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Posted 8/12/2019 3:12pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

No official packing list from the farm, but here's what they are potentially sending on the truck this week:

  • Beets
  • Squash
  • Eggplants
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Lettuce

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Tomato and Parmesan Risotto

tomato risotto

I made this risotto with the tiny tomatoes we got last week, and boy was it delicious! Really simple ingredients lets the tomato flavor shine. 


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Hi Members,

We're looking for volunteers in the 2-4pm shift this week. We currently have no one signed up for this shift, and we need assistance unloading the truck! Please email us or just stop by if you can help out. 

Remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your first volunteer shift, be sure to do so here

The WSCSA Core Committee  


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

climate report

Earth’s Food Supply Is Under Threat. These Fixes Would Go a Long Way.

With the help of modern machinery and fertilizers, farm yields are so high that we produce more than enough food to feed everyone on the planet. Yet, hunger remains stubborn. Malnutrition is growing in some parts of the world. And, the planet’s land and water resources are so poorly used, according to a new United Nations report, that, as climate change puts ever-greater pressure on agriculture, the ability of humanity to feed itself is in peril.


The report, published in summary form Thursday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, magnifies a dual challenge: how to nourish a growing global population, but do so in a way that minimizes agriculture’s carbon footprint.

Research suggests that it is entirely possible to grow food that’s better for us and grow it in ways that are better for the land. Better land management techniques include limiting the use of fertilizers that contribute to emissions and planting crops that add carbon to the soil.

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 8/5/2019 10:17pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

No official word from the farm yet, but here's what is possibly coming on the truck this week:

  • Peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Mixed Greens
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatillos
  • Corn

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Summer Pasta with Zucchini, Basil, and Ricotta

summer pasta

I just made this recipe with the last of this past week's zucchini, and it was super tasty! Fresh ricotta is key here, and this recipe can be remixed with any CSA veggie. I added kale to the sauté but this would be great with tomatoes, beans, eggplants, the possibilities are endless!


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Hi Members,

Can you believe it's already August? We're in peak season now! We're all set on volunteers this week, but remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your first volunteer shift, be sure to do so here

The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

corn

This week has been a hectic week again for everyone on the farm as planting, harvesting, tending crops continues with a vengeance. Weather has moderated some which gave all a relief including the plants. However, the cumulative effect of the heat is tearing its ugly head with drops in lettuce and greens production. Summer crops are on the increase such as tomatoes and eggplants which will be reflected in your shares.

We had a significant media event this week, check out the profile on our farm in the New York Times.

Also be sure to follow us on Instagram. Here's a recent video of Chef Jean-George & Chef Justin Smillie taste testing some cucumbers at the Farmer's Market. 

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 7/22/2019 9:42pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

Here are the veggies that are coming on the truck this week:  

  • Lettuce
  • Bell Peppers
  • Maxibel Beans
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Beets
  • Parsley
  • Mixed Greens

Fruit Share: 

  • Peaches
  • Blueberries

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Jammy Pepper Pasta Salad

jammy pepper pasta

If you're heading to a picnic this weekend, skip the mayo-based pasta salad recipes and make this instead. It withstands sitting out in the sun and tastes great at room temp! 


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Hi Members,

I hope everyone was able to stay cool this weekend! We're looking for volunteers in the 6:00 - 8:30pm time slot this week. We currently have no volunteers for this slot! Please email us or just stop by and help out if you are available. Remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your first volunteer shift, be sure to do so here

Have a great week!

The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

Khaled

This week we will highlight what our Production Manager Khaled does. Khaled has been with our farm since 2006 and has been managing the production side of our farm especially after 2009, having been here 3 years and having learned our methods. Khaled had a career managing an organic farm for an Organic professor before joining us and he also owns and operates with partners an organic farm of his own. Khaled oversees our 4 locations that average 7 miles from our main farm. We have a crew of 25 from Egypt and he is constantly surveying what needs to be done and directing and helping the 25 guys to till, plant, nurture, and harvest the crops. In addition, he supervises the packing of CSAs, orders, and markets. Recently, his family moved with him to the US and are trying to acclimate to living in rural America. Khaled, his family, and all our Egyptian crew hail from Fayoum, Egypt.

