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! 

On the following dates, pick-ups will be moved to Tuesdays to accommodate the Jewish Holidays: 9/23, 10/7, 10/14

Share List:
(September 17th, 2014)
Items may change slightly due to fluctuations at the farm.

Vegetable Share: (Greens Care/Tips)  
Cherry or Plum Tomatoes
String Beans (green or yellow)
Edamame (soybean – non GMO, a rare thing these days!)

Fruit Share(Fruit Care Tips)
Empress Plums

Egg Share: 
1/2 dozen pastured eggs

Flower Share: (Flower Care Tips)

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.

Veggie Tip: Edamame

Edamame are soybeans still in their pods. As Eve mentioned in this week’s share list, finding non-genetically modified soybeans is a rare thing in the U.S. these days. Soybean is one of our most commercially planted crops and is in a huge quantity of what we eat, not to mention in what what we eat eats.

Soy is an easily processed plant that is used as a replacement for milk (soy milk, soy yogurt, soy ice cream, etc.), meats (tofu and tempeh), as feed, oil, flours, and more. Despite the controversial nature of processing anything, the edamame plant remains untouched and incredibly good for you. They are nutrient dense, rich in micronutrients, vitamin K, and protein.

For your dining pleasure, pull the pods off their stalks. Boil the pods for approximately 5 minutes.  Drain and sprinkle with sea salt. When eating, squeeze the bean out of its shell and pop ‘em into your mouth. Discard the shell.

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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 - 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