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In the Box–July 10

Contents of the box are subject to change.

Radicchio – 1 head
Zucchini – several pieces
Swiss Chard – 1 bunch
Chioggia Beets – 1 bunch
Basil – 1 bunch
Carrots – 1 bunch
Broccoli – 1 piece
Batavian Lettuce- 1 head

For recipes and storage tips as well as news on the farm, check out this week’s newsletter.

Fruit shares this week include rhubarb and blueberries.

Annual Survey for Sunnyside CSA’ers

We want to hear from you! Really, everyone interested in participating in the Sunnyside CSA—long-time and new members, folks who buy special products or folk who might order food through us next year. Please take our survey and tell us what you want to see! Help shape this CSA by providing feedback!

Ready? Take our annual survey!

You might have noticed that, over the years, we’ve evolved from offering 26 weeks’ worth of vegetables to offering a variety of foods all year round. The more food we’ve introduced into our rotation, the less dependent we’ve become on shopping at traditional supermarkets… and we seem to be headed towards a time when we can meet all of our basic food needs through food deliveries every week, all year round—and almost never need to use a supermarket again.

For some of us, that’s a really exciting goal—but we need to figure out how many of you agree. Are you just interested in getting some summer vegetables and no more? Or do you dream of picking up all sorts of basic and exotic items, all locally-sourced and sustainably-raised, every week of the year?

Whatever your level of interest, tell us via our end-of-the-year survey, which is open to everyone, from seasoned members to folks who have yet to order anything from the CSA. The survey is designed to feed you only the questions that are relevant to your situation, so please, everyone, read it and fill it out asap. Feel free to pass it on to anyone in the neighborhood who is seriously interested in this kind of eating—we want to hear from you all!

Help shape Sunnyside CSA. Take our annual survey!

The results of this survey- and the future of our CSA- will be discussed at our big Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, February 4, from 7-9 pm.

Winter Shares, Week 2

Sweet-Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes! Image via GEOF

Happy New Year Everyone! Here’s what to expect at pick-up this evening, plus we’ve got some fun stuff going on this month—scroll down!

Golden Earthworm Share
Sweet Potatoes (2 lbs)
Watermelon Radish (3 lbs)
White Potatoes (2 lbs)
Beets (2 lbs)
Carrots (5 lbs)
Rutabaga (2 lbs)
Fennel (1 piece)

Bremiere Apple Share
1 mixed bag of Golden Delicious and Macoun apples

Bremiere Cider Share

Winter Sun Share
Sweet Corn
Broccoli
Butternut Squash
Edamame
Blueberries
Tomato Puree
Pea Shoots

Village Fishmonger Fish Share
Rainbow Trout

Big aLICe Beer Share
First pickup! (if you signed up for a beer share)

A few friendly reminders & updates:

Fruit Share Raffle
Briermere Farms has generously donated us a Summer Fruit Share for the upcoming season–that’s a $140 value! The fruit share runs for 16 or more weeks, usually beginning in July. Members receive 1-2 kinds of fruit a week from Briermere Farms, including a variety of berries, apples, pears, & peaches.

We’ll be selling tickets during this week’s pickup (1/9) and the following pickup (1/30). Tickets are $5 for 1, $10 for 3, and $20 for 10. Please bring cash. All ticket sales support our subsidy program, which offers reduced-cost CSA shares for families who want to eat healthily but could use a little financial help. For more info on summer fruit shares, check out our website.

Upcoming Member Items
The Annual Member Survey will be distributed via email soon. Please take the time to give feedback! Remember, it’s OUR CSA!

Town Hall Meeting ~ Save the Date ~ February 4th
Sign-ups for returning members will start at the Town Hall.

Winter Sun & Acorn Farms À La Carte Items

You can now order many individual items from our partners at Winter Sun Farms and Acorn Hill Farms! À la carte items are priced and ordered separately from the regular Winter Shares, so just add a few more to your veggie delivery and maybe skip the grocery altogether! Winter Sun has frozen veggies, eggs, meats and other items (see list below). Acorn Hill specializes in cheese, fudge and soap made from goats milk.

