Pick up today: 5pm - 7:30pm at PS 56 on the corner of Gates and Downing

This Week's Share

There wasn't a letter from Ted this week—he's no doubt taking a well-earned break after the weekend's festivities at the farm!

Based on his most recent note in last week's issue of The Beet, we can expect more of the same—tomatoes, sweet peppers, cabbage, etc—but perhaps some additional variety in the form of beans, carrots, and greens. And he noted that chiles and cilantro will also be coming soon.


Windflower Farm Weekend

Many thanks to Ted and all his team for their hard work in putting together another beautiful weekend at Windflower Farm!

CSA Core member Stephen Narloch attended this year's event, and sent the beautiful photo above of the barn after dinner. Were you there too? We'd love to hear your stories and impressions, and see your photographs from the weekend! Get in touch by writing to

Reminder: BYOB!!!

A mid-season reminder from CSA Core Distribution Manager Rachel Maingot: please bring bags with you to the weekly pick-up!

If you have spare plastic bags at home, please bring them along too, to donate to any of your fellow members who may have forgotten theirs. Thank you!


Coming Soon: Cookbook Swap

The great CHCSA cookbook swap begins next week! Here's what you need to know:

  • At every pick-up during September, we'll be running a swap table
  • Bring cookbooks you no longer want, and swap them for new ones to freshen up your recipe circulation!
  • As well as cookbooks, we're also happy to receive general food-related books, books on health, and parenting books
  • You don't have to bring a book to take a book - everyone is welcome to dip in to the selection
  • Anyone who donates a book is eligible to enter a lottery for a $10 gift card at Greenlight Books

This is a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm for good food and cooking with your fellow CSA members. So think carefully about what you're ready to pass on to an enthusiastic new owner, and dream big about what might be waiting for you at the swap table! 

Something Fishy

Our friends at Lewis Waite Farm are offering a 3-month fish share in partnership with Black River Foods and Captain Marsden's. The fish come from the waters off New England, and are caught by a consortium practicing sustainable fishing. 

  • Each share contains 3-4 lbs of North Atlantic Whitefish, for instance Atlantic Cod Scrod, Haddock, Hake, Monkfish, and Pollock
  • These come frozen, in ~8 oz fillets
  • 2 species in each share
  • Shares delivered 1/month to your pickup site
  • All the boats are family owned and operated
  • All use sustainable fishing practices (the group is working on their certification)

Each share is $131. Visit their website to learn more and place an order! But act quickly: the deadline for orders is September 5

Do you have skills in the kitchen that the nation needs to see? This is your chance! See the message below from the MasterChef Casting Producer, who is currently looking for contestants for the show's next series...


My name is Jenn Dowding and I'm a Casting Producer for FOX’s hit cooking competition show, MasterChef.  We have an upcoming Casting Call in NEW YORK CITY where we will be seeking the regions’s best HOME COOKS & BAKERS who've NEVER cooked professionally in a fine dining restaurant. I was hoping to get your help in getting the word out to the members of your association. Attached, you will find our flyer that you are welcome to email blast, and/or share on your social media pages. Or, perhaps you already know the perfect person to refer to the application link below!  

Casting Call Details:

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
9am - 5pm

For more information and to pre-register, visit
Are you a firefighter, a mom, a butcher, etc. by day & an AWESOME home cook or baker by night?  If so, we want to meet with you!  For the best audition prep tips, please be sure to check out:

Candidates MUST bring one prepared dish to be served to our food judges.

You will be given 3 minutes to plate your dish at the casting call location, but there will NOT be a kitchen to cook or warm your dish up, so come prepared!

Don’t be intimidated by the skill level you see on TV, no one walks in a MasterChef. We are looking for fun personalities, a passion for cooking, and a solid foundation to build upon.

If you'd like something to share on social media feel free to copy and paste the following blurb:

FOX's #1 Hit show MasterChef is now casting amateur home cooks with passion, potential and personality. The MasterChef team is coming to NYC on SAT SEPTEMBER 22ND. Interested candidates can pre-register today at

Please don’t hesitate to call or email me with questions.  I am happy to help!

Jenn Dowding
Casting Producer
MasterChef Season 10
O: 818.853.8292 C: 323.543.5304