The heat that plagued the city also effected the farm. It accelerates or ruins the winter crops such a lettuce, greens, cauliflower, fennel, peas, and many more crops. So we lost crops and had to try to get rid of excess crops that became available due to the successions coming due at once.

Vegetable of the Week
Bell Peppers: Bell peppers (Capsicum annuum) are fruits that belong to the nightshade family. They are related to chili peppers, tomatoes, and breadfruit, all of which are native to Central and South America. Also called sweet peppers or capsicums, bell peppers can be eaten either raw or cooked. Like their close relatives, chili peppers, bell peppers are sometimes dried and powdered. In that case, they are referred to as paprika.
They are low in calories and exceptionally rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, making them an excellent addition to a healthy diet.
Bell peppers come in various colors, such as red, yellow, orange, and green — which are unripe. Green, unripe peppers have a slightly bitter flavor and are not as sweet as fully ripe ones.

Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/bell-peppers#benefits

 

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

 

 

Posted 7/15/2019 9:54pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

No word from the farm yet on what produce will be coming tomorrow, it's a mystery! 

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Zucchini-and-Fennel Salad With Pecorino and Mint

summer squash

It's too hot to turn on the stove this week, so I'll be mostly assembling salads. Here's one that features shaved summer squash and fennel! 


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Hi Members,

Looking forward to another week of fresh produce! We're looking for volunteers in the 6:00 - 8:30pm time slots this week. We currently have no volunteers for this slot! Please email us or just stop by and help out if you are available. Remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your first volunteer shift, be sure to do so here

Have a great week!

The WSCSA Core Committee  


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

cactus

This new biodegradable plastic is made from cactus

In a university lab near Guadalajara, Mexico, researchers trim cactus leaves and feed them into a juicer, creating a bright green liquid. When it’s mixed with other natural materials and processed, it undergoes an impressive transformation: The cactus juice becomes a biodegradable plastic.

It’s one experiment to help tackle the world’s plastic problem. Around nineteen billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean each year, and as plastic breaks down there and in landfills, it makes its way into the food system; people now eat an annual diet of more than 50,000 pieces of microplastic.

Plastic made from cactus wouldn’t necessarily help stop the flow of trash into waterways. But the researchers say that the material biodegrades quickly and is nontoxic if it’s eaten. And unlike plastic made from fossil fuels, the cactus-based plastic is carbon neutral as it breaks down–the carbon dioxide it emits equals the carbon dioxide it took in as a plant as it grew.

Learn 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 7/8/2019 7:06pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Squash
  • Onions
  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Fennel
  • Swiss Chard

Fruit Share:

  • White Cherries
  • Tart Cherries

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Summer Squash

summer squash

July means it's time to grill! The crosshatch pattern you make on the squash in this recipe isn’t just for show (even though it does look cool)! It allows for the salt to fully penetrate the squash and also draws out some of the excess water so that the sweet, tangy glaze can be fully absorbed.


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Hi Members,

We're looking for volunteers in the 4:00 - 6:30pm and 6:00 - 8:30pm time slots this week. We currently have no volunteers for these slots! Please email us or just stop by and help out if you are available. Remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your first volunteer shift, be sure to do so here

Have a great week!

The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM 


farmThe heat wave continued for most of the week which stressed both our humans and our plants. The bounty became available on the week many are out of town. The fall planting continues with many of the crops being planted on our South New Berlin property where plowing up new ground turned up shale. We have also been scrambling to get our cold storage up and running to try to hold crops for a few days while we find a market for them. This time of year, is the busiest on the farm as we plant, harvest, tend, and market. In about 1 month most of the planting will subside giving us a bit of breathing room.

