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Tuesday
Jan262016

Register Now for Summer 2016 Season

Hello, Harvest Astorians!

We hope that you had a festive holiday season and that 2016 is off to a great start for each of you! It's strange to start thinking about the summer with all this snow on the ground, but Harvest Astoria CSA and Norwich Meadows Farm are already looking ahead to the 2016 harvest, so we are pleased to announce pricing for the Summer 2016 CSA season.  
 
$360 if paid by 1/30/2016
$370 if paid by 3/19/2016
$410 if paid between 3/20/2016 and 4/30/2016

As in years past, prices increase through the spring, so sign up early for the best prices.

All prices include a $20 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 total 6 hours of volunteering at our distribution site, on Wednesday mornings or evenings.

We will offer several sign up dates over the coming months:
 
$360 Share price:
Wednesday, January 27th, between 6pm and 8pm
 
$370 Share price:
Wednesday, February 17th, between 6pm and 8pm
Wednesday, March 7th, between 6pm and 8pm

$410 Share price:
Wednesday, March 30th, between 6pm and 8pm
Wednesday, April 20th, between 6pm and 8pm

Registration dates 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.

We are also allowing returning members only to register by mail this year. If you are unable to attend one of our sign up dates, you may complete and return the following forms:

Member registration form
Payment and Volunteering form

Registrations must be received by 1/30/16 in order to take advantage of the $360 rate. The two completed forms can be mailed to:

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

At this time, this service is only available to returning members. If you are new to the CSA, please attend one of our in-person registration sessions.

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 ($10 additional fee)

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

Wednesday
Nov112015

Sharecast for November 11th, 2015

Here is the sharecast for our final distribution of the season. Thank you all for a wonderful season! See below for details about what you can expect tonight.

Reminder: Distribution closes promptly at 8:00pm. Please plan to arrive at the church by 7:45pmso that you can pick up all of your share before the distribution ends.

Thanks to our wonderful morning volunteers this morning! We look forward to seeing the rest of you tonight.

VEGETABLES

  • Brussels Sprouts: 1 stalk

  • Carrots: 3 pounds

  • Celery: 1 piece

  • Greens: 0.5 pound

  • Lettuce: 1 head

  • Pac Choi: 1 piece

  • Potatoes: 1 pound

  • Green Tomatoes: 0.75 pound

  • Baby Turnips: 0.5 pound

  • Delicata Squash: 1 piece

Here are some great ideas for how to use your green tomatoes

FRUIT

Weekly shares only this week.

  • Fuji Apples: 1 bag

  • Lady Apples: 1 pound

  • Cranberries: 1 bag

ADD-ONS

Weekly shares only this week

  • Eggs

  • Yogurt

  • Milk 

 

Wednesday
Nov042015

Sharecast for November 4th, 2015

Here is the sharecast for our twenty-first and next-to-last distribution of the season. See below for details about what you can expect tonight.

Market Day: If you pre-ordered items for the market day, your goodies will be available for pick up at the add-on table this evening. That table is on the left side of the hall as you are checking in (directly across from the fruit). Please pick up any items before 8pm tonight, as we are unable to hold or store any add-ons. Unfortunately, we do not accept day-of orders for market day, so members cannot buy products tonight.


Reminder: Distribution closes promptly at 8:00pm. Please plan to arrive at the church by 7:45pm so that you can pick up all of your share before the distribution ends.

Thanks to our wonderful morning volunteers this morning! We look forward to seeing the rest of you tonight.

VEGETABLES

  • Beets: 2 pieces

  • Carrots: 3 pounds

  • Garlic: 2 heads

  • Greens: 0.5 pound

  • Onion: 0.5 pound

  • Pac Choi: 1 piece

  • Potato: 1.5 pounds

  • Rutabega: 1.5 pounds

Not familiar with rutabegas? Here is aprimer and some recipe suggestions.

FRUIT

Weekly and Bi-Weekly fruit shares this week. This is the last delivery for bi-weekly fruit shares.

  • Yali Pears: 1 bag

  • Mixed Heirloom Apples: 1 bag

ADD-ONS

Weekly and biweekly shares plus Market day orders. This is the last delivery for bi-weekly shares.

  • Eggs

  • Yogurt

  • Milk 

  • Cheese

  • Butter 

  • Cider

  • Granola

Wednesday
Oct282015

Sharecast for October 28th, 2015

Here is the sharecast for our twentieth distribution of the season. Only two more deliveries left in the season. For anyone not near a calendar, that means that our final delivery of the season will be on Wendesday, November 11th. See below for details about what you can expect tonight.

Call for Volunteers: You may have received an email from our Volunteer Coordinator asking for help for this evening. We could still use some more help. Please come to the church at 5:30 tonight if you would be able to lend a hand.

Purple Bag at Sign In: Someone generously lent a purple cloth bag to another member last week. The bag is at the sign in table for you to pick up tonight. 


Market Day - November 4th: Thanks to everyone who signed up for the market day next week. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any more sign ups, as the final order was sent to the farm last week.

Winter Share: We are still working out the details on the winter share, and hope to send out more details shortly. Watch your inboxes for that announcement.

