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Posted 8/13/2015 11:37am by Rachel Nass.

Good Afternoon Summer CSA members!

Today is our 9th CSA distribution for the season. Pick up will be between 4:00pm and 7:30pm in the Prince George Lobby located at 14 E 28th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues. Below is our weekly CSA newsletter and our Swiss Chard tip sheet.

August 13, 2015 Newsletter (Volume 15, Issue 9) Swiss ChardTip Sheet

Veggies

3 each Cucumber/ 4lb Eggplant/ 1 each Kohlrabi/ 3 heads Lettuce/.75 lbs Onion/1 lb Pepper/.5 lb Radish/2 each Squash/ .5lb Cherry Tomato/ .75 lbs Mixed Greens/

Fruit Full and biweekly season only

2 each Peach/ 8 each Apricot/ 1 pint Blueberries/ 6 each Apple

Additional Products

Butter, Yogurt (full/bi season), Eggs (full/bi season), Cheese (bi weekly), Cider (bi weekly 

 

We ask that you please continue to listen to your pick-up order during sign-in, to carefully read the labels ans to accurately weigh your produce (do not round over the labeled amount). If you have any questions, please reach out to us at csa@commonground.org. Look forward to seeing you later!

Posted 8/6/2015 12:40pm by Rachel Nass.

Good Afternoon Summer CSA members!

Today is our 8th CSA distribution for the season. Pick up will be between 4:00pm and 7:30pm in the Prince George Lobby located at 14 E 28th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues. Below is our weekly CSA newsletter and our Tomato tip sheet.

August 6, 2015 Newsletter (Volume 15, Issue 8)

Tomato Tip Sheet

This Week's Share:

Veggies

1 pc Cabbage

1lb Carrot

1 lb Fairy Tale Eggplant

1.5 lbs Eggplant

2 each Fennel

1 each Kohlrabi

3 each Lettuce

.5 lbs Tomato    

Fruit Full season only

1 qt. Plum

5 each Peach

2 each Apricot

Additional Products: Butter, Yogurt (full season), Eggs (full season), Granola (Monthly), Wildflower Honey (Monthly), Cider (Monthly)

We ask that you please continue to listen to your pick-up order during sign-in, to carefully read the labels ans to accurately weigh your produce (do not round over the labeled amount). If you have any questions, please reach out to us at csa@commonground.org. Look forward to seeing you later! 

Posted 7/30/2015 11:21am by Rachel Nass.

Hi CSA members,

Found this little article interesting... enjoy!

 

The CSA model is changing. In some ways that is a good thing: we need to continue to evolve the model as there is more competition in the market. We do need to get better at giving members what they want within the context of the CSA model.

However, by using the good name that CSA farms have built, food delivery services are taking advantage of their member's trust to provide non-local products in a CSA box.

What's a real farm CSA? It's a slippery concept. In a real farm CSA, the products are from local farms that are named and the profit must go back to the farmer. It's not necessarily a single farmer -- multi-farmer cooperatives can do great things to give members a diverse box while still getting the profit back to the farmer.

Other models like Good Eggs, Farmigo, and on and on are valid, but they are not real farm CSAs. They may even become important drivers of sales for local producers and that's great, but nothing can beat the unique connection and trust that the CSA model engenders.

It is not growers and producers that can create demand for this model that is so important to the livelihood of many small and beginning farmers. Support of 'real CSAs' needs to be driven by eaters. They must demand real CSAs over delivery services. You cannot steer the food choices of the larger culture, but there is a close relationship between the farm, CSA and its members. We must share awareness about the hardships and joys of growing food and to be thankful for people's support. CSA members have unlimited choices on how to spend their food dollars and the fact that they chose a CSA and a farm is a conscious and special choice, one to be thankful for.

On that note,  we want to say a big thank you to you, our Prince George CSA members, for choosing to participate in our CSA!  Your support goes a long way for our farm partner, Norwich Meadows Farm.

