Farmer’s Note, week 8

Week #8
Dear CSA Member

This year our farm is delivering to 18 different CSA Locations.  Each CSA location that we work with is independent, organized and run by the members.  Each CSA location reflects their community.  

One project that we have worked with for a number of years is the PS 11 CSA Farm Market . The PS 11 Farm Market has been in operation since June 2008 and operates Wednesday mornings from 8 am to 10 AM in front of PS 11, 320 West 21st Street from mid-June through late November.  Our farm delivers shares to the school each Tuesday.  The third grade students run the market each Wednesday morning using the shares that were delivered.  They research the vegetables, price, display and then handle the sales for the market.  Debbie Osborn is the organizer and spirit behind the market.  This year Chef Melissa Muller Daka from Eolo on 21st Street and 7th Avenue has been providing the program  with recipes specifically for the produce each week.  All the recipes are available on the PS 11 blog –ps11farmmkt.wordpress.com – or at the market on Wednesdays.  

What an opportunity for children to learn about local, fresh vegetables, math and consumer relations all in a really delicious way.  Debbie Osborn writes, “ Also, thought you would be interested to know that PS11 is the unofficial pilot site for using CSAs in the school kitchen. We are the only public school in NYC approved. Hopefully not the last. Debbie”   There was a nice article and photo in  Now Chelsea , head line “PS 11’s Produce Absolutely Delightful.”

If you have a project that your CSA is involved with and would like to share, please let me know.  Let’s spread the good word and good works.

Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah, for everyone at Stoneledge Farm
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