Reminder: Distribution closes promptly at 8:00pm. Please plan to arrive at the church by 7:45pm so that you can pick up all of your share before the distribution ends.

Thanks to our wonderful morning volunteers this morning! We look forward to seeing the rest of you tonight.

VEGETABLES

  • Beets: 1.5 pounds

  • Carrots: 2 pounds

  • Ginger: 0.25 pound

  • Jerusalem Artichoke: 0.75 pound

  • Pac Choi: 1 piece

  • Potato: 1 pound

  • Radishs (Mixed): 1.5 pounds

Looking for cooking inspiration to deal with these root vegetables? Look no further.

FRUIT

Weekly shares only this week.

  • Macoun Apples: 1 bag

  • Bosc Pears: 1 bag

ADD-ONS

Weekly shares only this week

  • Eggs

  • Yogurt

  • Milk 

Wednesday
Oct212015

Sharecast for October 21st, 2015

Here is the sharecast for our nineteenth distribution of the season. See below for details about what you can expect tonight.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER for Market Day - November 4th: We are having a market day on November 4th, 2015All orders must be received by TODAY -- you cannot buy products in person on market day. Please fill out an order form and return it with payment. You may leave your payment with Duane at the Add-Ons table. We accept payment by cash or check, but we are unable to make change, so please bring the exact amount due if you are paying in cash.


Winter Share: We are still trying to gauge member interest in offering a winter share this year. If the winter share is offered, it would consist of 5-9 deliveries from November 2015 through May 2016. Deliveries would occur roughly every three weeks on either Tuesday or Thursday evening. Shares would cost $50/delivery and the farm offers a variety of share types: Meat Shares include vegetables and chicken or beef; Vegetarian shares include vegetables and dairy products and/or eggs; Vegan shares include vegetables and granola & flour. Please complete this survey about your interest in a winter share.

Reminder: Distribution closes promptly at 8:00pm. Please plan to arrive at the church by 7:45pm so that you can pick up all of your share before the distribution ends.

Thanks to our wonderful morning volunteers this morning! We look forward to seeing the rest of you tonight.

VEGETABLES

  • Jerusalem Artichoke: 0.5 pound

  • Carrots: 1 pound

  • Ginger: 0.25 pound

  • Greens: 0.5 pound

  • Pac Choi: 1 piece

  • Radish: 0.75 pound

  • Sweet Potato: 1 pound

Did you know that you can cook radishes? Here are five ways to try.

FRUIT

Weekly and Bi-Weekly fruit shares this week.

  • Crabapple - Chestnut: 4 pieces

  • Apple - Margil Heirloom: 1 package

  • Seckel Pears: 15 pieces

ADD-ONS

Weekly and biweekly shares

  • Eggs

  • Yogurt

  • Milk 

  • Cheese

  • Butter 

  • Cider

  • Granola

Wednesday
Oct142015

Sharecast for October 14th, 2015

Here is the sharecast for our eighteenth distribution of the season. See below for details about what you can expect tonight.

Market Day - November 4th: We are having a market day on November 4th, 2015All orders must be received by Wednesday, October 21st -- you cannot buy products in person on market day. Please fill out an order form and return it with payment. You may leave your payment with Duane at the Add-Ons table or mail it to the CSA mailbox. We accept payment by cash or check, but we are unable to make change, so please bring the exact amount due if you are paying in cash.


Winter Share: We are trying to gauge member interest in offering a winter share this year. If the winter share is offered, it would consist of 5-9 deliveries from November 2015 through May 2016. Deliveries would occur roughly every three weeks on either Tuesday or Thursday evening. Shares would cost $50/delivery and the farm offers a variety of share types: Meat Shares include vegetables and chicken or beef; Vegetarian shares include vegetables and dairy products and/or eggs; Vegan shares include vegetables and granola & flour. Please complete this survey about your interest in a winter share.

Reminder: Distribution closes promptly at 8:00pm. Please plan to arrive at the church by 7:45pmso that you can pick up all of your share before the distribution ends.

Thanks to our wonderful morning volunteers this morning! We look forward to seeing the rest of you tonight.

VEGETABLES

  • Carrots: 2 pounds

  • Ginger: 0.25 pound

  • Greens: 0.5 pound

  • Pac Choi: 1 piece

  • Peppers: 0.75 pound

  • Potato: 1 pound

  • Radish: 0.75 pound

  • Tomatillo: 0.5 pound

Am I the only one who has been hoarding carrots? Here is some recipe inspiration for anyone else with a carrot stash in the bottom of their fridge. I've made the carrot-ginger dressing before and I will definitely try it again this week!

FRUIT

Weekly shares only this week.

  • Yali Pears: 1 bag

  • Mac, Gala or Empire Apples: 1 bag

ADD-ONS

Weekly shares only this week

  • Eggs

  • Yogurt

  • Milk 

Wednesday
Oct072015

Sharecast for October 7th, 2015

Here is the sharecast for our seventeenth distribution of the season. See below for details about what you can expect tonight.

