Last Chance to Buy Discount Central Brooklyn CSA Tote Bags!

This is a reminder that Wednesday, 27 October 2010 is the last day to order one of our beautiful Central Brooklyn CSA tote bags for the pre-sale price of $12. When you buy a pre-sale bag you not only guarantee your order, you save 20% off the regular price!

These navy-colored cloth totes (design pictured above) are a great way to reduce waste, conveniently carry CSA produce and all the things we buy around town, and show our love for the Central Brooklyn CSA, which serves Bed Stuy, Crowne Heights, and surrounding areas! Best of all, all proceeds from the bags help our CSA offer great food at a great price.

You can bring cash or check to tomorrow’s distribution, or send a check to NYCCAH with “CBCSA Tote Bag” in the memo line (postmarked by the 27th).

After Wednesday, you can still pre-order bags at distribution or through NYCCAH for $15. All tote bags will be available for pick up and purchase at the End of Season Party at Bar Sepia November 7th.

Be well & eat well,
JT
Central Brooklyn CSA Planning Team Member

This Week in the Central Brooklyn CSA

This is what is going on this week in our Central Brooklyn CSA.

Hey Friends,

This week is a busy one for our CSA so we thought it prudent to remind everyone of when and where things are going on.

Week of 2 August 2010

Tuesday – We are posting this week’s expected harvest on our blog.

Wednesday – Share Distribution (4-7:30pm); Cooking Demonstration (5-7pm) at Hebron SDA Church.

Thursday – August Planning Team Meeting at LaunchPad workspace at 7pm. (LaunchPad is located at 721 Franklin Ave, on the corner of Park Place.)

Friday– Our “Weekend Cooking Blog” returns!

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Join the Central Brooklyn Planning Team!

Did you know that there is a Planning Team which works on tasks involving the direction, and day-to-day running of the CSA?  If not, we invite you to attend our next meeting on Thursday, August 5th.  We’ll be meeting at 7 PM at LaunchPad, a meeting space at 721 Franklin Ave (on the corner of Park Place).  At this meeting we will be discussing the direction of the CSA, including newsletter design, event planning, volunteer coordination, farmer communication, and community building.

Getting involved with the Planning Team is a great way to fulfill your volunteer hours if you are unable to volunteer at distribution.  If you have any feedback on your experience with the CSA, or if you would just like to be more involved, please consider attending!  Any questions can be fielded to Maia at CentralBrooklynCSA@gmail.com, or to J.T. at jtcrockett@gmail.com.

CSAs and the Struggle for SNAP Members

There is a great article mentioning Central Brooklyn CSA on City Limits which discusses CSAs, farmer’s markets, and the struggle to find high-quality food in low-income neighborhoods. Check it out here.

Central Brooklyn CSA Blog Meal

For our first Central Brooklyn CSA Blog Meal we made garlic scape pesto and spaghetti, served with a farm fresh fried egg, garnished with fresh cilantro and black pepper: it tastes as awesome as it sounds!

Many of us who picked up our first week of vegetables from Central Brooklyn CSA had the same question: “what in the world is a ‘garlic flower’ and what do I do with it?” Alas, there is nothing to fear, garlic flowers (or, as they are sometimes called, “garlic scapes “) are delicious and just happen to be the centerpiece of our first Central Brooklyn CSA Blog Meal (feel free to help us come up with a better title for the blog meal, too)!

Garlic flowers are members of the Allium family, along with onions, leeks, and scallions. And, yes, as the name implies, these curvey tubes are in fact part of the garlic plant. Famers cut the superfluous stems and buds off of garlic bulbs (or heads, as we call them once harvested) to focus the plants energy on the bulb and not the stalk and flower.

Continue reading “Central Brooklyn CSA Blog Meal”

Food Activists to Launch Third Innovative Project to Bring Affordable Produce Directly from Farms to Central Brooklyn

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 16th, is the official kick-off of our season!  We will be hosting a special kick-off event at Hebron SDA Church at 2 PM, where a variety of food activist leaders will be presenting our project.  Stop by and support us in this great exposure!

We will also be taking applications for sign-up.  THIS IS YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE CENTRAL BROOKLYN CSA, so spread the word to friends, co-workers, and anyone you know who may be interested! Or, if you haven’t already done so, sign up yourself!

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.