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Posted 2/16/2019 11:39am by Core Committee.

Dear Washington Square CSA members, 

Registration for our 2019 Summer and Fall CSA is now open, and the Very Early Bird Discount ends tomorrow, February 17th. 

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

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

  • Very Early Bird Discount: $400.00 - payment due by 2/17
  • Early Bird Discount: $420.00 - payment due by 3/17 
  • On-Time Bird: $450.00 - payment due by 4/28

Sign up now for a summer and fall 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. 
 
For more information about our policies, including summer work shift requirements, please view our Summer 2019 Member Agreement
 
Remember that Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers! To ensure our continued success, we rely on the participation of every member to fulfill volunteer shift requirements. If you're interested in getting more involved, we would love to have you! Email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com to learn about joining the Core Committee.
 
Here's to another summer of supporting our local farmers and eating great food!
 
Cheers,
Your Washington Square CSA Core Committee 

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

Posted 2/11/2019 7:08pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

This week we can expect the following winter produce, along with other meat, dairy, and pantry items.

  • Carrots
  • Rutabaga
  • Potatoes
  • Sunchokes
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Beets

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Polenta with Braised Root Vegetables

braised root vegetables

This recipe can be made with any root vegetables, and braising gives you a soft deeply flavored vegetable without too much fuss.  

Get the recipe here.

 

SHARE THE LOVE!

#WSCSA on Instagram

Washington Square CSA on Facebook

WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We're looking forward to another great produce delivery this week! We need volunteers in the 4:30-6:30pm slot this week. Please sign up or stop by if you can help out. Also, please remember that we amended the first volunteer shift to start at 2:00pm. If you haven't signed up for your volunteer shift for the winter season yet, be sure to do so here

Summer/Fall Registration 2019

Our registration is now open for summer and fall 2019Distribution will be once a week, beginning in June and running until late October or early November. We expect to continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's Church on the Bowery. 

For more information about our policies, including summer work shift requirements, please view our Summer 2019 Member Agreement
  • Very Early Bird Discount: $400.00 - payment due by 2/17
  • Early Bird Discount: $420.00 - payment due by 3/17 
  • On-Time Bird: $450.00 - payment due by 4/28

Sign up now for a summer and fall CSA share!

Thanks,
The WSCSA Core Committee  
 


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

The Murky Ethics of the Ugly-Produce Business

One of the most popularly cited problems in the food industry is the amount of produce that goes entirely unconsumed in the developed world. By some estimations, it’s more than half. To combat that, a new class of for-profit start-ups has emerged: ugly-produce boxes. Companies like Misfits Market, Imperfect Produce, and Hungry Harvest aim to fill the logistical gaps and provide new markets for growers by buying up farmers’ “ugly” or excess produce and shipping it directly to your doorstep, often by subscription. 

But not everyone is buying it: Food-justice advocates argue that profit-based solutions are unequipped to do battle against food inequality, and that even well-meaning companies could do real harm to community organizations. Depending on who you ask, ugly produce is either the salvation or destruction of America’s food system.

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 1/28/2019 8:23pm by Core Committee.

Dear Washington Square CSA members, 

It may only be January, but summer is just around the corner when it comes to planning for fresh local produce! We are pleased to announce that registration for our 2019 Summer and Fall CSA is now open.

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

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

  • Very Early Bird Discount: $400.00 - payment due by 2/17
  • Early Bird Discount: $420.00 - payment due by 3/17 
  • On-Time Bird: $450.00 - payment due by 4/28

Sign up now for a summer and fall 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. 
 
For more information about our policies, including summer work shift requirements, please view our Summer 2019 Member Agreement
 
Remember that Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers! To ensure our continued success, we rely on the participation of every member to fulfill volunteer shift requirements. If you're interested in getting more involved, we would love to have you! Email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com to learn about joining the Core Committee.
 
Here's to another summer of supporting our local farmers and eating great food!
 
