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Posted 10/21/2019 10:23pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what is coming on the truck this week:

  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Winter Squash
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Summer Squash

Fruit Share:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapes

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Butternut Squash Pasta

butternut squash pasta

I made this butternut squash pasta recipe last night, and although roasting and pureeing the squash takes a bit of time, it was worth it! 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We're all set on volunteers this week, but there are only a few weeks left to volunteer, so please be sure to do so hereOnly three pickups remain after 10/22. Out of 72 members, 20 members are yet to fulfill their volunteer requirements (i.e., 2 shifts for summer members and 1 shift for fall members). Please remember that there is a $100 fine for each missed shift. If none of the remaining time slots will work for you, you can email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com for additional opportunities.

Thanks!
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM
winter squash

Global warming is a myth in certain circles and on our farm we have escaped a killing frost thus far. We Have had 2 light frosts that set a few things back but still have some of our summer crops still going such as squash. Looking out in the forecast it is possible we will have a killing frost next Saturday as it needs to go down to 28 for 4 hours to be considered a killing frost.

We continue to bring in winter storage crops and clean up the fields and winterize the farm before the majority of our help returns to Egypt. The first few guys start going home the first week of November. Haifa and I will be done with markets on the 11th of November and will be planning to visit relatives overseas. It has been an incredible season again: cold, hot, cold, and now warmish. Stay tuned for information on the winter share. Enjoy some of the scenes from the farm this week:

kohlrabi summer squash

Zaid Kurdieh
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 10/14/2019 8:59pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what might be coming on the truck this week:

  • Peppers
  • Greens
  • Ginger
  • Winter Squash
  • Celery
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Pac Choi
  • Kohlrabi
  • Parsley
  • Summer Squash
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Alliums

Fruit: 

  • McIntosh Apples
  • Asian Pears

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Carrot Ginger Soup

carrot ginger soup

I'm looking for a way to work through the ever increasing supply of carrots, and this carrot ginger soup looks delicious. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We're all set on volunteers this week, but there are only a few weeks left to volunteer, so please be sure to do so hereOnly four pickups remain after 10/15. Out of 72 members, 28 members are yet to fulfill their volunteer requirements (i.e., 2 shifts for summer members and 1 shift for fall members). Please remember that there is a $100 fine for each missed shift. If none of the remaining time slots will work for you, you can email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com for additional opportunities.

Thanks!
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

high tunnels

Fall is here for sure. Three days ago the forecast overnight was for 44 degrees and it suddenly dropped to 28 degrees. Luckily it did not hurt the crops too bad. However, the shortening days and the highs in the 50 and sixties and lows in the 30s and 40s are taking there toll. Plants just don’t grow much under these conditions.

Five more distributions left, where has the season gone? So, enjoy the last of the summer crops as we transition into the fall and winter crops. We are still looking for people to help in the packing shed as well as a person to help manage some of the issues that come up on the farm. The crew continues to pull storage crops and cleanup fields and prepare high tunnels for winter. Anything planted in the high tunnels now will be available in the spring time.

Zaid Kurdieh
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 10/7/2019 9:10pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what is coming on the truck this week:

  • Peppers
  • Yellow Onions
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Mustard Greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Winter Squash
  • Summer Squash
  • Lettuce

Fruit: 

  • Apples
  • Grapes

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Simple Ribollita

ribollita

The cold snap this past weekend had me craving soup, so here's a simple recipe that will help to use up some of those carrots we get every week, in addition to greens and onions. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

Looking forward to another week of great produce! We're looking for volunteers in the 2-4pm time slot this week. Email us or stop by if you can help out! If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts, be sure to do so here

Please note: We only have a few weeks left in the season, and there aren't many volunteer shifts available, but there are quite a few members who have not fulfilled their shifts yet. Please remember that there is a $100 fine for not completing shifts by the end of the season, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. If none of the remaining time slots will work for you, you can email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com for additional opportunities.

Thanks!
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

big carrots

The frost happened Friday night into Saturday and our guys scrambled to cover as much as they can with row cover and put supplemental heat in some of our high tunnels to protect our tender summer crops as we usually can get up to one month of semi decent weather to continue to harvest some of our summer crops especially the ones in high tunnels.

The 10-day extended forecast is okay, with highs in the high 50s to low 60s and lows in the mid 30s to the low 40s. Not the best weather for summer crops such as tomatoes and peppers but the hope is that we can at least keep them alive. The guys are frantically continuing the quest to put crops away for winter in addition to fulfilling CSA packing, restaurant orders, and market packing. The next group leaves the first week of November. Haifa and I are already strategizing for next year and looking at how things will change for us. 

