Jan Winter Share Member Diary by Molly

© 2012 Molly Beauchemin

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.  Continue reading

Dec Winter Share Member Diary by Funcore

This month we received:

  • 2 doz eggs
  • tomato puree
  • collard greens
  • blueberries
  • diced peppers
  • corn
  • butternut squash puree
  • green beans

Pasta Bolognes

We used the tomato puree and frozen peppers in this dish.  Locally made Severino papardelle pasta made this vegetarian dinner super awesome!  Continue reading

Winter Shares still available

pic by ryan kuonen

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 southsidecsa@gmail.com 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!!

Local veg being prepped for weekly soup kitchen meal in Greenpoint

Local veg being prepped for weekly soup kitchen meal in Greenpoint

Pea Shoots!

pic by Eating Asia

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
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cumin

mix with a fork. toss in pea shoots. eat with chopsticks!

(transferring to a plate and sitting down is optional)

Cooking with Butternut Squash Puree by Kale Cult

Winter Share distribution. 2010

Butternut Squash Puree!!

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.

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Happy New Year!


Hope you are enjoying 2013 so far with lots of yummy soups, stews, and other cozy foodstuffs. If you made a resolution to eat local, membership in the Southside CSA is a great way to make that goal a reality.

Check back soon for details on how to sign up, 2014 pricing, and share info. 2014 season starts first Monday in May. Runs until Monday before Thanksgiving. Shares still available in Winter & Beer share.

(Tentative) Sign Up Calendar/Timeline
Mid Jan- Sign-up starts for Winter & Beer Share members
Feb- Sign-up for returning members
March- Sign up opens to new members

Email southsidecsa@gmail.com for info or to add name to mailing list.