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Posted 10/16/2017 7:06pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what to expect:

  • carrots
  • lettuce
  • onions
  • radish
  • winter squash
  • pac choi
  • summer squash
  • greens

Fruit share:

  • apples
  • grapes

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Brown Butter Spaghetti Squash with Greens and Hazelnuts

spaghetti squash

Last week we got spaghetti squash, one of my favorite fall & winter CSA treats. Fingers crossed it's one of the "winter squash" options this week. It's easy to combine it with the greens we've been getting lately, like in the recipe below. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,  

We're in need of volunteers for this week's pickup in the 2-4pm, 3:45-5:45pm and 6:30-8:30 time slots. There's only 4 weeks left to fulfill your required volunteer shift, so sign up here or email us if you can assist! 

WINTER REGISTRATION
If you're enjoying the fall CSA and want to continue through the winter and spring, join our Winter CSA! Registration is open now. We will have just 5 pickups: Nov 21Dec 12Mar 6Apr 17May 8. 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. Find more details and registration forms on our website here. Registration will close on October 31st. 

JOIN THE CORE COMMITTEE
We are also actively seeking new core committee members!
Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers and relies on the participation of every member to ensure our success. We are looking for dedicated members to join our team to keep the CSA running smoothly. Core team members DO NOT need to complete work-shift requirements. We are looking to fill the following positions for a minimum two-season / one year commitment:

- Financial Officer 
- Market Day Coordinator
- Events Coordinator
- Site Coordinator: afternoon/unloading, Winter Share 2017-2018
- Site Coordinator: evening/closing, Next Summer/Fall Share 2018

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


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

salad robot

A robot makes a mean Caesar salad, but will it cost jobs?

A Silicon Valley start-up called Chowbotics has been experimenting with a machine that creates salads from precut safely refrigerated fresh ingredients. As salad bars are one of the easiest places for bacteria to grow, robots like this have the potential to save many from food borne illnesses. But as opportunities for robotic food preparation increase, there is mounting concern that automation can have a devastating effect on employment. 

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee 


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

 
Posted 10/11/2017 5:13pm by Core Committee.

Hello CSA Members - Old and New!

Washington Square CSA is pleased to announce that we are officially open for Winter Share Registration! Winter 2017-2018 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's in the Bowery.

We will have 5 pickups between November and May: Nov 21Dec 12Mar 6Apr 17, and May 8. 

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. 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 October 31st.

We are also actively seeking new core committee members! Washington Square CSA is run entirely by volunteers and relies on the participation of every member to ensure our success! We are looking for dedicated members to join our team to keep the CSA running smoothly. Core team members DO NOT need to complete work-shift requirements. We are looking to fill the following positions for a minimum two-season / one year commitment:

- Financial Officer 
- Market Day Coordinator
- Events Coordinator
- Site Coordinator: afternoon/unloading, Winter Share 2017-2018
- Site Coordinator: evening/closing, Next Summer/Fall Share 2018

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 10/9/2017 7:44pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what to expect:

  • Lettuce
  • Winter Squash
  • Radish
  • Ginger
  • Squash
  • Pac Choi
  • Greens
  • Cabbage

Fruit share:

  • Apples
  • Pears

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Simple Farro Salad 

farro salad

I'm always looking for quick, easy, weeknight meals that use up all the extra veggies from last week. This farro salad is great for those early fall vegetables we've been getting recently. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,  

We're in need of volunteers for this week's pickup in the 2-4pm and 6:30-8:30 time slots. We have no one in the afternoon slot, and we really need help unloading the truck! Sign up here or email us if you can assist! 

MARKET DAY
Have you placed your order for our October 17th Fall Market Day yet? Orders and payments are due this Thursday October 12. This is your chance to try out items as a one-time purchase from our local farmers. We have a selection of goods both from Norwich Meadows Farm and Lewis Waite Farms this time. You can place your order using this form.

WINTER REGISTRATION
If you're enjoying the fall CSA and want to continue through the winter and spring, join our Winter CSA! Registration opens tomorrow, October 10th. We will have just 5 pickups between November and May, with exact dates to be announced. 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. Find more details and registration forms on our website here. Registration will close on October 31st. 


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

agrobiodiversity

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens food supply.

According to experts, the sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies. The average food consumer forgets that three-quarters of the world’s food today comes from just 12 crops and five animal species. There are tens of thousands of wild or rarely cultivated species that could provide a richly varied range of nutritious foods, resistant to disease and tolerant of the changing environment.

This article details how new information on endangered food supplies pushes the need for ‘agrobiodiversity’, and how we as consumers can help.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee 


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

 
Posted 9/18/2017 9:01pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what to expect:

  • Parsnips
  • Husk Cherries
  • Pac Choy
  • Mixed Greens
  • Soy Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Squash

Weekly fruit share:

  • Apples
  • Plums

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Grilled Bok Choy with Breadcrumbs, Parmesan and Lemon

bok choi

I know not all of us own grills in New York City, but if you have a grill pan, or even just want to roast these in the oven, this recipe is a delicious way to prepare an easy and fulfilling dish.