Zaid Kurdieh
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 9/30/2019 9:19pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what is coming on the truck this week:

  • Leeks
  • Celery
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Greens
  • Carrots
  • Ginger
  • Bok Choy
  • Lettuce

Fruit Share: 

  • Pears
  • Plums

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Bok Choy Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette 

Bok Choy Salad

Carrot ribbons and red bell peppers are also featured in this salad, so it's full of CSA potential. The spicy dressing is made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Quick and easy! 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

October is here and we're officially into the fall season, despite the continued summer weather. We're looking for volunteers in the 2-4pm time slot this week. Email us or stop by if you can help out! If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts, be sure to do so here

Thanks!
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

high tunnel

Next week is a bit scary as we have temperatures close to 80 degrees and then tumble to low 30s by Thursday. If we have a massive frost many of our summer crops will be toast…we hope for things to hold at around 33 as they are forecasting…remains to be seen.

Fall is definitely here, and the first of my partner employees are going home on Tuesday. We are preparing for the pending frost by reading some of our salamander heaters and row cover. We are also beefing up our high tunnels with supports to prevent them from collapse from snow load. Our Amish friends are cutting lumber for us to prop up the high tunnels. We are also preparing some high tunnels for planting as well as cleaning up fields for spring planting.

Zaid Kurdieh
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 9/16/2019 7:03pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what might be coming in our share this week:

  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Pac Choi
  • Potatoes
  • Squash
  • Melon
  • Tomatillos
  • Greens
  • Leeks
  • Celery
  • Scallions
  • Soybeans
  • Garlic

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Pasta with Green Beans and Almond Gremolata 

pasta

If you've been sending your celery leaves into the compost bin, stop! And use them in this recipe! Green and bright, they are a perfect edition to this pasta dish, which comes together quickly.


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We're looking forward to another week of great produce! We have new members joining us for the start of fall share this week. Welcome new members! Below is some helpful information if this is your first time joining our CSA: 

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

Check out our helpful Tips and FAQ's sheet for additional information on the pickup, and don't forget to bring your own bags for pickup each week. We cannot provide bags or boxes to help transport your share. 

We need volunteers in the 4-6:30pm slot this week. Please email us or just stop by if you can help. Remember, all summer members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, and fall members must volunteer for 1, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts, be sure to do so here

Thanks!
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

tomatoes

Fatigue has set in with everybody working 90 plus hours and short on a few people so we are in a way looking for that light…..Next 10 days looks fairly good with 4 out of 10 days with night time lows below 50 degrees. Soon crops will shift to more fall winter type crops such as greens, winter squashes, potatoes, ginger, etc. This week we are harvesting winter radishes and carrots for storage.

This week in the city we hosted some cacao farmers from Puerto Rico. I had visited Puerto Rico last February to survey the impact of the Hurricane on farmers there to see what we could do to help. We hosted the farmers at three events: one at the greenmarket, one at Gramercy Tavern, and the fundraiser dinner at Upland. The farmers and chocolate maker were introduced to potential customers.

Don't forget about our event coming up this weekend: 

On Sunday 9/22 join us for the the End of Summer Farmer's Dinner Party honoring Chef Suzanne Cupps as she will be leaving Untitled. Her veggie centric dishes are well balanced and combine ingredients in exquisite ways without being pretentious. Reserve a spot on Resy between 5-9pm. 

Zaid Kurdieh, 
Norwich Meadows Farms


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

 

 

Posted 9/13/2019 7:47am by Core Committee.

Registration closes today for our Fall Share! Fall 2019 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery.

The fall season will kick off on Tuesday, September 17th. Distribution will be every week for 9 weeks. To sign up, head over to our website now! Please let us know right away if you encounter any issues with the site.

The deadline to sign up and all payments must be received by is Friday September 13.  

 Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!)

  • Are add-ons available for the fall? We are excited to offer weekly fruit and egg shares for the fall season! We also plan to have a Market Day this fall, at which time you can make a one-time purchase of many of our other add-on items. You can also check our facebook page to see if any current members are looking to sell or split some of their add-ons. (Feel free to post a request on the page as well, if there's something you're looking for!)

  • If I'm a current summer 2019 member, do I need to sign up for the fall share? Nope! Your summer share will continue through November. Fall share runs concurrently with the end of the season, and both fall and summer will receive the same items each week. The only difference is the start date.

  • If I'm a current summer member without a fruit share, can I purchase a fall fruit share? Absolutely! Just head over to our website and update your membership. (Please note: The site will also give you the option to purchase a fall veggie share – if you do so, you will receive a double share of veggies for the last 9 weeks of the season.)

