Winter Share

Winter Sign-ups are Here!

It’s that time of year again, and we’re excited for a new winter season of delicious, roasted vegetables (and all the other tasty foods). Last day for sign up and payment is November 15th.


A few notes on winter shares:

  • Please remember that your share isn’t final until payment is made.
  • Pay close attention to each share’s pick up dates, some last longer or shorter than others.
  • IF YOU PAY THROUGH PAYPAL, PLEASE CHOOSE “SENDING TO A FRIEND.” If you choose the other option PayPal charges a 6% fee which is not accounted for in our admin fees, and we’ll be forced to pass on to you. And as of this summer, PayPal no longer allows us to refund the 6%.

*In the box

Last Winter Pickup – Mar 7th

Our winter veggie pick-ups are coming to an end. This Thursday is your last week. But not to fret, Summer Shares are starting up soon (our Open House is next week, March 14th)!

Pickups this week are from 5-8pm at Sunnyside Community Services,

Get more details about what’s in the box with Golden Earthworm’s weekly newsletter. Items are subject to change.

*In the box

Winter Pick-Up – Feb 7th

Hello Winter Share members!

Don’t forget pick up your tasty shares this week.

Pickups are from 5-8pm at Sunnyside Community Services this Thursday.

Get more details about what’s in the box with Golden Earthworm’s weekly newsletter. Items are subject to change.

*In the box

Winter Shares, Week 4 (2/20/14)

The snow hasn’t stopped our farmers from getting our share boxes put together. As always, pickup is at Sunnyside Community Services from 5pm-8pm. Please don’t come early, the volunteers need time to set up.

Golden Earthworm:
Watermelon Radish (2 lbs)
White or Yellow Potatoes (2 lbs)
Carrots (5 lbs)
Rutabaga (4 lbs)
Beets (4 lbs)
Leeks (3 pcs)
No sweet potatoes this delivery. They’ll be in the last delivery in March.

Need an idea for your leeks? I am in love with Nom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Chicken recipe. The cookbook version varies a bit–instead of onions, use 3 leeks (white part only), and throw in a tablespoon of fish sauce for extra umami. I didn’t have tomato paste on hand the last time I made it, so I doubled up the fish sauce and it tasted delicious. I kind of wanted to pour the gravy on everything in sight, like boiled carrots and cheese fries and scrambled eggs.

Winter Sun:
Sweet Corn
Green Beans
Pea Shoots
Tomato Puree

Village Fishmonger:
Longfin squid

And as always you can pick up your apple, cider, and beer shares.

Sign-ups for 2014 are open for returning members. Click here to lock in your spot.

*In the box Lewis Waite Farms

Winter Shares, Week 3

Join us on Tuesday, February 4th from 7pm-9pm for our first annual Open House at Sunnyside Community Services.

Bring your checkbook to sign up for your 2014 share, bring some mad money for a raffle ticket to win a fruit share courtesy of Briermere Farms, and bring your taste buds to sample offerings from our expanded list of vendors–including beer, wine, kombucha, fish, milk, a la carte veggies, and, of course, our dearly beloved Lewis Waite and Golden Earthworm Farm.

And if you haven’t already, please fill out our annual survey by 1/31. We’ll be discussing the results at the Open House on Tuesday night.

Beets! Image via Golden Earthworm

Golden Earthworm Share
Watermelon Radish
White or Yellow Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes

Winter Sun Share
Sweet Corn
Butternut Squash Puree
Pea Shoots
Tomato Puree

Village Fishmonger Fish Share

Big aLICe Beer Share
Bremiere Apple Share
Bremiere Cider Share

*In the box

Winter Shares, Week 2

Sweet Potatoes! Image via GEOF

Happy New Year Everyone! Here’s what to expect at pick-up this evening, plus we’ve got some fun stuff going on this month—scroll down!

