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Posted 10/22/2018 9:51pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Honeynut Squash
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Bok Choy
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
Fruit Share: 
  • Macoun Apples
  • Asian Pears

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts

brussels sprouts

I'm always excited to see Brussels sprouts on the CSA packing list, but there is some work involved to pull them off the stem. Why not go the extra mile and pull individual leaves? It will be worth it for this super tender, caramelized stir-fry. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We're looking for volunteers for the 2pm-4pm slot this week. With the summer/fall season winding down, not many volunteer shifts remain. If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts yet, please be sure to do so here. All summer members must complete 2 shifts, and fall members must complete 1 shift.  Please note that failure to fulfill your volunteer requirement will result in a charge of $100 per missed shift.  

Our 11/20 Market Day is now open! 

We're excited to have Lewis Waite Farm and City Saucery meat, fish, dairy, bread, pantry items and tomato sauces available for our November Market Day! In addition, during pickup on November 20th, one of our Core Committee members Daniel Miron will be selling his homemade jams and preserves!

SUBMIT YOUR MARKET DAY ORDER HERE

Orders and payments are due by November 7th. Pickup will occur at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, between 4-8pm.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

farmers at work

This morning as I write this it is a balmy 34 degrees with snow flurries on the hilltops surrounding Norwich. This week our low will be in the mid to lower 20s and high in the upper 40s. 

The race is on now to hopefully both mature some of the late planted storage crops or ones replanted due to flooding and harvest them before any deep snow arrives. This week we are cleaning summer vegetables from fields and high tunnels as well as plant high tunnels for spring harvest. We will plant onions, leeks, spinach and lettuce. We have almost filled our on-site storage so looking at off site storage too.

Vegetable of the Week: Carrots
The taken for granted carrot is one of the hardest crops to grow organically as the seed germinates very slowly and cannot be transplanted so is very weed sensitive. Carrots come in many shapes and sizes from the round Parisian types to the almost triangular Chantenay types. They come in a variety of colors from the almost white to the dark purple that is almost black. I was introduced to the Kyoto type carrot by Gramercy Tavern Chef Michael Anthony which is red and when cooked has an incredible flavor and luster. Also, chef Dan Barber made an incredible steak out of a huge carrot that was exquisite. Carrots are best in flavor in the fall and after a few frosts which makes them sweeter and more flavorful.

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 10/15/2018 7:36pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Beets
  • Lettuce
  • Purple Radishes
  • Onions
  • Pac Choi
  • Peppers
Fruit Share: 
  • Yugi Pears

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash

A homemade hash for breakfast, coupled with the sweet crisp air, provides all the fall feels!


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

tote bagHi Members,

With the summer/fall season winding down, not many volunteer shifts remain. If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts yet, please be sure to do so here. All summer members must complete 2 shifts, and fall members must complete 1 shift.  Please note that failure to fulfill your volunteer requirement will result in a charge of $100 per missed shift.  

Be on the look out for details on our upcoming Market Day (currently planned for 11/20)! Turkeys will be offered! 

Also, don't forget that we're now selling tote bags, perfect for lugging your bountiful share home! They are $15 each and you can pay for them with Venmo, cash, or check.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

honeynut squashThe inflection point is here. Now that we have had a slight frost, the crew will spend a lot of time tending to the high tunnels of our summer crops to get a few more weeks out of things like tomatoes, beans, eggplants, and peppers. This means a lot of row covering with row covers. Some of the high tunnels will be heated to ward off the frost. We continue to fix doors on high tunnels and prepare them for winter by bracing them with 2x4s and other bracing. Our foreman is plowing sod to get ready for next season to breakdown the grass ahead of planting.

Vegetable of the week: Winter squash; Honey nut. This is a single serving gem of a winter squash with pedigree that gives it the shape of a butternut with sweeter more flavorful flesh. This squash was developed by Cornell University in the MazLabs of our very own resident breeder Dr. Michael Mazourek who can be found at our farm almost every Wednesday during the summer tending to our ongoing breeding experiments

Thanks,

Zaid & Haifa
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 10/8/2018 5:24pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Savoy Cabbage
  • White Pumpkins
  • Potatoes
  • Galangal (aka Siamese Ginger)
  • Pak Choi
  • Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Parsnip
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
Fruit Share: 
  • Apples
  • Pears

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Spicy Stir-Fried Cabbage

Spicy Stir-Fried Cabbage

Sometimes figuring out what to make with cabbage can be tough.  With this recipe, try using our farm fresh galangal instead of ginger!


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

tote bagHi Members,

With the summer/fall season winding down, not many volunteer shifts remain. If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts yet, please be sure to do so here. All summer members must complete 2 shifts, and fall members must complete 1 shift.  Please note that failure to fulfill your volunteer requirement will result in a charge of $100 per missed shift.  

