November 3, 2013

Grand Street Will Have A Winter Share!


The Winter Share

Grand Street CSA is pleased to be partnered this year with a farm that offers a Winter Share. The Winter Season is designed to continue to provide members with fresh, local produce and farm-fresh foods, and at the same time, send the farm crucial startup funds to cover the cost of seed, equipment, repairs, materials, etc. 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, and a variety of dairy and value-added products from local farmers. Produce is grown in Norwich, New York and Lebanon, New Jersey. Our Winter pickups are from December through May (6 pick-ups). We offer two (2) types of Winter shares: Lacto-Ovo 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.

Frequency:
Winter Share is every three to six weeks for a total of 6 pick-ups.  The dates scheduled* are as follows:
    •    12/10, 1/21, 2/11, 3/4, 3/25, 5/6

*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 or the Bowery Mission immediately after distribution.

Share Options:
The LACTO-OVO VEGETARIAN SHARE  (includes vegetables, as well as dairy and eggs, no meat, from Norwich Meadows Farm and neighboring farms) provides enough food for 1-3 individuals depending on your diet, goals and cooking style. This share weighs about 20-25 lbs per pickup and fills approximately 2-3 regular canvas bags. Cost = $310 for six pick-ups

The OMNIVORE SHARE (includes vegetables, as well as dairy, eggs, ground beef and chicken, from Norwich Meadows Farm and neighboring farms) provides enough food for 1-3 individuals depending on your diet, goals and cooking style. This share weighs about 15-20 lbs per pickup and fills approximately 2 regular canvas bags. The Omnivore share weighs less than the Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian share but is equal in value.  This difference is due to the higher production cost of meat. Cost = $310 for six pick-ups

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)


Registration will open in the next few days.