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CSA hosted/sponsored events

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

Annual Sunnyside CSA Potluck BBQ in the Park

photo: Yunhee Kim for The New York Times

Bring your family and friends to our annual Sunnyside CSA potluck BBQ in Sunnyside Gardens Park!
DATE: Sunday, July 24, 2011
TIME: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
LOCATION: Sunnyside Gardens, 48-21 39th Avenue
FOOD: Please bring your protein of choice to grill and dish to share with your fellow neighbors. Sunnyside CSA will provide non-alcoholic refereshments, chips, charcoal, plates and utensils. Feel free to bring adult beverages, but remember NO GLASS – only cans!
BE GREEN: Not a requirement, but if you want to help us in being green, bring your own reuseable cups, plates and utensils!

Please note:

This year, we are covering the Sunnyside Gardens Park entry fee, so this event is free for all Sunnyside CSA members and family!
Glass bottles are not allowed in Sunnyside Gardens Park.

Feel free to leave a comment below with what you are bringing to the potluck!

Cookbook Swap

Tired of your old cookbooks? Looking for new cookbooks? Come swap them and meet some of your neighbors at the same time at the first ever Sunnyside CSA Cookbook Swap!

There’s a new sitting area to the right of the playground- there, we’ll have a table set up with coffee and treats for all (feel free to bring your own treats to share, and mugs to avoid using disposable cups.)

Bring your cookbooks for swapping. And don’t worry – you’ll get to take home whatever is not taken!

RSVP here.

DATE: Sunday, June 26, 2011
TIME: 10:00am – 12:00pm
LOCATION: Windmuller Park, (59-53 39th Ave., Woodside, NY, 11377)
FOOD: We will provide coffee and snacks, but feel free to bring your own snacks to share! We are asking that you help us in being green and bring your own cup / coffee mug.

A couple of pics from the event. Thanks for coming!

Potluck in the Park

Bring your family and friends to our annual Sunnyside CSA potluck BBQ in Sunnyside Gardens Park!
DATE: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
TIME: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Sunnyside Gardens, 48-21 39th Avenue
FOOD: Please bring a dish to share with your fellow neighbors. Sunnyside CSA will provide non-alcoholic beverages, plates and utensils. We are asking that you help us in being green and bring your own cup. If you want to help even further, please bring your own reuseable plate and utensils!

Win a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera!
We will be raffling off a private backstage tour of the Met for four people (the date will be determined by the Met and the raffle winner). You can buy raffle tickets on our Thursday nite pick-ups, or at the potluck. All proceeds from the raffle go towards our subsidized share program.
You don’t need to be present at the drawing to win!

Tickets are:

1 ticket / $5.00
3 tickets / $10.00
10 tickets / $20.00

Please note:
There is a $2 per non-Sunnyside Gardens Park Member (this fee goes directly to the Gardens and does not benefit Sunnyside CSA).
Glass bottles are not allowed in Sunnyside Gardens Park.

Season Kick-off Social at Claret Wine Bar

Come join us for our CSA’s first event of the season, a wine social at Claret Wine Bar on Monday, June 21, at 7pm.
Have some great wine, meet your neighbors and enter to win great prizes from local businesses, including Dee Thai and Pure Spa.

That’s right, we’re having a raffle, the proceeds of which benefit our subsidy share program!
Raffle tickets will be available at the social event as well as our share pick-ups on June 10 and 17, so bring some cash!
Enter as often as you wish for some great local Sunnyside prizes!

Tickets are:

1 ticket / $5.00
3 tickets / $10.00
10 tickets / $20.00

If you are an artist or a business owner and would like to contribute to the raffle or a future event, which will benefit our subsidized shares, please contact us .

Claret is located at 46-02 Skillman Avenue (at 46th Street).

End of Season Town Hall

Thursday, December 3, 2009
6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Grind
We are hosting a Town Hall Meeting for CSA current and prospective members. The Town Hall Meeting is an opportunity for us to get together, hear feedback from you about the season, hear from the core group about the work we did this year, and plan for next season.

On the Agenda:
-Update from the farm (meet the farmers!)
– Learn about Core Group Positions and opportunities for you to get involved with the Core Group next season
– Share your thoughts on the CSA and hopes for next season
– Summary of Events and ideas for the winter share season and next season - Learn about the Subsidized Share Program
– Year-end reports on the CSA’s finances, programs, and policies

We will provide coffee and snacks but please feel free to support the Grind, a local Sunnyside business establishment.

BBQ at Sunnyside Gardens Park

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunnyside Gardens Park, 39th Ave between 48th and 50th Streets
We will host our annual potluck BBQ at the Sunnyside Gardens Park.
Bring your protein of choice to grill and a dish to share. The CSA will provide charcoal, papergoods, and non-alcoholic drinks.
There is a fee of $2 per person to use the park, which will go to the Sunnyside Gardens Park.

At the BBQ we’ll be doing another raffle to benefit our Subsidized Shares.
CSA member Dorothy Morehead is donating her cabin in the Adirondacks for a fun filled fall weekend.