Golden Earthworm Share
Sweet Potatoes (2 lbs)
Watermelon Radish (3 lbs)
White Potatoes (2 lbs)
Beets (2 lbs)
Carrots (5 lbs)
Rutabaga (2 lbs)
Fennel (1 piece)

Bremiere Apple Share
1 mixed bag of Golden Delicious and Macoun apples

Bremiere Cider Share

Winter Sun Share
Sweet Corn
Butternut Squash
Tomato Puree
Pea Shoots

Village Fishmonger Fish Share
Rainbow Trout

Big aLICe Beer Share
First pickup! (if you signed up for a beer share)

A few friendly reminders & updates:

Fruit Share Raffle
Briermere Farms has generously donated us a Summer Fruit Share for the upcoming season–that’s a $140 value! The fruit share runs for 16 or more weeks, usually beginning in July. Members receive 1-2 kinds of fruit a week from Briermere Farms, including a variety of berries, apples, pears, & peaches.

We’ll be selling tickets during this week’s pickup (1/9) and the following pickup (1/30). Tickets are $5 for 1, $10 for 3, and $20 for 10. Please bring cash. All ticket sales support our subsidy program, which offers reduced-cost CSA shares for families who want to eat healthily but could use a little financial help. For more info on summer fruit shares, check out our website.

Upcoming Member Items
The Annual Member Survey will be distributed via email soon. Please take the time to give feedback! Remember, it’s OUR CSA!

Town Hall Meeting ~ Save the Date ~ February 4th
Sign-ups for returning members will start at the Town Hall.


Winter Sun & Acorn Farms À La Carte Items

You can now order many individual items from our partners at Winter Sun Farms and Acorn Hill Farms! À la carte items are priced and ordered separately from the regular Winter Shares, so just add a few more to your veggie delivery and maybe skip the grocery altogether! Winter Sun has frozen veggies, eggs, meats and other items (see list below). Acorn Hill specializes in cheese, fudge and soap made from goats milk.

Pick-up will be during our regular Winter Vegetable Share time: 5-8pm on December 19, January 9, January 30,February 20, March 13.

How to Order À La Carte Items from Winter Sun:
~ Veggies, Meats, Eggs ~

  1. Visit the ordering website Farmingo
  2. Scroll down and select Sunnyside as your location
  3. Hit NEXT
  4. Add the GUEST WEBSTORE ACCESS option (it’s the only thing you can add) and hit NEXT
  5. If you want to be part of their Egg Share, this is the point where you can join. It’s $5.75 for a dozen eggs (free range, antibotic & hormone-free), and you’re getting 1 carton at each of our 5 delivery dates. Please note: You can always order eggs from Lewis Waite Farm, too (they offer 100% organic eggs that are a little more expensive and free-range eggs (just like these) that are a bit lower in price.) We’re not endorsing either one, just offering you more options- pick whatever works best for you!
  6. Choose what payment plan you want (in full, or in two payments) and hit NEXT
  7. Create or login to your account.  Please note: Winter Sun Farms uses a site called Farmigo to run their store. Farmigo happens to be what Village Fishmonger uses for the fish share, too. If you already have a Farmigo account (either through the fish share or some other place) you don’t need to create a new account, just log in- however, you can’t access your Village Fishmonger account through your Winter Suns account or vice versa. So you have one master Farmigo account, but you log into different food vendors separately. Makes sense?
  8. Once you’ve created your account and paid up (there’s no fee if you’re just adding access to their webstore; you only have to pay if you’re electing the Egg Share) you should find yourself on their main page. If you want to actually go to their webstore and order items, you have to click on the tiny green Web Store link on the upper right-hand corner next to your name. See it? Click it!
  9. You can now add any products they offer, which will vary from pickup to pickup. (Scroll to the bottom of the email for a full list.) The order deadline is always 3 days before delivery- so order by the 16th for our December 19th date!


How to Order À La Carte Items from Winter Sun:
~ Goat Cheese, Goat Fudge & Goat Soap ~

Yes, that’s right, goat soap! It’s all from Acorn Hill Farms. They deliver through WinterSun Farms, but they have their own ordering process:

  1. Go to the Acorn Hill Farms ordering page
  2. Read and follow the specific ordering instructions 
  3. Click to their product page and read all about their goat milk products: cheese, fudge, and soap! They also offer different cuts of Chevon! 
  4. Order all you want, proceed to their pay pal checkout (you don’t need a pay pal account) and remember to note what CSA location and Date you are ordering for (as indicated in their ordering instructions.) ORDER DEADLINES are five days before the delivery date. If you miss the deadline, you won’t get the order processed in time!


