So Much Food!

This week, it seems apropos to highlight some recipes that effectively and deliciously take advantage of the bounty we are all experiencing.  Here are some of my favorites, and Evelyn was nothing short of giddy over the kohlrabi delivery, so I’m sure she’ll be posting some ideas on that little gem!

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Week 2 and Keepin’ it Fresh

There is an evolution involved when it comes to being a CSA member.  There’s excitement, panic, experimentation, utter culinary failure, complete culinary delight, saving, canning, fermenting, sharing . . . .

It’s week 2 and already I’m like, “There’s so much food!”  John Krueger of Starbrite Farm really rocks my world and specifically my digestive system.  And I’m not going to lie–I panic about how to use it all, not wasting, getting home from work in time to cook a meal before 10pm.  I’m sure you can relate.

With all this in mind, I thought I’d share some of the ways I’ve found to make the most out of the CSA.   Continue reading

First Share!

Wowza, I am a happy girl.  Snap peas, garlic scapes, arugula–OH MY!

I’m not shy about how I love to cook, so I thought this an apropos moment to share some of that love in the form of recipes. Continue reading

farm update(s) 1 and 2 for the 2011 season

there was a little glitch in the communication-chain and we did not receive the first pre-season farm update that our farmer John Kruger wrote mid May – so with apologies for the late delivery: please find below the first farm update for the Season.  And since we are now on track with communications, we received the second farm update from John in time, and you can find it after the jump as well.
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Details on the (totally optional) fruit share

The fruit share is a 14 week season beginning mid July. The cost is $210
for the season, which averages $15/week.  It is primarily eco grown fruit
from a NY farm and generally includes 2 types of fruit each week and
between 3-4 #’s of each.  Options might include:  peaches, plums,
nectarines, pears, apples, blueberries, cherries,  Hardy Kiwi.

Payment for the fruit share will be due in late June, just before fruit
deliveries begin.  The fruit share is available to all CSA Newark members. (If you signed up for the weekly veggie share (or half share), you are a member.)

saving the world…. a little bit

“The research is showing increasingly that organic farming has some of the greatest potential to store carbon.  The whole system of organic farming and other sustainable practices that come out of the organic toolbox, they all really focus on soil building.”  -Renata Brillinger

We just came across this article (or rather: audio file/interview) on how agriculture can affect climate change: “keeping carbon in the soil rather than letting it escape into the atmosphere makes for healthier crops and combats global warming.”

Sooooo…..

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There’s Still Time!

We are thrilled to have recently gotten the word from John Krueger (our farmer) of Starbrite Farm that CSA Newark is happening this year!  Woot!!

What this means for you is that there’s still time to sign up and save yourself from grocery store fate and Whole Foods prices.  Support a local farmer.  Eat healthier than ever before.  Save money.  It’s all possible with a CSA.

Get in touch to become a member.  And if you still are on the fence about it, how about we throw in a pre-season cocktail party AND a “Community Supported Community” page on our website letting you know what fellow CSAers do and care about.  You want business cards?  Check.  To learn how to make sauerkraut?  Check.  An architect?  Check.  Energy audits?  Check.  Yoga?  Check.  Art?  Check, check, check.

As if the food wasn’t reason enough (and it is), there’s groovy folks involved.  And you’ll get a free ad on our website, www.csanewark.com.

Double woot.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the season run?

The season runs 24 weeks; mid-June through the end of November.  Farmer John usually does an optional “Stock up for the Winter” share in December that may just last you into March.

How much is it?

Full shares are $565 for 24 weeks which works out to be $23.54/wk.  Half shares are available for $282.50. Continue reading

What is CSA, Anyway?

WHAT IS CSA?

CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Riiiight, and what is Community Supported Agriculture? In short, a group of people, passionate about food, get together and partner with a local farmer to have weekly deliveries (in this case John Krueger of Starbrite Farm in Andover, NJ).

When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a local farmer. Weekly, from June until November, your farmer delivers that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood (in this case the Ironbound). Continue reading

In Case You Need a Reason . . .

For us, joining a CSA is a no brainer, but we understand that it might not be for everyone.  In fact, some of you may be discovering this wonder of dietary empowerment for the first time.  So, in case you need a reason to join a CSA, read on:

  • At under $24 a week, there is no way to get a better deal on fresh, organic produce that you don’t grow yourself.  In my experience at Whole Foods, one bag of groceries averages $50.  And the cost is going up, check out the latest article from The Gothamist.
  • The food is quiet literally picked, put in bins, and transported to your CSA pick-up site.  Picking it yourself is the only way to get it more fresh.
  • The health benefits of eating with the seasons has been touted for years.  Here’s a great article from the Utne Reader.

  • You support a local, farmer of a certified organic farm.  In this case Farmer John Krueger of Starbrite Farm who told me on the phone yesterday that he currently rents his farmland and more CSA sites and members means an opportunity for him to fulfill a dream of owning his own farm.

Still not convinced?  Check out the following pictures of just how glorious your feeding options could be: