The Best Central Brooklyn (Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, and surrounding areas) CSA End of Season Party of All Time!

If you are reading this blog post, we can assume two things about you: 1) you love great-tasting, sustainable produce; and 2) you love to party.

As your luck would have it, both of those things come together at 7pm, Sunday November 7th! It’s true, the Central Brooklyn CSA (serving Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, and surrounding areas)  is having its first End of Season Party (or as we like to call it,” the Blowout Bash, the Premier Part-tay Around the Way, the Mega Mixer, the Super Soiree, the Best Fest, Get Your Groove On Dot Com”) at Bar Sepia. Join us. Shake your groove thang.

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

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.

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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!

Not Sure What To Make With Your CSA Share?

Don’t worry! In addition to the great tips and recipes you’ll get from your fellow CSA members, NPR put out a great list of cookbooks highlighting easy to prepare and delicious recipes focused around eating locally.  Check it out here.

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.

Meet Your Farmer!

We are happy to announce that next Wednesday, May 26th from 6 – 8 PM will be our Farmer Meet and Greet, with Martin and Gaudencia Rodriguez of MimoMex Farm. This is your time to introduce yourself to the people growing your food, to get to know them, and to ask them questions about the farm!
 
This event will take place at our distribution location, Hebron SDA Church at 1256 Dean Street on the corner of New York Avenue.  Refreshments will be provided.
 
This event is open to all current and interested members of the Central Brooklyn CSA, so spread the word to anyone who may be interested in joining.