Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutually beneficial partnership in which urban consumers receive fresh, organic vegetables while sustaining the livelihoods and stewardship of regional farmers. In a CSA, the farmer pre-sells shares; the money goes to the cost of growing, distributing, and paying the farmer a living wage.
Members of the Ansche Chesed CSA have the option of purchasing vegetable, fruit, egg and fresh flower shares from Garden of Eve — a certified organic farm on the east end of Long Island. To further education and awareness of food issues, we also organize events and workshops for members throughout the season.
Garden of Eve has been partnering with the Ansche Chesed Synagogue for over 10 years to distribute local produce and build community in the Upper West Side. We were Garden of Eve’s first CSA and the very first Hazon-sponsored CSA in the country!
Sign-Ups for 2021 Summer-Fall Shares are OPEN!
- As always, distribution will be on Wednesdays, and we will continue distributing from the truck outside Ansche Chesed, this year from 12:00 PM-1 PM. We are hoping that even if you are hard at work at home, you will be able to run out at lunchtime. And you can of course designate someone else to do your pickup should you be an essential worker, high risk, or unable to leave your home during those hours.
- This setup will go through at least mid-September, though it is unclear what accommodations the synagogue will make for us in the fall. We might go back to our former 5:30 PM-7:30 PM slot, but we will give you ample warning before this decision is made.
- The delivery truck will park in the loading zone at Ansche Chesed on West 100th St. We will have a volunteer in the back of the truck who will hand the share to the member. We will have a volunteer outside the truck to facilitate pickup, sign you in, and ensure social distancing is maintained.
- All volunteers will be masked. We ask that everyone coming to pick up also wear a mask as we need to protect all of our members.
- We apologize for the inconvenience, but there will be no swap box this year.
- If you cannot pick up any particular week, you will have the option to put your share on hold and pick up at a later date.
- The following dates are non-Wednesdays due to the Jewish Holidays:
- Thursday, 9/09
- Thursday, 9/22
- Thursday, 9/29
- And lastly, please remember to bring bags!
Pick-ups for 2020 are over – we’ll see you next year!
- No Swap Box during COVID-19 Crisis – Swap Box: If there is a vegetable or fruit you just don’t want, drop it in the swap box and take something you would rather have. Do not take an extra share of something from the tables!
- Pick Up at 12:00-1:00 PM during COVID-19 Crisis – Pick up hours are 5:30-7:30 PM at Ansche Chesed. Please do not come early unless you are a volunteer. We need the time to set up signs and supplies. Thank you for your understanding.
- Don’t forget to bring BAGS! We at Ansche Chesed CSA love our planet, and know you do too. (Bring bags. We still love our planet.)
Latest News from the Farm
Written by our Farmer, Eve
Who’s been watching the news about the Meat Packing plants? (All of us?)
Not that long ago, maybe our parents’ generation (or grandparents), there were small meatpacking plants in communities all across the US.
But they couldn’t do it cheap enough for the big fast food chains and supermarket chains, so they went out of business. Now there are so few meat plants that even though at some plants (Tyson, Cargill, etc) up to 50% of the workers are testing positive for coronavirus, the president has ordered them back to work so Americans can have their cheap meat. Hmmmm… make you glad you get your food locally? We are. And we’re happy we can bring you that safety and quality of food.
Usually at this time of the year we are welcoming our new crop of 7-9 International Trainees. But this year they can’t get their visas because all the embassies abroad are closed. One trainee had his visa and a plane ticket but all flights were cancelled. We’ve hired some people locally but are so grateful to our year-round staff for the stellar job they are doing in a pinch! We are all working like crazy to get crops planted: potatoes, peas, onions, sunflowers, strawberries, blueberries….
Our kids are helping out again since they are back to homeschooling – we did homeschool until our son was in 7th grade (he’s now finishing 9th at a local school). Of course they drive us crazy like everyone’s kids do, but it’s nice to have them integrated into our lives again, where we can all share experiences and have sit-down dinners.
We have been cooking more (like everyone) and learning some new recipes. Shout out to the loyal CSA members on the Facebook “Garden of Eve Organic Farm CSA Members” group. Cauliflower Pizza, Peanut Butter soup, Ziti were a few new ones for me. And the homemade dumpling wrappers! You know who you are.
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