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 Fall Shares are now available!

Please take a moment to look at our farmer's site and get the info about the farm and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) here


Please note that due to fluctuations at the farm our list is not always accurate.

Share List: 
September 28, 2016
Vegetable Share: (Greens Care/Tips)
Beets
Cherry Tomatoes
Collard Greens
Shishito Peppers
String Beans, Mixed Colors
Winter Squash
Radishes

Fruit Share
Apples
NYS Concord Grapes 
(Yes, they have seeds. But so tasty and great for making jam or jelly too!)

Egg Share:
1/2 dozen pastured eggs 

Flower Share: (Flower Care Tips)
Zinnias
Celosia
Cosmos
etc.

Check out our Recipe of the Week page!

Helpful Tips:
  • 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.


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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

The first cool weather of fall has arrived!   Cool nights means that warm weather crops are slowing down, and we are nearing the end of tomato season.  Cool weather also helps out fall crops like kale, collards, broccoli and cauliflower.  The weather also makes it comfortable to work in the field as there is still a lot of work to get all the root crops out of the ground before the weather turns cold and wet.  We spent 2 days last week  harvesting winter squash and potatoes.  The winter squash crop was very good and we finished up being able to put over 15,000 lbs of butternut, acorn, delicata, red Kuri, kabocha, and other squashes into  storage!  This means you will be seeing different types and colors showing up in the share in the coming weeks.  We are also proud to announce Long Island’s only organic pumpkin U-pick pumpkin patch!   Please visit the farm and tell friends who want to celebrate an organic Halloween!

With two months to go in the “summer” and “fall” share, we are already thinking about Winter Shares. Winter Share is once a month pick up, on Saturdays only, Dec-May. We hope to open sign ups in the next few weeks so details will come soon!

We have a lot of fun events at the farm this fall. Our new “Kiddie Korral” play area is free for all CSA members, so come on down (let them know at the register) ! It includes hayrides and pony rides (weather permitting) 11-4 on weekends. October 24-25 is our annual Oktoberfest, which will feature live music and Free Admission!

Like Garden of Eve on Facebook!


Visit Our Recipes Archive for Cooking, Storage Tips, 
and Recipes here!

Read this blog entry about cooking with CSA vegetables. 
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!


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