Posted 7/30/2015 11:07am by Rachel Nass.

Good afternoon Summer CSA members!

Just a reminder that today is our 7th CSA distribution for the season.  Pick up will be between 4:30-7:30pm in the Prince George Lobby located at 14 E 28th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues.  Below is our weekly CSA newsletter and our Eggplant tip sheet.  

July 30, 2015 Newsletter (Volume 15, Issue 7)

Eggplant Tip Sheet

This Week's Vegetable Share:
0.75 lb Green Beans
1 lb Beets
1 pc Cabbage
1.5 lb Carrots
6 lb Cucumbers
3 lb Eggplant
3 heads Garlic
1pc Kohlrabi
1 head Lettuce
3 pc Squash
0.5 lb Radish      
 
We ask that you please continue to listen to your pick-up order during sign-in, to carefully read the labels and to accurately weigh your produce (do not round over the labelled amount).  If you have any questions, please reach out to us at csa@commonground.org.
 
On another note, I would like to take this opportunity to let you all know that I will be moving on from my position here with Common Ground, and consequently also moving on from being CSA Coordinator.  Though not without a lot of dedicated hours of work and some challenges along the way, it's been a really wonderful experience being a part of the Prince George CSA community.  It's been inspiring meeting local and creative community members like yourself, learning about how I can better serve our members and support our local farms, and exploring different ways of cooking and eating fresh foods.  I am 100% pro-CSA after this experience and am proud to know all of you who similarly support the cause, mission and business of a CSA-farm partnership. Thank you all for listening (reading) to my little rant and see you later today!

Best,
Lauren
 
Posted 7/23/2015 2:59pm by Rachel Nass.

Good afternoon Summer CSA members!

Just a reminder that today is our 6th CSA distribution for the season.  Pick up will be between 4:30-7:30pm in the Prince George Lobby located at 14 E 28th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues.  Below is our weekly CSA newsletter and our Napa Cabbage tip sheet.  

July 23, 2015 Newsletter (Volume 15, Issue 6)

Napa Cabbage Tip Sheet

This Week's Vegetable Share:
1 lb Beans
1 lb Carrots
3 lb Cucumber
1 lb Eggplant
1 pc Fennel
1 pc Kohlrabi
1 pc Napa Cabbage
1 lb Onions
1 pc Pac Choi
0.75 lb Potatoes
5 pc Squash     
 

In preparation for this week's CSA distribution, we've communicated with the farm about our vegetable shortages and they have confirmed on their end that last week was not the farm's miscalculation.  Below is a message from Norwich Meadows Farm:

"We are very sorry to hear about this. While we were clearly wrong on the first shipment, and remedied it by honoring your request. Per Zaid,  this particular scenario is one that has happened in the past. There was one member who had taken far more than they were allotted for, and was remedied by having a member monitor the area to ensure the correct weights were taken.   We have reviewed the packing slip and the correct amounts were sent, which can only indicate as you have guessed, that it's a mis-weigh issue. We haven't had any other CSA's with this happening. We will try and help out by sending more extras as can, but as you know a few extra heavy weigh-ins can take up the extra very quickly."

Andu and myself are committed to improving the CSA and resolving this issue as soon as we can, so that it does not further affect our members.  For today's distribution, we spent the entire day individually weighing and bagging up each share of each vegetable (that's 660 bags) to make sure the farm sent enough produce and that each member share was accounted for in this morning's delivery.  As a result, we found that indeed there was extra produce of each vegetable.  

 We are looking into our budget and into recruiting outside volunteers to help us with the bagging process on  a weekly basis (if it is effective); but unfortunately for now, we do not have the resources or the manpower to do this again next week. We ask that you please continue to listen to your pick-up order during sign-in, to carefully read the labels and to accurately weigh your produce (do not round over the labelled amount).  If you have any questions, please reach out to us at csa@commonground.org.

 

Best,
Lauren

Posted 7/16/2015 12:19pm by Rachel Nass.

Good afternoon Summer CSA members!

