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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!

 

 

Posted 6/19/2015 11:45am by Rachel Nass.

Dear Summer CSA Members,

Thank you all for coming yesterday to our first distribution! It was so exciting to finally put some faces to all the names I've become so familiar with over the past couple of months and to see everyone excited about the variety of fresh produce.

As I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to get in touch with everyone and apologize for yesterday's shortage of produce.  Starting off a new season is always an exciting experience but never a dull moment-- meaning issues can crop up (pun-intended) that are sometimes out of our control. In that regards, I truly apologize to those who did not receive their full shares of produce yesterday. Looking back at last night's distribution and with much scrutiny, we've realized that there was a combination of issues at play.

I've contacted our farmer at Norwich Meadows Farm to confirm that the units per share of produce were accurate.  We believe that the farm provided us inaccurate unit numbers for produce items such as fennel and endives, which led to us having a shortage of both of them.  I have requested that they compensate our members who did not receive their full shares of endives and fennel in the upcoming distribution(s).  I am currently waiting for a response from them.  In the meantime, **Please e-mail me at csa@commonground.org and let me know if you did not receive endives and/or fennel.** 

We also noticed yesterday that there was a shortage of beets, black radishes and turnips towards the end of the distribution. We believe that the misreading of the scales could have been a contributing factor. When produce is weighed improperly, it deducts from other people's paid CSA shares. Moving forward, we'd like to better clarify the following when it comes to properly weighing your produce:

Tip for Weighing Your CSA Produce

  • Please do not exceed the weight limit posted on the produce labels. You may go up to the labeled amount (the maximum weight), but never exceed that amount. With produce, often times it can be tricky to get the exact amount (e.g. exactly 1 lb of potatoes). However, the rule-of-thumb is to use that as the maximum weight. Ideally, one would get exactly 1 lb but in some cases you might get slightly less, so as to not detract from another person's share.
  • When using the scales, please weigh items by the pound (lb) unit and NOT kilogram (kg) unit.  We believe that some members may have weighed the produce incorrectly, measuring in kilograms (black numbers on scale) as opposed to weighing by the pound (red numbers on scale).  We have taken extra steps to better clarify this to members by labeling each of the scales and bowls with this reminder.

Again we apologize for yesterday but hope that this is a lesson learned and that we can move onward and upward! If you have any questions, please contact me at csa@commonground.org.

 

 

Posted 6/18/2015 11:14am by Rachel Nass.

Hello everyone!  

Looking forward to seeing everyone today for our 1st distribution! (4:30-7:30pm at the Prince George- 14 East 28th Street).   The weekly CSA newsletter and Endives tip sheet are linked below. 

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!

Summer CSA Week 1

Endive tip sheet

Best,

Lauren

Posted 6/16/2015 9:29am by Rachel Nass.

Dear Summer CSA member,

Our Summer 2015 CSA sign-ups are now available! Please visit

http://www.princegeorgecsa.com/volunteerspot-sign-ups to sign up!

Posted 6/15/2015 9:54am by Rachel Nass.

Good morning Summer CSA members!

The time has finally come for our Summer CSA season to begin! We couldn't be more excited.  Our 1st Summer CSA Distribution will be this Thursday, June 18th in the Prince George Lobby.  You may pick-up between 4:30-7:30pm.  For more details, please visit: http://princegeorgecsa.com/summer-dates-pick-up-info

See you there!

Posted 6/5/2015 8:57am by Rachel Nass.

Good morning Summer CSA'ers,

We finally have word from the Norwich Meadows Farm that our first summer distribution date will be Thursday, June 18th.  We are so excited to begin this new season with you and look forward to all of the fresh, delicious produce we'll be receiving!  

For pick-up details, please visit: http://princegeorgecsa.com/summer-dates-pick-up-info.

 

Posted 5/28/2015 1:07pm by Rachel Nass.

Dear Summer 2015 CSA Members,

Below is an update from Norwich Meadows Farm in regards to our 1st Distribution Date:

"After a very abundant year last year we had a very harsh winter and now we are in the midst of somewhat of a drought….droughts are good for getting things planted but we have to have rain to be able to irrigate our crops. In the next few days we will know when the CSA will start."

 

Thank you for your patience!

Posted 5/21/2015 12:26pm by Rachel Nass.

Hello all,

I've been receiving some questions regarding conflicting payment balances on your CSA accounts.  I apologize for the confusion but will do my best to help iron out the details!

If you have paid via invoice/check this season or during our Winter 2014-2015 season, those amounts will still be reflected as unpaid on your CSA account with us.  Unfortunately, the website will only record payments that were made via PayPal, not check.  However, I have my own personal tracking sheet where I can confirm your remaining balances so if you have any questions please let me know.

For those of you who paid via PayPal, things should be accurate.  For those who have paid with invoice/check either this upcoming season or the previous one (Winter 2014-2015), you may e-mail me directly to confirm your balance. My e-mail is ljung@commonground.org.

 

 

Posted 5/21/2015 9:09am by Rachel Nass.

Good morning Summer CSA'ers!

Sending out a quick reminder that all Summer CSA payments will be due next Friday, May 29th!  If you would like to check the balance of your account or pay via PayPal, you may visit:  http://princegeorgecsa.com/members/statusemail


Have a great day!

 

Posted 5/12/2015 1:47pm by Lauren Jung.

Good afternoon Winter CSA members,

Can't believe today is our final distribution of the season!  I want to thank you all for your commitment, presence and of course patience and understanding this season-- especially when it came to all of our winter weather setbacks!  Despite those hiccups during the season, we've received lots of wonderful produce and farm products from Norwich Meadows Farm.  We've enjoyed having you be a part of our Winter CSA and hope to see you next month for our Summer CSA!  If you are interested in signing up for our Summer CSA you may visit this link: http://www.princegeorgecsa.com/members/types


We will see you tonight between 4:30-7:30pm in the Lobby of the Prince George.  Our address is 14 E 28th Street between 5th and Madison Aves.

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