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In The Box–June 15

Who’s ready for more greens?? Check out what’s in the box this week–and if you’re looking for more info or recipes, Golden Earthworm has some tasty looking ideas here. Everything on this week’s list is best stored in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.

The veggie pickup for Thursday, June 15th will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.

Escarole – It looks like lettuce, but it’s not! Escarole a very nutrient-dense vegetable, and can be eaten raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Garlic Scapes – This is the top of the garlic plant–remove the head and use the rest as you would garlic. It gives a slightly milder flavor. When to use: Within a week.

Parsley – Don’t write this off as just a garnish–it’s also great in soups, salads and juices! When to use: Within 3 days.

Baby Arugula – This is the next planing, so it’s extremely tender and best eaten raw in a salad. When to use: Within 3 days.

Red Romaine Lettuce – Romain loves the hot weather, and holds up great with heavier toppings. When to use: Within a week.

Toscano Kale – Try this one as kale chips, thrown in a cold smoothie or added to a soup. When to use: Within a week.

Please note that any boxes not picked up by 8pm will be donated to SCS, and items are subject to change.

If you find that your greens have gone “limp,” a tell-tale sign of dehydration, try soaking them in a bowl of cold water for a bit to help them perk back up.

For more tips, recipe ideas, and info on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog.


Early Bird Special: Winter Sun Farms!

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Winter Sun Farms

This year, we are having an early sign-up for Winter Sun Farms. If you had a share last year, you know what it entails: 5 deliveries over the winter, each with 7 different items, mostly frozen, some fresh. They collect freshly-picked, organic produce from local farms during the summer season and freeze it for winter use, resulting in some pretty healthy veggies that taste much better than the frozen food you’re used to seeing at the supermarket. Depending on the harvest, the frozen vegetables and fruits may include broccoli, sweet corn, mixed peppers, green beans, pureed butternut squash, kale, blueberries, raspberries, and edamame!

Even better, the farmers have managed to LOWER their prices from last year due to more efficient techniques; rather than make a larger profit, they’ve passed the savings on to us (hey Whole Foods, take note!)

This year’s Winter Sun Farms share will cost $137 (which includes a $5 admin fee.)

If enough people sign up, this price will go down even more, so don’t delay- we need to get enough orders in the next few weeks to qualify for this deal.

If you want a share, please fill out our simple, on-line contract. You can pay via check or PayPal, online or in person, but we can’t give you a share until we have the payment in hand. If the web is not your thing, we will have in-person signups during our regular Thursday night pickup on June 21st. Bring your checkbook!

If you’re not sure about securing a share this early in the year, there may still be a chance to sign up next winter, but Winter Sun Farms does have a limited space, so once they fill up, that’s it…. and we only qualify for the lower price if we get enough folks now, so try not to put it off. It really is a great deal!

Sunnyside CSA Winter Sun Farms Share Contract: 2012-2013 Season


Ready for the First Pick-Up of 2012?!

The first pick-up of the season will be on Thursday, May 31st from 5-8pm at Sunnyside Community Services on 39th Street. Remember to sign up for your volunteer shifts while picking up your box! The season will then run for 26 weeks, skipping Thanksgiving. The last delivery of the season is on Thursday, November 29th.

Please take a look at the 2012_CSA_Member_Shares list (Excel) to make sure you are correctly signed up for your vegetable, fruit and herb shares. If you have questions, please Contact Us.

For those of you wondering what’s up with our new shares (dairy, pickles, flowers), we’ll have an update really soon—sorry. There have been some logistical snags in getting it going. Thanks for being patient!

Are you getting our email updates? If not, sign up for our Yahoo Group. We also post to social media, so ‘follow’ @sunnysidecsa on Twitter and ‘like’ Sunnyside CSA on Facebook.


Sign Up for Dairy, Flower and Pickle Shares

We are excited to work with Milk Not Jails and Partners Trace Farm to offer dairy, flower and pickle shares this year! Check out the details below and sign-up for the shares at Sunnyside Community Services on Tuesday, April 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Milk, yogurt and pickle samples will be available at sign-up. Yum!

Dairy Shares from Milk Not Jails

We will be offering milk and plain yogurt from Milk Not Jails. The milk will be from small local farms, low temperature pasteurized and non-homogenized. Visit the Milk Not Jails website to learn about how your purchase will help the rural upstate economy.

The dairy season will run the entire 26 week CSA season. You may choose as many containers of milk and yogurt as your household is likely to consume in a week.

  • Half gallons of milk (available in whole, low-fat and fat-free) will be $130, which works out to $5 per half gallon.
  • Quarts of milk (available in whole, low-fat and fat-free) are $78, which is $3 per quart.
  • 32 oz containers of plain yogurt (available in whole and fat-free) will be $104, which is $4 per container.

