October 20, 2014

WINTER SHARE

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.

Frequency:
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.