A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group in Kew Gardens, Queens in partnership with Garden of Eve Organic Farm. We are a grassroots organization that facilitates access to farm fresh food for our members, and we build community. Kew Gardens CSA was established in 2017.
Big thx to Core member Lauren--our CSA admin and more--for making this happen. The new site is the place to go for anyone interested in learning about our group. You will see our new Kew Gardens CSA Facebook page banner, designed by Christopher.
Since a new blog is part of the new site, we will soon retire this one--I had a ball doing this....
The KGCSA Core group is planning new things for 2018. So, stay tuned and please join us for the 2018 Summer/Fall season.
Winter CSA Members got some nice items in their boxes today.
The Garden of Eve Share (pictured above plus the bread share): Eggs, 1 dozen; red cabbage; red onion; yellow onion; kale; Claytonia; Eva white potatoes; Daikon radish; parsnips; garlic; Boston lettuce (hydroponically grown, locally, NOT OG, unsprayed)
The Garden of Eve Vegan Share had the above, with apples in place of eggs.
Shopping Basket Share: Similar to above, minus a couple veggie items and plus: Castillian Tomato Soup (frozen), 1 yogurt; 1 Garden of Eve pickle; 2 garden of Eve jams.
Meat Share: Chicken, grassfed; sausage; 1 ham steak.
Cheese Share: 1 Chaseholm Farm camembert; 1 "Ewe's Blue from Old Chatham Creamery; 1 Old Chatham sheep yogurt.
Fruit Share: apple and 1 organic grapefruit (NOT local), "but we love supporting these organic orchards at this bleak time of year in the Northeast!"--Eve
Bread Share: Brioche bread.
Beer Share: East End Ale
CSA members are encouraged to comment on this month's box/shares on our Fb page.
Here is the latest KGCSA news --SIGNUPS ARE OPEN for the Summer/Fall 2018 season. Go to the website for our partners at Garden of Eve Organic Farm.Returning members get an early bird discount if you use the special code in your member email (or contact us). ---The monthly WINTER CSA pickup is set for Sunday 2/4 at the Kew Gardens Cinemas Park.
Garden of Eve sent their email to all Winter members earlier this week with what we can expect to find in our box. Remember there are three somewhat different shares for Winter: the Garden of Eve Share; the Vegan share; and the Market share. After that you have choices of cheese, eggs, meat, bread, etc. So, depending on your selection, you might see: Eggs, carrots, white potatoes, purple radishes, Daikon radish, parsnips, kohlrabi, garlic; granola, kimchi, maple syrup.... If you are interested in joining the Winter CSA (at a pro-rated price) you are encouraged to contact the farmers. We would love to have you as a member and there are good things coming in March, April, and May. ---Tip: Ever wonder how to break down a wax box? Here is an instructionalvideo. ----A reminder that Garden of Eve Organic Farm has a booth at the Forest Hills greenmarket, which is one of the few year-round markets (lucky us!). GofE is the ONLY certified-organic farm at FH greenmarket. You can always check the QUEENS GREENMARKETS Facebook page for timely posts that tell you which vendors are actually there each Sunday. Greenmarkets are organized by grownyc.org
---Save the Date: As you may know, the 120+ CSAs in NYC are organized by Just Food, which has just announced that their 2018 Conference will take place on MARCH 25. The theme for 2018 is: "Persist! Resist!" The conference basically consists of large group events in an auditorium and then a whole series of panels which you can select based on your interests. The 2018 panels are just being set. More to report next month.... ---Looking Ahead: We hope to have a Meet 'N' Greet with the farmers prior to the beginning of the Summer season (perhaps May?). Last year we did not, as we started late, but we think it would have helped. Know Your farmer, Know your food.
So what is going on in February that might be of interest? Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day. Probably a slew of birthdays. And only 28 days! Post edited by Kevin B.
Members, pick up your WINTER CSA share on Sunday January 21 at the cinemas park.
Happy New Year, everybody.
The CSA Core group is working/planning for a good 2018 year. We are going to need everyone's help in getting the word out in the Spring. Please send along any thoughts, ideas, suggestions or questions.
To our neighbors: We are very interested in getting new members this year. If you are interested, we would love to talk CSA with you. Contact us at our email address and someone will respond.