Featured Vegetable
Beans: While this is a large category we are only going to talk about the “green bean” type as opposed to the lima, cow pea, and multitude of others in the “legume family”. We grow both bush beans and pole beans and specialize in growing mostly pole beans and have been working with breeders to develop new verities and have one on the cusp of becoming a commercial variety in the next few years. For more on the health benefits and some issues with beans go to Medical News Today's article on green beans

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 7/1/2019 8:21pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

No official packing list from the farm yet, but these veggies might be on the truck tomorrow:

  • cucumbers
  • summer squash
  • lettuce
  • spring garlic
  • greens
  • fennel
  • fava beans
  • kohlrabi, onions, or beets

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Flatbread with Fava Beans and Cucumbers

cucumbers fava beans

This recipe calls for grilling your flatbread dough (YUM) but you could also do this on a griddle or large frying pan for a similar but less-charred effect. Or you could go store bought, or use a slice of toast, that's fine too! 


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Hi Members,

We're looking for volunteers in the 2:00pm - 4:00pm time slot this week. We currently have no volunteers for this slot, and unloading is one of the most crucial tasks! Please email us or just stop by and help out if you are available. Remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your first volunteer shift, be sure to do so here

Happy 4th of July! 

The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM 


farm
A week of summer has hit the farm finally! However, as with all farmers it is never right…the heat accelerated growth on lettuce, fava beans, and pretty much everything else which makes for a lot available in a window that is too narrow for what works for us in terms of moving our products through our market channels. Our Wednesday experiment looks like a bust so one of our guys will deliver. The planting for fall continues as seen in pictures and the battle with mud has been replaced with the battle with bugs, heat, and humidity. However, mostly the crops are doing well and thriving.

Featured Vegetable
Fava Beans: Definitely a favorite in our household; We use it many different ways from baby favas cooked whole (pod and beans) in yogurt sauce with lamb. Also, baby favas cut up and sautéed with garlic and onions and served with lemon and cilantro. The beans we cook with rice and meat and the fava flavor with a hint of cinnamon is exquisite. According to healthline.com here is the summary of benefits: Fava beans are incredibly nutritious and an excellent source of soluble fiber, protein, folate, manganese, copper and several other micronutrients. May help with Parkinson’s, fetal development, anemia, and the immune system. 

PS: If you are in the vicinity of Union Square, stop by the Farmer's Market and chat and get a 5% CSA member discount. 

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 6/24/2019 7:44pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Garlic Scapes
  • Spring Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Fennel
  • Beets
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Broccolini
  • Swiss Chard

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Baked Kohlrabi Chips with Shallot Yogurt Dip

kohlrabi chips

These kohlrabi chips seem like such a simple and fun idea for a weeknight snack! Even though the recipe calls for shallot and garlic powder in the dipping sauce, I bet it would be great with spring onion or garlic scapes mixed in instead. 


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Hi Members,

We're looking forward to another week of great summer produce! Just a heads up, we've received a note from the farm that our fruit shares and other add-ons will start on July 2. 

We're looking for volunteers in the 4:00pm - 6:30pm time slot this week. Feel free to email us or just stop by and help out if you are available. Remember, all members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so if you haven't had a chance to sign up for your first volunteer shift, be sure to do so here

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM 


farmWe hope you enjoyed the first CSA delivery. Wednesday’s delivery had issues as our truck broke down in Brooklyn and was towed to Lyndhurst NJ and we are still awaiting the word on what happened. A truck is the most expensive asset on our farm costing as much as 60 to 100 acres of land would. We will try an experiment with our delivery person this Wednesday to see if we can relieve our crew from these long excursions. It would involve taking our produce to the finger lakes, truck it down to the Bronx, and then have our last mile guy Wendell deliver to the CSA sites.

The rain continues punctuated with a few days of a yellow thing appearing in the sky for a cameo appearance. We continue to battle the mud and adverse conditions to get caught up on planting. This time of year, it is hectic as we are planting, weeding, nursing crops, harvesting for all CSAs and markets. At the moment we are trying to get our fall and winter crops in, such as winter squashes, storage radishes, as well as fall cabbages, carrots, and beets. Weather next week has a few 80-degree days finally, that will help things dry out as long as we do not get torrential showers as we have been getting. 