Winter Sun Food À La Carte Products Menu

Local Meats (from Hudson Valley Harvest, which sources strictly local meat.)
Ground Beef (from pasture-raised cows)
Nitrate-free bacon*
Sweet Italian Sausage*
Pork Chops*
(*All heritage breed, pastured)

Frozen Veggies
Green beans
Tomato Puree
Strawberries – a 10 lb. box!
Butternut Squash Puree
Sweet Corn

Other Items
Maple Syrup

Lewis Waite Farms

Expanding Food Options This Winter!

In our continuing effort to bring good food to Sunnyside all year round, there are more things you can order, even if you missed out on the Winter Vegetable Shares. You don’t have to be a CSA member to enjoy these new food options! Just sign-up, order and pick-up your food on our delivery dates! Check it out:


Sign up for a simple, 5-delivery, Winter Fish Share. The deliveries will be the same as our winter vegetable delivery dates. You can also add extra seafood items such as scallops, oysters, and lobster to any or all of your deliveries!

You can choose a small share (1lb.) for $75 or a medium share (2 lbs.) for $150 with optional add-ons and a la carte items like shellfish. Low-mercury, allergy-sensitive, and Kosher options are available too for those with dietary needs.

Read more about the Fish Share of at Village Fishmonger. They deal with payment, so please note the following tips:

IMPORTANT, when you Sign Up, make sure to choose “CSA Location Members” under “payment plan,” which will give you the 5-week winter plan.

When you choose a payment option, it lists “weekly” or “bi-weekly” but ignore that—both choices are set for the same amount and both of them get you the 5-delivery plan. Just pick one.

If you miss the first pickup date, you can still join for the remaining four dates. And if you want the share but will be on vacation on one of those 5 dates, you can email them and they’ll credit you towards the next round of fish in the summer!

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You can now order a la carte items from Winter Sun and pick them up on any (or all!) of our winter vegetable delivery dates. Choose from local meats, frozen veggies, maple syrup, applesauce, etc. Also available; goat cheese, goat fudge and goat soap. Read more and learn how to set up an account.

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Winter deliveries of Lewis Waite items are on TUESDAYS. Chose from a huge variety of local goodies including, meat, eggs, beans, cheese, bread, and so much more! Please check the order deadlines on the Lewis Waite site. The variety of food available through here will keep your supermarket shopping at a minimum! If you’ve never done so, it’s easy- just follow these instructions.

Read more…
Or Place your orders now…


LOCATION: Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th Street, Sunnyside)

Winter vegetable deliveries, including Fish Shares and Winter Sun deliveries:
DATES: December 19, January 9, January 30, February 20, March 13 (always Thursdays)
TIME: 5pm – 8pm

Lewis Waite deliveries:
DATES: December 17, January 7, February 4, March 11, April 8, May 13 (Tuesdays in the Winter)
TIME: 6pm – 8pm

Make sure to sign-up for our CSA Yahoo email group to receive important CSA news.



Winter Vegetable Shares, 2013-14 Season

Sign-ups are now CLOSED for Winter 2013-14 Vegetable Shares

There are two kinds of Winter Vegetable Shares: 1. Golden Earthworm’s root vegetable share, and 2. Winter Sun Farms‘ frozen local vegetable share. The two shares complement each other well, so feel free to sign-up for both! In addition to veggies, you can also purchase a Cider Share and/or an Apple Share from Briermere Farms. We will continue to offer fish shares and CSA extras through the winter (details on those coming soon).

How to sign-up for Winter Vegetable Shares:

Online Sign-Up: The easiest way to sign-up for a Winter Share is via the web form link below and pay with PayPal. You can also sign up via web form then pay by sending a check to our P.O. box.


In-Person Sign-Up: There will be ONE in-person sign-up on November 7th, from 6-7pm, during regular CSA pickup. If you plan to sign up in-person, please know the details of the shares you are purchasing and *bring your checkbook.*

If you want a winter share, but can’t sign up online and can’t attend our in-person sign-up, please Contact Us ASAP to make other arrangements.

