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Posted 8/17/2018 9:27pm by Core Committee.

There is one week 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 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 8/13/2018 8:05pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Tomatillos
  • Beets
  • Artichokes
  • Cabbage
  • Melon
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
Fruit Share: 
  • Doughnut Peaches
  • Red Plums
  • Apricots

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Tomato and Cabbage Tabbouleh

tomato cabbage tabbouleh

You can never have enough cold or room temperature salads in this humid NYC summer heat. Here's a simple tabbouleh salad that uses cabbage (which we've gotten plenty of this summer!)


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Hi Members,

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. 

Also, if you haven't had a chance to sign up for a volunteer shift yet, be sure to do so here

Don't forget that we now have a Yelp page and would love for you to leave us a positive review if you're enjoying the season so far! 

https://www.yelp.com/biz/washington-square-csa-new-york

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

lettuce

We are holding in a summer pattern more resembling what we used to see when we first moved here. Threats of thunderstorms every day and warm humid days and nights.

Weekly Dr. Michael Mazourek and his staff visit our farm to check in on experiments going on at the farm. We are growing cucumbers with the hope that we will bread a tasty cucumber that can withstand the fall assault from downy mildew which is usually a sure sign of the death of cucumber plants. Next week we have a production crew that will film on farm to promote some of the breeding work done. 

We would like to entertain questions from CSA members that we can answer in our future newsletters. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. 

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

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 8/12/2018 9:58am by Core Committee.

Washington Square CSA is pleased to announce that we are officially open for Fall Share Registration! 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 all payments must be received by 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 8/6/2018 7:47pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Sun Jewel Melons
  • Leeks
  • Carrots
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
Fruit Share: 
  • Red Plums
  • Yellow Plums
  • Blueberries

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Buttered Tomatoes with Ginger and Scallions

buttered tomatoes

Sometimes our tomatoes come in with a bruise or two, but that's okay! You won't notice after you cook them down a bit in this quick and filling weeknight dish. I'll be putting this on top of a hunk of fresh farmer's market bread, but rice or pasta works too!   


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Hi Members,

Happy August! We're excited for another week of fresh veggies, especially the tomatoes! We're looking for volunteers in the 2pm-4pm shift this week. Let us know if you can help out. And if you haven't had a chance to sign up for a shift yet, be sure to do so here

Don't forget that we now have a Yelp page and would love for you to leave us a positive review if you're enjoying the season so far! 

https://www.yelp.com/biz/washington-square-csa-new-york

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

kale

The rain continues and we are in a more traditional pattern of almost daily thunderstorms, humidity, and variably cloudy weather with highs mostly in 70 and low 80s. This is a far cry from the 90s and high humidity of a few week ago.

The cooler weather early in the season and the coolish weather now plus our new rented farm combined to give you some very nice broccoli and cauliflower.The crew on the farm continues to work very hard as we are still in a plant, weed, harvest, and pack for CSAs and market mode. Soon we will be doing less planting and weeding which will give the guys a break. In about 3 weeks Eid Ul Adha will be upon us and all are looking forward to that.Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

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 7/30/2018 8:48pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Yellow Onion
  • Artichokes
  • Mixed Eggplant
  • Mixed Cabbage
  • Sun Jewel Melons
  • Bush Basil 
  • Cauliflower Mix
  • Cucumbers
Fruit Share: 
  • Red Currants
  • Apricots
  • Blueberries

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Pan-fried Eggplant with Balsamic, Basil, and Capers

pan-fried eggplant

Basil is coming this week, what a treat! I'll be using mine on top of this super simple pan-fried eggplant dish. 


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Hi Members,

Looking forward to another week of fresh veggies! We're looking for volunteers in the 2pm-4pm shift this week. Let us know if you can help out! And if you haven't had a chance to sign up for a shift yet, be sure to do so here

Don't forget that we now have a Yelp page and would love for you to leave us a positive review if you're enjoying the season so far! 

https://www.yelp.com/biz/washington-square-csa-new-york

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

nat geo farm

There was no news from the farm this week, so I wanted to share this article recently featured in National Geographic: 

The Future of Food
A Five-Step Plan to Feed the World

When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.

The author and his team of scientists try to answer this question: How can the world double the availability of food while simultaneously cutting the environmental harm caused by agriculture? 

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 7/23/2018 7:55pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Broccoli 
  • Lettuce
  • Eggplant
  • Leeks
  • Cabbage
  • Squash
  • Celtuce
  • Cucumber
Fruit Share: 
  • Blueberries
  • Sugar Plums
  • Apricots 

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Grilled Zucchini and Leeks with Walnuts and Herbs

grilled zucchini and leeks

I've been using my grill pan a lot this season on our stovetop. It makes cooking this dish super simple and quick. 


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Hi Members,

Hope everyone is making the most of this rainy week. Staying inside means more time to cook vegetables, right?