Market Day - November 4th: I am pleased to announce that we will be having a market day onWednesday, November 4th, 2015. This is a great chance to try out the additional products offered by our farm. You will be receiving an email later this week with more details about the market day, but add it to your calendar now.

Reminder: Distribution closes promptly at 8:00pm. Please plan to arrive at the church by 7:45pmso that you can pick up all of your share before the distribution ends.

Thanks to our wonderful morning volunteers this morning! We look forward to seeing the rest of you tonight.

VEGETABLES

  • Carrots: 1 pound

  • Corn: 1 bag

  • Fennel: 1 piece

  • Husk Cherries: 0.25 pound

  • Peppers: 2 pieces

  • Kale: 0.75 pound

  • Squash: 2 pieces

  • Winter Squash: 1 piece

Here are five ways to enjoy your husk cherries. And here are thirteen fennel recipes that even fennel-haters will enjoy.

FRUIT

Weekly and Bi-Weekly fruit shares this week.

  • Seckel Pears: 9 pieces

  • Concord Grapes: 1 clamshell

  • Apples - Mac: 3 pieces

  • Apples - Golden: 4 pieces

ADD-ONS

Weekly and biweekly shares

  • Eggs

  • Yogurt

  • Milk 

  • Cheese

  • Butter 

  • Cider

  • Granola

Wednesday
Sep302015

Sharecast for September 30th

Here is the sharecast for our sixteenth distribution of the season. See below for details about what you can expect this evening. 

Join us tomorrow! We are hosting a happy hour for CSA members from 7-9pm on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway between 29th Street and Crescent). I hope to see you there!

Thanks to our awesome morning volunteers for braving the rain! We look forward to seeing the rest of our members at the distribution this evening. Please remember that distribution closes promptly at 8:00pm. We suggest arriving by 7:50 at the latest so that you will have time to pick up your whole share.

VEGETABLES

  • Beets: 1 pound

  • Carrots: 1 pound

  • Fennel: 2 pieces

  • Peppers: 2 pieces

  • Squash: 2 pieces

  • Swiss Chard: 0.5 pounds

  • Tomatillo: 0.5 pound

  • Winter Squash: 1 piece

I have been waiting all season for the right combination of produce to make these enchiladas. What are you looking forward to making?

FRUIT

Weekly fruit shares only this week.

  • Yellow Peaches: 2.5 pounds

  • HoneyCrisp Apples: 2 pieces

  • Asian Pears: 1.5 pounds

ADD-ONS

Weekly shares only this week

  • Eggs

  • Milk

  • Yogurt

Wednesday
Sep232015

Sharecast for September 23rd

Happy first day of autumn! Here is the sharecast for our fifteenth distribution of the season.Please see below for details about what you can expect tonight.

Reminder: We are hosting a happy hour for CSA members from 7-9pm on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway between 29th Street and Crescent). I hope that you will be able to join us there!

Thanks to our wonderful morning volunteers this morning! We look forward to seeing the rest of you tonight.


VEGETABLES

  • Jerusalem Artichokes: 0.5 pound

  • Carrots: 1 pound

  • Fennel: 1 piece

  • Onions: 0.75 pound

  • Pac Choi: 1 piece

  • Peppers: 2 pieces

  • Squash: 2 pieces

  • Tomatoes: 0.5 pounds

What the heck is a Jerusalem artichoke? Also known as a sunchoke, this tuber is related to the sunflower and is native to North America. Think of it like an artichoke-flavored potato and use it like other root vegetables. Here are 14 Jerusalem artichoke recipes for you to try.

 

FRUIT

Weekly and Bi-Weekly fruit shares this week.

  • Peaches: 5 pieces

  • Gala Apples: 10 pieces

  • Autumn Sweet Plums: 2 pounds

 

ADD-ONS

Weekly and biweekly shares

  • Eggs

  • Yogurt

  • Milk (plus 3 quarts back-ordered from last week)

  • Cheese

  • Butter 

  • Cider

  • Granola

Wednesday
Sep162015

Sharecast for September 16th

Here is the sharecast for our fourteenth distribution of the season. See below for details about what you can expect this evening. 

Save the date: We are hosting a happy hour for CSA members from 7-9pm on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway between 29th Street and Crescent). I hope that you will be able to join us there!

Thanks to our awesome morning volunteers! We look forward to seeing the rest of our members at the distribution this evening.

VEGETABLES

  • Beets: 1 pound

  • Cabbage: 1 half head

  • Carrots: 1 pound

  • Fennel: 1 piece

  • Onions: 1 pound

  • Peppers: 2 pieces

  • Tomatos: 0.75 pound

  • Winter Squash: 1 piece

Don't think you will be able to use all your veggies this week? Why not freeze them for use later? Here are instructions for freezing most vegetables.

FRUIT

Weekly fruit shares only this week.

  • Bartlett Pears: 7 pieces

  • HoneyCrisp Apples: 3 pieces

  • Damson Plums: 13 pieces

The apples will be of varying sizes. If possible, please take 2 larger apples and 1 smaller apple. That way all members will receive a similar share.

ADD-ONS

Weekly shares only this week

  • Eggs

  • Yogurt

The milk is back-ordered today. Replacement milk will be sent next week.