[Astoria CSA] Astoria CSA News Flash- Beer, Meat, Strawberries- oh my!
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Tue Jun 10 17:20:07 EDT 2008
To Astoria CSA Members,
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In this News Flash:
1) Share Content & Newsletter
2) Farmer Delivery Help Needed
3) Beer Share- Starts Thursday- Order Now!
4) How-To order CSA Pasture Meat/ Dairy- June 19 next delivery
5) Strawberry Bus to the Farm- June 21
6) Vermicomposting Event- June 26th
7) Volunteer Hours- sign up
9) ARROW Overview
10) Pick up Info
1) This Week's Share Content:
Remember that our boxes are a little smaller early in the season, but
will expand quickly! **Box contents may change** See Astoria CSA's
newsletter for recipes, informative articles, and other great
content. See our farmer's newsletter for recipes and farm info. Email
newsletter at astoriacsa.com to write an article!
TOSCANO KALE | Qty: 1 bunch
RAINBOW SWISS CHARD | Qty: 1 bunch
BROCCOLI | Qty: 1 piece
RED ROMAINE LETTUCE | Qty: 1 head
GREEN BOSTON LETTUCE | Qty: 1 head
RHUBARB | Qty: 1 bunch
*STRAWBERRIES | Qty: 1 pint
*Note from Astoria CSA: This might just be for the strawberry
extension, but we'll double check on it b/c we also will get
strawberries in our share at some point.
2) Farmer Delivery Help Needed
Our farmers, Matt and James, are looking for a strong set of arms to
help with unloading Queens deliveries on Thursdays throughout the
season. This person would meet the delivery man at the Sunnyside drop
location, then continue to the Astoria and Jackson Heights locations.
Time commitment is approximately 1:45-4:45. Payment is $40-50 per
Thursday. Email info at goldenearthwormfarm.com if interested or for
3) Beer: Local & Low-Carbon- Starts Thursday- Order now!
Our first of weekly beer deliveries will take place this Thursday!
Place your orders now by going to the Bierkraft website
(www.bierkraft.com). On the left column under "More Info" is the "CSA
Pre-Order Form." Follow that link to place your order (or click
here). Note the number of growlers you would like (or how many you
will exchange if you already have some) and your top 5-6 beer
choices. Because kegs are small artisanal batches they run out
frequently, note a few extra beer choices in case your first choice
beer runs out. Include any other information Bierkraft asks for (CSA,
name, phone #, cc#). There is NO CA SH exchange at ARROW. Your credit
card will be charged after the delivery in case your bottle breaks or
you do not return a growler from the previous week (growlers are a
one-time $4 deposit plus cost of beer).
4) How-To Order CSA Pasture Meat/ Dairy- This Thursday- 5-7 PM @ Distro
The CSA Pasture site can be a little confusing for first-time users.
Join an Astoria CSA member in the ARROW computer lab during this
Thursday's distro, 5-7 PM. We'll show you how to set up your personal
account, how to search for products you want, and how to place orders
(and ensure the system records it). Next CSA Pasture Meat/ Dairy
delivery is June 19. Order deadline is always the Saturday before
delivery (June 14). Sign-in information is on the membership page
(use the main shareholder's email address): http://www.astoriacsa.com/
5) Strawberry Bus to Farm- June 21
Free bus to the Golden Earthworm Farm for Strawberry Picking
(strawberry quarts are $3.75 each on the farm). Bus leaves ARROW at 9
AM Sharp, Saturday, June 21 and departs the farm at 3 PM (returning
around 5:00 PM to ARROW). Bring a sack lunch, plenty of water and
sunscreen as there are no nearby options for this on the farm. Email
info at astoriacsa.com if you are interested in attending so we can form
a general list. Include how many people you plan to bring. The bus is
free, but please consider making a donation to the CSA (on the
membership page) to continue to make programming like this available
6) Learn to Vermicompost!- June 26
Find out more about how worms can turn your leftover veggie matter
into rich compost for use on household plants and gardens.
Vermicomposting is a fabulous way to reduce (stinky) garbage, junk
mail, receipts and more without any noticeable s mells. Helen Ho from
Queens Parks will demonstrate how to vermicompost in your own home at
our June 26th distro from 6 to 7:30 PM at ARROW. Still unsure? Learn
more by following this link to Sustainable Table.
7) Sign up for your Volunteer Hours
Don't forget to sign up for your volunteer hours. One four-hour
session is required of every member (or please let us know what else
you would like to volunteer doing). Please email
volunteer at astoriacsa.com to arrange your date!
8) Donations! Donations! Donations!
Thank you to our members who have already donated! Your contribution
will help make our low-income programming grow stronger in the coming
years! Our donation feature is up and running on the website. Please
consider helping us keep low-income shares thrivin g, whether it is
$1 or $1,000! Log into your account (use the main shareholder's email
address) on the membership page (http://www.astoriacsa.com/join.php)
and find the donation information at bottom. All money received goes
towards supporting low-income shares.
9) *IMPORTANT* ARROW Overview
We all realize space in New York City is precious and are extremely
thankful to be offered such a great place at ARROW Community Center
free of charge for our CSA. A very important rule: there is NO CASH
EXCHANGE on ARROW property. This means all Bierkraft and CSA Pasture
orders must be paid by credit card, check or money order. Please
remember that we are a very large group of visitors. Our privilege to
use the space is up for review as the season progresses. Be aware
that ARROW has their own programming going on while we are there (a
large after-school and summer program) with lots of ki ds running
around and not always looking where they kick a ball (watch out!)!
Please speak with a CSA Core member if you have any questions,
suggestions or concerns throughout the season so we can resolve them
and bring them to the attention of the correct ARROW staff. We hope
this to be a start of a long and fruitful relationship.
10) *IMPORTANT* Pick-Up Informatio n
Our 2008 season begins this Thursday, June 5! Pick up is every
Thursday, 4:30-7:30 PM at ARROW Community Center (35-30 35th St. b/w
35th and 36th Aves.). Please enter through the green door on the left
and sign in to pick up your share (and any extras). We are trying to
move away from plastic bags this year-- please bring a reusable tote
to carry your veggies home in. You can always buy one of ours-- see
our merch page. Steinway Food Pantry arrives promptly at 7:35 to pick
up any shares left behind. The CSA will not hold shares for members.
Please be on time to get your veggies (or arrange for someone to pick
them up for you)!
For queries about our newsletter, email newsletter at astoriacsa.com.
General questions regarding Astoria CSA should be emailed to
info at astoriacsa.com
For information regarding volunteer hours, email
volunteer at astoriacsa.com
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