Don't forget that we now have a Yelp page and would love for you to leave us a positive review if you're enjoying the season so far! 

https://www.yelp.com/biz/washington-square-csa-new-york

As the season kicks into high gear, it's important for every member to complete their first volunteer shift. If you haven't had a chance to sign up for yet, be sure to do so here

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

sunset over farmFinally, some much needed rain has come to the farm and alleviated the dust and hot weather culminating in a beautiful sunset last night (see picture).

The farm had been very dry especially with the heat of the last two weeks. We had some special visitors from Blue Hill at Stone Barn this week. They are one of our biggest supporters and we collaborate with them on vegetable breeding projects and other food related projects. 

The garlic harvest is complete, and the dry down is occurring, and the garlic will be put in storage starting next week. Tomatoes are starting to ripen, and you should start seeing them in 2 weeks or so.

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 6/25/2018 7:53pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • mixed squash
  • fennel
  • greens
  • garlic scapes
  • cucumbers
  • lettuce
  • radishes
  • sorrel
Fruit Share: 
  • strawberries
  • rhubarb

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

10 Things to do with Garlic Scapes

garlic scapes

Another batch of garlic scapes is on the way tomorrow! If you're like me and still have a bag of them in the fridge, here is some inspiration on ways to use them up. I'm excited to try #7, pickling! 


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Hi Members,

Summer is in full swing now! More add-ons including fruit will start this week, in addition to our usual vegetables. 

We're looking for volunteers in the 2-4pm and 6-8:30pm time slots this week. 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

Also note that next week, Tuesday July 3, we will be having a pick-up despite the holiday on the following day. If you will be out of town, take a moment to reach out to a friend or family member to pick up your share.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

farm workAnother week has passed by with yo-yo weather to perfect weather with highs in the 70s sunny and lows in the 50s. Crops are mostly growing very well all be it some of the summer crops are a bit behind. As reported earlier everything was planted 2 to 3 weeks late this year do to the never ending winter this year.

We have a few new people helping us this year on the farm; an intern from Morrisville State College: Steven, and Waleed, whose family had a farm in Turkey but spent a big part of his life in Binghamton, NY. Haifa and I will start attending the NYC greenmarkets regularly starting this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please stop by the market to visit with us if you have time. 

We have taken on an additional 80 acres this year as some of the land we initially started farming in 2000 needs to be taken out of production to give the soil a chance to rest and rejuvenate. This time of year is our busiest as we plant for fall harvest for markets and CSAs and tend to the early planted crops. Everyone is maxed out and a bit worn out.

Last week most of our farm team celebrated the end of Ramadan and got some time off and went to Binghamton for prayers and celebration. This is our 20th year in business, how time flies, and we thank those CSAs that have helped us start in business and stay in business and we hope to serve you for many more years to come. We need you however to help revitalize the CSA movement as most farmers have seen a significant drop in CSA membership.

Thank you,
Zaid & Haifa and the Norwich Meadows Farm Team

 

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

 
Posted 6/18/2018 10:51pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Squash
  • Fennel
  • Lettuce
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cucumbers

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Za'atar and Feta 

cucumber salad

Cucumbers mean that it's officially summer, right? I'm looking forward to making this simple salad tomorrow night. Bon Appetit has a few variations on this this recipe and they all sound delicious.


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Hi Members,

We're looking forward to another early summer bounty tomorrow. Please note that our pick-up will occur in the garden area by the church entrance again this week. If you have eggs, cheese, or honey add-ons, those are starting this week as well. 

We're looking for volunteers in the 4-6:30pm time slot this week. 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'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 the info email account if you're interested! 

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

radish
Hello Summer CSA’s,

We have had a good start to the season. We are still operating on a spring schedule, but the veggies are doing well. Our greenhouses are also doing well. We have 3-5 new greenhouses currently being fabricated. In our current greenhouses, we have been planting daily for fall crops.

Other news for this week, it is the end of Ramadan! Our guys have been fasting for the past month. They have been working very hard and will finally get a day off. Friday will be spent celebrating eid.

We are also starting some new products this week. We plan on featuring Palatine cheese 8oz blocks, 1lb Honey jars, and hopefully the 13oz Granola bags. The Granola may not arrive this week; In that case we will start the Granola the following week.

Lastly, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Steven Bischoff and I have been Interning this summer at Norwich Meadows Farm. I have been the contact for CSA this season, and have been the one writing the weekly newsletters.

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 6/11/2018 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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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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Washington Square CSA - Fall 2018 Registration - One Week Left!August 17th, 2018

There is one week 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-Bow

WSCSA Summer Pickup #10 - Tuesday August 14August 13th, 2018

WHAT'S COMING These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow: Tomatillos Beets Artichokes Cabbage Melon Tomatoes Cucumbers Fruit Share:  Doughnut Peaches Red Plums Apricots WEEKLY R

Washington Square CSA - Fall 2018 Registration is Now Open!August 12th, 2018

Washington Square CSA is pleased to announce that we are officially open for Fall Share Registration! Fall 2018 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at S