Congratulations to Ruth and Steve and Welcome to Zeke

Central Park West CSA belatedly welcomes Ezekiel Franklin Kleinman-Morris to our CSA. His parents, Ruth Kleinman and Steven Morris, call him Zeke. Born on December 28, 2016 at 6:59PM, at 7 lb 6 oz., Zeke is the youngest member of our CSA. Zeke seems to be enjoying our CSA’s produce as evidenced in this photo in which he is sucking on a piece of Angel Family Farm cucumber. (TIP: the cooling properties of cucumbers can sometimes make teething easier).

Why I support local farmers that I know. Our CSA is lucky to not be dependent on food grown in toxic soil.

Have you wondered why we’re still getting nice looking produce from California despite the drought and wildfires? How do farmers there manage to irrigate their fields and grow produce under such conditions?

Apparently, some are desperate enough to buy toxic wastewater from oil and gas companies and use it to irrigate their fields. For more on this, see links below.

Should we care about this? What does it have to do with supporting local farmers, especially those that we know?

I choose to support local farmers whom I know. I would like to know that the food I eat isn’t grown in fields that are irrigated with toxic waste water that was sold to farmers by oil and gas companies. I feel safer knowing that I can ask my local farmer whether the seeds they plant are free of GMOs and whether the water they use to irrigate their fields is clean.

I cannot imagine that irrigating farmland with toxic waste water is safe when the water content of fruits and vegetables are so high. I feel fortunate to not have to depend on this and feel terrible for farmers in California have such difficult choices to make.

But, when we buy produce that comes from far away places, we don’t know much about the farm practices. That’s why I’ve stopped buying perfect looking produce from Whole Foods. Just because it looks good doesn’t assure me that it is good for me. And I’ve been learning that the “organic” label doesn’t assure us that the water used to irrigate the farmland is necessary clean.

If you’d like to learn more, I’ve included some articles about how some of the farmers on the West Coast have managed to grow produce under these harsh conditions:

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/07/15/environmental-coalition-calls-for-ban-on-oilfield-wastewater-irrigation/

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/08/organic-crops-can-be-irrigated-fracking-wastewater

Someone I know who works at Food and Water Watch told me that off the record that: “even some organic farms are using the fracking wastewater to irrigate crops”.

Here is FWW’s fact sheet on it: https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/default/files/ib_1605_frackingandthefoodsystem-web.pdf

Susan Spieler, Coordinator

Now Accepting Fall Memberships – Sign Up By August 26

In response to so many people expressing interest in joining our CSA after we had closed our full season membership, we’ll be offering a 9 week Fall Season from September 6 through November 1.  Though we can never guarantee the quantity, we expect the produce to be very plentiful in the last 9 weeks as it has been in previous years and tends to include delicious heavy winter squash and pumpkin. Prices will be $275 for full shares and $150 for half shares. We are only accepting payment via Pay Pal for the fall season. If you need help navigating PayPal, contact us at CentralParkWestCSA@gmail.com.

Deadline to sign up and pay in full is August 26.

New members must sign up for at least one volunteer shift by September 2.

A Message from Angel Family Farm

Hello Susan, 

It makes us very happy when we hear you guys are enjoying our vegetables! Ana and Cris put in so much hard work and effort to make sure everything goes smoothly and hand pick the best of the best for our lovely CSA families! 

Yesterday with all the greens I got from my dad I made a gluten free quiche. Take A look: 

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(Well I made two) lol

Lizbeth Angel, Administrator, Angel Family Farm

COMPOSTING: Why? How? What?

So what’re you doing with your corn husks, the ends of your zucchini, and carrot tops?
Don’t throw them away! NYC has 40 Greenmarkets that collect food scraps! You can minimize your impact on the environment by collecting food scraps at home, and then depositing them at a market that’s convenient to you. They are in every borough, so regardless of where you live, you can participate. Household scraps are transported to one of several NYC compost sites to be transformed into fertile soil for use on local urban farming and gardening projects. Click here to find one near you: http://www.grownyc.org/compost/locations

How do you store/collect food scraps?
Put food scraps in a large yogurt container or plastic bag in the freezer. This prevents the decomposition of the items and therefore the odor they emit. You’ll notice you’ll be taking out your kitchen garbage at a slower frequency, and you won’t have any critters around either!

What items can you collect?
Accepted materials include fruit and vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal, etc.), coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, egg and nut shells, pits, cut or dried flowers, houseplants, and potting soil. [Do not bring meat, chicken, fish, greasy food scraps, fat, oil, or dairy.]

Ruthie Kleinman, CPWCSA Member

2014 Membership Officially Closed

We are officially closing our Spring/Summer/Fall 2014 membership today. We just wanted to thank all those who signed up. Our membership list gets a little bigger each year! We’re excited to start the season.

If you missed our deadline and are interested in receiving updates for future CSA membership, please email us by clicking the “Contact Us” link above. We’ll place you on our mailing list.

Also, if you are interested in helping out on our Core Team, we would love the help! Please also inquire by emailing us via the “Contact Us” page.