CSA Harvest Festival is this weekend!

Golden Earthworm’s CSA Harvest Festival is this Sunday, October 20th. Visit the farm, and enjoy fun events for members only (and their guests). This is a FREE event, with no RSVP needed. Just show up and enjoy!

Take a walk around the farm fields and see where (and how) we grow your food, chat with your farmers, relax and picnic on the lawn with your family, watch a cooking demonstration and see the tractors in action, let the kids enjoy some fun farm activities and just breathe… Find more info here.

This event is held at the farm in Riverhead.
652 Peconic Bay Blvd, Riverhead

View directions to the farm here.


Veggies are Coming!

Don’t forget: our Summer Season Q&A/Orientation is May 30th from 6-8PM at Sunnyside Community Services. It’s your chance to come ask any questions about pick-ups, volunteering and events. Plus, we’ll have our new tote bags for sale! (Proceeds benefit the Subsidy Program.)

Vegetable pick-ups start the week after, on June 6th.

Volunteer shifts are now open online! Remember, each share requires 2 volunteer shifts for the summer season. Sign-up early to save your spot. The Sunnyside CSA is 100% volunteer run–everyone doing their part to help is what keeps us going!


Visit Golden Earthworm This Sunday

Hey CSAers! It’s your friendly reminder that tomorrow is the members-only day to visit the farm where all our delicious vegetables come from.

If you didn’t receive the email, details are below:


WEATHER UPDATE: Perfect fall weather – cool, crisp & sunny!  Wear a light jacket and rain boots!

This event is held at the farm in Riverhead.
652 Peconic Bay Blvd, Riverhead

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14th from 11am-3pm

This is a private event open to all current CSA Members
and their guests only
.  No RSVP needed.

Plan on arriving at the farm at 11am when we open.
The traffic (heading east) on the North Fork is crazy if you plan on arriving in the early afternoon.  Heading home (west) should be fine.

What to bring?
Please 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 Demos
11:30amAlexa Weitzman of Sustainable Pantry
1:30pm – Chef Robbi King

Kids Activities
Storytelling & Singing with Barbara Garriel
GIANT Haystack Game
Face Painting

Please bring your own picnic lunch!  
We will have a limited supply of soup and tamales for sale as sell.

We’re looking for a few folks to volunteer for two jobs – Parking & Traffic Coordinator and Welcome Table Attendants.
The time slots are 10:45am-12:45pm or 12:45pm-2:45pm.
Please e-mail us if you’re interested in helping out!  Thank you!

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail us at or reply to this e-mail.

We hope to see you there!

– Maggie, Farmer Matt & the crew


Join the CSA Core Group!

UPDATE: Thank you for your interest in joining the Core Group! These positions have recently been filled. We will post again when other Core Group positions open up. If you still want to do more, consider booking yourself a couple of extra Volunteer Shifts during the remainder of the season—we always need extra help getting all the shifts filled. Thanks again.

Hello everyone,

We have had a good season so far, but are starting to need some help within the Core Group to keep the CSA running. If you want to get to know your community better, or if you want to get more involved with the world of farming and local, organic food, here’s a great opportunity. We have two immediate needs:

Events / Fundraising Coordinator
This person is in charge of running our events, such as the cookout and our trips to the farm. Because we often have raffles and other fundraising events to benefit the subsidy program, both roles fall under the same job title. The great thing about this position is the sky is the limit—any social events you want to try, any creative fundraisers you want to host, the opportunity is there—with the entire CSA body as a resource to help make it happen.

Subsidy Coordinator
An incredibly important aspect to the CSA is making sure everyone has access to good food- not just those lucky enough to not have to worry about money. Our subsidized shares feed many families in Sunnyside, but finding those families requires a passionate person. The bulk of the work for this position happens in the first few months of the year, doing outreach to find folks for the upcoming vegetable share season.

There will be more openings and opportunities as the season ends, but these are two positions we need help with right now!

CONTACT US if you’re interested or curious.



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!


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.