Pick-up will be during our regular Winter Vegetable Share time: 5-8pm on December 19, January 9, January 30,February 20, March 13.

How to Order À La Carte Items from Winter Sun:
~ Veggies, Meats, Eggs ~

  1. Visit the ordering website Farmingo
  2. Scroll down and select Sunnyside as your location
  3. Hit NEXT
  4. Add the GUEST WEBSTORE ACCESS option (it’s the only thing you can add) and hit NEXT
  5. If you want to be part of their Egg Share, this is the point where you can join. It’s $5.75 for a dozen eggs (free range, antibotic & hormone-free), and you’re getting 1 carton at each of our 5 delivery dates. Please note: You can always order eggs from Lewis Waite Farm, too (they offer 100% organic eggs that are a little more expensive and free-range eggs (just like these) that are a bit lower in price.) We’re not endorsing either one, just offering you more options- pick whatever works best for you!
  6. Choose what payment plan you want (in full, or in two payments) and hit NEXT
  7. Create or login to your account.  Please note: Winter Sun Farms uses a site called Farmigo to run their store. Farmigo happens to be what Village Fishmonger uses for the fish share, too. If you already have a Farmigo account (either through the fish share or some other place) you don’t need to create a new account, just log in- however, you can’t access your Village Fishmonger account through your Winter Suns account or vice versa. So you have one master Farmigo account, but you log into different food vendors separately. Makes sense?
  8. Once you’ve created your account and paid up (there’s no fee if you’re just adding access to their webstore; you only have to pay if you’re electing the Egg Share) you should find yourself on their main page. If you want to actually go to their webstore and order items, you have to click on the tiny green Web Store link on the upper right-hand corner next to your name. See it? Click it!
  9. You can now add any products they offer, which will vary from pickup to pickup. (Scroll to the bottom of the email for a full list.) The order deadline is always 3 days before delivery- so order by the 16th for our December 19th date!

 

How to Order À La Carte Items from Winter Sun:
~ Goat Cheese, Goat Fudge & Goat Soap ~

Yes, that’s right, goat soap! It’s all from Acorn Hill Farms. They deliver through WinterSun Farms, but they have their own ordering process:

  1. Go to the Acorn Hill Farms ordering page
  2. Read and follow the specific ordering instructions 
  3. Click to their product page and read all about their goat milk products: cheese, fudge, and soap! They also offer different cuts of Chevon! 
  4. Order all you want, proceed to their pay pal checkout (you don’t need a pay pal account) and remember to note what CSA location and Date you are ordering for (as indicated in their ordering instructions.) ORDER DEADLINES are five days before the delivery date. If you miss the deadline, you won’t get the order processed in time!

 

Winter Sun Food À La Carte Products Menu

Local Meats (from Hudson Valley Harvest, which sources strictly local meat.)
Ground Beef (from pasture-raised cows)
Nitrate-free bacon*
Sweet Italian Sausage*
Chorizo*
Pork Chops*
(*All heritage breed, pastured)

Frozen Veggies
Green beans
Tomato Puree
Strawberries – a 10 lb. box!
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Butternut Squash Puree
Sweet Corn

Other Items
Maple Syrup
Applesauce

Beer Shares, from Big Alice Brewing

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Big aLICe Brewing Beer Shares!

Years in the making, we have finally found a way to bring you the very-exciting new Sunnyside Beer Share! That’s right! Joan, our Special Products Coordinator, has been working overtime to bring more food options to our CSA. And, while she’s not done yet, she’s started a hopefully-long-lasting relationship with the good folks at Big Alice Brewing in Long Island City. They’re an exciting new nano-brewery specializing in really unique, limited-run batches that are currently only available in a few places- one of which is now through us!

HOW IT WORKS
Each share gets you one 750 ml bottle per pickup. We have 4 pickups (Jan. 9th, Jan. 30th, Feb. 20th, and Mar. 13th, from 5:00-8:00 pm at Sunnyside Community Services) and the cost is $65 for the four bottles (They retail for $18 each at the brewery.) These are the same pickup dates as our Winter Vegetable Share pickups.

