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:
October 18th, 2017
Pl
ease note that due to fluctuations at the farm our list is not always accurate.

Vegetable Share: (Greens Care/Tips)
Broccoli Raab
(Note: our broccoli raab is usually more leaf than bud, since it is in the mustard family the leaves have a nice spicy, semi-bitter taste. Nice saute'ed with a little garlic and if you let it sit in the fridge for a day the flavor mellows slightly.)
Salad Turnips
(Eat the tops as well!)
Collard Greens
(Look like elephant ears)
Sweet Corn
(Can you believe it!?! In mid-October?)
Mixed Color String Beans
(Are you sick of beans yet, or happy we've done so well this year with beans?
Feel free to email us. Last year there were barely any beans.
Remember you can just blanch them and throw in the freezer for winter use, when you will really appreciate them!)
Broccoli
Acorn-type Winter Squash

Fruit Share:
Niagara Grapes
JonaGold Apples

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

Thanks to you, our CSA customers, we are able to avoid wholesaling, so that we can make a living wage from growing these vegetables. The reality is that we farm in one of the most expensive places in the country.  Our relatives in upstate New York are amazed that we pay 10 times the taxes for our house alone that they pay for a 55 acre farm.  But we love Long Island, which has some of the best soils in our country, and a great climate for growing.  Thank you again, for supporting our farm - Farmer Chris

This week we will hear from Matheus Cruz, Farm Trainee through Communicating through Agriculture and Education Program (caep.org).
He writes:
 
I am from Brazil and I have a degree in Agronomy. Before coming to the US, I had experience growing greenhouse tomatoes and also doing agricultural research. I decided to come to the United States to learn English and get more professional experience. I was interested to learn more about organic farming such as that at Garden Of Eve, which is increasing in market share since people are aware that agrichemicals are harmful to health and want natural alternatives.

My experience at the farm has been great and I have learned a lot. I have worked in many different areas of the Farm: in the greenhouse and field, in the packing house, and at the Farmer's Market in New York City.

In the greenhouse I learned the whole initial process before the plants reached the field to be planted. In the field I learned to transplant, harvest, use a tractor to do soil preparation and manage irrigation. I learned about the diversity of plants, many of which I had never seen in Brazil.

In the packing house I had the opportunity to know more about the inner workings of the CSA and Farmer's Markets and also how to clean and organize the vegetables so that they are delivered in the best possible way to the customers, leaving them happy and satisfied, as this is our mission here.

The experience of working in the New York City markets in Brooklyn and Queens was incredible. I learned how to set up a market, make sales and talk to customers in a language that was new for me!

When I started working in the market, I had a hard time with the coins. I could not understand why a dime worth 10 cents was smaller than a nickel, which is only worth 5 cents! My work friends thought this was so funny!

Working at Garden Of Eve has brought me a lot of personal and professional learning. All this knowledge of working with people of other nationalities in the same company will add a lot to my future, and I will never forget the time that I have spent here.

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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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