Au Revoir Esther

(We have been so busy with getting ready for the upcoming season that we haven’t had to to bust out a proper good-bye so here goes…)

Cheers to you, E!

Our co-founder, the ever-fabulous Esther Giangrande has left this fair city, heading west to a new community in Phoenix. We will miss her immensely in the backyard of the Woods but wish her good times & great travels.

Gracias for everything you did to help build this great community of veg-heads, rocking out a nice little economic partnership in support of local farms. I feel like this fab vid put together by Lucas Allen is a pretty great representation of this amazing little thing you helped us grow in a backyard in Brooklyn.

Keep us posted on all your new projects and adventures. If you are ever back in town for a spell, we hope it’s on a Monday and that you will be joining us for a drink & vegetable taco!!

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

good reads & current events

mimomex eggs, sunny!

Weekly Links

Southside Garden. pic by chiquitapoquita @

Haiti FUNdraiser – Wednesday 7-10pm @ d.b.a

An evening of fun and fundraising for Haiti relief.

D.B.A (113 N. 7th St. – btw Wythe & Berry) will be hosting the amazing Stephanie Price on Wednesday, 7-10 pm to raise money for medical supplies for Haiti. Continue reading

interesting stuff & good reads

williamsburg garden cat. photo by jenadactyl @

Food to Eat During  a Heat Wave [Huff Post]

Animals. A dystopic glimpse of our future as eaters [Slow Food USA]

Gardening the Jeffersonian Way [NYT] Continue reading

recent news & other good stuff

cooking fun. winter 2010.

World Cup of Food [Endless Simmer]

Series of blog posts re World Cup game food [Heraclitean Fire]

Food Sovereignty Chronicles [Huffington Post] Continue reading

Britain bins £12bn of food and drink every year


Image courtesy of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign

Great article on the The Guardian website today about wasted food and it’s carbon and monetary foot print.

Details of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign can be found here.


Weekly Links

Goshen, NY

Goshen, NY

Food for the Soul [NY Times]

Making the local food movement accessible [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

A Farm on Every Floor [NY Times]

$20 gasoline? There’s a bright side [Los Angeles Times]

US has wrong approach to African food security, group says [Seattle Times]

Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food [TIME via Yahoo! News]

Southside CSA article on


A sparkly new article on the Southside CSA has just been posted at is a wiki-powered website which lists solutions to everyday environmental questions such as, “where can I compost my left over greens” and “eek – where can I take this girl I want to impress who is vegan?!”

Information is organized by city and by category (such as “home solutions” and “businesses and services”). And since we all like to think we know best, my favorite element is that it works like wikipedia – you can find resources in your neighborhood for environmental businesses, organizations and events and post it yourself! Yup, a website that actually thinks its users know best – bliss!

So come on SScsa – get posting! From the numerous emails we receive, I know y’all have much to share.

This site is brilliant and will get better and better as its users post on it.