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,  

We're looking forward to another week of fresh, local produce! Please remember that we need volunteers to make the CSA run smoothly each week. If you haven't signed up for your volunteer shift yet, you can do so here

CSA SMACKDOWN

We're having another CSA Smackdown this fall! The WSCSA Smackdown is a culinary competition composed of teams of 1 or 2 people. The competition takes place during normal pick-up hours. Teams will have 30 minutes to create an original dish using only their CSA share and 3 herbs or spices that they may bring. Staple pantry ingredients and cooking implements will be provided. Winning team will be granted a fantastic prize and has potential to advance to the Just Food Smackdown finals.

This year's event will take place in October. As we finalize details, we'd like to know which members are interested in participating or just coming to watch! Let us know by filling out a quick survey here


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

NYT Brazil Junk Food

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

A New York Times article out this week examines how as growth slows in wealthy countries, processed food manufacturers are expanding their presence in developing nations, furthering the already widespread obesity and disease. This is the first time in modern history where there are more obese adults than underweight adults in the world, and these big business food brands are to blame.

Read more here.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee 


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

 
Posted 8/29/2017 8:59am by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what to expect:

  • corn
  • tomatoes
  • carrots
  • tomatillos
  • cucumbers
  • husk cherries
  • lettuce
  • eggplant
  • pepper

Bi-Weekly and Weekly fruit share:

  • apples
  • peaches
  • plums

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Mint

tomato corn salad

Even though Labor Day Weekend may mark the semi-official end of summer, I still can't get enough of these summer flavors and simple no-cook sides. I'm trying this corn & tomato salad this week! 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

Now that the second half of our season is approaching, we've opened up volunteer registration for the remaining weeks. Summer share members must complete two volunteer sessions to fulfill the requirement, so sign up for your second shift here 

We also want to announce a last call for tote bags. We'll be placing the final order this week, and members who have purchased one can expect to receive them at pickup in 2-3 weeks. If you want to place a last-minute order, please email the info account ASAP. 

Have a great Labor Day weekend! 


THIS WEEK IN FOOD TALK

soil kids app

A new report examines the depth in which climate change will impact agricultural yeild. 

A new paper released this week combines and analyzes various studies done over the past several decades by 29 researchers across the globe. Each study varied in model, approach, scale and location, but the results all pointed to one conclusion. Many of the most produced and consumer crops (those that make up 2/3 of the world's caleries) will be impacted by the rising temperatures. 

This synthesis of information is useful not only as a means of analysis, but also support for the work that many scienctists and farners are doing to combat climate change and work to adapt to the anticipated changes. 

Read more here.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee 


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

 
Posted 8/22/2017 8:20am by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what to expect:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Husk Cherries
  • Tomatillos
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce 

Weekly fruit share:

  • Donut Peaches
  • Apples
  • Nectarines

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Husk Cherry Salsa

husk cherry salsa

Sweet or Savory? Tomatoes or Berries? What the heck are husk (also called ground) cherries and what can you do with them? This simple salsa recipe is refreshing and sweet, a great accompaniment to salty tortilla chips. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

Our Fall CSA share registration is officially open! This means that as a current member, you can add-on fruit or eggs if you do not receive them already. You can also purchase a tote bag! The registration will be open through Sunday August 27. If you have any friends or family interested in joining for the fall, please share the link with them as well! 

We're in need of volunteers this week in the 2-4pm and 3:45-5:45pm time slots this week, be sure to sign up if interested! 


THIS WEEK IN FOOD TALK

soil kids app

A Soil App Aims to Get Kids Deep Into Dirt 

It's no surprise that most Americans are far removed from farming practices in their daily lives, and studies have shown that this agricultural disconnect is impacting our diets. So how can we make sure current and future generations are more literate when it comes to where our food comes from? Start from the ground up. 

Civil Eats spoke to the Center for Ecoliteracy's co-founder and executive director about a new project they are partnering with the Whole Kids Foundation to create: Starting with Soil
The app is designed to use colorful, interactive experiences to teach kids about our food system’s most fundamental building block, including how soil is formed, the roles animals and people play in keeping it healthy and fertile, and the basics of seeds, pollinators, and organic farming practices.

Read more here.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee 


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

 
Posted 8/20/2017 9:31am by Core Committee.

Hello CSA Members - Old and New!

Washington Square CSA is pleased to announce that we are officially open for Fall Share Registration! Fall 2017 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's in the Bowery.

The fall season will kick off on Tuesday, September 12th. 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 Sunday August 27. THIS IS 1 WEEK FROM TODAY AND SPACE IS LIMITED, SO SIGN UP ASAP!

 Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!)

  • Are add-ons available for the fall? We are excited to offer weekly eggs and fruit shares for the fall season! Unfortunately, we are not able to offer our other add-ons with the fall share, but we will 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 2017 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!

