Produce Distribution for July 17, 2018

Sweet peas
Yellow onions

Produce Distribution for July 3, 2018

Green leaf lettuce
Red leaf lettuce

Collard Green and Pesto Recipes

CSA member Tamara made these tasty collard green and pesto ravioli dishes from our recent distributions. Enjoy, and if you have any recipes you’d like to share, please contact

Sautéed Collard Greens

24 ounces fresh collard greens, coarsely chopped (feel free to substitute turnip greens)
6 slices sautéed turkey bacon (recommend Applegate)
2 tablespoons butter
1⁄2 cup onion, finely diced
crushed red pepper flakes, season to your taste
1⁄2 cup chicken stock, homemade is best
kosher salt
black pepper, freshly cracked
chicken or vegetable stock (We used vegetable stock.)

Wash greens thoroughly, making sure all dirt and grit have been removed.
In a large saucepan, place collards in hot water for 3 minutes, remove and drain.
In a large skillet, melt butter, then add onions and crushed red pepper flakes, saute.
Once onions are tender, add collard greens and chicken stock to the pan.
Cook on high heat, stirring occasionally for 5 to 7 minutes. Test a piece of the greens — if you want yours more tender, cook longer, adding more stock or water to keep them from burning. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add turkey bacon to collard greens and mix at the end, or decorate the collard greens with the turkey bacon and allow diners to mix in.

Recipe source: Genius Kitchen

Parsley Pinenut Pesto


2 cups of parsley leaves (or parsley and cilantro combination)
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted and cooled
1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, peeled
salt and lemon juice to taste

Directions: place the parsley, pinenuts, reggiano cheese, olive oil, and garlic in a food processor and process until it resembles a fine paste. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.


Produce Distribution for June 19, 2018

Fresh garlic
Collard greens
Red lettuce
Green lettuce

Meet the Central Park West CSA Core Team

Dear CPW CSA Members,

The Core Team hopes you’ve enjoyed your first pick up on Tuesday. Every week, we receive different produce and we don’t usually know what it’s going to be until the day that it arrives. It has to do with what the farmers planted and what’s ready to be picked on the day before or the morning of the delivery. What we do know is that it’s going to be very fresh, local, and pesticide free.

When I posted a message to our website a few weeks ago, I introduced myself and said you’d hear about the other members of the Core Team soon.

Here is a bit of info about the other 4 members of the team:

Mark Lee, our Webmaster, is a technology and operations administrator for the City of New York. He has lived in the Upper West Side since 2013 with his wife Andrea and dog Harper. In his spare time, Mark enjoys music, travel, photography, and web design.

Jess Bridgman, joined our CSA in 2016 and has been our Membership Coordinator since last season. Originally from London, she lives on the Upper West Side and works for a city business group. She signed up to the CSA as a way to support local farmers, eat more vegetables, and cook with new and exciting ingredients.

Abe Givner, our Treasurer, lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and Java and Stella, their cats. Their kids and grandkids are scattered coast to coast and across “the pond.” Abe is a Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University. This is his third years as member of the CPWCSA.

Alissa Auerbach, our new Volunteer Coordinator, lived in Vermont for 7 years before returning to NYC about two years ago. It was in Vermont that she first became aware of supporting local farms by becoming a member of a CSA, and she was thrilled to join our CSA last year. Alissa is the Development Director at Vermont College of Fine Arts and enjoys spending time in Central Park, independent bookstores, and seeing all the Broadway shows.

Let us know if you’d like to get more involved in running our CSA. We can always use help. Some of the things we are hoping to have help with are 2 or 3 members to plan a visit to the farm, posting recipes on our website, and working side by side with one of us as a way of learning about a role that you may be interested in having down the road when the need arises. For example, we have recently learned that Abe will be stepping down as our Treasurer at the end of this season, and we hope to train his replacement during this season.

Please let me know if you will like to find out more about any of these ways of getting more involved.

Susan Spieler, CPWCSA Coordinator

Produce Distribution for June 5, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 season!

Lemon balm


I’m writing in behalf of the Core Team of the Central Park West CSA. We’re looking forward to another season of our CSA and to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Angel Farm continues to be the farm that we received produce from. Since our CSA began 8 years ago, the produce we have received has been fresh, varied and plentiful. We like supporting this lovely family farm in the Black Dirt Region of Orange County. We appreciate the support of Book Culture, which is where we distribute our produce. And, we value the work of West Side Campaign Against Hunger, which is the organization that receives our surplus food and distributes it to people who can make good use of it. And we are a member of the Just Food Network.

We maintain warm relationships with the above 4 organizations and with Angel Family Farm!!!

Our core team currently consists of me, Mark, Abe, Jess, and Alissa. We welcome Alissa to the core team. She is replacing Jill who did a great job as our Volunteer Coordinator last season.

If our website doesn’t answer your questions, send us an email and please understand that we all have full time jobs doing other things. I’m a Clinical Psychologist in private practice on the UWS, have been a member of our CSA for 8 years and am very engaged in environmental/climate change issues. In the coming weeks, you will find out more about the other members of the Core Team.

For those who have not belonged to a CSA before, you will find that CSAs depend on all members to help run the CSA. It’s quite different from shopping in a supermarket or Farmers Market. When I first joined our CSA, I learned that it takes time to get used to some of the differences.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 5. Be sure to sign up before then so you can receive all 22 weeks of fresh, local produce.

Susan, CSA Coordinator
Mark, CSA Webmaster
Abe, CSA Treasurer
Jess, CSA Membership Coordinator
Alissa, CSA Volunteer Coordinator