Featured Vegetable: Fennel
Fennel is a superfood in terms of phytonutrients and tastes good too. It has a mild licorice flavor with a high fiber content. It is used in traditional medicines. The frons can be eaten as well. The balance can be used in stock. We eat raw as a side with our food. It is heart healthy and can lower blood pressure. High in potassium and selenium. 

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 6/17/2019 8:29pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • Garlic Scapes
  • Spring Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Fennel
  • Cucumber
  • Red Kale
  • Broccoli

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Crispy Roasted Broccoli with Tahini Sauce

roasted broccoli

We're getting broccoli in the CSA this week! What a special treat. Here's a simple recipe for roasted broccoli with tahini sauce, which I think is always a tasty combo. The key to getting crispy florets is to make sure not to crowd the sheet, otherwise they will steam! 


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Hi Members,

The summer season is finally here! We're so excited for our first pick-up tomorrow. As a reminder, our pickups are located at:

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

Our volunteer sign up sheet is open! All members must volunteer for 2 shifts throughout the season, so 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. 

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


THIS WEEK IN FOOD NEWS

lettuce
Save Our Food. Free the Seed.
 
Behemoth agrochemical companies are failing to deliver what farmers need to grow and what people want to eat.
 
Dan Barber, founder of Blue Hill, reports for the New York Times on the future of seeds as 'Big Seed' companies take control over commercial agriculture.
 
Just 50 years ago, some 1,000 small and family-owned seed companies were producing and distributing seeds in the United States; by 2009, there were fewer than 100. Thanks to a series of mergers and acquisitions over the last few years, four multinational agrochemical firms — Corteva, ChemChina, Bayer and BASF — now control over 60 percent of global seed sales.
 
 

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

 

 

Posted 6/7/2019 7:26am by Core Committee.

Welcome new and returning members to another great season of seasonal, local, fresh produce! Mark your calendars, our first pickup will be Tuesday, June 18. This year, pickups will continue at:

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

Look out for details on our first pickup in our weekly newsletter, which will precede the pickup on Monday evenings throughout the season.

Our Volunteer Sign Up list is now open! As a reminder, all members of the CSA must complete two shifts throughout the season, so be sure to grab your first shift now, at the following link: WSCSA Summer 2019 Volunteer Sign Up

See you soon!

The WSCSA Core Committee
 
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Posted 6/1/2019 11:57am by Core Committee.

Dear Washington Square CSA members, 

Registration closes today for the summer and fall season! Registration and payment are due today, Saturday June 1, 2019. We hope you'll join us!

CSA membership numbers are low not just in our CSA, but in CSA programs around the country. CSA programs are crucial for keeping small farms running, which is more important now than ever before. We hope that you'll be able to help support Norwich Meadows Farm this season!

$450.00 due by 6/1

This is only $20 a week for enough vegetables to feed 4 people or 2 hungry vegetarians!

Sign up now for a summer and fall CSA share!

Add-ons are now available! If you have already signed up for the summer CSA, but would like to purchase add-ons such as fruit, dairy products, meat, or pantry items, you can update your membership here and submit additional payment. 

 


Season Info:

summer shareWe 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. 
 
Distribution 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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WSCSA Summer Pickup #9 - Tuesday August 13August 12th, 2019

WHAT'S COMING No official packing list from the farm, but here's what they are potentially sending on the truck this week: Beets Squash Eggplants Cucumbers Cabbage Potatoes Peppers G

WSCSA Summer Pickup #8 - Tuesday August 6August 5th, 2019

WHAT'S COMING No official word from the farm yet, but here's what is possibly coming on the truck this week: Peppers Eggplants Squash Cucumbers Mixed Greens Garlic Tomatoes Beans Broccoli

WSCSA Summer Pickup #6: Tuesday July 23July 22nd, 2019

WHAT'S COMING Here are the veggies that are coming on the truck this week:   Lettuce Bell Peppers Maxibel Beans Squash Cucumbers Beets Parsley Mixed Greens Fruit Share