Category Archives: Events

CSA hosted/sponsored events

Strawberry Picking June 17

Take a ride with us to visit Golden Earthworm Organic Farm and pick all the sweet strawberries you want (first pint is free!).

Strawberry season is underway, and Golden Earthworm Farm is offering u-pick strawberries to CSA members only. You’re welcome to drive out to the farm on your own, but to make it even easier, we’ve chartered a bus!

When: Saturday, June 17th
Bus Pick up: 8:30am at Sunnyside Community Services
Bus Return: 5:30/6:00pm
Suggested Donation: $5 per person / $10 per family (kids free)

All veggie share members get a free quart of strawberries. Want more than a pint? Pick as much as you’d like for only $4.50/pint.

Sign up for a spot on the chartered bus here. (Spots are limited–sign up soon!)

Want to be more social? Sunnyside CSA is on Facebook and Twitter too!

Open House–Spring Share Sign Ups, Dosas, Fruit Share Raffle and More!

Tuesday,  February 9th
Sunnyside Community Services

If you’re ready for the veggies, come to the Sunnyside CSA Open House for a fun evening celebrating local food and preparing for the 2016 season.

Not only will you be able to sign up for vegetable shares from Golden Earthworm Organic Farm and fruit shares from Briermere Farms, but you will also:

–Meet the Golden Earthworm farmers and get a preview of their plans for 2016
–Meet representatives from Lewis Waite Farms and try free samples of their offerings
–Enter a raffle to win a free fruit share
–Purchase chef Anup Joshi’s dosas (gluten free with meat and veg options)
–Apply for a subsidized share
–Learn more about Sunnyside Community Services and how they impact our community
–Tell the CSA Core Team what matters to you. You can even join us. We’re looking for an Events Coordinator and always have room for passionate team members

And most of all, meet your fellow locavores and food lovers!

(All proceeds benefit the subsidized share program.)

Golden Earthworm Farm Fest–Sunday, October 18


(Open to current CSA members only.)

Join us for our annual CSA Harvest Festival on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th from 11am to 3pm.  Good food, cooking demos, kids’ activities, live music, walking tours and more!  Come meet your farmers and see how and where we grow your food.
This event is held at our farm on the North Fork – 652 Peconic Bay Blvd, Riverhead, NY

Cooking Demo Schedule
11:30am – Emilie of the The Clever Carrot
2:00pm – Alexa of Sustainable Pantry

+ FREE for all current CSA members and their guests.
+ NO RSVP needed.
+ BRING your picnic (some food available for purchase)
+ STROLLERS welcome & encouraged!
+ WEAR sturdy walking shoes for touring the farm.

In The Box 9-10-15 + Cookbook Swap!

Too many cookbooks crowding your shelf? Need some kitchen inspiration? Join us Thursday, September 10th, for the first annual Sunnyside CSA Cookbook Swap! Bring a book, take a book. Share your favorite recipes with your fellow CSA’ers or bring home a new favorite. Unclaimed cookbooks at the end of the night will be donated to the Queens Library.

For farm news, recipe ideas, and storage tips, read the Golden Earthworm newsletter here.

Red Leaf Lettuce – 1 head
Acorn Squash – several pieces
Toscano Kale – 1 bunch
Red & Orange Long Peppers – several pieces
Mixed Red & Plum Tomatoes – 2 lb. total

*The contents of the share may change through the week as we monitor the fields and harvest what is at its peak. (Since this box is a little light we will be getting something extra next week.)



Peaches – 1 bag
Pears – 1 bag

Sunnyside CSA’s Evening Soiree in the Garden

Meet your fellow CSA members, swap recipes, and learn about the Sunnyside Community Garden over drinks and appetizers. Join us for a summer social on Saturday, July 25th from 5pm to 7pm at the Sunnyside Community Garden (corner of 50th Street and Barnett Avenue). We’ll provide some mixers, cheese, crackers, and light snacks; bring any finger foods you’d like to share and your choice of beverage. Non-members are welcome, just let us know on your RSVP how many people are in your party.

Raffle! The Seed Experience

We are raffling off two tickets The Seed Experience, which sounds like a fascinating event. Bring cash to pickup this week and next week and help us raise money for our subsidized share program.

4th Annual Plant-based Food & Lifestyle Expo – The Seed Experience 2015

Eat, drink, shop and discover a vast market of 100+ delicious plat-based foods, and eco-friendly products and services from a variety of national and local artisan exhibitors. Get inspired by world-renowned speakers, champion athletes, and top chefs, and film screenings. Learn how to live a healthy, compassionate and eco-friendly lifestyle.
Highlights are: interview with Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd, presentation about nutrition and performance by ultra endurance athlete Rich Roll, and exclusive pre-premier screening of PlantPure Nation with Q&A with Nelson Campbell, 10+ cooking demos from top chefs, and much more.

