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CSA hosted/sponsored events

Chef Jenny’s Autumn Veg Tasting

Special Event at Tonight’s Pick-up!

Don’t miss a free tasting of dishes made from our CSA veggies tonight from 5pm until the food runs out!

You may remember our CSA Chef, Jenny, from the tasting she created for us in August. She’ll be back again tonight with four new dishes for you to try and recipe sheets to take home. Tonight’s recipes feature the hardier veggies we see during the cooler months. Come check out side dishes that would be great for Thanksgiving and a dessert that may give you a new way to use all of those sweet potatoes. Lots of folks had fun chatting with Jenny and asking questions back in August, so please stop by and say hello!

Coming Soon: All of CSA Chef Jenny’s recipes will be posted to our website. Stay tuned.

Composting at Sunnyside Community Gardens

To the many CSA’ers interested in a local composting program, you will be happy to know a group of volunteers have revived composting at Sunnyside Community Gardens, and you are invited to participate! Please check out the message below for details:

We are writing to invite you to donate your food/kitchen scraps for composting at the Sunnyside Community Garden (50th Street and Barnett—map).

Beginning this Saturday, food/kitchen scraps will be collected at the following times:

Saturdays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sundays, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
(ONLY drop off during those hours)

Accepted materials include:
* Fruit and vegetable scraps
* non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal etc.)
* coffee grounds & filters, tea bags
* egg and nut shells, pits
* cut or dried flowers, houseplants and potting soil

Please NO meat, chicken, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, dairy, animal waste, litter or bedding, coal or charcoal, coconuts, diseased and/or insect-infested houseplants/soil or biodegradable/compostable plastics.

Keep your food scraps in a brown bag in your freezer or a reusable container (juice carton, yogurt container, crock, plastic tub, etc). We ask you that any containers you bring your scraps in be taken with you.

We are also participating in Project Leaf Drop so please bring your leaves during the above drop-off hours.

For more information, please go to our website:

In order to keep our Compost Collection and Processing site up and running, we ask each member to volunteer. Find out more during our drop-off hours.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Harvest Festival & Bus Trip

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Join us at the Golden Earthworm Harvest Festival! Image via: GEOF

It’s that time of year again, and with it comes our farm’s annual Harvest Festival! Enjoy an activity-filled afternoon at Golden Earthworm Organic Farm in beautiful Jamesport, Long Island: Tour the farm, listen to music, eat well, take a hay ride… you name it! There’s plenty there for adults and kids alike.

Due to popular demand, we are partnering with Astoria CSA and renting a bus—the farm is about 2 hours away. Of course, CSA members can drive to the farm on their own (directions here), but if you want to save gas and not think about driving, SIGN UP TO RIDE THE BUS. We’re asking for a $5 contribution per person to help with the bus rental.
**More bus info below**

Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 11am-3pm

This event is FREE, but open only to current CSA Members and their guests. Please bring your own picnic lunch and sturdy walking shoes for touring the farm.

Ongoing Events
Hayride Tours
Animal Shearing
Live Music
Walking Tours
Entertainment for Kids
Farmstand Open (Produce & Organic Baked Goods for sale!)
Q&A with Farmers

Childrens Activities
Story Telling & Singing with Barbara Garriel
GIANT Haystack Game
Scavanger Hunt

Cooking Demos
Join Alexa as she whips up delicious recipes featuring our seasonal produce!

Click here for DIRECTIONS to the farm.


You must SIGN UP TO RIDE THE BUS. First-come, first-serve. Please note: The way the sign-up page is designed, it looks like you are about to pay for tickets online with a credit card. Ignore this! Simply select the number of people in your party (guests are welcome) under “Sunnyside CSA members” and choose “Show Other Payment Options” (written in microscopic text under the “Order Now” button) and choose “Pay At The Door.” Then, fill out the info and place the “order.” There is no $1.12 processing fee. Just bring $5 per person in cash to the bus, and we’ll collect the money then. Simple! Don’t forget to read all the bus details below!

Sign up for the bus ride!

Instructions for bus pick up & drop off:
Be at the pick up location no later than 8:50 AM
****PICK UP: @ PATHMARK Parking LOT ****
4202 Northern Blvd, Long Island City 11101
(Less than a 15 min walk from Sunnyside Community Services. Q66 bus stop is on the corner. MTA 36th St R/M stop a few blocks away.)

We will be back in Queens at approximately 5 pm (depending on traffic).

Happy Harvest Fest!

CSA Summer BBQ ~ Sat, July 28th

Join us for our barbecue party!

SORRY, the BBQ was CANCELLED due to rain.

