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Summer Pickup Week 1 & COVID updates

Thursday is our first pickup, from 3 – 5:45pm at Sunnyside Community Services. Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey- it was extremely helpful, and completely informed our plan for the summer.

Pickup times: everything we’re discussing is in effect while our city is in lockdown. Once things start to open up, and SCS goes back to normal hours, we will then try to switch back to our regular 5-8 pm schedule. But for now, we’re on limited hours!

Lewis Waite shares: We are still waiting to hear about Lewis Waite’s ability to deliver food directly. They are currently only shipping food via UPS. Those of you who signed up for shares filled by LW, please be patient as they figure out their logistical issues. They are very aware of the situation and are doing their best to find a solution.

How will pickups work? Please read our new Pickup Procedures for complete guidelines. These have been updated to work with SCS needs, and to keep all members safe.

Volunteer shifts: To follow safety protocols and overall member feedback, we are updating volunteer shifts to 4hr sessions. This means if you sign up for a shift it will be from truck unload to cleanup (2-6pm), and this single shift will be all you need for the season. 

If you have issues with this current format, please wait to sign up for your volunteer work after July. At that time we will be reassessing if we can return to the traditional 2hr shifts safely. 

Complete volunteer shift instructions will be coming soon. You can sign up for June and July (4hr shifts) here.

If you have been affected by our pandemic for any reason and are finding it impossible to make it to pickups on a regular basis, we have formed a small but dedicated group of volunteers who to help coordinate deliveries by car to your home. Please understand this is not a service offered to those who just find it too inconvenient. We are limited on volunteer resources, and won’t be able to handle a large amount of requests. Only use this if you have no one else who can help you. If you do need this service, email Margie, our member point person for this service. If you would like to fulfill volunteer shifts by delivering, you can also email Margie and let her know.

Other updates: We have been working with Sunnyside & Woodside Mutual Aid to get organic produce to local food panties. SWMA held a fundraiser, with Sunnyside CSA matching dollar for every dollar (thanks to our member donations!). Together we came up with almost $5000 towards CSA food. Golden Earthworm is assisting by providing us as much extra produce as they can manage with that amount. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to make this possible!

In addition, the COVID fundraiser we held earlier this year generated enough for a two paid meal deliveries to our frontline workers at Elmhurst Hospital, catered by the delicious Sunnyside staple, Tangra. So thanks to all who donated so generously to that as well.

We will have more fundraisers in the coming months to continue to support the community during these times. We appreciate everyone who does what they can to help others.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to see updates!

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Summer Signups are Open

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for… online signups are ready to go! Check out the fruit & veggies we offer during the summer, plus all of the special shares we have for you this year. We’re really excited for the new options.

Remember, all of our shares are available a la carte. You don’t need to sign up for a main share to get a special share for the season. Also Lewis Waite is available as bi-weekly deliveries, and you can order any time during the season. You order straight from them and pay them directly, but pickup is the same time and place as shares.

If you don’t think you can use a full share, feel free to find 1 or 2 other people to share with. There will be one main account holder responsible, but payment and volunteer shifts can be split up however you want.

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Summer Open House is coming soon

Stop by the open house and get first dibs on a Summer Share! We’ll have members of the core group sharing a short intro into the CSA, tables with representatives of the farms and local businesses ready with samples and answers to your questions. And the best part–everyone attending can sign up right then to secure their spot for a Summer Share.

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Win a Turkey!

Enter to win a barn-raised turkey from Stonewood Farm (donated by Lewis Waite)!

All you need to do is buy a raffle ticket, or 5 or 10… Then cross your fingers for our announcement on November 14th. See the flyer for more info. All proceeds benefit the CSA Subsidy program.

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Hey look, we’re on Instagram!

Our Instagram is back up and running! Follow us there for day-of pickup reminders, event info, recipe tips and more. Tag us with @sunnysidecsa or #sunnysidecsa to share your weekly food pics.

We’re also looking into how to better communicate with all of our members and community friends. If you have any ideas of what info you’d like to see on social media, on the website, or in our emails–or where the best place to communicate with you is, please feel free to let us know! (Or if you’re a social media guru looking for some quality volunteer hours…)

Either send us a note here, or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram: @sunnysideCSA.

As a reminder, you can also always find the full pickup info on Golden Earthworm’s blog, or by joining their weekly email newsletter.

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Visit Golden Earthworm Farm on Oct 20th

Golden Earthworm’s CSA Harvest Festival is coming soon, and it will be filled with a lot of fun events for members only (and their guests). This is a FREE event, with no RSVP needed. Just show up and enjoy! View directions to the farm here.

Here is info from the farm:

What to Bring
A picnic lunch and lawn chairs or a blanket.
Wear sturdy shoes for walking around the farm! Strollers are welcome, but please leave your pets at home. (Per food safety regulations.)

Ongoing Activities
Walking Tours
Tractor Demonstrations
Live Music
Farmstand Open

Cooking Demo – 11:00am
Emilie Raffa of The Clever Carrot

Kids Activities
Storytelling & Singing with Barbara Garriel
GIANT Haystack Game
Face Painting
Gifts from the Earth – 1:00pm

Food
Please bring your own picnic lunch!  
We will have a limited supply of tamales and baked goods for sale as well.

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Join Our Pinball Party

We hope to see everyone at our next event from 7-9pm on August 6th!

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Shop the Holiday Market, One Day Only!

We’re so excited for this year’s holiday market, full of fun (and tasty) things from local vendors–but it’s only here for one day!

Find gifts for everyone (and yourself too!). Shop tomorrow, any time from 5:00-8:00pm.

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Get Ready for Holiday Shopping

It’s full-swing into December, and our holiday market is only 10 days away!

Stop by and shop from our wonderful, local vendors–featuring handmade jewelry, accessories, baked goods and more.

Come check it out December 13th from 5:00-8:00pm (same time as Winter Share pickup).

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Winter Market is Coming!

It’s time for our annual holiday market, and this year it kicks off the first day of Winter Shares!

The holiday market is a chance to showcase local vendors, while giving you an easy one-stop location for holiday shopping. This year we’re featuring nine local vendors, including handmade accessories, soap, yummy treats and more.

Come check it out December 13th from 5:00-8:00pm.