  • What if I want to make changes to my other add-ons? Unfortunately, WSCSA cannot alter any of your other add-ons, nor can we cancel any shares that were paid at the start of the season. However, you can post on our facebook page if there is a share you no longer want, and see if any other members are interested in purchasing the remainder of the share from you!

Please remember that Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers and relies on the participation of every member to ensure our success! Please make sure you fulfill your workshift requirement, and email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com if you have any questions.

We hope to see you this fall!

Cheers,
The WSCSA 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 9/9/2019 7:20pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what might be coming in our share this week:

  • Celery
  • Eggplants
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Soy Beans
  • Green Beans
  • Tomatillos
  • Cabbage
  • Beets

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

salsa

This is my go-to salsa recipe whenever we get tomatillos. It's super simple: throw tomatillos, tomatoes, onions, and jalepeno peppers onto a sheet pan and roast under the broiler until blackened. Then spin in a blender with lime juice and cilantro. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

Don't forget, fall registration is open this week! If you've been regretting not having the egg or fruit add-on, now's the time to update your membership. The deadline to update and submit payment is Friday, September 13. And if you have any friends or family who want to join for the fall, they can sign up for the 9-week fall share here. Please take a moment to share our flyer with your peers so that we can continue to grow our community and support local farming. 

We need volunteers this week in the 6-8:30pm slots. Please email us or just stop by if you can help. Remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts, be sure to do so here

Thanks!
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

squash

Writing this after have looked at the 10 day forecast for Norwich. The next 2 nights we have lows below 50 which does not help our summer crops in particular peppers to ripen. We have a commitment of 25000 lbs. of Habanada peppers and it is looking a little scary. We have that much on the plants but will they ripen? However, there is a bit of a warming trend with most night above 50 and days in the 70s.

The countdown has begun with the majority of our growing season behind us. The majority of our crops will be through there cycle by mid-October. The production team continues to harvest and prepare for storage our onion crop as well as carrots and soon crops like rutabaga and storage radishes. Planting now is mostly in high tunnels for late fall and winter sales.

Hopefully you are following us on Instagram, we have two events coming up in the next few weeks:

On 9/15 join us for the Summer Harvest Benefit Dinner to highlight inspiring story of persistence from our friends at Jeanmarie Chocolat farm from Puerto Rico. Details can be found on our Instagram account.

On Sunday 9/22 join us for the the End of Summer Farmer's Dinner Party honoring Chef Suzanne Cupps as she will be leaving Untitled. Her veggie centric dishes are well balanced and combine ingredients in exquisite ways without being pretentious. Reserve a spot on Resy between 5-9pm. 

Zaid Kurdieh, 
Norwich Meadows Farms


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

 

 

Posted 9/6/2019 4:33pm by Core Committee.

There is only one week left to register for our Fall Share! Fall 2019 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery.

The fall season will kick off on Tuesday, September 17th. Distribution will be every week for 9 weeks. To sign up, head over to our website now! Please let us know right away if you encounter any issues with the site.

The deadline to sign up and all payments must be received by is Friday September 13.  

 Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!)

  • Are add-ons available for the fall? We are excited to offer weekly fruit and egg shares for the fall season! We also plan to have a Market Day this fall, at which time you can make a one-time purchase of many of our other add-on items. You can also check our facebook page to see if any current members are looking to sell or split some of their add-ons. (Feel free to post a request on the page as well, if there's something you're looking for!)

  • If I'm a current summer 2019 member, do I need to sign up for the fall share? Nope! Your summer share will continue through November. Fall share runs concurrently with the end of the season, and both fall and summer will receive the same items each week. The only difference is the start date.

  • If I'm a current summer member without a fruit share, can I purchase a fall fruit share? Absolutely! Just head over to our website and update your membership. (Please note: The site will also give you the option to purchase a fall veggie share – if you do so, you will receive a double share of veggies for the last 9 weeks of the season.)

  • What if I want to make changes to my other add-ons? Unfortunately, WSCSA cannot alter any of your other add-ons, nor can we cancel any shares that were paid at the start of the season. However, you can post on our facebook page if there is a share you no longer want, and see if any other members are interested in purchasing the remainder of the share from you!

Please remember that Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers and relies on the participation of every member to ensure our success! Please make sure you fulfill your workshift requirement, and email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com if you have any questions.

We hope to see you this fall!

