First shares distributed


06-06-06 BOver 60 shares were successfully distributed today in the first distribution of the 2006 season for Hellgate CSA. Members arrived between 5:30pm and 7:30pm this evening to meet with the CSA coordinators and other members. The first share included freshly picked strawberries, rhubarb, leeks, red leafy lettuce, and flowering chives.

Chatting among members, and swapping of the organic veggies was seen as people got to know each other. Several community members also stopped by to check it all out.

The CSA is rapidly approaching its maximum capacity for members for the 2006 season, so if you're thinking about joining now is the time to act.

Site goes LIVE


The HellgateCSA site is finally live, and we're now accepting memberships for the 2006 season. There's lots of good info here, so take some time to look it over and let us know if you have any questions.

Caramelised Lima Beans


Courtesy of Laura at

1 pound fresh lima beans, in shell (yield 4 oz. beans)
knob of butter
pinch kosher salt

Steam the beans for about 10 minutes. In a saute pan, heat butter until sizzling, and add beans. Toss to coat with butter, and sprinkle with salt. When beans start browning, toss again, turn down heat to low, and cover. Cook, tossing or stirring occasionally, for at least 15 minutes, and for as long as 30 minutes. The beans will be caramelised on the outside, with softly crispy skin yielding under gentle pressure to reveal a miniature puree in each bite, butter matching butter.

Winter Squash Mock Souffle


Courtesy of Laura at

16 oz. cooked winter squash, mashed
12 oz. andouille sausage*
1 large onion, slivered
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 oz. shredded cheddar
3 eggs
6 Tbsp half and half
kosher or sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cook squash until tender (microwave, boil or bake). While squash is cooking, dice and brown the sausage and onion in a skillet over medium heat. Drain and set aside. Lower oven to 325.

More CSA details emerging


Looks like the details are in for the season. Distribution will be on every Tuesday of the week with exception to the 4th of July.
Here is the schedule:

- Tuesday 6/6: Early season for us starts. This is the first distribution day. Early season will include strawberries and lots of spring greens.

- Tuesday 7/4 (July 4th): NO DISTRIBUTION

- Tuesday 11/21 (week of Thanksgiving): last distribution of the year.

Location chosen for distribution point


We just found out that our new distribution point for Hell Gate CSA will be at the Freeze Peach cafe, located at 22-00 29th Street in Astoria. This is just one short block from the Ditmars subway station, and right off Ditmars Blvd. More details are coming soon, such as the cost and size of the share, the length of the season and how to sign up.

Stay tuned!