September 30, 2015

CSA Smackdown 2015

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 November 18th at the Bell House in Brooklyn.  

Grand Street CSA will be holding its round of the Smackdown the afternoon of Sunday, October 18th at the Hester Street Fair at 1 PM. We'll have more details soon. 
Fall bounty

2015 Champs - LES Cooks
2012-13 Champs - Emo Eggplants

Check out more photos from last year's event.

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

February 18, 2015

2015 Season!

Hello everyone,

The Grand Street CSA is open for business for the 2015 Summer season! Here is a link to the registration form:

The deadline for signing up is April 1st!

A few things:
- We are going to have a Meet The Farmer Night with Zaid Kurdieh from Norwich Meadow Farms. It will be Sunday, March 8th at 3 pm in the Seward Park Community Room (268 East Broadway). Come and join us and get all your CSA questions answered!

- If you signed up for an Early Bird Share, disregard the amount due in the email confirmation you will receive. We will send you a second email with the adjusted amount.

- At this time, we are asking all members to sign up for two work shifts, but may need to increase this to three, depending on how many members sign up. We will updated everyone once we close registration.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email us at

Looking forward to seeing you March 8th!

Grand Street CSA Core

October 23, 2014

Congratulations LES Cooks!

Thank you to our contestants, judges, farmers, and guests for making our third annual CSA Smackdown as success!!

CSA Smackdown Winners Stephanie Schumm & Julie Ulmet
Just Food's CSA Smackdown winners  Stephanie Schumm & Julie Ulmet of Grand Street CSA

Congratulations to team LES Cooks from Grand Street CSA for their winning dish, 
and a big shout-out to all ten CSAs that organized competitions across New York City. 

Check out all the amazing photos of last night's competition and festivities, 
and look out for the winning recipe which will be posted next week. 

October 20, 2014


Dear Grand Street CSA Members, present and future,

Sad that the CSA season is nearly over? Dry your tears and read on about Winter Share. 
The Winter season is significantly different from our Regular season, so please read the following information carefully. Feel free to ask questions at distribution. We hope to see you this winter! Register online HERE

The Winter Share

The Winter Share keeps us supporting Norwich Meadows year round and reminds us that local food doesn't end with the regular growing season. Shares consist of storage crops, like roots and winter greens, dry beans, and a variety of dairy and value-added products from local farmers. Produce is grown in Norwich, New York and Lebanon, New Jersey. The Winter Season is designed to send the farm crucial startup funds to cover the cost of seed, equipment, repairs, materials, etc. Our Winter pickups are from December through May (6 pick-ups). We offer two (3) types of Winter shares: Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Vegan Vegetarian, and Omnivore (see descriptions below).

Pickup time:
Winter distribution, like the summer/fall this year, will be Tuesday 5:15pm-8pm at the Abrons Art Center. Pick up will continue to be outdoors except on days weather is too severe for either people or vegetables.

Winter Share is every three to six weeks for a total of 6 pick-ups.  The dates scheduled* are as follows:
    •    12/16, 1/27, 3/10, 3/31, 4/21, 5/12

*In cases of severe weather, members will be notified as soon as possible of changes in the distribution date.
As during our regular season, due to lack of storage, missed pickups cannot be compensated or refunded.  Leftovers will be donated to Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry and/or St. Mary's Church immediately after distribution.

Share Options:
Winter share costs $305 and includes a $5 administrative fee. All share items, including produce, added value products (e.g. granola, pickles, tomato sauce), dairy, and meat are from Norwich Meadows Farm and neighboring farms. One (1) share provides enough food for 1-3 individuals depending on your diet, goals and cooking style. Animal products have a higher production cost, so even though the three (3) share types have different weights, they are all equal in value.

The LACTO-OVO VEGETARIAN SHARE   includes produce, dairy and eggs, no meat. This share weighs about 20-25 lbs per pickup and fills approximately 2-3 regular canvas bags. 

The VEGAN VEGETARIAN SHARE  is a vegetarian share without any animal products,  such as eggs, or dairy. This share weighs about 25-30 lbs per pickup and fills approximately 2-4 regular canvas bags. 

The OMNIVORE SHARE includes produce, dairy, eggs, ground beef and chicken. This share weighs about 15-20 lbs per pickup and fills approximately 2 regular canvas bags. 

Variety:  The items in each share change on a monthly basis and are determined by what the farmer and local vendors have available. You can see what our sister CSA Washington Square CSA received over their last winter season here. A typical distribution would look something like the following:

Sample December Omnivore share:
(Lacto-ovo vegetarian share gets additional veggies and no meat)
Potatoes - 2.25 lbs     Carrots - 2.5 lbs     Garlic - 1/3 lb
Winter squash - 1      Onions - 1.5 lbs     Cabbage - 1 head
Eggs - 1 dozen          Chicken - 1/2       Cooking greens - 3/4 lb
1 Preserved product (jar of tomato puree, pickled beets, pickled peppers or pickled green tomatoes)

EXTRASYou may choose to add pasta, apples, and/or apple cider to your share. These items will be available at each pick up. Some extras are included in registration and payment to Grand Street CSA. You will receive a separate email about our Village Fishmonger share and Dairy from Milk Not Jails. These extras require separate registration and payment. 

Please note: Extras are optional, but you must register for a Vegan, Lacto-Ovo, or Omnivore share in order to get extras. Payment must be received by November 19th.

October 8, 2014

Smackdown Photos!

Our judges: Rose & David - Abrons Art Center, Melanie - Grand St. Youth Market Manager, Erik - Hester Street Fair
Kashmiri Cooks - Simi & Steve with Eggs over Kashmiri Spiced Eggplant

Emo Eggplants - Dan & Caroline with Autumn Rolls

The Schaffers - Katie & Evan with Fusion Shakshuka
LES Cooks - Julie & Stephanie with Fall Harvest Medley

Thanks for a great afternoon of cooking local food! - Shien & Deb

September 18, 2014

Join Grand Street CSA at the Hester St. Fair for our Smackdown!

Just Food's Great CSA Smackdown 

Round 1 - Grand Street CSA

Where: The Hester Street Flea Market
              (Essex Street at Hester)

When: Sunday, September 21st at 3pm

Who: 4 teams of Grand Street CSA members
         sharing their CSA inspiration

Why: Find out what fun and deliciousness is
         possible with ingredients you already have
         at home!

September 3, 2014

CSA Smackdown!

Dear Grand Street CSA,

It's that time of year again - Just Food's Great CSA Smackdown 2014!

This is the chance your inner Iron Chef or Chopped champion has been waiting for ... to prepare a delicious dish in 30 minutes using ingredients directly from your CSA share! Our "local" first round of the Smackdown will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, September 21st at the Hester Street Fair, around 3pm.

The winning team will represent Grand Street CSA at Just Food's Great CSA Smackdown final event at Haven's Kitchen on October 20thChef Tom Colicchio is already lined up to be one of the judges this year!

To read about contest rules and details (same as last year), please visit Grand Street CSA's website.

All ready to slice and dice your way to CSA glory? Go to our registration form here.
Reply to this email with any questions.

Grand Street CSA Core
Shien & Deb