The brewers need to taste test each batch before release, so it’s impossible to predict what we’re going to get, but they’ve promised to give us a good mix of flavors, colors, and styles. Here is a list of what’s scheduled to brew during that time:

Gunpowder Tea Rye Ale, Ginger Oatmeal Raisin Stout, Dandelion Fennel IPA, Birch Brown Ale, Sour Dark Beer w/ Hibiscus, Sour Ale w/ Bitter Orange Peel, Coffee White Stout, White Ash Aged Black Ale, Hickory Aged Super Saison, Hard Maple Aged Sour Rye Stout, Cherry Wood Aged Smoked Chocolate Stout, Yellow Birch Aged Barleywine, Rooibos Grand Cru, Purple Sweet Potato Farmhouse Ale. Wow!

We’re treating this as a test run. If things go well, we will continue the Beer Share throughout the summer CSA season (either weekly or bi-weekly, depending on how things go) so if beer is your passion, make sure you support this share or it might not continue!

READY TO SIGN UP? GREAT!
Sign Up Now…

You can pay with a check or via pay pal (which we prefer, but either is fine.) Just make sure you read and follow the payment directions! Please sign up as soon as possible so that we can gauge interest, but the official deadline is December 31, 2013!

AND DON’T FORGET…
You can still sign up for our Winter Fish Share, and order a variety of vegetables, meat, cheese, and more through our many food partners! Read more…

Please make sure to join the Sunnyside CSA Yahoo group, to stay informed of important news and updates! Just send an email to “sunnysidecsa-subscribe@yahoogroups.com” to join.

Questions? Contact Us!

Winter Fish Share from Village Fishmonger

Village Fishmonger
Village Fishmonger

The Village Fishmonger Fish Share option was a success this fall and we are excited to bring another round of fresh fish to the CSA! Sign Up Now for a simple, 5-delivery, Winter Fish Share (prorated shares are available). The deliveries will be the same as our winter vegetable delivery dates.

Fish Shares are open to everyone, both CSA members and non-CSA members. You can choose a Small Share (1lb.) for $75 or a Medium Share (2 lbs.) for $150. Low-mercury, allergy-sensitive, and Kosher options are available too for those with dietary needs. You can also add extra seafood items such as scallops, oysters, and lobster to any or all of your deliveries!

Sign-up anytime, you will be prorated for the remaining weeks in the season. Right now, extra seafood items are only available to those with subscriptions.

Read more about the Fish Share of at Village Fishmonger.

Instructions for Sign-Up

IMPORTANT, when you Sign Up, make sure to choose “CSA Location Members” under “payment plan,” which will give you the 5-week winter plan.

When you choose a payment option, it lists “weekly” or “bi-weekly” but ignore that—both choices are set for the same amount and both of them get you the 5-delivery plan. Just pick one.

Sign Up Now...

If you had a fall fish share, your account will automatically go on hold until you sign up for the winter share. Do not be alarmed- they will take it off hold after they process your payment.

PLEASE NOTE
If you had a fall fish share and want to switch from a small to medium share or vice-versa, you need to email them and they will switch it for you- otherwise, it defaults to what you had last time. Email them at: info@villagefishmongernyc.com

If you miss the first pickup date, you can still join for the remaining four dates. And if you want the share but will be on vacation on one of those 5 dates, you can email them and they’ll credit you towards the next round of fish in the summer!

DELIVERY INFORMATION

LOCATION: Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th Street, Sunnyside)

Winter vegetable deliveries, including Fish Shares and Winter Sun deliveries:
DATES: December 19, January 9, January 30, February 20, March 13 (always Thursdays)
TIME: 5pm – 8pm

Make sure to sign-up for our CSA Yahoo email group to receive important CSA news.

Winter Shares, Week #1

Golden Earthworm Share*
Beets – 2 lobs
Rutabaga – 2 lbs
Watermelon Radish – 2.5 lbs
Sweet Potatoes – 2 lb.
White Potatoes – 2 lbs
Carrots – 5 lb.
Fennel – 2 pieces
*Contents of the share may fluctuate over the week.