It’s Summer BBQ time! Get ready to throw your bounty of zucchini, radicchio and onions (just to name a few) on the grill! Find even more great BBQ items through our partners at Lewis Waite Farm, like bratwurst, steak, even hot dogs! Be sure to place your LWF order by July 22nd for delivery on July 26th.

WHEN: July 28th at 4 P.M.
WHERE: Sunnyside Gardens Park 48-21 39th Avenue

Please bring a dish to share along with your grillers of choice. The CSA will provide non-alcoholic drinks, chips charcoal, and paperware. You can bring your own drinks (alcoholic or other) but NO GLASS please!

Please RSVP online by July 25th and check out the Facebook event page!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ALERT: If you can’t volunteer during our regular CSA set-up and pick-up times, this is a great opportunity to jump in!  We need 2 set-up and 2 clean-up volunteers at the BBQ. Please contact us if you want to pick up one of these shifts. Thanks!

Strawberry Picking Trip Update: A FULL BUS!

Enthusiasm for this Sunday’s Strawberry Picking Trip was so great, that our bus is now full. Repeat- the bus is full! Thanks, everyone, for your interest. If you aren’t on the bus list but want to go pick strawberries, remember, you can still go- and not just this weekend, either. Check out Golden Earthworm’s site for more info.

For those that are going on the bus, please make note of the final details:

WHEN: This Sunday, June 10!

WHERE: The Pathmark parking lot on Northern Blvd. 4202 Northern Blvd, LIC, NY 11101

HOW TO GET THERE:  Q66 bus stop is on the corner; MTA 36th St R/M stop is a few blocks away… but the easiest way to get there from Sunnyside is by foot. Here are walking directions from SCS. You can drive, but DON’T PARK IN THE PARKING LOT OR YOU’LL GET TOWED! Thankfully, it’s Sunday so nearby on-street parking should be fairly easy.

WHAT TIME: Arrive by 8:50 at the LATEST! The bus is leaving promptly and will wait for no one! It’s a 2 hour trip; we should be back in Queens around 5:30.

HOW MUCH: Strawberries are $4 a quart (a CSA special from the farm), but we also need you to chip in for gas. $5 for adult CSA members, $10 for adult non-members, $0 if you’re a kid.

LUNCH: Pack it. Bring it. There are no restaurants or anything nearby- just lots of strawberries.

See you there!

U-Pick Strawberries (final details)

UPDATE: Our bus is full! For those who are already signed up, please be ready to go at the Pathmark parking lot NO LATER than 8:50am.

As mentioned earlier, lots of folks are interested in sharing a bus ride to Golden Earthworm Organic Farm on June 10th for a day of Strawberry Picking! Now for  the final details… Please read and sign up for the trip!

Once a year Golden Earthworm Organic Farm opens up their beautiful organic strawberry fields for you and your family to enjoy a day of strawberry picking. SUNNYSIDE and ASTORIA CSAs will be traveling by bus to the farm, located in the North Fork of Long Island.


  • DATE: Sunday June 10th, 2012
  • TIME: Please be at the Pathmark parking lot for pick up NO later than 8:50am
  • We will be back in Astoria/Sunnyside by 5:30pm

***PICK UP: @ PATHMARK Parking LOT ***
Pathmark Long Island City
4202 Northern Blvd
LIC, NY 11101

If you are driving, visit the Golden Earthworm page for directions. Depending on traffic, the drive is a little over 2 hours.

PLEASE PACK A LUNCH! This trip is rain or shine please dress appropriately—the farm can be a little muddy in the Spring 🙂

Sorry, no animals are allowed on the bus or the farm.

Again, if you are definitely planning on attending the strawberry picking, please fill out the short form.

NOTE: Even if you already filled out the previous form expressing interest in attending the strawberry picking, we need you to fill out this new confirmation form. ***It is especially important to fill out the form if you plan on taking the bus!***

Bus for U-Pick Strawberries Sun. June 10th!

Photo via: Golden Earthworm Organic Farm

Because interest in attending the U-Pick Strawberries event at Golden Earthworm Farm on Sunday June 10th was high, we have arranged for a bus to transport members to and from the farm!  The cost to ride the bus is $5 per adult CSA member, $10 per adult non-member, and children ride free (note, this is in addition to the cost to pick the strawberries, which is $4/quart).  We will be sharing the bus with members from the Astoria CSA.  The pickup will be at 9:00 am at the Pathmark on Northern Blvd, and the estimated arrival time back into Queens is 5 pm.

If you are definitely planning on attending the strawberry picking, please fill out the short form.

