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CSA hosted/sponsored events

Farm Trip–Harvest Festival–Sign up here!

CSA HARVEST FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 19th!

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Mark your calendars now for our annual CSA Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 19th from 11am-3pm. Free for all CSA member families and their guests. Hayride & Walking Tours, Cooking Demos, Live Music, Kids’ Activities, GIANT Haystack and more!

Our free bus will leave from SCS at 9am and will include a stop at the Briermere Farmstand where you can buy fruit and pies.

For more information and for a spot on our free bus, sign up here! Please sign up even if you are self driving so we know to expect you.

Let Us Eat Local Event–Discount Available

Tickets are still available for Just Food’s seventh annual tasting benefit, Let Us Eat Local! And this year Just Food is offering a 15% discount on tickets to CSA members!

Enjoy unique, seasonal tastings from over 30 of NYC’s most celebrated chefs while supporting Just Food’s mission to make fresh, local food available in underserved NYC neighborhoods. This year’s Let Us Eat Local will be held on September 17th at The Altman Building from 7:30-10pm, with a VIP Hour from 6:30-7:30pm featuring cocktails and raw bar by abc cocina, Blue Hill, L&W Oyster Co. and Print.

Also- When you buy your ticket be sure to let them know that you are a member of our CSA. If our CSA has the greatest representation at Let Us Eat Local, each person from the CSA who purchased a ticket will also receive a complementary ticket to the 2015 Just Food Conference!

Promo code after the jump.

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CSA BBQ–Sign Up and Grill Out

Our annual member BBQ is coming up. Bring meat or veggies for the grill and a side dish to share, and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon with like-minded folks. Click here to add your name to the RSVP list and let us know what you’ll be bringing.

When: Saturday, July 17, 1-5pm
Where: Sunnyside Gardens Park

The CSA will provide refreshments and picnic gear. Find us in the grill area to the right when you enter the park.

This event is FREE for all CSA members. You don’t have to pay to enter the park. If you have kids, make sure to pack bathing suits and towels for the sprinkler and wading pools, and bring helmets, bikes, and scooters to take full advantage of all the park has to offer.

No glass or pets allowed.

50/50 Raffle–Support the Subsidy Program

50/50 Raffle to Support the Subsidy Program.

Tickets will be sold through the next few pickups and at the July 19th CSA BBQ. The more you tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win, and the more folks we can provide with affordable fresh food options. It’s a win-win-win opportunity! Tickets are $5 for 1, $10 for 3, and $20 for $10. Please bring cash with you to purchase tickets.

The subsidized share program is a way to make fresh, organic, local produce available to those with limited incomes. Every year, we sell 15 vegetable shares at half price to those who qualify. Anyone can apply for a subsidized share; all applications are then reviewed anonymously by our board, which will award the 15 shares to the most qualified applicants. Basically, all of the money comes from CSA members via fees, donations, or fundraisers!

Fourth of July PIE!!!

On our 7/3 pickup, treat yourself to a slice for $3, or pick up a whole pie ($20-$25) for the holiday. We’ll be offering world-famous pies from Briermere Farms and other amazing local places as well as pie from our very own member pie baker extraordinaires. Now dessert for your Fourth of July is as easy as pie.

Sustainable Seafood Week

Village Fishmonger
Village Fishmonger

Our friends at Village Fishmonger are in the midst of Sustainable Seafood Week, with a veritable tidal wave of events, including cooking demos, culinary competitions, and cameos from some truly great chefs.

This one sounds amazing:
Essential Skills: Fish Butchering
In conjunction with Sustainable Seafood Week NYC, Haven’s Kitchen, is producing a pair of cooking lessons dedicated to the preparation and enjoyment of delicious, sustainable, seafood.

In this class, a Haven’s Kitchen instructor will demystify fish butchering and teach students fish fundamentals from selecting a fresh fish to breaking one down. In line with Haven’s Kitchen’s mission, the class will prepare simple recipes and figure out ways to use the entire fish—head to tail.
When: Thursday, May 8th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Haven’s Kitchen, 109 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

CSA Fundraising Update

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT FUNDRAISING (BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK)

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve been doing a lot of fundraising lately via raffles and bake sales—and you’re probably wondering what’s up. In an effort to stay transparent with everyone, here’s what’s up:

In order to offer subsidized summer and winter vegetable shares at half-cost, we need $5110 every year. $2192 comes from the farm in the form of free shares, and $675 comes from our admin fees, leaving us with $2243 to raise every year, in order to provide 15 families with this great deal. That’s where individual member donations and raffles come in.

So far, we’ve raised $1891 that way, including this past week’s Bake Sale (which brought in $150- a big THANK YOU to all our bakers!) We have a couple of more raffles before the season is over, such as our current pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkey raffle, so please help us reach our financial goal for the year by buying some tickets next week!

And if we happen to go over, that will mean being able to expand our subsidized share program to more families, and/or with more food plans. How would you like a subsidized Fruit Share? Or Fish Share? With enough funds, we can make it happen… and here’s where we have to send a big SPECIAL THANK YOU to Jay Radner and the Woodside-Sunnyside Runners, who raised $300 last week just by running! This money is earmarked for expanding our subsidy program in 2014, and will go 100% towards families in the area who want to eat well but can’t afford the high costs of organic food. If you’ve got a creative way to raise some bucks for subsidized food, don’t hesitate to Contact Us. Your money couldn’t go to a more direct and useful cause.

Thanks, everyone. Happy eating!

Bake Sale this Halloween!

This Halloween, we’re getting into the spirit with our very own bake sale during Thursday’s pickup. Grown-ups need treats too! Bring your little trick-or-treaters and treat yourselves to some homemade goodies. Thanks to all of our CSA volunteer bakers who made this effort possible. All sales ticket sales help support our subsidy program, so more local families can afford access to fresh, organic, local produce.

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