Cheers,
Your Washington Square CSA Core Committee 

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

Posted 1/22/2019 7:25am by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

We haven't received confirmation from the farm on their packing list this week, so the share will be a surprise! Expect a mix of winter produce, along with other meat, dairy, and pantry items.

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Winter Squash Carbonara

winter squash carbonara

Turning squash into a creamy pasta sauce is one of my favorite comfort recipes in the winter. This take on an egg-less carbonara creates a silky sauce in blender. 

Get the recipe here.

 

SHARE THE LOVE!

#WSCSA on Instagram

Washington Square CSA on Facebook

WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We hope everyone is staying warm this week! We're looking forward to another round of winter vegetables and pantry goods from our farm today.

We'd also like to welcome our new Winter 2019 members. As a reminder, our pick-ups are located at: 

131 East 10th Street
(entrance on East 11th street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
4pm - 8pm

Don't forget to bring bags to carry your share home in! 

Please note: We updated the first volunteer shift to start at 2:30pm due to a later CSA drop off time. And don't forget, if you haven't signed up for your volunteer shift for the winter season yet, be sure to do so here

Thanks,
The WSCSA Core Committee  
 


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West

As men leave animal agriculture for less gritty work, more ranches are being led by women — with new ideas about technology, ecology and the land.

For decades, family farms and ranches were handed down to men. Now, as mechanization and technology transform the ranching industry, making the job of cowboy less about physical strength — though female ranchers have that in spades — and more about business, animal husbandry and the environment, women have reclaimed their connection to the land.

At the same time, the brothers, sons and grandsons who would have historically inherited a family ranch have, in the last decade, opted to pursue less gritty work. As a result, in 2012, 14 percent of the nation’s 2.1 million farms had a female proprietor, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That ratio may rise, as over half the farms and ranches in the United States are expected to change hands over the next 20 years.

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 1/6/2019 10:32am by Core Committee.

Hello CSA Members,

Due to lower than expected membership this year, the farm has allowed us to reopen our winter share registration for the 2019 pick-up dates. If you missed your chance to register for our winter share, the deadline to register is January 6, 2019. Please consider supporting local farmers by joining us this winter season. 

This registration is for 7 pick-ups between January and May 2019: Jan 22, Feb 12, March 5, March 26, April 16, May 7, and May 14.

Winter 2019 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's in the Bowery.

Rather than our typical vegetable share with add-ons, the winter CSA features several "mixed" share types to choose from: Meat share, Lacto-ovo share, and Vegan share. All three shares cost $310. Find more details and registration forms on our website here. Members will be required to complete one two-hour work shift during pickup, or the equivalent in other volunteer opportunities. 

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 Sunday, January 6, 2019.  

Please email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com if you would like more information. 

We hope to see you this winter!

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 1/4/2019 2:28pm by Core Committee.


Hello Summer and Fall 2018 CSA Members! 

Don't forget to take a moment to fill out this End of Season Survey by today, Friday, January 4. Your feedback will help both Norwich Farms (our farm!) and the WSCSA Core Committee learn more about CSA members and their needs. Your input is very important to us, and will impact the way our CSA is run and the sorts of products and produce we offer in future seasons.

Plus, we'll be giving away three of our new WSCSA totes to three random members who submit surveys by January 4, 2019!

FILL OUT THE SURVEY

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know what you think!

Cheers, 
Washington Square CSA Core Committee

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

Posted 12/30/2018 2:10pm by Core Committee.


Hello Summer and Fall 2018 CSA Members! 

Don't forget to take a moment to fill out this End of Season Survey before this Friday, January 4. Your feedback will help both Norwich Farms (our farm!) and the WSCSA Core Committee learn more about CSA members and their needs. Your input is very important to us, and will impact the way our CSA is run and the sorts of products and produce we offer in future seasons.

Plus, we'll be giving away three of our new WSCSA totes to three random members who submit surveys by January 4, 2019!

FILL OUT THE SURVEY

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know what you think!

