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! 


Share List:
(July 16th, 2014)
Items may change slightly due to fluctuations at the farm.

Vegetable Share: 
(Greens Care/Tips)  
Beets
Cucumbers (White and/or Green)
Swiss Chard
Sweet Walla Walla Onions (similar to Vidalla, but Vidalla is in Georgia and this variety was developed in Walla Walla Washiongton)
Green or Gold String Beans
Zucchini or Summer Squash
Sweet Corn
Parsley
Cilantro


Fruit Share(Fruit Care Tips)
Cherries
Sugar Plums

Egg Share: 
1/2 dozen pastured eggs

Flower Share: (Flower Care Tips)
Sunflowers
Zinnias
Snapdragons
Sparkler Flower (Cleome)
Agyranthemum

Check 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.  Thanks.
  • DON'T FORGET TO BRING BAGS. 

Veggie Tip: Sweet Corn

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 doesn’t have kernels and instead is just white, that just means that it was not pollinated, not that it was bad.


News From the Farm

Farm News: Here at the farm at the end of this week we say goodbye to a string of seasonal helpers from Manhattan, Bridget, Rhys and Mark. On the farm this year we have two students from Haiti, as well as our regular farm crew. This week arriving through the Fresh Air Fund (www.freshair.org) is Ivan, a 7 year old from China via Queens, to get a break from the city and enjoy some time on the farm. If you live on Long Island, you might want to consider hosting – you don’t have to live on a farm to offer a city kid some fresh air! Our next farm tour is coming up Sunday August 17, we hope to see you there, so you can get some time on the farm too!

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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!


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


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