Upcoming Farm Trip to MimoMex – Sun Sept 29

MimoMex Farm pic by Ryan Kuonen

On Sunday Sept 29th we will travel up to Goshen to hang out with our farmers, the Rodriguez Family,  and check out where our vegetables come from. SIGN UP DEADLINE TODAY – SEPT 23rd.

Tickets to ride in the rental van = $25 per person. This includes gas & tolls & van rental. Typically this is the cost. If total cost comes out cheaper, you will be refunded $$. Open to non-members – friends & family, etc

Buy tickets at Info Desk. Sign Up to Car Pool – drive your own car, can drive others, etc.

Rental Van pic by Ryan Kuonen

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Field trip to Greig Farm. Sept 26, 2010

pick-your-own raspberries @ Greig Farm

At the tail end of the raspberry season, a bunch of us piled into cars and drove north to check out where our berries comes from. Greig Farm is located in Red Hook, NY, which is part of Duchess County, just East of the Hudson River. We had about 4 cars full of members making the trek from Brooklyn through the gorgeous fall foliage of the Hudson Valley to see the land, pick raspberries & apples & pumpkins, and to hear more about Greig Farm.

Farmhouse & blueberry bushes @ Greig Farm

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Farm trip to MimoMex – Sunday Oct 24

Save the Date…For a trip to Mimomex Farm!

Sunday, October 24, 2010. Meet our farmers, the Rodriguez family, at their farm in Goshen, NY and tour the fields where our veggies are grown!

To secure a spot please purchase a $20 “ticket” at distribution on 11th & 18th October. Deadline to do this is 18th October. Any Qs please talk to us at distribution or email southsidecsaevents@gmail.com

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Community Event: Pick-ur-Own Trip to Greig Farm

This weekend we’re getting out of New York City and taking a field trip!

It will be just like school – there’s a time and place to meet and anyone who isn’t there on time might miss their ride.  But the difference this time is we’re heading upstate to go raspberry, apple, and pumpkin picking!  It is perfect timing to get out there before the cold weather hits and while the sun is still beaming; it’s looking to be a wonderful day out. We’re really looking forward to getting the CSA together and having an opportunity to get to know our neighbors better. Continue reading

Order up some New York State MAPLE SYRUP

pic by ComeUndone @ flickr.com

It’s a rainy Sunday here in Williamsburg and Earth Day in McCarren Park has been postponed until next Sunday (May2). Here on the Southside, we were up early but in no mood to venture outside into the wet streets. (Not to mention that our favorite brunches in the hood don’t start until 11am at the earliest…) Well, good thing we too have kitchen skills. Have to say, not much is better than homemade brunch featuring Yo’s secret recipe for the fluffiest pancakes ever topped with Maple Syrup. Usually associated with Vermont or Canada, Maple Syrup is also a product of New York State. However, local maple syrup can be pretty difficult to find in the City. Our local bodega carries organic syrup but its from a factory in Vermont. Thanks to one of our fab members, we have been hooked up with the fine people at Circle C Maple Farm and now there is a plethora of New York Maple Syrup to be found on the Southside.

making maple frosting for carrot bread. pic by ComeUndone @ flickr.com

The Maple Share isn’t really a “share” in the traditional sense of the word. There will not be weekly deliveries of Maple Syrup since the season for Maple Syrup comes once a year (and is usually the first sign of Spring). Our farmers will be delivering the syrup the first week of our 2010 season and members can pick it up at either the first or second distribution. The idea is to buy up your year’s supply of syrup and reap the sweet yumminess of NY maple all year long.  Not just for pancakes, Maple Syrup can work as an essential ingredient for many savory meals and sweet treats. Everything from a sugar substitute to a flavoring for a craft beer or vinagrette, Maple Syrup is all over the place.

pic by CircleCMaple @ flickr.com

This mild Spring the weather has been great for us city folk, but it has been pretty lame for the Maple harvesters. Early buds are nice for our streets, but budding trees mean the end of maple season. This year’s end has arrived about 4 to 6 weeks early this year, seriously cutting the harvest short.  Here are some good articles about the situation [via our maple Farmers twitter feed]:

This particular quote stuck with me. “Everything has to do with the weather, just like in any other kind of agriculture,” Pete added. “You can’t control the weather, and that’s the whole trick of farming.” I have been a member of a CSA for 8 years now, having my eating habits dictated by the yields of the field. Bouncing from years of early spinach and bountiful tomatoes to ones when the weather didn’t cooperate with my favorite recipes. Our maple farmers have been making syrup for their family for years now. 2010 is the first time that they had sold outside the family, thinking Circle C was ready to produce more and hook up with some NYC CSAs. However, Mother Nature was not quite cooperative this Spring, as far as maple sap is concerned. The first sugaring came in early March with a steady flow of sap.  But then it got too warm; Most NE maple syrup producers had a short season. In Central New York it was over by April 9th. Circle C came in with a grand total of 33 gallons of syrup this season. They had 2 more sugaring events on their calendar.   According to the newspaper, Maple News, a maple producer in Vermont who typically produces 300 gallons a year, was only able to produce 60 gallons.

pic by CircleCMaple @ flickr.com

For our farmers this translated into a lot of $$ put into preparing for a big season, only to barely harvest a fraction of the expectation. In preparation Joe @ Circle C had hand built a new, larger evaporator for the season. He and his wife, with their snowshoes tied,  tapped 725 trees in two feet of snow; 525 more than last year! At the end, they had three more holding tanks waiting to be used, each waiting for 250 gallons of sap.

pic by CircleCMaple @ flickr.com

This year they kept the fire going with all wood and no oil.  Unfortunately a pan was burnt during the very last sugaring as the fire got too hot. Despite a crazy sugaring season, Joe & Cathy are already planning for next year and are off to get more supplies and meeting with other producers soon at the 44th annual Vermont Maple Festival.

For those of you who are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, locally harvested and produced Maple syrup is a great way to reduce your consumption of non-local sugarcane based products. Maple can replace sugar in lots of recipes and can make a real impact in your footprint size. Maple syrup could be utilized more in our local diets and menus. Check out some yummy ways to cook with Maple Syrup.

Craving cooking with maple yet…

Support our local producers by ordering some Maple Syrup through the Southside CSA. Details about prices and sizes available on the FARMs page.

Maple Glazed Carrots & Turnips. pic by ComeUndone @ flickr.com

Know Your Farmers, Know Your Food!

Come out and meet the family that will be growing your food.

Martin and son Mimo, our veggie farmers & Pedro, our fruit farmer.

Martin and son Mimo, our veggie farmers & Pedro, our fruit farmer.

Hang out and talk sustainable agriculture with neighbors. Meet the people organizing the CSA. Learn about community supported agriculture and how you can easily slim down your carbon footprint by joining a CSA. Hear about the farm that provides vegetables for the Southside CSA. Meet, Greet, Eat!

Sustainable Conversation

Sustainable Conversation

Farmer Meet N’ Greet Potluck.  Sunday March 22nd. 2pm to 5pm.

In Williamsburg. Metropolitan Ave. (Email for exact address)

Taco Potluck Luncheon– Bring  taco stuffings (local fish, organic chicken, or yummy vegetable), a side “salad”, or dessert.

RSVP. southsidecsa@gmail.com

Taco Potluck

Taco Potluck

Come on out, meet the farmers, sign up for the csa, and support local, sustainable agriculture systems in your own neighborhood!

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