Note: All payments must be received by Monday, November 18th

Read carefully: VOLUNTEERING
Everyone is required to sign-up for a volunteer shift. We’ve amended the Volunteer Agreement in hopes of curtailing ‘no-show’ volunteer incidents. Please read it carefully before signing off. For most folks, nothing will change, other than we need all Winter Share participants to have signed up for a shift by January 15th, 2014 (by then, 2 of the 5 deliveries will have already passed, so that gives you plenty of time!) Questions? Please Contact Us.

Winter Share Options:

Sign-up here via web form or click on the share option below.

Golden Earthworm (Vegetable share)
SOLD OUT but you can join the wait list
$150 for five deliveries of mixed root crops and greens (15-18 lbs per delivery). Winter share vegetables may include: sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, potatoes, rutabaga, kohlrabi, watermelon radishes, and kale. (Price includes $4 admin fee)

Winter Sun Farms (Frozen vegetable share with some fresh greens)
$125 for five deliveries of vegetables, typically, 6 frozen and 1 fresh (greenhouse pea shoots). 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. Winter Sun works with local, GMO-free farms, most using organic practices. (Price includes $3 admin fee)

Briermere Farms Apple Share
$24 for five 3 lb. deliveries of apples. (Price includes $0.25 admin fee)

Briermere Farms Cider Share
$23 for five ½ gallon deliveries of apple cider. (Price includes $0.50 admin fee)

Winter pick-up time, dates & location:

TIME: 5:00-8:00 pm
**We cannot accommodate early or late pick-ups. No exceptions.**

LOCATION: Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th St., Sunnyside, NY)

December 19
January 9
January 30
February 20
March 13

Questions? Contact us!


Winter CSA Volunteer Sign ups

Really, we do!

It’s time to sign up for volunteer hours for Winter CSA pick-ups and Lewis Waite pick-ups. If you have signed up for a Winter CSA share from Golden Earthworm Farms or a Winter Sun Farms share this winter, you agreed to fill one volunteer slot this winter during our CSA pick-ups. Each share is asked to fulfill ONE volunteer shift.

Winter Share and Lewis Waite volunteer shifts are open on the Volunteer page.

To sign up for a volunteer shift:

1. Find an OPEN slot on the Volunteer calendar (search through months as needed by selecting a date from drop down calendar).

2. Email our Volunteer Coordinators with chosen date and time:
volunteer [at] or Contact Us

Lewis Waite distribution is once each month on a Tuesday.
The dates are scheduled for:
Jan 8th
Feb 5th
March 12th
April 9th
May 14th

For these Tuesdays, we need 2 volunteers from 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM and 2 volunteers from 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM (4 volunteers total) to assist with distributing the Lewis Waite orders to members.

Please see the instructions for Lewis Waite volunteering for more information:

NOTE: These instructions are for the summer shift so the times are not accurate, however the instructions are correct for Lewis Waite distribution during the Winter.

Golden Earthworm and Winter Sun share pick-ups are on every third Thursday starting on Dec 20.
These pick-up dates are:
December 20th
January 10th
January 31st
February 21st
March 14th

For each Winter CSA and Winter Sun pick-up date, we need 4 volunteers for a 3:15 PM shift, 2 volunteers for a distribution shift from 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM, and 2 volunteers for a distribution shift from 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM (8 volunteers total):

3:15 – 4:15 PM – Meet the truck from the farm and bring boxes inside Sunnyside Community Services

THIS SHIFT INVOLVES MANUAL LABOR –be prepared to do a lot of lifting and get dirty. Please see the instructions for the 2:30 PM summer shift for more information:

5:45 – 7:00 PM – set-up and first half of distribution. Please see the 4:30 PM summer shift instructions for more information:

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – second half of distribution and clean up. Please see the 6:30 PM summer shift instructions for more information:

Thank you in advance for signing up for a volunteer shift this winter! We cannot have CSA without volunteers helping with our distributions.

Enjoy the winter CSA!

Sara & Laura
CSA Volunteer Coordinators