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Wednesday
Jul182018

Sharecast for July 18th, 2018

VEGETABLES

  • Squash: 2 pieces

  • Cucumber: 2 pounds (32 oz.)

  • Broccoli: 1 piece

  • Lettuce: 1 piece

  • Radish: 1 pound (16 oz)

  • Romano Beans: 1 pound

  • Leek: 1 pound

  • Basil: 0.75 pounds (12 oz)

Basil is as fragile as it is delicious. Have you ever used this technique to keep it fresh?

 

FRUIT

Weekly Fruit Shares only this week

  • Apricots - 1 clamshell

  • Blueberries - 2 clamshells

ADD-ONS

Weekly Shares This Week (Except as noted)

  • Eggs

  • Cheese

  • Milk

  • Yogurt *

  • Honey *

We received bi-weekly deliveries of honey and 6oz yogurt this week. Please pick up those items today.

Wednesday
Jul112018

Sharecast for July 11th, 2018

VEGETABLES

  • Greens: 1 pound (16 oz)

  • Lettuce: 2 pieces

  • Fennel: 1 piece

  • Cucumbers: 2 pounds (32 oz)

  • Squash: 2 pounds (32 oz)

  • Beets: 1.5 pounds (24 oz)

  • Cabbage: 1 piece

  • Romano Beens: 2 pounds (32 oz)

Our greens this week are purslane. Here are some ideas for how to use this unique plant.
Fun fact: everything in your share this week can be pickled - including the lettuce and purslane. Here is a great primer on how to pickle anything.

FRUIT

Weekly and Bi-Weekly Fruit Shares This Week

  • Dark cherries- 1 quart

  • White cherries: 1 clamshell

ADD-ONS

Weekly and Bi-Weekly Shares This Week

  • Eggs

  • Cheese

  • Granola

  • Milk

  • Yogurt

  • Honey

Wednesday
Jul112018

Sharecast for July 5th, 2018

VEGETABLES

  • Cucumber: 2 pounds (32 oz)

  • Romano Beans: 1 pound (16 oz.)

  • Fava Beans: 1 pound (16 oz)

  • Carrots: 1.5 pounds (24 oz)

  • Beets: 1.5 pounds (24 oz)

  • Fennel: 1 piece

  • Lettuce: 3 pieces

  • Squash: 1.5 pounds (24 oz)

Fava beans take a bit of preparation, but they are well worth the effort. Here are simple instructions for fava prep. Romano beans are another item that may be unfamiliar to new members. Here are some ideas for how to use them.

 

FRUIT

Weekly Fruit Shares only this week
  • Red Cherries - 1 quart PLUS 1 clamshell

ADD-ONS

Weekly Shares This Week

  • Eggs

  • Cheese

  • Milk

  • Yogurt

  • Honey

Wednesday
Jun272018

Sharecast for June 28th, 2018

Here are a few notes before you get to the church this evening:

1. 
CSA delivery will be rescheduled next week due to the holiday. Delivery will be on Thursday, July 5th rather than 7/4/18. The pick up time will be at the regular time: 5:30-8:00pm.

2. There was a mix-up with the size of the cucumber share this morning. The correct share size is 2 pounds (rather than 2 pieces). Morning volunteers can visit the church this evening to pick up the remainder of their cucumber share.

VEGETABLES

  • Lettuce: 2 pieces

  • Garlic Scapes: 0.75 pounds (12 oz.)

  • Fennel: 1 piece

  • Pac Choi: 2 pieces

  • Cucumbers: 2 pounds (32 oz)

  • Summer Squash: 3 pieces

  • Radish: 1 pound (16 oz)

  • Parsley: 0.5 pound (8 oz)

It can sometimes be difficult to know how to use the same vegetables week after week. Here are recipe ideas for cucumbers, lettuce and summer squash.

FRUIT

Weekly and Bi-Weekly Fruit Shares This Week

  • Strawberries - 1 quart

  • Rhubarb: 1.9 pounds (30.4 oz.)

