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.

Events Volunteer

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.


Farm Trip–Harvest Festival–Sign up here!


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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.


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.