  • I saw WSCSA is offering a cool tote bag this season, how can I get one? You're in luck! If you are a current member, you can purchase one between now and August 27 by updating your membership. If you are just joining us now, it's also available as an add-on when you purchase your share! 

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 8/16/2017 7:50pm by Core Committee.

Hello WSCSA members,

Tomorrow is your last chance to submit your order for the August Market Day! Please use the link below to place your order. 

PLACE ORDERS HERE

Items will be ready for pickup at next week's CSA distribution, Tuesday August 22nd. 

We also offering a tote bag available for purchase, now only $20! Don't miss this chance to represent our CSA when you carry your goods home! 

Thanks,
The WSCSA Core Committee

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Posted 8/14/2017 7:52pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what to expect tomorrow:

  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Beets
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Leeks

Bi-Weekly & Weekly fruit share:

  • Nectarines 
  • Donut Peaches
  • Yellow Peaches

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Corn and Tomato Quiche

quiche

Tomatoes are finally here! I've been craving those juicy summer treats all month long. Got leftover corn from last week? Together, they make a super easy savory and sweet quiche. I cheated and used a store bought crust the last time I made this, it was worth it. 


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

Don't forget that our Market Day happy hour is this week! We'll see you at the church from 5:30 to 7pm. If you haven't placed your order yet, you can do so on the spot if you're interested. 

Market Day orders can be placed here by Thursday August 17.  

We also are in need of one volunteer this week in the 5-7pm slot, sign up here if you're interested! 

Tote Bag Giveaway

We're giving away a free tote to one lucky WSCSA member! To enter, snap a picture of your farm share or something you've cooked with it and share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter – make sure you tag us to officially enter and feel free to enter more than once! A winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, 8/21.
 

THIS WEEK IN FOOD TALK

food doctor

When the Prescription is a Recipe 

Eating healthy by cooking at home has always been a common recommendation from your family doctor, but recently, many doctors are taking it a step further and teaching their patients how to cook. This New York Times article profiles several doctors who are taking steps to share how cooking at home can cure many ailments, even those that don't seem diet related. 

Cooking classes and demos, food pantries, blogs, even food-centric pediatrics practices are some of the creative ways doctors are taking their prescriptions away from the pharmacy and into the kitchen. 

Read more here.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee 


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

 
Posted 7/31/2017 9:36pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here's what to expect tomorrow:

  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  • Peppers

Weekly/Bi-Weekly fruit share:

  • Tart Cherry
  • Nectarines 
  • Peaches

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Pesto Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad

quinoa veggie pesto

This is one of my favorite "everything from the vegetable crisper" dinners. You can sauté or roast any of the veggies from our share and toss them in here with the pesto dressing and quinoa. And the chickpeas add some protein!


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WSCSA NEWS AND UPDATES

Hi Members,

Can you believe it's August already? We're looking forward to the summer bounty this week! We're also in need of a few volunteers in the 2-4pm and 6:30-8PM time slot. If you would like to help out, please sign up here or email us at our info account.  

MARKET DAY

Our next Market Day is August 22nd! Please place your orders here by Thursday August 17. Don't forget that if your you're interested in purchasing something from Lewis Waite Farms that isn't on the order form, you can reach out to use and we'll see if we can add it to the order. 

We'll also be hosting a Market Day Pre-Order Happy Hour during pickup the week before, August 15. So be sure to swing by and grab a drink, taste test some products, and order on the spot if you're interested. 

CSA SWAG

We're planning to order custom Washington Square CSA tote bags this year! At tomorrow's pickup, we'll display two designs (created by one of our awesome members) and you can cast your vote for which design we should put on our tote. We're planning another Instagram Giveaway for one lucky member to receive a tote for free. Keep an eye on our Instagram account for details! 


THIS WEEK IN FOOD TALK

future food

The Future of the Grocery Store

At the Food Forward summit in Washington DC last week, Food Dive sat down with two food futurists to discuss what's in store for the future of grocery shopping and what trends are already starting to arise. 
 
Some predictions: people will take a more active role in what they eat, have more opportunities to interact and know more about how food impacts their bodies. So how does the place we shop respond to these changing goals? 

Read more here.

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee 


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

 

WSCSA Fall Pickup - Tuesday Oct 17October 16th, 2017

WHAT'S COMING Here's what to expect: carrots lettuce onions radish winter squash pac choi summer squash greens Fruit share: apples grapes WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION Brown Butter Spaghetti

Washington Square CSA Winter Registration Now Open! October 11th, 2017

Hello CSA Members - Old and New! Washington Square CSA is pleased to announce that we are officially open for Winter Share Registration! Winter 2017-2018 will continue with Tuesday evening

WSCSA Fall Pickup - Tuesday Oct 10October 9th, 2017

WHAT'S COMING Here's what to expect: Lettuce Winter Squash Radish Ginger Squash Pac Choi Greens Cabbage Fruit share: Apples Pears WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION Simple Farro Salad  I'm