Happy S’mores Day!

In honor of yesterday’s National S’mores Day and the fact that today is National Book Lovers Day, I present to you a cookbook that encompasses the best of both holidays: Campfire Cookery: Adventuresome Recipes and Other Curiosities for the Great Outdoors by Sarah Huck and Jaimee Young.

 I know many of you CSAer’s love to camp and if you love the wonderful bounty of delicious vegetables that is the Southside CSA, chances are you aren’t going to be happy eating hot dogs and ramen noodles for an entire weekend (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  This book is worth taking a look at to inspire some incredible campfire meals.   Eight of us Southside CSAer’s (and two misfits from another csa) went to Cedar Point Campground in Long Island for Memorial Day Weekend and brought this book with us to test out some of the recipes. Continue reading

Week #15 – Aug 8 [Aweek]

It has been a rough year for farmers in the region. Lack of water can be far more devastating than flooding. Consider the fact that Greig Farm saw its first rain in over a month this weekend and you will understand what a struggle the season has been, especially considering the cold Spring complete with devastating hail storms. Both our farmers have been hit by the hot weather. The blueberries are frying in the hot hot heat, waning earlier than normal. Over at MimoMex, the Rodriguez family has lost their string bean and epazote crops. Martin’s neighbor, a 4th generation farmer, says that this is the hottest Summer in 30 years and one of the worst that his family can remember. Despite the heat, we are getting a big bounty of absolutely amazing food, like our first batch of tomatoes and raspberries. Enjoy! We said good-bye to a treasured member last night; Jen is moving to Portland, Oregon for a big west coast adventure. She is the genius who hooked us up with the Cicero family — our maple farmers and her aunt & uncle — and facilitated the creation of our local Maple Syrup share. Her smiling face and amazing support of local produce will be missed, but have no fear, she will continue to facilitate the Maple Share from across the country. Speaking of Maple syrup, we have the last few bottles left from the 2011 harvest on sale at distribution. Pints & half pints of the A grade are available for purchase over at the picnic table market. Big superhero thanks to Jen for all your support of Southside CSA!

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What’s Cooking? Pork Sausage Pasta

Yeah! Our first video recipe of the 2011 season.

Yum! Looking good. Thanks Meng & Alex  for sharing.

Can’t wait to see what the rest of you cook up…

Member Diary #14 – Estefania, Elizabeth & Jay

Oh hello there.  So Estefania, Elizabeth, and myself all share a Full Monty Deluxe Share which included, blueberries, blackberries, nectarines, sugar plums, Swiss Chard, Beets,Romaine Lettuce, Corn, mint, white onion, leeks, summer squash, cucumber, cilantro, annnnnddd Pipicha, that herb which I can never quite pronounce the name of.  As you can see from our picture of the share, we could use a bit more counter space in our apartment, but what can you do?   I guess get more counter space… but moving right along… Continue reading

Week #13 – July 25th [Aweek] & Week #14 – Aug 1st [Bweek]

It has been a busy busy Summer here at Southside CSA headquarters. Camping trips, supper clubs, art projects, working on Taste Williamsburg, visiting guests, and bbq’s have kept us from timely updates. Lo siento! Hope you have been having fun cooking up all that fab produce and enjoying the start of the orchard share. As always the shares have been super-fab; ain’t nothing better than fresh, local produce hand-picked by farmers who work night and day to ensure that the food we put into our bodies is healthy and natural. After the jump will be the lists of produce received the last 2 weeks…

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