NOTE: Even if you already filled out the previous form expressing interest in attending the strawberry picking, we need you to fill out this new confirmation form. ***It is especially important to fill out the form if you plan on taking the bus!***

CLICK HERE to fill out the form

We hope you enjoy picking (and eating!) all of those delicious strawberries!

Questions? Feel free to Contact Us!

Strawberry Picking Spectacular!

Photo via: Golden Earthworm Organic Farm

On Sunday, June 10th, CSA members can pick organic strawberries at $4 a quart at Golden Earthworm Organic Farm (our vegetable farm)! Depending on your interest, we are hoping to help arrange transportation to the farm, which is a couple of hours away on the East End of Long Island. Whether this is in the form of a bus or carpooling depends on the interest level, so if you are seriously interested in this fun event, please fill out our online survey now! Time is of essence!

Just so you know, Golden Earthworm Organic Farm is open on other weekends for strawberry picking as well. If you want to go on your own, you can check their site for a list of U-Pick dates.

American Meat Screening in Sunnyside

We are proud to present the first Queens screening of AMERICAN MEAT, a movie that should appeal to carnivores and vegetarians alike. Proceeds from the screening, as well as from the refreshments we’ll be serving, will benefit our 2012 Subsidized Shares, which goes to help our neighbors secure vegetable shares at a reduced cost.

Join us for a post screening panel with:

Euripides Pelekanos, co-owner of Bare Burger
Tom Mylan, Meat Hook’s butcher
Memo Salazar, editor of American Meat

There will be a panel discussion after the film with the filmmakers and other special guests!

AMERICAN MEAT is a new documentary about the farmers who raise the meat we eat. Unlike a lot of recent food docs, this one is not trying to scare you with horrible stories about the treatment of animals. It does, however, take a good, hard look at our current system and offers up some alternatives, as well as personal farming stories, on the challenges we are all going to be facing very soon if we want to keep eating burgers and wings.

If you are interested in watching the film, please RSVP so that we can have a head count. Everyone is invited, but RSVP’ing would help us out a lot! Email us with “CSA Movie Screening” in the title:

When: Friday, December 2; Doors at 7:15, screening at 8
Where: All Saints Church basement; 43-12 46th Street, Sunnyside (7 train to 46th Street / Bliss)
How Much: Free with suggested donation of $5.00 to benefit our subsidized share program

Free Popcorn! Wine, snacks, and refreshments available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Sunnyside CSA Subsidy program.

VOLUNTEERS! If you haven’t fulfilled your volunteer hours, or if you feel like helping out with this event, we need help with the setup and selling tickets & refreshments. Please email our coordinator at

Iron Chef Contest | Sunnyside CSA Style

Welcome to September, neighbors!
It’s time to get ready for our very own IRON CHEF event! Here are the details:

When: Saturday September 10th. Set up at 4:30, tasting 4:45-5:45, schmoozing and grazing till the park closes!

Where: Sunnyside Gardens Park

How it works: An abundant vegetable from our farm share box delivered on Sept. 8th will be chosen as the featured ingredient in this contest of culinary prowess. Contestants will be asked to create an inspired and unique dish featuring this ingredient. It need not be your own recipe but you need to make the recipe your own! Bring a friend! Challenge a friend! Eat, be merry, and quite possibly be crowned Sunnyside CSA Iron Chef!

Contestants will be responsible for setting up, labeling, and maintaining the presentation of their dishes throughout the judging hour which will be from 4:45-5:45.

If you need a grill, we are happy to provide one with notice, but please keep in mind that you will need to get there early enough to fire it up in time for judging.

Once the judge/tasting panel has tasted each entry, family and friends can dig in pot luck style. CSA will supply non-alcoholic refreshments, utensils and paperware. Feel free to BYOB (in cans ONLY-no glass).

Entries will be judged on:
1) Taste Is the dish yummy? Can you taste the key ingredient prominently?
2) Creativity/Originality Has the key ingredient been featured in an unusual manner?
3) Presentation Did the chef take care to consider color, texture, smell?

The judge/tasting panel will rate each dish using a scale from 1 to 5, 1 is fair and 5 is most extreme excellence.

The Fine Print:
Entry fee is $10.
75% is a donation to our subsidized share program. 25% goes in the prize kitty for the Sunnyside CSA Iron Chef.

** Please note that although this event is sponsored by the Sunnyside CSA, you do not have to be a member to enter!

We MUST have at least 8 contestants signed up no later than 9/4 or we will have to cancel the event. Please email us ASAP if you are interested!RSVP to