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!
(July 16th, 2014)
Items may change slightly due to fluctuations at the farm.
Mixed Zucchini and Summer Squashes
String Beans (green, yellow, or purple)
1/2 dozen pastured eggs
- 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. Thanks.
- DON'T FORGET TO BRING BAGS.
- Need to swap your A or B pickup? See our share swap forum and post your request.
Veggie Tip: Fennel
Fennel has a sweet and distinct flavor hailing from the
celery family. Great in salads or
cooked, it has an anise-like taste and is fantastic paired with cheese. For
meat eaters, fennel is a terrific flavor that works well with onions, olives and roasted chicken. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible - so experiment!
News From the Farm
Farm News: Sweet Corn is here! We hope you enjoy it because it is very difficult to grow organically, we are one of the only organic CSAs to give their members sweet corn, as far as we know. We want to help you understand about the worms that you will find in some of the corn.
Organic sweet corn is hard to grow because of heavy pest pressure from corn earworms in New York State. That is just a fact of life of organic production, as contrasted with conventional farmers who are spraying highly toxic chemicals on their corn every three days or so. We have heard stories of members not taking our organic corn at the CSA distributions because they are afraid of a few small worms – this makes us sad. We work very hard to bring you super sweet corn for you to enjoy, it is a highlight of our season and we hope it is a highlight of yours.
We wish we could cull through every ear at the farm, but this would mean that we wouldn’t have time to harvest all the crops that we want to send you in your share! If you get corn with a worm or other imperfection, just snap off any affected tips, the rest of the ear is not affected. If the tip of the corn or a strip along the side doesn’t have kernels and instead is just white, that just means that it was not pollinated, not that it was bad. At times, some very small ones get harvested and distributed – we try to take these home and eat them ourselves… but even if it’s just a few mouthfuls, it’s pretty good.
Please know we don’t ever intend for you to receive anything damaged obviously, we spend hundreds of man-hours each week going through the produce, culling, and packaging it so it arrives at your CSA in good shape. However, sometimes our best efforts are thwarted. For example if you get a container of cherry tomatoes with one smushy one in it, same with fruit etc, just wash it out at home and discard anything broken, the good ones will still be fine.
Lastly, we know Fennel is a sort of love-it-or-hate-it vegetable. Please make sure (coordinators) that you set up a swap box at every location so those who like fennel can get extra and it doesn’t get wasted, and I don’t get fennel hate-emails. I used to be a hater, but learned to quarter it and roast it in a covered cast-iron dish in the oven for about 45 minutes with some onions and a little olive oil, it will caramelize and get so sweet! Thanks!
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!
CSA at Ansche Chesed Testimonials
"Now, happily situated in NYC, and influenced once again by our friends raving about the various NYC CSAs, we decided to set aside our bad memories and give it another go, but only after checking and double-checking what vegetables had been delivered in previous years through the same CSA. We've been happily surprised, though I'm now better prepared with cookbooks, a host of vegetarian blogs, and a CSA that actually provides what we consider more standard fare with a little bit of adventure thrown in..." Read more from CSA member Carla Fisher, and others