GreenGourmetToGo Offers Organic Winter CSA + CSK

By Analiese Paik

Winter CSAs in Connecticut are rather uncommon, principally because most farms don’t produce enough to complete a share. Urban Oaks Farm, a 4-season organic farm in urban New Britain, Conn,. has teamed up with neighboring produce and fruit farmers to offer a 10-week winter CSA bursting with root vegetables, winter greens, and late fall fruit including apples and pears. Although Urban Oaks (UOF) grows some citrus fruit in their greenhouses, demand always outstrips supply. UOF completes shares by sourcing from trusted organic citrus growers.

Linda prepares sweet potato fries with broccoli pesto.

Any home cook committed to eating seasonally who cannot make it to a farmers’ market or a farm stand will enjoy the convenience of picking up a whole or half share winter CSA from UOF at GreenGourmetToGo. And if you don’t cook, simply can’t make time to cook, or need a way to ease into a flexitarian diet, sign up for GreenGourmettoGo’s CSK (Community Supported Kitchen). Linda Soper-Kolton, chef/owner of Green Gourmet to Go, on a never-ending quest to support healthy eating, will turn your weekly CSA box into ready-to-serve organic, vegetarian family meals. Weekly CSK shares will include vegetarian main dishes, soups, desserts, and treats chosen from a weekly menu. I’m signing up because I want my family to eat more plant-based meals and Linda’s well-seasoned dishes and healthy treats are popular in my house. You can try the CSK for a week to see if it’s a fit for your family, but be sure to give at least one week’s notice when signing up for future weeks so Linda can properly prepare.

Subscribe to the CSA only or to the CSA+CSK. Both optins are picked up at GreenGourmetToGo on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport (Black Rock section just over the Fairfield line).

Urban Oaks Farm Winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

Each share will contain a combination of the following each week: seasonal root veggies like parsnips, beets, carrots, turnips, celeriac and potatoes, a variety of delicious greens, late harvest fruit (apples, pears) and beautiful herbs to freshen up your winter meals. Urban Oaks combines its own organic produce and what it sources locally and regionally to put together a box of organic goodness to keep you well-nourished even in the darkest days of winter.

  • The program runs 10 weeks beginning the week of January 22 and runs through the end of March.
  • Order your UOF Winter CSA through GreenGourmetToGo
  • Weekly pick up at GreenGourmetToGo on Wednesdays.
  • Full share price: $550, enough for a family of four.
  • Half share price: $275, great for a family of two to three.
  • Deadline for ordering: January 17
  • How to order: Call 203.873.0057 or email linda@greengourmettogo.com

GreenGourmetToGo Farm CSK (Community Supported Kitchen)

When you participate in this CSK program, your UOF Winter CSA share gets delivered to GreenGourmetToGo where they transform it into delicious meals using additional ingredients and pantry items to complete their favorite recipes inspired by the seasonal contents of the box. You pick up your meals, which will include soups, main and side dishes and snacks and desserts to nourish and satisfy you and your family. A weekly menu is posted on the website soyou can choose dishes based on your preferences or dietary sensitivities.

  • The program runs 10 weeks beginning the week of January 22 and running through the end of March.
  • Order your GreenGourmetToGo CSK for all 10 weeks or a week at a time, with adequate notice of renewal.
  • Weekly pick up at GreenGourmetToGo on Fridays or by special arrangement. Delivery available depending upon location.
  • Weekly full share CSK price: $149, enough for a family of four.
  • Weekly half share CSK price: $99, great for a family of two to three.
  • Deadline for ordering: January 17 for week one orders, weekly notice thereafter
  • How to order: Call 203.873.0057 or email linda@greengourmettogo.com

In the event you cannot eat all the CSK food, freeze the meals to enjoy stress-free dinners and lunches whenever you want.

Note that the Urban Oaks CSA must be paid in full (through GreenGourmetToGo). It is a commitment and investment in the farm for the remainder of the winter season (that’s what a CSA is all about!). For the CSK service, Linda asks for a minimum of two weeks’ notice to get on the food prep schedule, but in this pilot form over the winter, she is not requiring a minimum commitment or payment in full. She wants you to try the service and see how it works for your lifestyle. How’s that for flexibility?

GreenGourmetToGo

2984 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
203.873-0057 (store)
203.615.8139 (cell)
www.GreenGourmetToGo.com

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