August 28, 2014

CSA Smackdown 2014!

Share Your Local Food Skills!

With just 30 minutes to cook in the Great CSA Smackdown, CSA members will highlight how fast and delicious our fresh, local food can be.

Just Food challenges New York City CSAs to show off their cooking talent and local food skills with the: a city-wide cooking competition for members of Just Food Network CSAs. CSA members will be pitted against each other as they prepare a delicious dish around an assortment of ingredients directly from their CSA share! With only 30 minutes to cook, competitors will need to rely on their speed, skill and creativity to make the cut. Winners will advance to the city wide final-round event to be held on October 20th at Haven's Kitchen. Chef Tom Colicchio is already lined up to be one of the judges this year!
Grand Street CSA will be holding its round of the Smackdown the afternoon of Sunday, September 21st at the Hester Street Fair (time TBD). We'll have more details soon. 

Find  more info, rules, and register to cook here!

Check out the recap of last year's competition.

Email Smackdown questions to

July 15, 2014

July 15th Pickup

Fava beans

Milk Not Jails is also coming today.

July 8, 2014


What is Youthmarket?
 Modeled after Greenmarket, Youthmarket is a unique solution to food access in New York City: GrowNYC purchases produce from Greenmarket farmers and trains young people from under-served areas of the city to operate a farm stand in their neighborhood as their own small business.

Lower East Side Youthmarket Grand Street btwn Pitt and Willett Sts, Manhattan Thursdays,7/11 to 11/21 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

EBT/Food Stamps, Debit/Credit, and WIC & FMNP Coupons accepted.

 The LES Youthmarket provides this bustling, historic community with fresh fruits and vegetables grown by regional farmers. At the same time, the weekly market engages neighborhood youth by teaching them small business skills, nutrition education, and much more.

Market Suppliers: The Youthmarket sources all of its food from Greenmarket Co., a wholesale distribution service offered by GrowNYC. Greenmarkt Co. is designed to bring the freshest, highest-quality regionally grown farm products to the New York City community. Youthmarket’s produce is grown by the following farms:
 Dagele Brothers Farm—Florida,
NY Davenport Farms—Stone Ridge,
NY Hoeffner Farms—Montgomery,
NY Mead Orchards—Tivoli,
NY Migliorelli Farm—Tivoli,
NY Prospect Hill Orchards—Milton,
NY R & M Andrews Farms—Calverton,
NY Reeves Farm—Baldwinsville,
NY Rottkamp Brothers Farm—Glenn Head,
NY S&SO Produce Farms—Goshen,
NY Trapani Farms—Milton,
NY Toigo Orchards—Shippensburg, PA

 Market Partners: Henry Street Settlement

What's Coming This Week

July 3, 2014

Milk & Wine Next Week

Hello Grand Street CSA Members! As we settle into the season, we wanted to let you know about two upcoming events. The first is that we have once again partnered with Milk Not Jails to have dairy products delivered during the season to our CSA. The first deadline for ordering is July 8th (Tuesday!) for delivery at the July 15th distribution. We will have MNJ deliver to our CSA about once a month this season. Future delivery dates will be: 8/12, 9/9, 9/30, 10/7 and 11/4. The second is a Mead Wine Tasting with Enlightenment Wines at next week's distribution. You will be able to purchase bottles or sign up for their CSA (Community Supported Alcohol!). See detailed information about both events below. We're trying to organize more events and tastings this season, if you have any suggestions please feel free to email the Core. See you Tuesday! Grand Street CSA Core 1. MILK NOT JAILS - DEADLINE FOR ORDER JULY 8th - DELIVERY JULY 15th Hello CSA Member, Place an order today for a special, one-time delivery of any of our dairy products to your CSA. In addition to your dairy share items, Milk Not Jails offers greek and flavored yogurts, kefir, cheese and more from the 7 family farms we serve. Deadline to place your order is July 8th at 8pm. Place your order here, and we'll deliver your farm-fresh dairy to your CSA pick-up the week of July 14th. This year, we've added some Catskill creameries that make beautiful cheeses and ferments you cannot find anywhere else in NYC! And don't forget we have the best price on Ronnybrook yogurt drinks in the city! We'll be adding more items throughout the season, so please let us know what your hungry for and we'll work with our dairy farmer network to find it! Don't see your CSA listed, contact us at or (917) 719-6455 with any questions. Thanks, The Milk Not Jails Team MEAD TASTING - JULY 8th Raphael Lyon, head mazer at Enlightenment Wines will conduct tastings of his new seasonal line. Bottles will be available for purchase at retail price, or as part of a "share" of his Community Supported Alcohol membership which includes a mixed case of all the bottles at a significant discount. Individual bottles will be $25-35 each and will be limited to two per member. The 2014 spring share is a seasonal batch devoted to the bursting of life into the landscape, and are ready to drink now. All the wines are made by hand from New York State ingredients in editions of under 500 bottles, without pumps or filters and generally unsulfited and alive. Like all wine they do not need refrigeration unless opened, but must be kept out of direct sunlight. The full share (250$) is 12 bottles, three each of the above wines. And the full website: http://www.EnlightenmentWines.Com

July 1, 2014

Pick Up Today!!

Hi Grand Street CSA, Below is the list of what we can expect this week from Norwich Farms: napa cabbage greens spring onion radishes dandelion lettuce fava beans squash fennel Also fruit is starting this week! We're expecting Strawberries and Rhubarb :) As always: Distribution is from 5:15PM until 8PM. Please bring bags for your share. Remember to check in again at our station for eggs, fruit or pasta -- the volunteer(s) on duty there will assist you. Be sure to share this email with friends/neighbors who are coming to pick up your share this week. Any questions, just reply. If you can't get to us during distribution time due to work schedule, vacation or just pure poor planning, feel free to ask a friend or neighbor to do your pickup for you. Please just explain to anyone you send the basics of pick up and remind them to check in under your name first. You may want to arrange this in advance or work out a plan with another CSA member for exactly these last minute snafus. But know if you don't get to use the food is all well used; the Grand Street CSA donates all leftover produce and extras to the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry who distributes it the very next morning to needy families in our neighborhood. See you Tuesday! Grand Street CSA Core

June 16, 2014

Pick Ups Start Tomorrow!!!!!

Dear Grand Street CSA: The day we have all been waiting for is almost here-we open our first distribution this Tuesday, June 17th. Please see the email from Norwich below of the produce we will be getting and a few beautiful photos too! Just a few reminders: eggs (full and half-share) and pasta will be at every distribution, starting Tues. Fruit will not start yet. If you ordered fish the first pick-up is the 24th. Please bring extra bags and remember pick-up begins at 5:15PM (and not 5PM as we need time to set-up) and ends at 8PM sharp. All leftovers or shares not picked up are donated that evening to our Lady of Sorrows food panty. Volunteers for opening shift please arrive at 4:30PM. If you want to order Maple Syrup for pick-up on the 24th your order must be in on Monday (tomorrow). A prior email was sent to the entire membership with a link for ordering and the address to where your checks should be sent. If you need that info again please respond to this email. Most of the CSA Core will be in attendance throughout the entire distribution. If you are a returning member--welcome back! If you are a new member (welcome!) we want to provide some simple instructions to you on opening day so you will learn how our CSA operates. We'll know at check-in if you are new but please just stop and introduce yourself to those of us wearing aprons! See you all Tuesday! Grand Street CSA Core Merrill