Just a reminder that today is our 5th CSA distribution for the season.  Pick up will be between 4:30-7:30pm in the Prince George Lobby located at 14 E 28th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues.  Below is our weekly CSA newsletter and our Cucumber tip sheet!  Be prepared to take home a lot of cucumbers today!

July 17, 2015 Newsletter: Volume 15, Issue 5

Cucumber Tip Sheet

This Week's Vegetable Share:
1 lb Beets
1 lb Carrots
1 pc Cauliflower
7 lb Cucumber (Yes, you read that correctly. A whoppin' 7 lbs!)
1 lb Fava Beans
1 pc Pac Choi
0.75 Red Kale
2 lb Squash
1 lb Turnip Hakurei
1 lb Beans
 

Please remember, when you sign-in, to listen carefully to your week's pick-up.  The staff or volunteer in charge of the sign-in sheet will be able to tell you what you'll be picking up for this week's distribution.  Thank you and see you all in a bit!

 

Posted 7/9/2015 8:34pm by Rachel Nass.

Dear Prince George Summer CSA Members,

Disappointingly, this evening, we had an issue with the pickup of fruit shares.  There were a few members that did not receive their fruit shares this week, which I'm sure is very disappointing and frustrating for them.  For that, I am very sorry.  These members have paid for full seasons of fruit, and therefor should be receiving weekly shares of fruit.  I'm very sad to hear that this is still an ongoing issue and am very determined to resolve it and continue to improve things for our CSA members-- but I will need your cooperation and accuracy at every distribution.

I've triple checked my math and tracking sheets, and have confirmed that it was not the farm's error this time around.  There should have been enough fruit this evening for our full season fruit share members, and only for our full season fruit share members.  My guess is that perhaps it wasn't clear to members who signed up for bi-weekly fruit shares ( versus full season fruit shares) that they would not be receiving fruit this week.  To clarify: If any member signed up for a bi-weekly fruit share, then this week you should NOT have picked up any fruit.  Bi-weekly fruit share members received fruit last week and will next be receiving fruit on July 16th.  Bi-weekly fruit shares will be delivered every other week. The first week of bi-weekly fruit deliveries began last week on July 2nd.  Please make sure that when you first arrive, to check-in at the sign-in table and have your pick-up order confirmed.  Either myself or a volunteer will confirm what items you'll be picking up that week.  Additionally, if anyone would like to confirm their orders, please email me separately and I'll confirm with you individually (csa@commonground.org).  That way, we can distinguish whether or not one has a full season or bi-weekly share.

 

I will continue to do my best to label the items more visibly. In addition, I'm hoping that relocating the fruit table so that it is separate from the vegetables, will make a positive  and effective difference.  For next week's distribution on July 16th, I will request an extra table (if available) to be placed up front by the Additional Products and Sign-in Table; so that staff and volunteers can better assist the accurate pick-up of fruit.  Hopefully, this will make full season fruit shares and bi-weekly fruit shares more distinguishable.

Again, my apologies to those who did not get their fruit shares this evening. I'm hoping that moving forward, I can continue improve and eradicate this issue and that we can work together to make it a successful and fun CSA program for everyone.

Have a great rest of the week and I'll see you next Thursday.

 

Best,

Lauren

 

 

Posted 7/9/2015 1:39pm by Rachel Nass.

Hello everyone!

Looking forward to seeing you today for our 4th distribution! (4:30-7:30pm at the Prince George- 14 East 28th Street).   The weekly CSA newsletter and Fennel tip sheet are linked below, as well as the expected produce you'll be receiving today.

July 9, 2015 Newsletter (Volume 15, Issue 4)

 Fennel Tip Sheet

Veggie Share

1 lb Carrots

1 lb Cucumbers

0.5 lb Dandellion

3 pc Fennel

2 pc Garlic

1 pc Kohlrabi

0.75 lb Red Kale

3 pc Squash

0.75 lb Swiss Chard

1 pc Cabbage

2 pc Cauliflower

 

Fruit Share

3 pints Dark Cherries

1 pint White Cherries

 

Additional Products

Butter, Yogurt, Eggs

 

For those of you who aren't new to our Summer CSA, our pick-up table location has changed and is now on the right side of the lobby. Upon entering through the main doors, let security know you're here for CSA pickup and proceed to the right side.

