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Posted 11/1/2018 10:29am by Core Committee.

There is one week left to register for Washington Square CSA's Winter Share! Winter 2018-2019 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's in the Bowery.

We will have 9 pickups between November and May: Nov 20, Dec 11, Jan 22, Feb 12, March 5, March 26, April 16, May 7, and May 14.

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 $390. 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 November 8. 

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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Posted 10/29/2018 7:37pm by Core Committee.

WHAT'S COMING

These veggies will be on the truck tomorrow:

  • radish
  • cabbage
  • potatoes
  • squash
  • parsnips
  • onions
  • mustard greens
  • turmeric
  • shishito peppers
  • brussels sprouts
Fruit Share: 
  • empire apples
  • winesap apples
  • asian pears

WEEKLY RECIPE INSPIRATION

Root Vegetable Ragout

vegetable ragout

This vegetable ragout is an easy way to make a dent in all of the root vegetables piling up in your kitchen. It calls for kale but mustard greens will be tasty too! 


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Hi Members,

We are now taking orders for our November 20 Market Day! 

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. 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.

Place your market day order here!

Winter 2018-2019 Registration is now open! 

Winter 2018-2019 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's in the Bowery.

We will have 9 pickups between November and May: Nov 20, Dec 11, Jan 22, Feb 12, March 5, March 26, April 16, May 7, and May 14.

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 $390. The deadline to sign up and all payments must be received by is November 8. 

To sign up, head over to our website now! 

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

Cheers,
The WSCSA Core Committee  


NEWS FROM THE FARM

high tunnel

Good day…I write this after having looked at the 10-day forecast. Not bad: no snow in the forecast and not many below freezing nights (If it holds true). Next week looks pretty nice with some highs in the upper 50s. However not enough light or sun to push things to grow rapidly.

We are still pulling in storage crops from fields as we have been doing the last few weeks. In addition, the guys are bracing the high tunnels with 2x4s to help with snow loads in the winter. You can see a 2 x 4 in the aisle where the guys are harvesting spinach. We are cleaning out high tunnels that and tomatoes and eggplants in them. We are curing the last of the sweet potatoes pulled out of the ground by exposing them to high heat for several days. The second picture shows radishes being harvested from a field covered with row cover. We are also spending a lot of time working on visas for our crew next year. 

Vegetable of the week: Turmeric
Turmeric is a tropical plant with banana like leaves that is related to ginger. Turmeric is used throughout the world to color food mostly. However, the health benefits derived from eating turmeric are debated but there is evidence to support its anti-inflammatory properties if eaten as turmeric and not in tablet or capsule form.

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 10/26/2018 10:49am by Core Committee.

Washington Square CSA is pleased to announce that we are officially open for Winter Share Registration! Winter 2018-2019 will continue with Tuesday evening pick-ups from 4pm-8pm in our same location at St. Mark's in the Bowery.

We will have 9 pickups between November and May: Nov 20, Dec 11, Jan 22, Feb 12, March 5, March 26, April 16, May 7, and May 14.

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 $390. 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 November 8. 

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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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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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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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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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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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!

 

WSCSA Summer & Fall 2019 Registration - Early Bird Closes Tomorrow! March 16th, 2019

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

WSCSA Winter Pickup #5 - Tuesday, March 5 (NEW LOCATION)March 4th, 2019

WHAT'S COMING This week we can expect the following winter produce, along with other meat, dairy, and pantry items. Garlic Leeks Lettuce Sunchokes Radish Turnips Parsnips Carrots Potat

WSCSA: Upcoming March 5 and May 7 Pickups - LOCATION CHANGEFebruary 25th, 2019

Hello Winter CSA Members,  Due to some scheduling issues at St. Marks Church In-the-Bowery, our CSA will have a different location for next week's delivery on March 5, as well as the May 7 deliv