• DATE: Weekend of June 20th & 21st, 2015
• HOURS: 10am – 6pm
• VENUE: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Tickets include:
• FREE membership to Food Matters TV value $7.95
• $25 off new users first UBER ride, or $20 off existing users first uberPOOL ride.

Open House, Annual Survey, Spring Sign Ups!

It just takes a few minutes to fill out, and it’s the only way we can tell what you loved and hated about the previous season. If you have any opinion on the food we get, the methods we use, or ways to improve our CSA, speak up! Please fill out the survey here, anytime before February 8th.

The reason for that deadline is so that we can tally the results and present them to you at our

On Tuesday, February 10th, from 7 to 9 pm, we’ll host our annual Open House at Sunnyside Community Services. If you’ve never been to this, it’s an exciting kick-off to our new season, and includes:
• A State-of-the-Farm report and Q&A with our beloved farmers!
• Survey results (and a chance to ask any questions you’ve been wondering about!)
• Food samples from all our share partners (such as Lewis Waite Farm & Milk, Not Jails). Try the food, talk to our partners!
• A 2015 fruit share raffle. That’s right, you can win an entire season’s worth of fruit, and the proceeds help fund our subsidized share program! (Learn more about our subsidy program at the Open House.)

And probably the most popular reason to attend…

Yup, if you want a summer vegetable, fruit, dairy, (or other) share, this is your chance. We will be opening the signups to everybody a few weeks later, but, as you know, they sell out quickly. Come to the open house and ensure yourself a spot!

You’re probably wondering what shares we’re offering this year. We’re still in the process of finalizing that, though the veggie and fruit shares are basically the same as last year. Stay tuned for another email with share plan details, prices, and a link to the contract.

In the meantime, we’re looking for a couple of volunteers to help with the signups, preferably with a laptop (though if you don’t own one but can still help, please do so!) Sign up for that date via our volunteer spot calendar.

And finally- we’re looking for a few good folks to join the core group. If you want to take a more active role in the direction of the CSA, this is your chance. If you’re interested in become a site manager, you will receive a FREE half-share for the season- a pretty sweet way to help our CSA succeed! If you’re interested, let us know at the Open House, or email us here!

Report on CCNY Grant

This year, the Sunnyside CSA was the proud recipient of a $3000 grant from Citizen Committee for New York City. Our goal in applying for this grant was to secure much-needed funds to increase awareness of the Sunnyside CSA, particularly our subsidized share program.

So far, we’ve used the grant funds for:

And in just a few weeks, we’ll be offering a few workshops through local public schools:

  • Workshops for children will include a fun healthy food demo and nutrition education, and students will receive CSA info for parents
  • Workshops for parents of school-aged children will include CSA and subsidy program info, food demo, nutrition and information on local foods

We hope these events encourage discussion and participation in local food systems while also making these programs accessible for more community members.

Did you participate in any of our programs? We’d love your feedback! Post a comment or contact us!

Free Compost Workshop and Pumpkin Smash

A fun local event (not sponsored by the CSA but we sure do like them!)–

SunnyCompost invites you to its 3rd Annual Open House on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

November is right around the corner and SunnyCompost wants to celebrate with YOU
and your food scraps, your leaves, and your pumpkins!

* Tour the composting site located at beautiful Sunnyside Community Garden at 50th
Street and Barnett Avenue in Sunnyside.
* Join us and meet your neighbors and fellow composters.
* Learn about composting – a Beginners Workshop will take place at 1:30
* Hands on activities – chopping, sifting, and much much more!
* Bring your pumpkins for smashing!
* Bring your bagged leaves for mulching (aka Project Leaf Drop!)
* Bring food scraps for composting!
* Take a sample of finished compost!

Please stop by! We’ll have refreshments (compostable)!

Can’t wait to see you!!

Free Screening–“Eating Alabama”

The Sunnyside CSA is sponsoring a free screening of Eating Alabama at the Museum of the Moving Image on Saturday, November 1st, starting at 2pm. The James Beard Award-winning documentary shares a young couple’s understanding of the radical ways the food systems of their grandparents’ era have drastically changed. The event kicks off the “Eat Healthy, Eat Local!” community-wide education series intended to catalyze interest in healthy eating and local farming in Queens. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Just Food’s Greg Anderson on local farm issues and why food matters. All are welcome!

More information can be found on our Facebook event page.