Kew Gardens Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, December 3, 2017 is the first pickup of the WINTER CSA from Garden of Eve Farm. Come to the Kew Gardens Cinemas Park for your box.
+If you ordered theGarden of Eve share, you will likely get: Eggs, 3 dozen; butternut squash; Winter squash, acorn or carnival variety; fingerling potatoes; broccoli raab; mustard greens; kale, "red medusa"; kale, curly; sage; rosemary 2 sprigs; fingerling sweet potatoes; German White garlic; baby carrots; bok choi.
+ If you ordered the Vegan Share: All of above minus eggs plus apples
+ If you ordered the Shopping Basket Share: Eggs, 2 dozen; butternut squash; fingerling potatoes; broccoli raab; mustard greens; kale; sage; rosemary; fingerling sweet potatoes; German White garlic; baby carrots; bok choi; PLUS: 1 package organic dried fruit or organic nuts; 1 jar white grape jelly made with organic sugar and NYS-grown grapes + Cheese Share:NOFO Jack cheese made from Raw Milk from Long Island's only Raw Milk Dairy, located near our farm on the North Fork (come visit them!) AND 1 Lively Run Garlic Herb Chevre AND 1 Ithaca Milk Sharp Cheddar. Enjoy!
+ Fruit Share: HoneyCrisp apples AND Bosc Pears AND 1 bag heirloom apples of mixed varieties including: GoldRush Russet, Suncrisp, AND Newtown Pippin, a variety originally from Queens NY: This variety originated as a chance seedling in Queens County on Long Island, New York in the early eighteenth century and was the most famous colonial American apple. It was widely grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who wrote from Paris that “they have no apples here to compare with our Newtown Pippin.” In 1838 the American minister to Great Britain presented Queen Victoria with a gift basket of these apples and in response Parliament lifted the import duties. It is one of the best keeping apples.
+ Bread Share: Landbrot Sauerkraut, a dark, whole wheat sourdough bread made with real fermented Sauerkraut!
+ Beer Share: Crazy Rooster dark IPA +Meat Share: Free-range, grass-fed pork from upstate NY, 1 package ham steak AND 1 package pork chops AND 1 ground beef. We thank Kew Gardens Cinemas for permission to use their space for our monthly pickups.
Members who enjoyed the farm fresh veggies and other items from the Summer 2017 season can still sign up for the Winter CSA on the farm's website
Neighbors who want to get on board for the first time are welcome, too. Pickups are once a month in the cinemas park, starting December 3 in Kew Gardens. Here is a breakdown of your choices: "GARDEN OF EVE" SHARE: $330 ($55/month for 6 month)
Includes produce and eggs grown at Garden of Eve.* Fall (December-January), includes our own fresh organic field-grown greens such as kale, collards, Swiss chard, and Brussels sprouts, as well as stored items such as beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, celeriac, daikon, onions, garlic, and winter squash. Winter (Feb-March) may include mainly stored items such as beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, celeriac, and garlic, and butternut winter squash. Spring (April-May) may include our own fresh greenhouse and field grown delicacies such as mesclun lettuce and cooking greens, such as baby kale, mizuna, mustards, bok choi, Swiss chard, etc. * [A VEGAN option which replaces eggs with more of our own vegetables or locally gown (non-organic) apples is also available.] "SHOPPING BASKET" SHARE: $330 ($55/month for 6 months) Includes Garden of Eve vegetables and eggs in slightly smaller quantities than the Garden of Eve share, plus 2-3 locavore products each month including Garden of Eve's pickles, jarred tomatoes; organic flours and dried beans; NYS-grown OG buckwheat, and more.
MEAT SHARE: $300 ($50/month for 6 months.) Includes grass-fed, hormone free beef, pork, lamb, whole Garden of Eve-raised anti-biotic free chickens, Long Island ducklings, (pork-free shares available).