Cheers, 
Washington Square CSA Core Committee

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

Posted 12/30/2018 2:01pm by Core Committee.

Hello CSA Members,

Due to lower than expected membership this year, the farm has allowed us to reopen our winter share registration for the 2019 pick-up dates. If you missed your chance to register for our winter share, the deadline to register is January 6, 2019. Please consider supporting local farmers by joining us this winter season. 

This registration is for 7 pick-ups between January and May 2019: Jan 22, Feb 12, March 5, March 26, April 16, May 7, and May 14.

Winter 2019 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's in the Bowery.

Rather than our typical vegetable share with add-ons, the winter CSA features several "mixed" share types to choose from: Meat share, Lacto-ovo share, and Vegan share. All three shares cost $310. Find more details and registration forms on our website here. Members will be required to complete one two-hour work shift during pickup, or the equivalent in other volunteer opportunities. 

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 Sunday, January 6, 2019.  

Please email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com if you would like more information. 

We hope to see you this winter!

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 12/17/2018 7:39am by Core Committee.

Hello CSA Members,

Due to lower than expected membership this year, the farm has allowed us to reopen our winter share registration for the 2019 pick-up dates. If you missed your chance to register for our winter share, the deadline to register is January 6, 2019. Please consider supporting local farmers by joining us this winter season. 

This registration is for 7 pick-ups between January and May 2019: Jan 22, Feb 12, March 5, March 26, April 16, May 7, and May 14.

Winter 2019 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's in the Bowery.

Rather than our typical vegetable share with add-ons, the winter CSA features several "mixed" share types to choose from: Meat share, Lacto-ovo share, and Vegan share. All three shares cost $310. Find more details and registration forms on our website here. Members will be required to complete one two-hour work shift during pickup, or the equivalent in other volunteer opportunities. 

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 Sunday, January 6, 2019.  

Please email us at info@washingtonsquarecsa.com if you would like more information. 

We hope to see you this winter!

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 12/10/2018 5:31pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

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

  • Winter squash
  • Parsnips
  • Bok Choy
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Sunchokes
  • Rutabega
  • Turmeric

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Miso Glazed Turnips

carrot soup

This fast and easy glazing technique comes together quickly on the stovetop in a skillet. The tang of miso is an unusual pairing with turnips but works quite nicely. 

Get the recipe here.

 

SHARE THE LOVE!

#WSCSA on Instagram

Washington Square CSA on Facebook

WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

We're looking forward to another batch of fresh produce and pantry items this Tuesday! 

We're also looking for a volunteer for our 4-6:30 time slot. Stop by if you can help out! If you haven't signed up for your volunteer shift for the winter season yet, be sure to do so here

Happy Holidays! 

The WSCSA Core Committee  
 

THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

Can we grow more food on less land? We'll have to, a new study finds. 

If the world hopes to make meaningful progress on climate change, it won’t be enough for cars and factories to get cleaner. Our cows and wheat fields will have to become radically more efficient, too. 

That’s the basic conclusion of a sweeping new study issued Wednesday by the World Resources Institute, an environmental group. The report warns that the world’s agricultural system will need drastic changes in the next few decades in order to feed billions more people without triggering a climate catastrophe.

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 Summer & Fall 2019 Registration - Very Early Bird Closes Tomorrow! February 16th, 2019

Dear Washington Square CSA members,  Registration for our 2019 Summer and Fall CSA is now open, and the Very Early Bird Discount ends tomorrow, February 17th.  We are ex

WSCSA Winter Pickup #4 - Tuesday, February 12February 11th, 2019

WHAT'S COMING This week we can expect the following winter produce, along with other meat, dairy, and pantry items. Carrots Rutabaga Potatoes Sunchokes Onions Parsnips Turnips Radishes

Washington Square CSA Summer & Fall 2019 Registration is Now Open! January 28th, 2019

Dear Washington Square CSA members,  It may only be January, but summer is just around the corner when it comes to planning for fresh local produce! We are pleased to announce that reg