Not going to eat all of your strawberries tonight? Here are two simple tricks to make your berries last longer in the fridge.

 

ADD-ONS

Weekly and Bi-Weekly Fruit Shares This Week

  • Eggs

  • Cheese

  • Granola

  • Milk

  • Yogurt

  • Honey

Wednesday
Jun202018

Sharecast for 6-20-18

VEGETABLES

  • Lettuce: 2 pieces

  • Garlic Scapes: 0.75 pounds (12 oz.)

  • Fennel: 1 piece

  • Red Kale: 0.75 pounds (12 oz)

  • Cucumbers: 4 pieces

  • Summer Squash: 2 pieces

  • Beets: 1 pound (16 oz)

Garlic scapes are a delicious item that may not be familiar to new CSA members. This article has a great explanation and some recipe suggestions. The beets we received this week have greens attached. Here are some ideas for how to use your beet greens.

 

FRUIT

No fruit this week. We anticipate the first delivery will be on 6/27/18.

ADD-ONS

Weekly shares of Eggs and Cheese. Other add-ons are back-ordered.

Wednesday
Jun132018

Sharecast for 6-13-18

VEGETABLES

  • Garlic: 3 pieces

  • Nabachen (Spring) Onion: 0.75 pounds (12 oz.)

  • Fennel: 1 piece

  • Red Kale: 0.75 pounds (12 oz)

  • Kohlrabi: 1 piece

  • Pac Choi: 2 pieces

  • Lettuce: 3 pieces

  • Red Dandelion: 0.5 pounds (8 oz)

Not familiar with everything in your share? Try this easy (and flexible) recipe with your dandelions.

 

FRUIT

No fruit this week. We anticipate the first delivery will be on 6/27/18.

ADD-ONS

Eggs only this week - both weekly and bi-weekly shares. We anticipate delivery of all other add-ons beginning next week.

Monday
Jun112018

First Delivery 6-13-18

We have received confirmation from the farm that our first delivery will be THIS WEDNESDAY, June 13th. You will be able to pick up your vegetables from 5:30-8pm at the Church of the Redeemer (30-14 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11102). Check your email on Wednesday afternoon for a sharecast email with details about the delivery.

Make sure your share partners received this email!
This email should be going out to all members at the email addresses provided on their registration forms. That being said, we did not get email addresses for all secondary share members, and we may have misread an email or entered it into our database incorrectly. Please check with all of your share partners to confirm that they received this email and contact us to add names/emails to this list.


Volunteering
Volunteer shifts are being entered in our online system over the next few days and you will receive a confirmation email when that happens. If you do not receive your confirmation email or if you need to reschedule your shift, please email our Emily Petrie volunteer@harvestastoria.com.
Get More Involved with the CSA
We are looking for additional Core Group Members and Volunteer Shift Leaders. Leading a volunteer shift or becoming a core member is a great way to support the CSA and to meet other members. As you know, Harvest Astoria is completely run by member volunteers, and we are always grateful for your help. The time commitment can be as little as 2-3 additional shifts per season, and the core group members receive a small monetary bonus from the farm at the end of each season. Please email if you would be interested in joining the core group.


Learn More About Norwich Meadows Farm

Here is a short note from the farmers at Norwich Meadows:

The farm has seen many ups and downs this year mostly due to the weather.  We have seen a cold wet spring punctuated with a few days of hot weather.  In fact, we're now in another cool spell. There have been highs in the seventies and lows in the fifties. For most crops this is ok, because they like the cool weather.  It is not good though for crops like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers who do not fare well with the cold.

Our crew has also been slightly delayed this year coming from Egypt. Unfortunately, we still have one of our best crew members absent due to administrative processing. As referred, he is now over 3 months late. However, all in all things look OK thank God.

We are looking forward to a good CSA season we have taken on an additional 80 acres of new land! This will allow us to do a better job of cover cropping. We plan on doing over 25 acres of cover crops this year which is over 3 times what we normally do.

Crops to expect the First week of the CSA include: Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Garlic, Radish, Chives, and mixed greens. 