Also, don't forget that we're now selling tote bags! They are $15 each and you can pay for them with Venmo, cash, or check.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

carrot harvest

The 10-day forecast looks like fall is coming soon with a vengeance. By Friday we're looking at a low in the mid 30s and highs over the next 4 days will be barely hitting 50. Already, the growth of most plants has slowed immensely. So, it is likely we will have a frost next week. 
 
On the farm: 
 
With the fall temperatures (minus the rain), work is much more comfortable on the farm. This week we are making beds to plant garlic. Garlic is a crop that is planted in the fall and overwintered and harvested mid-July.  We are also planting onions in high tunnels which typically are available in the spring for market and winter CSAs. The pace of harvest will pick up with the specter of a frost later in the week….
 

Thanks,
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 9/24/2018 6:26pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Sunchokes
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Lettuce
  • Corn
  • Summer Squash
Fruit Share: 
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Apples

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Kale

spaghetti squash

When I first started cooking with spaghetti squash, I paired it with a tomato sauce, as you would real pasta. But I learned quickly that keeping this accompanying ingredients light and firm, rather than saucy, can still bring flavor without letting the squash get mushy. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

tote bagHi Members,  

We need volunteers in the 2pm-4pm shift this week, please come help out if you can. If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts yet, be sure to do so here. All summer members must complete 2 shifts, and fall members must complete 1 shift. 

Also, don't forget that we're now selling tote bags! They are $15 each and you can pay for them with Venmo, cash, or check.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

farm

Wow 41 degrees Fahrenheit as I write this, this morning…10 years ago at this time that would most likely have been a frost. The week will be a typical fall week with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. 

The storage crop harvest continues this week (Winter Squashes, Carrots, Beets, and Jerusalem Artichokes). We are planting lettuce, greens, dill and cilantro in our high tunnels now for late fall, early winter and spring harvest. The guys are continuing to clean fields from summer crops. They will also begin preparing the high tunnels for winter by repairing doors and putting bracing to protect from snow loads.

Haifa and I attended the Farm Aid pre-concert events (minus the music) on Saturday and the mood at the press conference opening for the event was somber and filled with anger. John Mellencamp urged people to support small local farms and warned of apathetic behavior where large agricultural concerns pull the wool over the eyes of the American people. Neil Young reminded everybody to vote to change the current status. We were on a panel that talked about Diversity in Agriculture. We thank all our CSA members that continue to support us and support other local farms.

Thanks,
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 9/17/2018 8:55pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Bell Pepper
  • Beets
  • Leeks
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Tomatoes 
  • Bok Choi
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potatoes
Fruit Share: 
  • Apples
  • Plums
  • Pears

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Sweet Potato Curry

sweet potato curry

As the rain heads our way, here's a sweet potato curry recipe to warm up your weeknight. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

tote bagHi Members, 

We're selling tote bags this season! We'll have them available at every pickup moving forward starting this Tuesday. They are $15 each and you can pay for them with Venmo, cash, or check. 

If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts yet, be sure to do so here. All summer members must complete 2 shifts, and fall members must complete 1 shift. 

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

pumpkin

This week we continue to prepare our storage trailers for storing over wintered crops such as potatoes, carrots, beets, celery root, etc. The guys are also continuing to cleanup from summer crops and weed fall harvested crops such as watermelon and black radishes. We are also planting crops such as leeks and onions for overwintering.

Outside we will be planting some radish and short-term lettuces and continue to harvest Jerusalem Artichokes and Sweet Potatoes. Haifa and I are headed to Farm Aid (Concert by Willie Nelson and other artists) in CT next Saturday to participate in spreading awareness about the plight of NY and US farmers. Thank you for your support.

Thanks,
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 9/10/2018 6:04pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Leeks
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
Fruit Share: 
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Pears

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Zucchini and Bell Pepper Frittata

frittata

Quick, easy, and only one pan to clean up, frittatas are the way to go on a weeknight. You can throw any of our CSA veggies in here, the leeks would be a nice addition too.  


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Hi Members,

Fall is officially here! We welcome all of our new fall members this week. If it's your first pick-up with us at Washington Square CSA, below is the pickup time and address. Don't forget to bring your own bags / boxes to carry your share home. 

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 this week in the 2-4pm slot, which currently has no volunteers. Stop by and help out if you can. Also, if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts yet, be sure to do so here. All summer members must complete 2 shifts, and fall members must complete 1 shift. 

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

What a relief…. fall temperatures alas for the whole week and sunshine forecasted for entire week. It has been a mixed bag this past week with nice weather but with morning fog which is beautiful but destructive as in the mist lurks fungus spores.

Our new farm property in South New Berlin is in a deep valley and the fog sits in the valley for much of the morning when low temperatures combine with the fungus spores and fog to create the perfect storm. We are harvesting winter squash as well as sweet potatoes. The sweet potato yields this year are a perfect indicator of how hot it has been. Unfortunately, our ginger crop was a complete failure this year. It was ravaged by a disease that we are trying to figure out. We are in the home stretch…summer winding down fast and we hope we have a long stable fall to help recapture some lost sales due to the summer heat. 

