Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Chickpeas, Cilantro, and Tahini Dressing

I mentioned this in last week’s Recipe Roundup, but am just getting around to posting pictures…

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Volunteered Yet?

Volunteers are vital to the operation of our CSA, as we are a member-run organization. If you haven’t been able to fulfill your volunteer hours yet this season, there is still time! Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Richelle Trivedi, at rickyrae@gmail.com to ask how you can help.

If you can’t make it to a volunteering slot during distribution, there are lots of other ways to help out. Richelle can help you find a volunteer activity that will fit your schedule.

You can also learn more on our volunteering page.

Yes, You Can Eat Baby Pumpkins!

Check out this recipe from CDKitchen!

Ingredients:

1/2 pound tinda (baby pumpkin)
2 medium potatoes, cut into cubes
1/2 inch ginger
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, for the paste
5 whole red chili
1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
3 green chili
1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt to taste
4 tablespoons cooking oil
1 small, finely chopped tomato
a pinch cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Mix the potato with 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and salt. Heat the oil in a pan, and fry the potato till they turn light golden brown. Remove and keep it aside. 

Scrape the baby pumpkin with a peeler and cut into 4 pieces. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric and little salt. Fry in the same oil till they turn light brown. Remove and set aside. Grind to make a paste of ginger, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and whole red chilli. Add Bay leaf, 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds (seasoning), sugar, garam masala powder to the oil in the pan. When starts spluttering, add the juice from the paste from step 3 using a strainer. Add the rest of the turmeric powder. Fry for 5 minutes in medium heat. Add the chopped tomato and fry till oil leaves the side of the pan. Add the salt, green chilli, fried potato and the tinda. Fry for few minutes. Add 1 1/2 cup of water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 min. Remove and serve with rice or chappati.

Our Partner Farm, MimoMex

Our partnering farm is MimoMex Farm, is located on 16 acres in the Black Dirt Region in the town of Goshen, New York. Goshen is situated about 46 miles from North Brooklyn, in a valley area known for its extremely fertile soil left over from an ancient glacial lake bottom.

Nestled within the bosom of the Northeast Appalachian ranges, this series of valleys is a combination of areas with rocky forest land and rich cultivatable soil that is chiefly devoted to the industry of agriculture. It is owned and operated by Martín & Gaudencia Rodriguez.

Martín & Gaudencia both grew up on farms in Mexico and have 20+ years of farming experience. They have been on their farm in Goshen for about 5 years, and own most of the land they cultivate. This will be their third year as CSA farmers; they partner with 2 other Brooklyn CSAs (Southside and Sunset Park).

MimoMex, named after Martín’s son, is a success story for the New Farmer Development Project, a program that encourages immigrants to farm in the region. The program runs a training course to teach immigrants who already have agricultural experience how to navigate the US farming industry.  MimoMex is the first graduating farm of NFDP to own its own land.

The Central Brooklyn CSA and The New York City Coalition Against Hunger

Although the Central Brooklyn CSA is a community-organized effort of Brooklyn citizens, we are able to provide low-cost shares for citizens through the Farm Fresh Initiative, a program run by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

The Coalition’s original mission was to “coordinate the activities of the emergency food providers in the city so that issues can be identified, prioritized and addressed effectively.” Though its aims have expanded and evolved over the last two decades – for example, it has strengthened advocacy and legislative efforts and now provides national service participants to emergency food providers – food access for all New Yorkers has always remained the Coalition’s animating goal.

The Farm Fresh Initiative is a city-wide program model that addresses this question by providing families with choices while connecting small local farms to low and middle income New Yorkers in traditionally under-served communities.

The centerpiece of this citywide program is a unique mixed income Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model that makes healthy, organic, fresh vegetables accessible to community members of all income levels by offering a variety of personalized payment options, including the ability to purchase vegetable shares using SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits.

NYCCAH’s involvement in the Central Brooklyn CSA is to support the mixed-income and community building aspect of the CSA, provide funding for the subsidized share prices,  staffing support, and an AmeriCorps volunteer who coordinates the CSA.

If you are able to, please consider donating to NYCCAH to help programs like ours running by clicking here.

Check out our shout-out on “Not Eating Out In New York”

Our good friend Cathy Erway wrote a great piece on the Central Brooklyn CSA… There is still time to sign up, but hurry!  Shares are moving fast!

DEADLINE EXTENDED! (FOR NOW)

We would love for everyone to join the Central Brooklyn CSA, and even though we cannot make that happen, we are doing our best to make sure everyone who is interested at least has an opportunity.

Great news: due to the incredible response over the last week, we are extending the deadline to join the Central Brooklyn CSA! We are proud of the opportunity our CSA provides for members of our community to eat well for less, and want to make sure everyone that is interested in becoming a member has a chance to. Having said that, vegetable shares (standard memberships) and fruit and egg shares are going fast, so if you would like to become a member, we urge you to move quickly.

We have made a commitment to make at least 40% of our shares available to members making less than $35, 000, and we are keeping that commitment. However, in fairness to all potential members, we are accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis. (In other words, if you are planning on joining, you should know that the availability of shares is impacted by your income level.)

We would love for everyone to join the Central Brooklyn CSA, and even though we cannot make that happen, we are doing our best to make sure everyone who is interested at least has an opportunity.

If you are interested but have questions or financial concerns, please contact us (no need to panic!). If you sent in your deposit and membership agreement and want to make sure we received it, email us at CentralBrooklynCSA@gmail.com and we will get back to you right away.

Eat well, until we meet again!

Why Join? Because the Food is Amazing!

Our farmers only harvest produce when it is ready to eat, instead of harvesting it weeks early to ship it across the country, or further!

If you are keeping count this is the third installment in our “Why Should I Join?” series. If you want to read the earlier posts here is the introand  part 1!

Delicious Food

My mother used to say “Boy, what you want isn’t always what’s best for you.” Who knew she was talking about vegetables? (Ok, she probably wasn’t but, the idea still fits here!) Although I would love to eat farm fresh tomatoes year-round, I cannot. Because I would rather not eat tomatoes, than eat a bland hot house tomato in early June, I have learned to heed Mom’s words.

The great thing about being a part of a CSA is that I can eat fresh, great tasting food all season, because our farmers only harvest the food when it is ready to eat, instead of harvesting it weeks early to ship it across the country (or further, yikes).  This means that the food is at it’s peak ripeness, and it’s peak nutritional value; you’re getting the vegetables that are the best for you, and the best tasting!

In the late summer, when the tomato harvest comes in, “Look out world, I’m on a natural high!” And in the meantime, I get to try fruits and vegetables that although I may have never tried before new, I know they taste the way they are supposed to.  And, learning to love new food is almost fun as eating a delicious favorite.

Central Brooklyn CSA has vegetable, fruit, and egg shares available. We are currently developing a wicked menu board, and are planning on hosting cooking demonstrations to boot, so if you like the idea of eating perfectly ripened fresh foods, but are not yet a kitchen wizard, fear not!