Golden Earthworm Cider Share

Golden Earthworm Apple Share
Mixed apples (Cameo & Fuji) 1 bag

Winter Sun Share
Sweet Corn
Green Beans
Peppers
Kale
Blueberries
Tomato Puree
Plus an extra frozen item (read news below)

Winter Sun Share a la carte options

Fishmongers Fish Share

A few friendly reminders & updates:

Welcome to Winter Shares!

Thanks for joining us! We have a lot of new food offerings this season, and as we roll them out, we hope you’ll check out the “extras” that can be delivered with (or without) you vegetable shares. Be sure to join our Yahoo group because this is how we send important info and updates! Contact Us anytime with questions, comments or suggestions!

Happy Holidays from Sunnyside CSA!

NEWS From Winter Sun Farms

A Note from our Winter Sun farmers:
Dear Sunnyside CSA members,
We are sorry to say that this month has been a hard one for pea shoots. The farm that we get our pea shoots from, Little Seed Gardens in Chatham, NY, was hit particularly hard with a cold snap and they lost their pea shoots.

The plan as it stands is to have pea shoots again in January and in subsequent months. In the meantime, you will get an extra frozen item in your December share in place of the pea shoots.

We know how beloved the pea shoots are among our members, so we are sad to bring you to this news.

Happy holidays!

Jim and the Winter Sun Farms Team

Expanding Food Options This Winter!

In our continuing effort to bring good food to Sunnyside all year round, there are more things you can order, even if you missed out on the Winter Vegetable Shares. You don’t have to be a CSA member to enjoy these new food options! Just sign-up, order and pick-up your food on our delivery dates! Check it out:

VILLAGE FISHMONGER FISH SHARES

Sign up for a simple, 5-delivery, Winter Fish Share. The deliveries will be the same as our winter vegetable delivery dates. You can also add extra seafood items such as scallops, oysters, and lobster to any or all of your deliveries!

You can choose a small share (1lb.) for $75 or a medium share (2 lbs.) for $150 with optional add-ons and a la carte items like shellfish. Low-mercury, allergy-sensitive, and Kosher options are available too for those with dietary needs.

Read more about the Fish Share of at Village Fishmonger. They deal with payment, so please note the following tips:

IMPORTANT, when you Sign Up, make sure to choose “CSA Location Members” under “payment plan,” which will give you the 5-week winter plan.

When you choose a payment option, it lists “weekly” or “bi-weekly” but ignore that—both choices are set for the same amount and both of them get you the 5-delivery plan. Just pick one.

If you miss the first pickup date, you can still join for the remaining four dates. And if you want the share but will be on vacation on one of those 5 dates, you can email them and they’ll credit you towards the next round of fish in the summer!

Read more…
Or Sign Up Now...

WINTER SUN & ACORN HILL A LA CARTE ITEMS

You can now order a la carte items from Winter Sun and pick them up on any (or all!) of our winter vegetable delivery dates. Choose from local meats, frozen veggies, maple syrup, applesauce, etc. Also available; goat cheese, goat fudge and goat soap. Read more and learn how to set up an account.

Read more…

LEWIS WAITE CSA EXTRAS

Winter deliveries of Lewis Waite items are on TUESDAYS. Chose from a huge variety of local goodies including, meat, eggs, beans, cheese, bread, and so much more! Please check the order deadlines on the Lewis Waite site. The variety of food available through here will keep your supermarket shopping at a minimum! If you’ve never done so, it’s easy- just follow these instructions.

Read more…
Or Place your orders now…

DELIVERY INFORMATION

LOCATION: Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th Street, Sunnyside)

Winter vegetable deliveries, including Fish Shares and Winter Sun deliveries:
DATES: December 19, January 9, January 30, February 20, March 13 (always Thursdays)
TIME: 5pm – 8pm

Lewis Waite deliveries:
DATES: December 17, January 7, February 4, March 11, April 8, May 13 (Tuesdays in the Winter)
TIME: 6pm – 8pm

Make sure to sign-up for our CSA Yahoo email group to receive important CSA news.

Enjoy!