Monthly a la carte ordering will be available from Milk Not Jails during the season as well. Milk and plain yogurt will be available, along with flavored yogurt, half and half, butter, heavy cream, ice cream and cheese. More information will be sent at a later time, but you do not need to have a dairy share to order a la carte. A la carte orders and payments will be through the Milk Not Jails website and pick-up will be at Sunnyside Community Services.

Lauren Melodia, the founder of Milk Not Jails, will join us on Tuesday to answer questions and share milk and yogurt samples.

Flower Bouquets and Pickle Shares from Partners Trace Farm

We will be offering flower bouquet shares and pickle shares from Partners Trace FarmPartners Trace is a 6 acre farm based in New Paltz started by Amoreen Armett and Tierney Dearing Medick. Deliveries will probably start in June.

The flowers and greenery in the bouquets will be heirloom and native plants, not treated with pesticides or chemical fertilizers. A 10 week flower share will be $160 and consist of a European style hand tied bouquet. Amoreen and Tierney say they really like the creativity of assembling the bouquets for the flower share.

10 week pickle share will be $100 and consist of a 16 oz jar of pickles every week. The produce is grown by Partners Trace and they happily accept suggestions for pickles and will introduce new varieties based on customer demand. We will have samples of three varieties at sign-up: simply dill; orange zest, pink peppercorns and chili pepper; and beets with ginger and allspice.

Want a Share But Can’t Come to Sign-Up?

If you would like a dairy, flower or pickle share but can’t come to sign-up on Tuesday, April 10, please email special_products [at] or Contact Us with your name and what products you’re signing up for. Or download the contract and mail it and your check to:
Sunnyside CSA
PO Box 4383
Sunnyside, NY  11104

Don’t delay! We must receive your check and contract by April 15th!


Milk Shares! Flower Shares! Pickle Shares!

We are considering partnering with a new group that offers a dairy share (milk, yogurt, and more) as well as a flower share, and a pickle share! All of these shares have a base minimum we need to meet in order to join, so we need YOUR INPUT to know what to do. If there’s enough interest in any/all of these, we will forge ahead- but if we don’t get much of a response, we’ll have to pass on the offers, which is too bad, because I, for one, would LOVE a milk share.

To get your feedback, we’ve created a very short survey here:

If you’re interested in any of these shares, please fill out the survey and let us know what you’d want. This is open to anyone, even if you don’t have a vegetable share! Indicating interest does not mean you are committing yourself to paying for a share- we understand you probably want a little more details about what it is you’re getting before writing a check- but please only tell us you’re interested if you’re serious about getting a share. We need the results to be as accurate as possible before making a decision.



2012 Open Sign-Ups in March!

The 2012 Sign Ups are Here! Tuesday, March 6 at SCS between 6-8pm. Bring a checkbook- it’s first-come, first serve! You can download a contract and read about the share plans right here on the site in the CSA Details tab. If we don’t sell out, Thursday March 8 will be our second open sign up, same time and place.

We’ll also have a Lewis Waite Farm tasting on the March 6 signup, so come taste some amazing food and discover what you can be ordering through our partnership with Lewis Waite!


Find a 2012 CSA Share Partner

This page is for folks who are looking for a share partner in  2012. If you’ve got a share but need a partner, or have no share but want to split one, leave a comment with your contact info!

Please READ the previous posts before writing your own, and contact the person! Otherwise, everyone is posting and no one is responding.

To avoid getting spam, write your email out something like this:

bob – at –

You can also leave comments on out facebook page!

Good luck!


Annual Town Hall / 2012 Returning Members Sign Up!

Town Hall Meeting
Please come to our annual town hall meeting where you can meet our farmers, chat with the core group, have your opinion heard and get more involved overall with the 2012 year. You’ll also hear the results of our year-end survey. This is our only meeting of the year, so please attend- it’s our one chance to discuss the CSA openly as a group. There are several open positions within the core group, so anyone and everyone interested in the CSA’s direction is encouraged to come. Another great reason for attending is…

2012 CSA Sign Ups
All returning members in good standing are eligible for this early-bird sign up happening at the Town Hall Meeting. If you want to ensure a spot in next year’s veggie share, this is your chance. After this, our signups will be open to everyone, first-come / first-serve- so save the date! We will send another email soon with the contract and 2012 share details.

Town Hall Meeting & 2012 Sign Up:
Wed Jan 18, 7-8:30pm @ Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th St.)

Year-End Survey
Let your voice be heard by filling out our survey, which is instrumental in knowing what directions you want this CSA to head in. Without your feedback, we can’t improve! If you’re a CSA member, please fill out this quick survey by Sunday, January 15th.


Winter Shares (2011-12)

Winter Share Signups are Here! Also in this issue… Oysters, Turkeys, and Soap!