EGG SHARE: $40 ($6.67/dozen for 6 months) Receive one dozen eggs each month. You may buy as many additional egg shares as you want. (i.e. 3 egg shares, get 3 dozen per month)
BEER SHARE: $140 ($23.33/month for 6 months) One "growler"" (half a gallon, or approx 4-5 pint glasses) of craft beer from Garden of Eve Farm Brewery, made on the farm using NYS ingredients and grain and hops grown on the farm and on the North Fork. A different beer every month will likely include favorites such as American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Stout, Pilsner, and more. ----------------------------- ADD-ON OPTIONS: You must subscribe to one of the above shares to be eligible for the following: Winter Fruit Share: $90 ($15/month) Likely to include 2-3 ibs. non-organic Log Island aples every month as well as 1-2 items of the following: apple cider and other fruit juices, frozen blueberries (organic), other frozen berroes and fruits, some jams. Cheese & Dairy Share: $120 ($20/month for 6 months) Includes NYS produced organic yogurt, and Long-Island, NYS and VT farmstead cheeses of all kinds, usually 3 different items per month. Bread Share: $40 ($6.67/month for 6 months) One large loaf of bread each month, all delicious, locally made, probiotic and crusty. Includes breads such as Multigrain, Sourdough, Rye, and Beer bread.
KEW GARDENS PICKUP DATES (SUNDAYS): December 3; January 7; February 4; March 4; April 8; May 6 Direct all questions to the farm.Email: email@example.com; Telephone: 631-722-8777
Today was the final pickup of the 2017 CSA season. The Core hosted and the rain stopped just before we started to set up. We got turnips, kale, collards, lettuce, sage, sweet potatoes, garlic, butternut squash; apples; eggs.
We thank all our wonderful members.
Thx for joining in this first CSA season.
Neighbors meet neighbors; we work together; we build community.
Thx to Garden of Eve Organic Farm--Chris & Eve; farmworkers; Laura and Mateos, drivers.
Every five years, debate begins on a new FOOD AND FARM BILL (sometimes called the Farm Bill, or Agricultural Act), which sets agricultural policy for the nation.
It's an important piece of legislation--one that affects both urban and rural areas---SNAP Programs, farm subsidies, regulations.
And the debates expose the gap between Big Ag (which includes CAFOs) and alternative food systems (which include organic farms, greenmarkets, and CSAs). Business vs. the people, some say.
Follow the course leading to the 2020 Food and Farm Act. Start with this piece fromCivil Eats which reports on legislation introduced by Congressman Earl Blumenauer from Oregon:
There has traditionally been a division between rural and urban interests in farm bill debates, but Blumenauer says, “We’re trying to have people understand that we all benefit from a farm bill that is more effective, that helps more Americans.”
Michael Pollan is quoted: Historically, [the farm bill has] been treated as a very parochial, special-interest piece of legislation,” Pollan says. But, he adds, that it “is the most important piece of health legislation likely to pass next year and probably the most important piece of environmental legislation likely to pass next year.” As a consequence, “anyone who’s concerned about climate change, anyone who’s concerned about public health, has a stake.”
gala apples and bosc pears (bosc pears stay hard when ripe. Don't wait to soften, they will just rot).
1/2 dozen pastured eggs
Kashar: Balkan style aged raw milk stretched curd cheese rubbed in olive oil. Slightly sweet and savory with an earthy finish. From Parish Hill Creamery in VT. Try it with Chianti. Aged 4 months. AND Farmhouse Jack: An American original, this raw milk Jack cheese is creamy, smooth textured and a slightly tangy finish. From West River Creamery in VT. Aged 2-3 months. Wonderful melter. Pair with Chardonnay.
Brioche, a delicious buttery loaf great for sandwiches, French toast and more. MEAT SHARE:
1 piece Long Island duck OR pork, 1 piece grassfed ham steak AND 1 ground beef
We just added a new link over on the right-hand column. Save the Food is an informative site, see for yourself. One of its most helpful features is the Store It tab. We need tips and strategies to care for our share----our share whose items do not have harmful chemicals or preservatives, but DO have plenty of nutrients. More to come on this.....
On Saturday, October 21, two KGCSA Core members attended the Just Food Workshop on CSAs, Food Access and Diversity at the offices on W. 47th St.
We met members of other CSAs--Sixth St. CSA, West Harlem CSA, Staten Island CSA, Brooklyn Beet CSA...and the workshop was led by Qiana Mickie, JF Executive Director and Emilie Miyauchi, Coordinator of the Just Food CSA Network.
There will be another wonderful flea market this Saturday at the LIRR station. We won't tabling this time around, alas, but will probably be there scanning the tables, playing with the cats that need homes, and checking out the food.
We hope member EJ will have her baked goods available.
Lisa and company have always been gracious and generous to our little group, and we hope to be there in the Spring. All for a good cause.