 

See you later today!

Posted 7/2/2015 9:27am by Rachel Nass.

Hello everyone!  

Looking forward to seeing you today for our 3rd distribution! (4:30-7:30pm at the Prince George- 14 East 28th Street).   The weekly CSA newsletter and Kale tip sheet are linked below, as well as the expected produce you'll be receiving today.

July 2, 2015 Newsletter (Volume 15, Issue 3)

Kale Tip Sheet

Veggie Share Fruit Share Additional Products

1 lb Beets

1 lb Carrots

1 lb Fava Beans

1 pc Fennel

3 pc Garlic Heads

2 pc Lettuce Heads

0.5 lb Red Kale

1 lb Turnips

1 lb White Kale

1 pc Cabbage

2 pkg Cherries

1 lb Rhubarb

Butter

Yogurt

Cheese

Eggs

Cider

Granola

Honey Wildflower

Ground Beef

 

For those of you who aren't new to our Summer CSA, our pick-up table location has changed and is now on the right side of the lobby. Upon entering through the main doors, let security know you're here for CSA pickup and proceed to the right side. 

See you later today!

 

Posted 6/25/2015 10:58am by Lauren Jung.

Good morning Summer CSA members!

Just a reminder that today is our 2nd CSA distribution for the season.  Pick up will be between 4:30-7:30pm in the Prince George Lobby located at 14 E 28th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues.  Below is our weekly CSA newsletter and our Kohlrabi tip sheet!  

June 25, 2015 Newsletter (Volume 15, Issue 2)

Kohlrabi Tip Sheet

This Week's Vegetable Share:
0.25 lb Garlic Scapes
2 pc Kohlrabi
4 heads Lettuce
1.5 lb Squash
1 lb Beets
0.5 lb Radishes
1 pc Pak Choi
0.75 lb Swiss Chard
0.75 lb Collard Greens  
 

Again, we apologize for what happened at last week's distribution and sincerely regret the disappointment it has caused our members. We are working very closely with the farm to prevent future communication issues and address the farm’s oversight due to their new program and new personnel— not that that’s any excuse.  Also, we are hoping our own efforts to address the scales/weighing issue will prevent future problems as well.  We apologize for not foreseeing or properly labeling the scales.  In an effort to address this situation and learn from our mistakes, we’ve attached reminders and larger signs to every scale and bowl on how to read the scales accurately; and in addition, I have requested that an extra staff member stay the entire duration of the distribution with me to primarily assist members in weighing their produce properly.  We appreciate your feedback and suggestions as we continue to grow, improve and make our CSA better for our members and community.  

Other updates for today's distribution:

-Fruit is not yet ready this week. The farm has let us know that they are planning on delivering the fruit for next week's distribution on Thursday, July 2nd.

-For members who did not receive fennel and endives last week, you will be compensated today for those two produce items.  CSA Coordinator, Lauren, will assist members with this.

-For members who did not receive other weighed vegetable items last week (e.g. beets and radishes), the farm will not be compensating you for those produce items since that was an issue with mis-weighing the produce.  However, our CSA is offering the option of returning tomorrow (Friday, June 26th between 9am-5pm) to pick up any extra, leftover produce items from tonight's distribution.  However, the type of produce items or quantity leftover will not be known until after the CSA distribution tonight (7:30pm).  We will do our best to help make up for last week's scales/weighing issue!

-Our next CSA distribution will be as planned on Thursday, July 2nd from 4:30-7:30pm.  If you will be away for the holiday weekend, please make sure to send a proxy in your place.  Otherwise, we'll see you next Thursday!

 

 

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