Thanks,
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 8/27/2018 7:53pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Soy Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Carrots 
  • Potatoes 
  • Peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Watermelon
Fruit Share: 
  • Donut Peaches
  • Italian Plums
  • Apples

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Tomato and Watermelon Salad

tomato watermelon salad

It's another 85 degree week in the city, so I'm looking out for easy cooling dishes to make with our CSA. This watermelon tomato salad seems perfect! 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We're looking for additional volunteers this week in the 2-4pm and 6-8:30pm slots. Stop by and help out if you can. Also, if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts yet, be sure to do so here. All summer members must complete 2 shifts! 

Also, if you have the cheese add-on, there was a delay with the shipment and your cheese will arrive next week! 

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

bees

No news from the farm this week, so here's an enlightening article about how farms are strategizing against bee losses: 

Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

The honeybee has been the dominant pollinator for decades but is now is threatened by pesticides, pathogens, parasites and poor nutrition. 
 
Last year, beekeepers in the United States lost an estimated 40 percent of their managed honeybee colonies, so many commercial agricultural operations around the United States are considering pollination with alternative bee species now that the honeybee is beset by problems.

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!

 
Posted 8/24/2018 4:23pm by Core Committee.

Today is the last day to register for Washington Square CSA's Fall Share! Fall 2018 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 11th. 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 for all payments to be received is TONIGHT, Friday August 24. 

 Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!)

  • Are add-ons available for the fall? We are excited to offer weekly fruit shares for the fall season! We also plan to have several Market Days in the fall, at which times 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 2018 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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Posted 8/23/2018 5:19pm by Core Committee.

There is one day left to register for Washington Square CSA's Fall Share! Fall 2018 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 11th. 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 for all payments to be received is TOMORROW, Friday August 24. 

 Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!)

  • Are add-ons available for the fall? We are excited to offer weekly fruit shares for the fall season! We also plan to have several Market Days in the fall, at which times 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 2018 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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Posted 8/20/2018 8:19pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Melons
  • Eggplants
  • Green Beans
  • Yellow Onions
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes 
  • Corn
Fruit Share: 
  • Yellow Peaches
  • Yellow Nectarines
  • Zestar Apples 

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Grated Squash, Corn, and Tomatillo Tacos

corn tomatillo tacos

I'm so excited to finally get corn this week! If you haven't blended up your tomatillos from last week yet, here's an easy recipe that also uses our summer squash. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We're looking for an additional volunteer this week in the 2-4pm slot. Stop by and help out if you can. Also, if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shifts yet, be sure to do so here. Once the fall season starts, we will open up shifts through November, and all summer members are required to fulfill two shifts per season. 

Also, our fall registration is now open! Our shares include the fall season, but if you know of anyone who is looking to join the CSA, please direct them to our website to sign up. Pickup starts September 11, runs for 9 weeks and costs $185. And, if you missed out on a weekly fruit share this summer and want to add one for the 9 week fall season, you can do so at our returning member page. Payment is due Friday, August 24. 

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

flooding

The rain and thunderstorms reported last week and through this week led to flooding in our fields (pictured, right).  So now in addition to our normal work we have to clean up and replant where possible. These events are very stressful as we nurture these plants and when we see this destruction it is like losing family.

Questions from CSA members:

I have a question for the farm: what produce is hardest to transport?

This question is dependent on the mix of vegetables we want to transport. If we are trying to transport summer and winter crops together this is where it gets hard as things like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are best transported at 45- 55 while things like lettuce is best transported at 33 degrees. There are also items that get bruised or broken such as heirloom tomatoes and little baby flower watermelons due to the truck bouncing down the road from farm to CSA site. Our refrigerated truck can only be set at one temperature so we often have to compromise on temps to suit all transported vegetables.  

We also had a question about the verities of basil we include in the CSA.

They all can be used as traditional Genovese basil can be used. The purple basil for example was used in a tomato salad recently featured at Gramercy Tavern for one of their market lunches. If you have more questions like this I will try to get answers from some of our chef customers. Keep the questions coming….

(Editor's note: if you have any questions for Zaid and the team, email us at info@washingtonquarecsa.com and we'll share them!)

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!

 

WSCSA Fall Pickup #7 - Tuesday, October 23October 22nd, 2018

WHAT'S COMING These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow: Honeynut Squash Brussels Sprouts Potatoes Garlic Bok Choy Celery Carrots Peppers Fruit Share:  Macoun Apples Asian Pears

WSCSA Fall Pickup #6 - Tuesday October 16October 15th, 2018

WHAT'S COMING These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow: Squash Sweet Potatoes Beets Lettuce Purple Radishes Onions Pac Choi Peppers Fruit Share:  Yugi Pears WEEKLY RECIPE INSP

WSCSA Fall Pickup #5 - Tuesday October 9October 8th, 2018

WHAT'S COMING These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow: Savoy Cabbage White Pumpkins Potatoes Galangal (aka Siamese Ginger) Pak Choi Peppers Garlic Parsnip Lettuce Radishes Fruit Share: