IN FOOD TALK

nyt composting

The Final Recycling Frontier: Organics.

If you're in a CSA, chances are you'll have your fair share of food scraps piling up this summer. A recent New York Times article sheds light on the challenges of expanding composting programs in New York City. Yet NYC officials are hopeful that we'll be able to grow and adapt composting programs to reduce the amount of food waste going into landfills.  

read the article here.

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 6/5/2017 2:14pm by Core Committee.

Good Afternoon, 

Welcome new and returning members to another great season of local, fresh produce! It's official, our first pickup will be next Tuesday, June 13. This pickup will just be vegetables — add-ons will start the following week, and fruit will start in early July.

This year, pickups will continue at:

St. Marks Church on the Bowery
131 East 10th Street
(entrance on East 11th street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

Tuesdays, from 4pm to 8pm  


Volunteer Shifts are open! 

Our SignUp volunteer registration 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 share sign up for two volunteer shifts throughout the season.
 
 
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 29. 
 
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 info@washingtonsquarecsa.com, and we will work together on creating a less time-specific project in order to help you meet your commitment.
 

Don't forget about us online!  

Check out our website for loads of information about the CSA, including bios of our core team.

For insight into what’s about to begin coming each week, we have a record from last year's share on the website (What’s Fresh) that we will also update each week this season with photos, recipes, etc.

We're also on social media! Don't forget to follow our Instagram page, use the hashtag #WSCSA, or like us on Facebook to keep up with all things WSCSA!

Cheers,

The WSCSA Core Committee
Amanda, Melinda, Molly, Natalie, Rachel & Robert

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Posted 5/11/2017 12:25pm by Core Committee.

Good afternoon,

We want to extend a reminder that today is the last day to register for our summer CSA share. If you are interested in joining, please use the link below! 

Sign up for a CSA share

So...why join a CSA?

To save money: The price is just $415 for a regular, weekly share. In case you haven't already done your research, that is significantly lower than most CSAs, which run about $550-$600 for the season. That means you take home about 2 grocery bags worth of veggies for $17 a week! 

To support small farms and farmers: If you're excited about local agriculture: this is the NUMBER ONE way to personally support the movement. Why? CSAs offer two unique benefits to farmers. 1) they allow them to get paid up-front, which means they have the funds to set up their farm in the spring, which would otherwise be their lowest income-producing season. 2) they create a situation where we share in the risk and reward. Great weather? CSA members get loads of food at the same price. Crappy weather? Farmers don't go out of business because of one poor season.

Okay, I'm convinced. I want to help farmers AND save money on groceries. SIGN ME UP! 



 

Here's to another summer of supporting our local farmers and eating great food!
 
Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee
Amanda, Andrew, Emily, Eva, Linda, Melinda, Molly, Natalie, Rachel & Robert

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Posted 5/9/2017 9:36am by Core Committee.
 
 
 

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what we're looking forward to tomorrow:

  • mixed radishes
  • spinach
  • garlic 
  • leeks
  • spring onions
  • yellow onions
  • pac choi
  • hakurai turnips
  • American turnips
  • parsnips
  • beets
  • chives
  • mixed value-add items
Get veggie storage tips.
 

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Leek quiche
quiche

What's more classically-spring than a leek quiche? Keep it simple and do it right (and add gruyere) with this NYTimes recipe. Get the recipe.

 

 

 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi members,

Another season is coming to a close already! Thanks for being great all winter long.

We hope you'll stick around during pick-up for an end-of-season drink, chat and bite from 6:30-8pm. And even better, we hope you'll bring a friend or two who is considering joining a CSA and wants to learn more! Feel free to bring a dish to share, or just yourselves. We hope to see you there!

Summer/fall CSA sign-up: Registration is still open for summer (but not for much longer), including fruit, meat and dairy add-ons. Sign up now.

Join our Facebook Group for updates

 


THIS WEEK IN FOOD TALK

budget

Good news for small farmers?! We'll take it.

The federal budget has a lot of eyes on it lately -- and a lot of them are looking for ways to cut spending. If you're among those hoping that small farmers don't see those cuts, you'll be pleased to know there's actually some good stuff on the horizon. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is keeping us in the loop on plans to increase the budget for conservation, organic and sustainable agriculture research, and rural development, among other areas. Yeah, we'll take that. Get the whole story on their blog, or a short version via Marion Nestle.

 

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 5/1/2017 8:59am by Core Committee.

Good morning,

Wishing you had signed up for a bounty of local, organic vegetables delivered weekly from a farmer named Zaid? Good news: we have extended our Summer and Fall CSA deadline!

You now have until Thursday, May 11 to purchase your share (which is two days after our open potluck at St Marks Church on the Bowery).

SIgn up for a CSA share

So...why join a CSA?

To save money: The price is just $415 for a regular, weekly share. In case you haven't already done your research, that is significantly lower than most CSAs, which run about $550-$600 for the season. That means you take home about 2 grocery bags worth of veggies for $17 a week! 

To support small farms and farmers: If you're excited about the growing interest in local agriculture: this is the NUMBER ONE to personally support the movement. Why? CSAs offer two unique benefits to farmers. 1) they allow them to get paid up-front, which means they have the funds to set up their farm in the spring, which would otherwise be their lowest income-producing season. 2) they create a situation where we share in the risk and reward. Great weather? CSA members get loads of food at the same price. Crappy weather? Farmers don't go out of business because of one poor season.

Okay, I'm convinced. I want to help farmers AND save money on groceries. SIGN ME UP!

 


 

CSA Potluck for current and former members (bringing a dish optional; having fun not)

We invite you to join us at a CSA event at St Mark's Church on the Bowery! We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 9th, as we wrap up the winter season and usher in the summer with a casual potluck with wine and beer provided by the CSA.

Bring yourself, any friends you have who might want to learn more about CSAs, and a dish if you feel so inclined (though it's absolutely not necessary). We'll have chef demonstrations by last year's Smackdown winners and core committee members, as well as a short info session for those who want to learn more about becoming members.

The farm has extended membership deadlines so that new members can sign up at the event.

Event details (no RSVP necessary):

  • Tuesday, May 9th
  • 6:30 - 8pm
  • St Mark's Church on the Bowery
  • All friends (and potential friends!) of the CSA are welcome!

 


 

Here's to another summer of supporting our local farmers and eating great food!
 
Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee
Amanda, Andrew, Emily, Eva, Linda, Melinda, Molly, Natalie, Rachel & Robert

 

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Posted 4/17/2017 4:38pm by Core Committee.

Dear Washington Square CSA members past and future,

We invite you to join us at a CSA event at St Mark's Church on the Bowery! We hope to see you on Tuesday, May 9th, as we wrap up the winter season and usher in the summer with a casual potluck with wine and beer provided by the CSA.

Bring yourself, any friends you have who might want to learn more about CSAs, and a dish if you feel so inclined (though it's absolutely not necessary). We'll have chef demonstrations by last year's Smackdown winners and core committee members, as well as a short info session for those who want to learn more about becoming members.

The farm has extended membership deadlines so that new members can sign up at the event -- but we'd love to have you on board before then! Sign up for summer CSA today.

Event details (no RSVP necessary):

  • Tuesday, May 9th
  • 6:30 - 8pm
  • St Mark's Church on the Bowery
  • All friends (and potential friends!) of the CSA are welcome!

But why wait?! Support small farmers and secure your $17/week share of seasonal fresh produce throughout the summer. 

Sign up for a summer CSA share!

 


Season Info:

Distribution 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.
  • Super Early Bird: $350 - payment by January 19, 2017
  • Very Early Bird: $365 - payment by January 30, 2017
  • Early Bird: $375 - payment by March 20, 2017
  • Regular Bird: $415 - payment by April 30, 2017
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,
The WSCSA Core Committee
Andrew, Emily, Eva, Linda, Molly, Natalie, Rachel

 

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Posted 4/17/2017 7:21am by Core Committee.
 
 
 

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what we're looking forward to tomorrow:

  • mixed potatoes
  • yellow onions
  • spring onions
  • leeks
  • spinach
  • carrots
  • parsnips
  • mixed beets
  • turnips
  • rutabagas
  • mixed value-add items
Get veggie storage tips.
 

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Roasted root vegetable pasta with kale pesto

root vegetable pasta

With spring upon us, farmers markets will start making space for early-season asparagus and ramps any minute. But, after the whole winter in the ground to get sweet, this is actually the best time of year to enjoy root vegetables. Mix yours with pasta and add some bright, fresh pesto with this lovely dish. Get the recipe.


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi members,

Our penultimate pick-up is tomorrow and we are so excited to say that we are ALL SET on volunteers! Thanks for being great :)

As our cozy, intimate winter season starts to wind down, we have our sights set on the summer. There are a number of updates, but we'll be brief:

Potluck party: First things first - we'll be having a shindig to celebrate a successful winter season and to welcome new people to the CSA for summer. Beer and wine will be flowing, and we'll have chef demonstrations by last year's Smackdown winners and core committee members, plus a short info session for new people interested in signing up. Bring yourself, a friend who wants to learn more, and even a dish if you're feeling inspired (though it's not necessary).

  • Tuesday, May 9th, 6:30-8pm (during pick-up)
  • St Marks Church

Summer/fall CSA sign-up: Registration is still open for summer, including fruit, meat and dairy add-ons. Sign up now! The deadline is April 30 (though if new people want to sign up at the potluck, they will still be able to).

Opportunity to get more involved: A number of core members will be out for summer, and we're looking for more volunteers to take on a few fun roles. Whatever your skill or commitment level, we would love for you to get involved. Reply to this email or let us know at pick-up if you'd like to learn more.

  • Special events organizer (market day, smackdown, etc)
  • Volunteer shifts coordinator
  • Treasurer

Sign up for Summer CSA

Join our Facebook Group for updates

 


THIS WEEK IN FOOD TALK

climate change dinner party

What will dinner parties look like post climate change? Goodbye chocolate...

