On a flight to Paris sometime in the early 2000’s, I was once fed a tiny wedge of innocuously labeled Brie on top of a sugar cookie. The combo was delivered unceremoniously by an airline Stewardess who, despite being lovely and charming in an exquisitely French way, did nothing to refine the two three-inch pieces of “food”, which were wrapped in plastic like an astronaut’s meal. And yet to this day this airline-brand snack is one of the greatest things that I have ever eaten. All of this is to say that the story of my Brooklyn CSA experience begins long before I bought a share. Walk with me for a moment. (more…)
This month we received:
- 2 doz eggs
- tomato puree
- collard greens
- diced peppers
- butternut squash puree
- green beans
We used the tomato puree and frozen peppers in this dish. Locally made Severino papardelle pasta made this vegetarian dinner super awesome! (more…)
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Want to add more Summer color to your Winter stew? Made a resolution to cook more meals at home, eat more food from local farms, support sustainable projects in our region? A share from Winter Sun makes cooking in Winter brighter and more local! And guess what? We still have shares for sale. Get 3 months of local veg & fruit, frozen at the height of the Summer season, delivered monthly to the Southside. (Sorry. No more Egg shares available) Email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing & to sign up.
Think it’s important to support food security in NYC? Want to make sure that our Greenpoint Soup Kitchen serves up local vegetables and fruit as often as possible? Donate $100 to our soup kitchen project and provide Winter Shares to Greenpoint’s neediest!!
For Winter Share alums, the fresh pea shoots we get are pretty much a hands down favorite. For newbies, they can be a bit of a mystery. To help those unfamiliar dive, Melanie sent along her tips for these delicious greens…
Pea shoots! Isn’t it just great to eat fresh local greens in the winter? The younger they are the more tender and delicious to eat raw. As soon I arrived home after this month’s pickup I made this simple dressing and ate half the bag without even bothering to sit down. The rest I used for breakfast omelets with blue cheese… not bad either!
- 2 generous tablespoons olive oil
- 2 heaping tablespoons tahini
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- about a half or so teaspoon of molasses
mix with a fork. toss in pea shoots. eat with chopsticks!
(transferring to a plate and sitting down is optional)
One of our fab member’s Naomi wrote this up last season. We had been slacking over at Southside CSA headquarters in getting this posted last season and decided to wait until it was Winter season again. As we are knee deep into the season and have received the puree in both Dec & Jan distributions, we decided it would be a great time to share her tips!
Just because winter share is over doesn’t mean you don’t have three blocks of squash puree in your freezer. This year, I decided I would lower my intake of squash soup and do some more caloric things with my squash blocks. Here a few squash recipes I tried that will help you get through the tedious warm spring days and remember that the cold dark days of winter are right around the corner. Enjoy.
Squash Puree Risotto
PLEASE NOTE: The squash puree we get is a little more watery than puree you’d make yourself so unless you really love baby food, add the squash puree when the rice is still al dente. You’ll need a little less stock. Also, if you don’t have leeks, use onions. They are easier to clean anyway – not that I’ve ever rinsed leeks three times. And vegetable stock can be substituted for chicken stock.
Have you signed up for your share of local veg?
The dark days of Winter are almost here with their long nights filled with warm soups. Stoke out your winter cooking with the sweetness of the bountiful Hudson Valley harvest. Buy a Winter Share with the Southside CSA and support this really cool project - Winter Sun Farms.
Our winter share is not made up of the produce you will find at the markets through out the Winter. You will have to go to McCarren Park to get your apples and potatoes. In contrast, our share is made up of things like sweet corn & heirloom tomatoes frozen and canned at their height of sweetness. They arrived packaged — either frozen or canned — with the name of the Hudson Valley farm where the produce was grown and harvested. For more information about the sustainable mission, the participating farms, and the produce check out the blog post from our first year- “Winter Share”.
$165 for 5 months of produce
+ $28.75 for 5 months of eggs. 1 dozen per share.
Volunteer: 1 shift per share family. There is a variety of shifts available, ranging from manning distribution, writing blog posts, driving leftovers to the soup kitchen, to helping host a potluck at our Beer Share distributions.
Distribution dates: Tues Dec 18, Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 12, & Apr 16th
Location & Time: 630-830pm @ 140 Metropolitan Ave (Loftspace @ Metro/Berry next to Nitehawk Theatre)
What is in a Winter Share? A share typically consists of 7 items. 6 of these items tend to be frozen or canned; 1 item is a bag of fresh micro-greens. There are 5 monthly distributions — Dec, Jan, Feb, March & April. Each month the share items vary, rotating between the various crops frozen from the farms of NY. Each package comes labeled with the name of the fruit or vegetable & name of the farm. Things that will fill your share: heirloom tomatoes, mixes of diced red, green, & yellow peppers, whole raspberries, whole blueberries, whole blackberries, broccoli florets, cauliflower, sweet corn, green beans, butternut squash puree, fall greens mix & edamame to name a few.
To sign up, email email@example.com today. Deadline is 12/16. (There will be sign up event at our Beer Share Distribution & Potluck)
Our Winter Share is ON SALE NOW!!
We are super excited to be partnering with Winter Sun Farms again this Winter, bringing us a taste of the Hudson Summer during our cold Brooklyn Winter!!
Also, due to logistics and whatnot we will be distributing at our unofficial headquarters– 140 Metropolitan Ave. Distributions will be on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from Dec to April.
All the dirty details are located on our info page, WINTER SHARE. You can sign up starting today at distribution (or via appointment) and keep the local produce flowing all Winter long…
It is our monthly Winter Share distribution. Frozen delights from last year’s season, gorgeous local eggs, and a joyous bag of fresh greens. Feel free to drop by the Woods for a beer and an answer to any of your questions about our upcoming Harvest season. Yolim will be there with other Southside CSA volunteers to meet n greet… (more…)
Happy New Year to everyone in Brooklyn! We are looking forward to another growing season and in preparation we will be signing up members for our upcoming season starting on January 30th.
We are knee deep in preparations, organizing everything, and trying to get ready for a super year. The best way to keep in touch with us is through the Southside CSA Facebook Page. Everything is always posted there. However, if you are a facebook abstainer, sign up for our mailing list. We are infrequesnt emailers but you will get notified of any events, esp during sign-up time.
Sign ups for returning members are on Jan 30th, Feb 6th, & Feb 20th.
Sign ups for new members starts March 5th.
We are in the process of updating our blog, www.southsidecsa.org. Right now, all the info is from 2011. Stay tuned as it is updated. More info regarding this year’s sign will be available shortly. Bring your questions about Southside CSA, our farmers–MimoMex Farm, Greig Farm, Circle C Farm, & Northwind Farm, and how our farm shares operate to the following open house [question-n-answer] events:
- Winter Share Distribution & 2012 Harvest Season Open House
- Tues Jan 10th. 630-830pm @ the Woods. Look for Yolim
- Southside CSA Speakeasy
- Sun Jan 22nd. 3-8pm @ 140 Metropolitan. Ring 1st Flr buzzer
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