You can find daily updates on what's happening on the farm by following their Instagram account.


We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
Harvest Astoria CSA - Core Group

Wednesday
Apr252018

Register Tonight for Vegetables, Fruit and Additional Products

Our second information session is TONIGHT in the Parish Hall at Church of the Redeemer (30-14 Crescent Street, Astoria, NY 11102). Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 25th - 6pm-8pm
Informational Presentations begin at 6:15pm and 7:00pm


We are allowing all members to register online or by mail, but we do ask that new members attend an informational session before the start of the season. All members are welcome to register in person at one of our info sessions. We are currently accepting registrations for vegetable and fruit shares and additional products.

Please use the second entrance (single red door with peephole) on the side of the church; when inside, turn left. Please do not pass through the church sanctuary unless you are attending the service.

Wednesday
Apr042018

Registration & Information Session Tonight

Our first information session is TONIGHT in the Parish Hall at Church of the Redeemer (30-14 Crescent Street, Astoria, NY 11102). Hope to see you there!

 
Wednesday, April 4th - 6pm-8pm

Informational Presentations begin at 6:15pm and 7:00pm

Wednesday, April 25th - 6pm-8pm
Informational Presentations begin at 6:15pm and 7:00pm

We are allowing all members to register online or by mail, but we do ask that new members attend an informational session before the start of the season. All members are welcome to register in person at one of our info sessions.

Please use the second entrance (single red door with peephole) on the side of the church; when inside, turn left. Please do not pass through the church sanctuary unless you are attending the service.

Sunday
Mar182018

Register Now for 2018 Summer Season

Hello, Friends and Neighbors!

We hope that you are ready to start thinking about the summer because Harvest Astoria CSA and Norwich Meadows Farm are already looking ahead to the 2018 harvest, and we are pleased to announce pricing for the Summer 2018 CSA season.  
 
$420 if paid before 4/30/2018

All prices include a $25 admin fee. This year’s share includes approximately 22 weeks of fresh, organic vegetables straight from Norwich Meadows Farm, NY, with options for fruit shares and add-ons such as organic dairy, free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef and more. Pricing for fruit shares and add-ons will be announced at a later date.

Our distribution site is located on Crescent Street near 30th Avenue. Pick-up times are from 5:30 to 8 PM on Wednesdays starting in June and ending in November.

Harvest Astoria is a volunteer-run organization. We cannot function without gracious time commitments from each of our share-members. Each share is required to contribute a minimum 6 hours of volunteering at our distribution site, on Wednesday mornings or evenings.

We are allowing all members to register online or by mail this year. Please complete and return the member registration form listed below. Include payment with your completed registration form or pay online (additional fee applies).

Member registration form

Registrations must be received by 4/30/18 in order to qualify for membership. The completed form and payment can be emailed to membership@harvestastoria.com or mailed to:

Harvest Astoria CSA
28-24 Steinway Street, #235
Astoria, NY 11103

If convenient, registration and payment can be hand delivered to our mailbox at the UPS Store at the address listed above.

Please Note:
You must sign-up for your volunteer hours when you register for the season.

Payment Methods:
• Exact Cash
• Personal Check or Money Order (made out to Harvest Astoria CSA)
• Credit/Debit Card ($11.50 additional fee)

We are allowing all members to register online or by mail, but we do ask that new members attend an informational session before the start of the season. All members are welcome to register in person at one of our info sessions.
 
Wednesday, April 4th - 6pm-8pm

Informational Presentations begin at 6:15pm and 7:00pm

Wednesday, April 25th - 6pm-8pm
Informational Presentations begin at 6:15pm and 7:00pm

Information Sessions will be held in the Parish Hall at Church of the Redeemer (30-14 Crescent Street, Astoria, NY 11102-3249). Please use the second entrance (single red door with peephole) on the side of the church; when inside, turn left. Please do not pass through the church sanctuary unless you are attending the service.

For more information please explore our website at www.harvestastoria.comand email any questions to info@harvestastoria.com.