Cheers,
The WSCSA 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 9/2/2019 6:08pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what will be in our share tomorrow:

  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Romano Beans
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatillos

Fruit Share: 

  • Nectarines 
  • Bartlett Pears
  • Apples

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Stir-Fried Eggplant with Basil

eggplant stir-fry

Are we tired of eggplants yet? Last week I used the tiny thin ones from our share to make this delicious and quick stir-fry. The eggplant quickly became creamy on the inside and browned and crunchy on the outside. Yum! 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

Fall registration is open this week! If you've been regretting not having the egg or fruit add-on, now's the time to update your membership. The deadline to update and submit payment is Friday, September 13. And if you have any friends or family who are jealous of your awesome CSA share and want to join for the fall, they can sign up for the 9-week fall share here. Please take a moment to share our flyer with your peers so that we can continue to grow our community and support local farming. 

We need volunteers this week in the 2:30-4pm and 4-6:30pm slots. Please email us or just stop by if you can help. Remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts, be sure to do so here

Thanks!
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

week 12

Fall is in the air with a crazy forecast next week of many lows in the 40s. That means all summer crops will slow down in ripening. I have been told the farmers almanac is predicting a cold and snowy winter. With a frost possible in the next 2 to 3 weeks and the days getting shorter fast the change can be felt on a daily basis with more fog in the valleys and less harsh sun. We still continue to plant some fall and spring crops such as leeks, onion, cauliflower, and greens both outside and in the high tunnels. Daily chores this week include cleaning out high tunnels, harvesting potatoes, and drying onions and preparing for storage.

The preparation for next year has begun already can you believe it? Paperwork for visas, planning new housing for our team, strategizing to figure how to deal with new overtime rules.

We hope to see you at one of these three events over the next 3 weeks:

Next week, September 8-9, is the Corn Symposium, where I'll be in conversation with Chef Victoria Blamey of Gotham Bar & Grill about the pursuit of flavorful corn and corn’s culinary use.

On 9/15 join us for the Summer Harvest Benefit Dinner to highlight inspiring story of persistence from our friends at Jeanmarie Chocolat farm from Puerto Rico. Details can be found on our Instagram account.

On Sunday 9/22 join us for the the End of Summer Farmer's Dinner Party honoring Chef Suzanne Cupps as she will be leaving Untitled. Her veggie centric dishes are well balanced and combine ingredients in exquisite ways without being pretentious. Reserve a spot on Resy between 5-9pm. 

Zaid Kurdieh, 
Norwich Meadows Farms


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

 

 

Posted 8/26/2019 9:20pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

We haven't received a packing list from the farm yet, so this week's share will be a surprise!

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Green Bean Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

green bean salad

Here's a simple dish for those romano beans we've been getting that's got a Mexican flair. I added avocado to mine instead of egg and it was delicious! 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We need volunteers this week in the 2:30-4pm and 4-6:30pm slots. We currently have no volunteers in these slots and we need help unloading the truck! Please email us or just stop by if you can help. Remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts, be sure to do so here

Thanks!
The WSCSA Core Committee  


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

restaurants

The Rise of the Virtual Restaurant
Food delivery apps are reshaping the restaurant industry — and how we eat — by inspiring digital-only establishments that don’t need a dining room or waiters.

Food delivery apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub are starting to reshape the $863 billion American restaurant industry. As more people order food to eat at home, and as delivery becomes faster and more convenient, the apps are changing the very essence of what it means to operate a restaurant.

No longer must restaurateurs rent space for a dining room. All they need is a kitchen — or even just part of one. Then they can hang a shingle inside a meal-delivery app and market their food to the app’s customers, without the hassle and expense of hiring waiters or paying for furniture and tablecloths. Diners who order from the apps may have no idea that the restaurant doesn’t physically exist.

Read more here.


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

 

 

WSCSA Fall Pickup #6 - Tuesday October 22October 21st, 2019

WHAT'S COMING Here's what is coming on the truck this week: Potatoes Carrots Greens Bok Choy Winter Squash Peppers Lettuce Onions Summer Squash Fruit Share: Apples Pears Grapes

WSCSA Fall Pickup #5 - Tuesday October 15October 14th, 2019

WHAT'S COMING Here's what might be coming on the truck this week: Peppers Greens Ginger Winter Squash Celery Parsnips Potatoes Pac Choi Kohlrabi Parsley Summer Squash Beets Radishes A

WSCSA Fall Pickup #4 - Tuesday October 8October 7th, 2019

WHAT'S COMING Here's what is coming on the truck this week: Peppers Yellow Onions Carrots Potatoes Turnips Mustard Greens Bok Choy Winter Squash Summer Squash Lettuce Fruit:  A