Package Spotlight – Just Jammin’

Greig Farm "Berry" Share 2011

Greig Farm “Berry” Share 2011

We organize the shares offered at Southside  CSA into packages. This helps us volunteers keep things organized while meeting our farmer’s sales needs. The earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get whatever type of package your heart desires. We have crafted a big variety of packages — Full Share Packages & Mixed Full -Half Share Packages & Half Share Packages. We tried to make that list complete BUT if you don’t see the combo that fits your needs, let us know what you would like to purchase. At this point we can pretty much put together any type of combination.

Asparagus

Asparagus

Peas

Peas

 

 

Strawberries

Strawberries

Another great package for the person that likes to eat local fruit, especially berries, but can’t commit to cooking up all those vegetables. The Just Jammin’ Package is a Full Share of the Greig Farm Share which consists of mostly berries. Greig Farm is a pick your own farm in Red Hook. Norm grows asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, and pumpkins. All are grown without any spraying of any sort of pesticides — not even the natural types approved under the organic moniker. He grows with the ideal that one can walk out into the field, pick the ripest, plumpest berry and pop it right into your mouth without worrying about washing anything off. This share is unlike our other shares in that it follows exactly the ebb and flow of the season, the amount arriving directly related to what is ripe on Monday morning, to the weather, the season, all the factors that can alter a local harvest. 

Blueberries & Yellow Raspberries

Blueberries & Yellow Raspberries

Greig Farm Share 2011

Blackberries

 

 

Greig Farm Share 2011

Apple

With all these berries, you can top your morning cereal, bake up a slew of pies, and rock out jams that will make your grandma proud. Experiment with pickled asparagus,  rock out strawberry chamomile jams & blueberry maple butters, make your friends swoon by bringing raspberry sorbet to those summer bbqs, stock your pantry with blackberry chutney, and master that apple pumpkin pie by the time the holidays roll around. This share is beyond perfect if you want to enjoy some of the local Hudson Valley harvest, be a part of the Southside CSA, improve your culinary skills, and upgrade your health with a weekly dose of nature’s candy.

Mo's Strawberry Jam

Mo’s Strawberry Jam

Chutney

Chutney

Apple Pie!

Apple Pie!

LEGS Member Diary for Week #6

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This is our 5th year with the delicious and lovely Southside CSA- we are a 2 person (soon to be 3) operation and get the Full Monty Deluxe. Now that I am pregnant, I am more grateful than ever to have access to amazing quality eggs, fruit and produce from a such a reliable source. This week we got a dozen huge, healthy eggs and a big handful of fresh asparagus- we are in to asparagus and have had no problem eating it for weeks- they are so great in scrambled eggs, frittatas, salads and soups.

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BEAR Member Diary for Week #2

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Greig Farm Share Week #2

First CSA pick-up:

My husband and I have talked a lot about joining a CSA, but this is the first time we’ve actually done it. Pick-up was too far away, or on the wrong days, or we waited too long to sign up until everything was sold out. Last year I watched one of my co-workers share some of her Southside CSA bounty with us and listened to her talk about it and asked lots of questions. And then we moved to Brooklyn! So here we are on our first pick-up day, excited, but not quite sure what’s in store. We have half shares and are on the “B” schedule. I had heard that the asparagus week one was rather measly, so I had prepared myself to not expect too much. Big surprise! 3 pounds of asparagus! Yay! I know the yields are unpredictable and that’s part of how a CSA works, but I was still very glad to see that gigantic asparagus harvest. We also got a dozen eggs from Feather Ridge.

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Member Diary #3B: Tamara

Hi Fellow Southside CSAers,

I’m Tamara and I split a ‘just veggie’ and an ‘empire’ share -which comes to the same thing as a Vegan’s Deluxe ,which in my mind I’ve been calling a vegan’s delight – with my boyfriend and our 17th month old son Meshak. We aren’t strictly vegans but we eat a plant based diet 6 days a week and cook most of our meals at home. We try to keep at least part of every meal raw. Usually that means we are experimenting with ‘salad’. Over the past year, we have been converting to a completely organic diet (having a kid will do that to  you). It’s a process. An important part of that was joining Southside CSA this year and we are super excited about what’s to come.

Since the season is just getting rolling our share included:

½ pound of asparagus

1 qrt of strawberries

…both of which were easily carried home on the bottom of Meshak’s stroller.

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Member Diary #3A: Jessica M.

Hi!  My name is Jessica and my boyfriend Jack & I chose the Berry Monte share with Southside CSA.  This is our first try with any CSA, ever.  We are pretty excited because our list of favorite things to do includes: Go to metal shows, be really loud, drink beer, and cook really good food with our friends.  My boyfriend is doing the whole Paleo thing right now (aka “the caveman diet”) so we were excited to get our veggie/egg/berries in surplus this summer.

When we went to pickup on Monday the 21st, it was a rainy evening; so all distribution was moved indoors.  But that didn’t mean we weren’t absolutely stoked – Strawberries!  The first of the season!

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Member Diary #2- 801 Driggs

We split the full monty deluxe and an extra dozen eggs between two households.

Last week, our share included eggs and asparagus. Early in the season, the size of
the share is on the smaller side – i.e., enough asparagus for two adults to eat as a
side at 2 or 3 meals.

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Member Diary #1- Laura S.

Hi! We are a family of 3 living on the Southside. This is our first year with the Southside CSA and so far we LOVE it!

We picked up asparagus from the Grieg Farm share and eggs the first week of distribution (can’t wait for the rest of the goodies to arrive in the coming weeks!).  I decided to dash home and whipped up a springtime quiche!
As a busy mom, I tend to cook for ease and swiftness, as well as do some pantry or personal herb garden shopping to round out my ingredients….thus, I used a pre-made pie crust and cut parsley from my herb garden (grown your own! it’s so cheap and easy!) which saved me the time of running to the store.

Week #1 – A week

Asparagus Attack!

Southside CSA is back. Last night was Week 1 of a 29 week season. Big thanks to all our volunteers who really stepped up to the plate and volunteered during our first distribution. The first week can be a bit hectic as we find mistakes and get back into the groove of things. Everyone was really patient with my constant state of crazy!!  But all the hustle was worth it because last night was great…

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Member Diary Week #4: Ira & Katie

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Member Diary: Week #3: Hella Rad

Let’s get pickled!

Picking up that "Berry" Share

We’ve grilled it, baked it, and even enjoyed it raw.  But after three weeks of funny smelling pee we needed a break.   This was the perfect time to try our hand at pickling.    We purchased a case of Ball Regular Mason Canning Jars from Amazon for $20 and brushed up on the basics of pickling and canning.  See recipe below.

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