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First Delivery & We are Excited!

First Delivery Arrived & We Were Excited!

Our first share has been delivered, but if you haven’t already, there is still time to join! For just a few more weeks we are offering Fruit and Veggie shares ONLY. To expedite pay online here then e-mail us your payment confirmation to Angel (artmamsays@gmail.com) as soon as you receive it.

If you were hoping for honey or eager for eggs, not all is lost! The farm has 2 – 4 Market Days throughout the season. Market days are when members can order all the extras and then some: honey, milk, eggs, granola, jam, herbs, even meat!

Have questions? Email us at: ozoneparkcsa@gmail.com

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The beginning of the CSA season is about a month away, and we still have room for more members! If you are still on the fence about signing up, consider these points:

That is a lot of money! Not really – It just seems that way because we are used to budgeting for groceries by the week and with a CSA you pay for the whole season in advance. Break the cost down and it would come out to just $17/week. Remember – This year we have the option to pay via credit card.

But it is just me… Lots of people have work-out buddies. Why not a have a healthy eating buddy? You can split every share, or pick up on alternating weeks. If it is just you, consider freezing, canning and pickling. That way you can enjoy your share all winter. And there is always the option of giving some away. Family, friends, and coworkers – You know there is at least one kale lover among them.

We don’t eat that many vegetables. But you should and you know it. Just like healthy snacks, if you have them on hand then you will eat them. Besides, a CSA is a great way to get to try new produce that you might never have been brave enough to try before. Husk cherry tomatoes are AMAZING!

 We’ll just go to the farmers market. Awesome – If you do it. Going to the farmers market is a great alternative for fresh produce. (Most of the farms that support CSAs in NYC also have stands at the Green Markets.) The real question is, will you really do it? One of the advantage of a CSA is that it is a set routine – Fresh produce arrives every week. All you have to do is stop by and pick it up. Routine reinforces resolutions.

Need more information? Drop us an e-mail: ozoneparkcsa@gmail.com or call 718-323-0793

Banksy's Clean Streets

Banksy’s Clean Streets

Those of us who live in the area know, Liberty Avenue isn’t the greenest or the cleanest place to shop or just walk around. Thanks to the organizing efforts of Sustainable Queens, we have a great opportunity to do something about it!

On Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 10:00am until 3:00pm volunteers will be collecting the overflowing garbage, and other waste found on Liberty Avenue in one spot so the Department of Sanitation can pick it up! Sanitation is making a specific trip to do so as part of Taking Liberty. Making this pile makes a statement: We want our community to be Clean and Green!

If Garbage collection isn’t your thing (Got little kids?! We understand!), there will be plenty of less ‘dirty’ dirt activities you can participate in too: beautifying tree beds, planting flowers and adding a bit of festive art.

All ages are invited. Tools, food, art supplies and more will be provided.

The meeting place where activities will begin is at Lefferts and Liberty by the old Rigas flowershop by the A train.

Questions: Contact us on SustyQ@gmail.com or 626 493-4326

Interested in seeing where our goodies come from? The fine folks of the Washington Square CSA are organizing a farm trip for Saturday, April 27th. They have even set up shared transportation to get there for a nominal fee. (Of course you can drive yourself too). The farm would like to have a head count in advance, so registration (& payment for transit) is due by April 13th. For details and to register, contact Alison Wehr at: info@washintonsquarecsa.com

Have you ever though ‘there must be a way to make this into something useful!’ but didn’t know what or how? Did you know that two of the city’s premier organizations specializing in keeping useful things out of our waste stream offer classes on how to do that?. Build it Green and Materials for the Arts both offer free and low cost workshops for people seeking to learn more about how to transform trash into artistic treasures. As of the time of this post there were upcoming workshops being offered in Bookmaking, Puppets, No-sew Costumes, Mosaics and more.  check out their web sites for up to date listings (links are in the pics above)

The start of our CSA season may seem so far away, but it is never to soon to start collecting recipes! Here are a few we’ve tried:

Yogurt Apple Summer Squash Muffins

Creamy Kale & Kielbasa Soup

Italian Plum Cake

Marrakesh Vegetable Curry

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Butternut Squash Baked Risotto

Do you have a recipe you can’t wait to make? Please share!

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Did you loose a tree to Sandy or Nemo this year that you would like to replace? Or perhaps you just have a great space that has been waiting for the right tree to come along. Well, on March 9th the New York Restoration Project and the Richmond Hill EDC are sponsoring a Million Trees NYC event at Phil Rizzuto Park, 95th Ave. & 125th St. in Ozone Park on March 9th, 9am – 11am.

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Our farmer, Zaid Kurdieh is one of the presenters at this year’s Just Food Conference. A summary of the event from the Just Food Website:

On March 29 and 30, 2013, our organization will host the annual Just Food Conference. This two-day event will offer opportunities for the general public, food professionals, entrepreneurs, job seekers, CSA members, community organizers and farmers to come together for two days of workshops and skill- building sessions. The conference will provide attendees with opportunities to learn about cooking and food preservation techniques, CSA trends, and local and national farm and food issues, as well as ways to mobilize communities in order to increase access to farm-fresh, locally grown food.On Friday from 5:30pm-7:30pm, Just Food and Good Food Jobs will co-host a Good Food Jobs networking event for conference participants and the job-seeking public. On Saturday, we’ll host an EXPO from 12pm-6:30pm featuring exemplary local food artisans, sustainable businesses, and organizations. At the end of the conference, we will host a closing reception from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the EXPO.

Sound like the place for you? Go to the Just Food Website to get tickets and find out more: http://justfood.org/

We have gathered up the details and 2013 Season Applications are ready! Anyone interested in joining us this season, please send us an e-mail at: ozoneparkcsa@gmail.com

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