A NYC-based photographer from Saveur magazine poses an interesting question: what will we be eating for dinner after sea levels rise? Through the medium of a photographic essay, she depicts a dystopic reality of life without chocolate, with seaweed and bivalves taking center stage. 

View and read more about her photo essay.

 

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 3/14/2017 4:36pm by Core Committee.

Dear Washington Square CSA-ers,

This absurdly snowy(ish?) day seems a good time to turn our thoughts to sun-soaked fields of ripening CSA veggies. So, let this serve as your friendly reminder to join the local foods bandwagon again this year and register for a share with Washington Square CSA.

The last early bird discount is coming up on Monday, March 20th. This is your last chance to get a discounted share (save $40!), bringing the weekly price to just about $17 -- one of the very cheapest in the city.

Sign up for a summer CSA share.

 


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, but this will be confirmed shortly.
  • Super Early Bird: $350 - payment by January 19, 2017
  • Very Early Bird: $365 - payment by January 30, 2017
  • Early Bird: $375 - payment by March 20, 2017
  • Regular Bird: $415 - payment by April 30, 2017
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,
The WSCSA Core Committee
Andrew, Emily, Eva, Linda, Molly, Natalie, Rachel

 

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Posted 3/4/2017 12:26pm by Core Committee.
 
 
 

WHAT'S COMING

Below is the farm's best guess as of this morning, but it is very much subject to change!!!

  • parsnips
  • mixed carrots
  • yukon potatoes
  • adirondack blue potatoes
  • yellow onions
  • sunchokes
  • kohlrabi
  • scallions 
  • spinach
  • mixed add-ons and pantry items
Get veggie storage tips.
 

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Extra-flaky scallion pancakes w/ ginger-scallion dipping sauce

scallion pancakes

One of the best greasy Chinese appetizers without ever having to change out of our pajamas (or place an order for delivery)?! Yes, please!  Get the recipe.


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi members,

Our next pick-up is this Tuesday, March 7th. We currently are missing volunteers for both the 1st and 2nd slots, so if you're available from 2-4pm or 3:50-6pm, please sign up!

The next two pick-ups are full for volunteers, so this would be a good week to get your shift done if you haven't yet.

Sign up for a volunteer shift.

 

Join our Facebook Group for updates

 


THIS WEEK IN FOOD TALK

sunny perdue

What will Trump's Secretary of Agriculture pick mean for farmers?

Sunny Perdue, Georgia Governor and Trump's yet-to-be-confirmed pick to run the USDA, has some optimistic, others fearful. While he is largely believed to have ample knowledge and experience, his ties to Big Ag have people worried for small farmers. As a former head of a fertilizer business, environmental activists also worry that he will not take issues regarding sustainability into account for the next Farm Bill (which has just begun to be discussed). 

Read more about Sunny Perdue and what his appointment will mean for the American farm business. Then, read something lighter about what's being served from the new White House kitchen, and what will become of Michelle Obama's organic veggie garden (spoiler: it's actually good news). 

 

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 2/24/2017 10:59am by Core Committee.

Dear Washington Square CSA current and former members,

It's CSA Day, and we are joining farmers and fellow CSAs across the country to celebrate! You know what the best way is to join in? Sign up for a summer share.

What is CSA Day all about?

Now is the time of year when farmers make all the investments they'll need to have a successful harvest many months from now. As you know, CSAs are all about the sharing of benefits and risks -- early registrations allow for more benefits. So, to support their work and ensure that we ALL can have access to delicious, locally-grown veggies year-round, a push is made today to get more people signed up for a share. In fact, today is the most popular day of the year to register for a CSA!

So, join the effort and sign up.

If you're already signed up (thank you!), you can do your part by sharing our posts on social media and encouraging your friends and family to get involved.

Thanks for being great, and happy CSA Day!

Cheers,

Andrew, Emily, Eva, Linda, Molly, Natalie, Rachel
Your Washington Square CSA Core Committee



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, but this will be confirmed shortly.
  • Super Early Bird: $350 - payment by January 19, 2017
  • Very Early Bird: $365 - payment by January 30, 2017
  • Early Bird: $375 - payment by March 20, 2017
  • Regular Bird: $415 - payment by April 30, 2017
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!
 
 


 

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CSA Pickup #1 Tomorrow, June 13June 12th, 2017

WHAT'S COMING Here's what we're looking forward to tomorrow: Garlic Scapes Spring Onion Radish Chives Kohlrabi Pac Choi Lettuce Spinach  WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION Feta-Radish Dip Looki

WSCSA Starts Tuesday June 13June 5th, 2017

Good Afternoon,  Welcome new and returning members to another great season of local, fresh produce! It's official, our first pickup will be next Tuesday, June 13. This pickup will

Last day to register for WSCSA's summer share! May 11th, 2017

Good afternoon, We want to extend a reminder that today is the last day to register for our summer CSA share. If you are interested in joining, please use the link below!  Sign up for a CSA