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 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. 

Garden of Eve has been partnering with Ansche Chesed for over 10 years to distribute local produce and build community in the Upper West Side. We were Garden of Eve’s first CSA and the very first Hazon-sponsored CSA in the country! 
 


and to look at our farmer's site to get info about the farm.


Share List:
September 13th, 2017
Pl
ease note that due to fluctuations at the farm our list is not always accurate.

Vegetable Share: (Greens Care/Tips)
Tomatoes
Cherry or Plum Tomatoes
Arugula
String Beans (mixed colors: yellow, green, purple)
Peppers (mixed colors)
Lettuce
Winter Squash
Sweet Corn, 4 ears
(We will go through them in advance and try to break off any tips with insect damage,
but you may catch a little guy we have missed. Just break that part off, the rest of the corn is fine)
 
Fruit Share:
Plums
Donut Peaches or Melon

Egg Share:
Half-Dozen

Flower Share: (Flower Care Tips)
Flower share is done for the season - see you next year!

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: Garlic Scapes

Although garlic plants do not flower, they do produce flower stalks. On hardneck garlic, the stalks are known as garlic scapes and they are surprisingly tasty and versatile to use in the kitchen.

Garlic scapes start to form a month or so after the first leaves. They start off growing somewhat straight and then start curving in circles. Most gardeners cut the scapes off of their garlic plants, since leaving them on only diverts the plant's strength and energy away from forming a plump bulb.

If you harvest your scapes young and tender, you can chop them into salads or use them as a topping, as you would use scallions. More mature scapes can be sauteed lightly and used over pasta, with eggs, mixed with cooking greens, pickled or pretty much in any dish that would be complemented by garlic. My favorite way to use them is to make a garlic scape pesto. Or you could try our ​​white bean and garlic scapes dip.


Latest News from the Farm

Our Garlic Festival is this Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Of course admission is free for CSA members - as always! In addition to lots of vendors selling garlic foods, sauces, and crafts, we'll be doing hayrides, talks on growing garlic, and more! We are still looking for entrants for the Garlic Eating Contest and for Junior Garlic Iron chef, where kids in teams of 1-3 make a garlicky sauce out of ingredients that we give them! They win prizes and trophies! If you are interested, please email us! farmer@gardenofevefarm.com.
More info and festival schedule is here: http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/garlic-festival.htm
 
This month, we enjoy the story of our International Trainee Tuyen Dang, from Vietnam:

Hi, My Name is Tuyen, I come from Vietnam.

In Vietnam I studied Biotechnology and Plant Science at Agriculture and Forestry University in Ho Chi Minh city. In 2014 I went to Israel to work on a farm packing peppers and in a date palm orchard, to get experience with agriculture abroad. When I was in Israel, my friend suggested that I apply for an agricultural internship program in America. He said I would broaden my knowledge about agriculture if I could work in the US . Now I feel his words are really true.

I arrived in April at Garden of Eve Organic Farm. I was assigned first to the greenhouse. I had never experienced seeding plants before and I was very impressed when I saw how many different kinds and sizes of seeds that I needed to plant. There were dozens of tomato varieties such as Green Zebra tomato, Juliet tomato, grape tomato, beefsteak tomato, sweet 100 tomato... and more. It was difficult for me to memorize all the names and their characteristics like texture, resistance diseases, color...without using a guidebook. I also was learning how to use beneficial insects for controlling pests and diseases in the greenhouse, as well as some other biological controls. I had applied some of these during my previous agricultural work experience in Israel but I hadn't understood how they worked until I came here.

In July I moved to work in the field and noticed that there were so many weeds that needed to be controlled! We had to do this just by using mowers and hand hoeing. I realized how hard it is to farm organically because it takes a lot of labor to produce good quality vegetables.

In Vietnam, people usually use herbicides and pesticides which are very harmful not only to the environment and also to the health of the people who are consuming the products. Now that I have learned to use organic techniques like fabric row cover to protect vegetables from harmful insects like beetles and keep them warm enough to develop, and how to apply fertilizer like fish fertilizer, compost and other organic matter to crops, I see that it might be possible to farm organically in Vietnam also.

I am glad to be here because I have learned a lot from working in the greenhouse, the packing house and in the field. I will share my knowledge I gained from here to improve the way we do organic farming in Vietnam.


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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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