Hiya, folks- we will be having our winter share signups this coming week during our regular Thursday pickup from 5-8 pm. Because of the increasing interest in the winter share, and the limited availability of the shares, we’ll be doing things a little differently, so please read carefully:

We have two winter share plans available. The delivery schedule is the same, only the products are different. The first is our Golden Earthworm plan, which is much the same as last year’s, although the size is slightly smaller due to the weather (15-18 lbs. each month, rather than 15-20 lbs. as it was last year.) These are root vegetables grown this fall, plus some greens from their greenhouse. They also offer an apple share and a cider share, as they’ve done in years past.

The second plan is from Winter Sun Farms, which is actually a group of farms from the area who freeze their produce throughout the summer so you can eat it in the winter. If you stopped by their table this week at the pickup, you would have seen some really fresh-looking veggies packaged for easy delivery. Each package tells you the exact farm it came from, and you can read the details of that farm on their website.

Space is limited on both plans, so if the number of applicants exceed the number of shares, we will hold a lottery among the members. To make this process as painless as possible, please do the following:

  • Decide which of the plans you are interested in. You can choose all the shares, if you would like.
  • Write separate checks for each plan you are interested in. We need separate checks for: Golden Earthworm Winter Vegetable Share, Golden Earthworm Cider and/or Apple Share ( if you want both of these, you can pay for them with one check) and Winter Sun Farms Vegetable Share. Please indicate on each check which plan the check is for.
  • Bring your checks to the signup on Thursday, November 3rd. Please note: you can’t sign up without a check! This is important!
  • If we have to run a lottery for the shares, we will cash your check if you get a spot, and rip up the check if you didn’t. (We’ll let you know either way, of course!) There is no limit to the apple and cider shares, which is why those need to be on a separate check (you’re automatically guaranteed a share if you sign up for either of these, so that check WILL be cashed regardless.)


Thursdays: Dec. 15, Jan. 5, Jan 26, Feb. 16, March 8.


Approximately 15-18lbs of mixed root crops and greens (see list below)

$28.60 value per delivery

5 deliveries

$143 Total Price

Winter Share vegetables may include any of the following: Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Kale, Spinach & Arugula and maybe some other surprises. We hope to have greens in 4 out of the 5 shares.


3lbs mixed apple varieties

$4.25 value per delivery

5 deliveries

$21.25 Total Price


1/2 gallon fresh-pressed cider

$4 per 1/2 gallon per delivery

5 deliveries

$20 Total Price


-includes 7 items per pick-up–usually 6 frozen items, and 1 fresh (greenhouse pea shoots)

-includes (depending on harvest) broccoli, sweet corn, mixed peppers, green beans, pureed butternut squash, kale, blueberries, raspberries, and even edamame!

5 deliveries

$165 Total Price

-See sample share contents here

-See some of the farms we work with here

-Most of the farms we work with are certified organic or non-certified organic.  Each package has a label which includes the name of the farm at which it was grown–this helps us to keep the connection between farmer and consumer.


This winter we will be offering oysters once a month from Widow’s Hole Oyster Company.  These are fresh, raw oysters raised 100 miles off the Long Island coast. Pick up days (weather permitting) will be December 13, January 17, February 7, March 6, April 10 and May 15 (these coincide with Lewis Waite pickup dates.)  The cost will be $12/dozen- that’s a buck an oyster! You can order as many as you’d like, but we are asking folks to commit to at least 1 order per delivery date to ensure meeting our minimum with the fishermen.

We will begin sign-ups and have more information at the next pick-up. We’re still figuring out the ins and outs of this, so if you have any questions, please email

For more info on the oysters, their website is


The deadline for ordering Thanksgiving turkeys from Lewis Waite is November 7.  Pick up will be November 17. If you’ve never ordered from this amazing farm, here’s how:


The deadline for ordering from Kalliste Soap Shop is November 3.  Pick up will be November 17.  To order, go to and type “CSA” as the discount code when ready to check out.  CSA members will get a 50% discount on their soap bars!


Oyster CSA in Sunnyside

This winter we will be offering oysters once a month from Widow’s Hole Oyster Company. These are fresh, raw oysters raised 100 miles off the Long Island coast.

When: Pick up days (weather permitting) will be December 13, January 17, February 7, March 6, April 10 and May 15 (these coincide with Lewis Waite pickup dates.)

Cost: $12/dozen- that’s a buck an oyster! You can order as many as you’d like, but we are asking folks to commit to at least 1 order per delivery date to ensure meeting our minimum with the fishermen.

How: We will begin sign-ups and have more information at the next pick-up. We’re still figuring out the ins and outs of this, so if you have any questions, please email
For more info on the oysters, their website is