Veggie Monster Member Diary from Oct 28th Share Week

Share pic by katerina barry This week we got butternut squash, potatoes, red onions, carrots, kale, mustard greens, cilantro, parsley, popping corn, apple and apple cider.  We have a Full Monty share; We eat mostly vegan and usually have no problem getting through our fruit and vegetables each week.  This is our 5th year in the CSA, so by now there are very few surprises.  We have our favorite recipes for each vegetable that we return to each year.
Image02_SquashChickpeaCurryWith butternut squash, we pretty much always make a butternut squash and chickpea curry from Madhur Jaffrey’s wonderful “World Vegetarian” cookbook. Continue reading

Meeshka Member Diary – Apples, Strawberries & Squash

greigfarmstrawberry pic by Mo Kim
Meeshka Share Family shares with us some yummy recipes for all those apples, strawberries in the freezer, and squash you have piling up on the counter….

Sugar Ladies Member Diary for the Week of Oct 14th

Full Fridge pic by Beth ArnoldThe shared: Pears, Butternut squash, Acorn squash, Carrots, Parsnips, Parsley, and Greens Galore (Kale, lettuce, arugula, and other green things I don’t know the proper name for).

The sharers: We are three sweet female roommates (i.e., sugar ladies).

granola crisp pic by Beth ArnoldThere are two approaches to cooking.  The first is scientific, i.e., following a recipe. The other is improvisational, i.e., “winging it.” This week, we did a little of both. Continue reading

Palambino Member Diary for Week of Oct 7th

pic by alyssa palambinoThis is our fourth year with the Southside CSA; each week we pick up vegetables, eggs, a chicken, orchard fruit and berries, plus an armload of maple syrup when we can get it. It’s an ideal system for us – I don’t have to plan ahead or visit Whole Foods, and we’re getting a truly superior product. We used the delivery service from the Cargo Bike Collective for the first time this week, and it really tipped the experience into luxurious territory. If there were CSA Olympics, I think we’d have a gold medal winner on our hands with the Southside CSA.

pic by alyssa palambino

Because eating in a restaurant with two small kids can be nightmarish, we prepare a simple-but-delicious dinner every night at home (pizza night is the exception, of course). These are some of the dishes we’ve made in the last week with our CSA haul: Continue reading

Stay Sweet with Local NY Maple Syrup

Circle C Maple Share

Circle C Maple Share

Got enough maple in the kitchen? This was a banner year for Maple; Conditions were perfect for a great harvest. Stock up and keep your Sunday brunches (or weekday breakfasts) fueled with local flavor.

We buy a gallon and a half (1 Gal B & 1/2 gallon of A Medium) for our household. We have been chugging through it and will probably have to stock up on some more. Haven’t been cooing or baking with maple? Great way to keep your sugars more local/natural. Check out this quick list of amazing ways to enjoy maple in the kitchen. One Ingredient, Many Ways by Saveur.  PS – makes a mean mixer as well. Best addition to any bar!!

pic by ryan kuonen

For Sale – Delivery date is still to be set. Sometime in Oct/Nov.
On Sale at distribution until Oct 15th. Email for more info: southsidecsa@gmail.com
A – DARK AMBER

  • 1 gallon – $62
  • 1/2 gallon – $35
  • Quart – $21
  • Pints – $13
  • 1/2 pints- $8

A – MEDIUM AMBER

  • Quarts – $21
  • Pints- $13
  • 1/2 pints- $8

GRADE B

  • Quart- $21
  • Pints- $13
  • 1/2 pints- $8

Remember, the grades have nothing to do with quality — B isn’t any “worse than” A. From WIkipediaExtra Light and Grade A typically have a milder flavour than Grade B, which is very dark, with a rich maple flavour.The dark grades of syrup are used primarily for cooking and baking, although some specialty dark syrups are produced for table use.Syrup harvested earlier in the season tends to yield a lighter color. The classification of maple syrup in the US depends ultimately on its translucence. US Grade A Light Amber has to be more than 75 percent translucent, US Grade A Medium Amber has to be 60.5 to 74.9 percent translucent, US Grade A Dark Amber has to be 44.0 to 60.4 percent translucent, and US Grade B is any product less than 44.0 percent translucent.

Joe & Cathy of Circle C

Joe & Cathy of Circle C

Sebastian Share Member Diary Week #20

pic by sebastian stolzenbergerI brought in my 2.5 y/o sous chef to help me create some magic in the kitchen today. Our kitchen took a beating but I think the end result was well worth the effort. I included a photo journal of what we were able to achieve.

Outer circle going clockwise from the top left:

  • Diced zucchini ready for an adventure
  • Prepping my ingredients for tea – mint/ lemon/ honey
  • Mint tea
  • Blueberry apple crisp
  • Broiled pork chops over a bed of red quinoa & zucchini
  • Sauteed zucchini with red quinoa

Inner circle from top to bottom:

  • Apple Sauce cooling on the stove top
  • Evan eating apples faster then I can peel them.

VLAD Member Diary – Week #20

pic by mark yearsley

VLAD’s CSA share of veggies and meat is split between Jenny, Laura Jo , Jordan, and Marc. Laura and Jordan lived together and split one half and Jenny & Marc split the other.

pic by Mark Yearsley

share2 - pic by mark yearsley

For the week of September 9th, the CSA haul was tomatillos, swiss chard, green peppers, eggplant, mini purple eggplant, habanero peppers, tomatoes, zucchini,  and lemongrass. The meat was a bone-in pork loin, a top sirloin steak, and a chicken.

share3 - pic by mark yearsley

Continue reading

Cougar Member Diary Week #15

pic by george kottas

Here’s a picture of this week’s** pick up!  We have almost all of the shares, we are only missing the chicken share.  Included this week are:

  • Veggie share: cucumbers, potatoes, cabbage, red onions, radishes, corn, parsley, kale, zucchini, and garlic heads
  • Berry share: Blueberries and blackberries
  • Orchard share: three kinds of plums
  • Egg share (1 dozen)
  • Meat share: A chicken, chicken wings, filet steaks, and a choice of beef cut

(**This post is from Aug 5th share. Due to vacation & life craziness of blog editor it didnt get posted till now….)

pic by melissa duphiney

Continue reading

Novack Member Diary Week #12

pic by Kate Novack

This is our first year doing a CSA. I’d been wanting to join one for a long time and I guess the thing that finally got me to Ryan’s apartment to sign up was a longing to attach some kind of ritual to our ‘grocery shopping,’ ideally one that didn’t involve icy air conditioning or free delivery. Honestly, I was a little afraid my kids (4 and 5) were starting to think food grew in Fresh Direct trucks. We started small, with the Berry and Orchard shares. At the first distribution, we picked up only about eight spears of asparagus. But with good olive oil, some sea salt and about ten minutes in the oven they were delicious. And in a way, starting lean only reinforced the idea that it takes work (or, in our case, a three-block walk) to make food. This week, there was more to tote home. The NY Orchard Share was one box each of raspberries and cherries. The raspberries were especially beautiful, separated into small green boxes that were nestled together in a larger white box. They reminded me of puppies in a litter. How could you possibly pick one?

pic by Kate Novack

Jacob-Hurwitz Member Diary for Week #8

pick up
I am a brand new member of the Southside CSA this season! After participating in CSAs in other neighborhoods with my boyfriend, we were delighted to find a CSA close to our new home on the south side. We’ve been picking up a half share of berries, vegetables, and soon fruit and we are also getting chicken. We’ve been making lots of delicious recipes from our haul including strawberry shortcake and salmon with asparagus in parchment.
pic by jacob-hurwitz