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Violet Beauregarde

I don’t know about you, but I’ve eaten so many blueberries from our CSA the past few weeks I am at risk of turning into Violet Beauregarde. But I give you this lovely cocktail:

That’s lemonade, blueberries, ice, sugar and gin in a blender, topped off with some torn mint.

And last night I made the mother of all stir-frys:

That’s broccoli, zucchini, carrots, onion, garlic scape, frozen peas and ginger (and rice) with a sauce made of soy sauce, cooking sherry, hoisin sauce, sesame oil and chili oil.

What are you doing with all those blueberries?

Bon CSAppetit – Gina


Strawberry Rhubarb Mini-Pies

Greetings CSAers!  Gina here.  I don’t plan to make as many regular blog posts as last year, but I was so excited to get those gorgeous strawberries and rhubarb for the fruit share that I thought I’d post. I used large muffin tins to make mini pies. Alternatively, you can just follow the original recipe to make a full-sized pie.


Strawberry Rhubarb Mini-Pies
(adapted from this Epicurious recipe)

3 1/2 cups 1/2-inch-thick slices trimmed rhubarb (1 1/2 pounds untrimmed)
1 16-ounce container strawberries, hulled, halved (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Note: I used Pillsbury Pie Dough for the crust. You can pick it up in the refrigerator section of most supermarkets.
1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water (for glaze)

Preheat oven to 400F.

Cut the rhubarb into 1/2″ pieces. For very wide stalks, slice in half down the middle lengthwise before cutting 1/2″ strips. Hull and halve the strawberries. Mix in a large bowl with the remaining filler ingredients. Let sit while you reckon with the dough.

Grease muffin tins with butter, shortening, or cooking spray per your preference. Cut dough into rounds and fill perimeter of each cup with enough dough so a little remains over the side of each. Spoon filling into each cup. Cut strips of dough and place over top of each mini pie in a cross-hatch pattern. Pinch strips to dough along the perimeter of each cup. Then brush dough with the egg wash glaze.

Bake at 400F for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F and bake for another 1hr 10min or until filling bubbles and crust looks finished.

Allow to cool before removing from muffin tins.

Bon CSAppetit!

CSA Chef Training Program

The Just Food Network is offering a CSA chef-training program this June!

The workshop will teach you how to conduct your own CSA cooking demonstration. It would be fun to have at least one representative from the Neighborhood School CSA participate!

To attend, it costs $50-150 (on a sliding scale), plus a $15 materials fee.

Those who are accepted can attend a training either on Saturday, June 4 from 9am – 5pm or Saturday, June 18th from 9am – 5pm. Both will take place at the Sixth Street Community Center at 638 East Sixth Street (between Avenue B & C).

The application can be downloaded at

You can email us with any questions!

Fruit, Egg, and Pasta Shares Now Available!

Through the Stone Ridge CSA, the Neighborhood School CSA now has options to purchase fruit shares from the Breezy Hill Orchard, plus egg and pasta shares from the Knoll Krest Farm.

Pick up location and times are the same as those for vegetable/herb shares from the Angel Family Farm – the Neighborhood School, every Tuesday from 3pm – 6pm, beginning June 14th and ending October 25th.

Many share options are available:
Full fruit share – $228 ($11.40/week)
1/2 fruit share – $114 ($5.70/week)
Full egg share – $80 ($4/week)
1/2 egg share – $40 ($2/week)
Pastured egg share – $120 ($6/week)
Pasta share – $90 ($4.50/week)

For more info, refer to the application form: 2011 Fruit, Egg, and Pasta Shares Form or email us at

Also, if you would like to learn more about what’s included in fruit shares, check out the Seasonal Procession of Fruit

The last day to sign up is June 1st! Please make checks out to the appropriate farm and get them and the forms in to Cat Gund via the Neighborhood School or send to the Aubin Pictures office at 136 Grand St, #5EF, New York, NY 10013.

Sign up now for the Neighborhood School CSA!

Sign up now to join the Neighborhood School CSA!

Become a member, and organic vegetables and herbs will be delivered to you at the Neighborhood School directly from the Angel Family Farm in Goshen, NY. Support local farmers and eat fresh, healthy food!

Weekly pick-ups will be in front of the Neighborhood School every Tuesday from 3-6, beginning June 14th and ending October 25th. (The Neighborhood school is located 131 E. 3rd St, between 1st Ave and Avenue A.)

Purchase a share before March 30th for $440 ($22/week) or after March 30th for $480 ($24/week). The last day to sign up is June 1st. Half shares are also available!

See the membership application form for more info: TNSCSA Agreement 2011

If becoming a member interests you but your family is unable to afford purchasing a share, check out the Just Food/ Wholesome Wave CSA subsidy program application: wholesome wave application (2011)

“What’s On Your Plate?” Book Now Available on Amazon

Good News! The “What’s On Your Plate?” book is now available to be purchased online via Check out this link:

The What’s On Your Plate? project began with the documentary film following 2 young girls in NYC as they ask questions about their food. Inspired by this film, the book addresses topics such as health issues, lack of access to fresh food, and the national school lunch program. Also included are fun stories, recipes, and activities that will inspire readers of all ages to be more conscious about what they eat.

TNS CSA members can especially enjoy a section of the book devoted to the Angel Family Farm, the source of our delicious veggie shares!

Come visit TNSCSA at the Just Food Expo!

Just Food is hosting a CSA in NYC conference Saturday, March 5th. It will be a great opportunity for farmers and CSA members to get together for workshops and discussions. Some topics include canning techniques, rooftop garden innovations, and how to eat locally in the winter. For a complete list of workshop sessions, click the following link:

The conference is located at 525 West 50th St and runs from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm. For information on purchasing admission, please click the following link:

Also, there will be an expo from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. We hope you can come visit the “What’s on Your Plate?” table! There, we will have information about the Neighborhood School CSA, including membership applications. In addition, there will be plenty of “What’s on Your Plate” merchandise for sale, such as copies of the DVD, books, T-shirts, buttons, posters, and “onions.”

Hope to see you there!