Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutually beneficial partnership in which urban consumers receive fresh, organic vegetables while sustaining the livelihoods and stewardship of regional farmers. In a CSA, the farmer pre-sells shares; the money goes to the cost of growing, distributing, and paying the farmer a living wage.
Members of the CSA at Ansche Chesed have the option of purchasing vegetable, fruit, egg and fresh flower shares from The Garden of Eve -- a certified organic farm on the east end of Long Island. To further education and awareness of food issues, we also organize events and workshops for members throughout the season.
This year marks a milestone: 10 years of the CSA at Ansche Chesed. We were Garden of Eve’s first CSA and the very first Hazon-sponsored CSA in the country!
2016 Winter Shares are now available from
Garden of Eve Farm
Ansche Chesed is not involved in Garden of Eve's Winter Farm and will not be available for registration questions,
but we greatly encourage our members to join!
Details below in "News From the Farm"
Please take a moment to look at our farmer's site and get the info about the farm and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) here
A Suite of Ideas for Autumn Fruit: Hot, Cold, and Preserved!
Join us for our next special event on Wednesday, 26 October, from 7-8pm at a kosher kitchen near Ansche Chesed. Learn how to make stewed and dehydrated fruit, fruit sorbet, and jam, using apples, pears, and plums!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay updated on events our Events page.
Please note that due to fluctuations at the farm our list is not always accurate.
October 26, 2016
Potatoes, Red and Gold
Collard Greens or Kale
Apples, Mixed Types
1/2 dozen pastured eggs
Last week was the final flower share week.
See you with flowers in the spring!
- Swap Box: If there is a vegetable or fruit you just don't want - drop it in the swap box and take something out you would rather have. Do NOT take an extra share of something from the tables!
- Pick up hours are 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Ansche Chesed. Please do not come early unless you are a volunteer. We need the time to set up signs and supplies. Thank you for your understanding.
- Don't forget to bring BAGS! We at CSA Ansche Chesed love our planet, and know you do too.
- Need to swap your A or B pickup? See our share swap forum and post your request.
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Veggie Tip: Swiss Chard
Swiss chard is one
of our favorite leafy greens! Heavily nutrient dense, they come in a range of
beautiful colors from fleshy white to fuchsia to sunflower yellow.
The leaf of this vegetable tastes similar to beet greens or spinach, while its
colorful stems have a slightly bitter and surprisingly salty taste.
This is one of the
few vegetables that people tend to recommend you boil before sautéing or adding
to a dish, as it cuts the bitterness and softens the stem. Start with the stems
for 10-15 minutes, and add the leaves for the last 5. Sauté with oil or butter,
and try sprinkling a little cheese on them!
Latest News from the Farm
One of the most unique aspects of CSA and market farms that makes us different from a wholesale organic conventional farms that sell to supermarkets is the diversity of the crops we grow and the diversity of our staff. One thing that really struck me this week while teaching a female staff member how to drive one of our tractors is how many women we have working on our farm. After thinking about it more I realized women represent about 2/3 of our workforce here on the farm. In fact, one of our female Trainees this season is from Vietnam, her family has a farm but she told us that her father told her she was not strong enough and would not let her work in the field. At our farm this summer, she asked to be part of the harvest crew, where she does a fantastic job picking your CSA share and is very efficient and strong indeed!
Most supermarket-supplying farms are geared towards large acreage and few crops. For example a farm may grow potatoes, cabbage and broccoli on thousands of acres. Some may grow one crop one year and then another crop the next. This system is favored by wholesalers and supermarkets or anyone who wants to buy cheap and profit from a flooded market. Some people get excited by machinery, computers and robotics in agriculture and think technology will solve all our problems and keep food as cheap as possible. One recent cold morning I started dreaming about how nice it would to be to have a carrot harvester that I saw online that cuts, washes, bunches and boxes carrots with very little human touch. That company supplies 95% of the organic carrots sold in the USA and is nowhere near being local.
Farmers like us get caught between trying to defend our prices while upholding diversity and depending on mostly man power or woman power to harvest, clean and pack the vegetables you receive. For us there is pride in providing a fair wage, housing and food for as much of our staff as we can while teaching a farming philosophy that we hope will someday become the norm.
Just a reminder Oktoberfest is this weekend, Oct 29-30, 10am-5pm. We have great live Bluegrass, Rock and Folk all day both days, Free admission, craft and food vendors, hayrides, and more to benefit WUSB public radio, Long Island’s largest not-for-profit radio station. Hope to see you at some of these events! Thank you to those who have already signed up for Winter Share, signups will be open just another 3 weeks until Thanksgiving! More info at http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/WinterCSAShare.htm
Visit Our Recipes Archive for Cooking, Storage Tips,
Very instructive with good recipe links!
And read www.farmincityfolk.com - a blog written by CSA Ansche Chesed member Maggie Tauranac about how she and her partner support farms in the city and what they cook with their CSA!