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Organic Produce Program Opens Registration for Summer 2010.........posted Mar 5, 2010

radishes, beets, mushrooms
Photo by Roz and Ted Kram

Registration is now open for the Summer 2010 Registration CSA.

Download the Summer 2010 registration form

Tuv Ha'Aretz means both "good for the land" and "the best of the land." Ultimately, it also means the best for you and your family. Tuv Ha'aretz offers the opportunity to purchase healthy, organic produce at competitive prices, while supporting local farmers, building community, and expanding our understanding of what it means for our food to be kosher: not only "fit" for us, but "fit" for the earth as well.

As a Tuv Ha'Aretz member at Tikvat Israel, you'll know where your food is coming from, and enjoy:

  • A variety of fresh, organic or integrated-pest-management fruits and vegetables at competitive prices.
  • Weekly produce delivery to Tikvat Israel!
  • An opportunity to support local farms, a healthy environment, and a strong community.
  • The chance to connect in new ways to Jewish values and tradition.
  • A weekly newsletter, Tuv Ha'Shavua, with recipes from other Tuv Ha'aretz members and the farm, divrei Torah, cooking tips, and more!
  • Cooking lessons, potluck dinners, and educational activities - these provide a great way to get to know other CSA members!
  • A listserv to share recipes, information about produce, and announcements of interest to CSA members.


During Tikvat Israel's previous CSA seasons, members and their families enjoyed the following activities:

  • A wonderful array of produce that changed as the season progressed. We started with lots of leafy vegetables, like spinach and lettuce, as well as peas, radishes, Swiss chard, green onions, spring garlic, herbs, beets, and rhubarb. We spent the summer eating a bounty of corn, green beans, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, potatoes, apricots, and peaches. We ended the summer season enjoying carrots, cucumbers, green peppers, and collard greens.
  • Two delicious potluck meals at a congregant's home featuring Friday night services and lots of great food made with CSA produce.
  • A fabulous Shabbat lunch made by CSA members using lots of CSA produce. The lunch was served after Shabbat morning services and was followed by presentation from congregant Richard Lederman and CSA farmer Pam Stegall.
  • A cooking class at the synagogue featuring recipes highlighting local ingredients.
  • Weekly newsletters that included lots of great recipes from many congregants, including "chefs extraordinaires" Roz Kram and Dalit Baranoff, as well as cooking tips and nutritional information from the farmer and from newsletter editor Madeline Guzman.
  • The opportunity to sign up for an additional 8 weeks of shares, from mid-September through late November, featuring wonderful fall produce like squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, and apples.

Tuv Ha'Aretz members raved about how fresh and delicious the produce was. Many members particularly appreciated the opportunity to "become acquainted" with vegetables they had never used before - many of us found that once we got to know vegetables like beets and kohlrabi, we wondered how we'd ever lived without them. Some of the more creative cooks enjoyed the opportunity to try new recipes and combine ingredients in ways they had never thought about before - did you know that beet chocolate cake is delicious? Some CSA members even found that they were spending less money on produce than if they had to buy it at the supermarket - and organic versions of most of the vegetables we ate are not available in any local supermarket.

Registration for Tikvat Israel's Summer 2010 CSA program is now open. Keep reading to find out how you can get involved with Tikvat Israel's community-supported agriculture (CSA) program!

For the third year in a row, we are working with Pam Stegall of Calvert Farm, an organic grower in Cecil County, Maryland.

Summer share dates are every Monday from May 10 to September 20 (20 weeks total). You can pick up your produce from the Tikvat Israel social hall between 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

Each share consists of a box full of 6-8 types of vegetables. Our farmer partners with several other farmers through a farmers' cooperative to offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to our members. For a small additional cost, our farmer can provide eggs.

Shares can be split between two or more households; share members are responsible for finding share partners and dividing up their produce. Our farmer strongly recommends that if you decide on a half-share, you should partner with someone you know and like.

New Lower Price This Season!
The full share price for Summer 2010 is $470, which includes a $10 admin fee that covers CSA administrative costs and programming. The price for one dozen eggs each week is an additional $60.

Registration deadline: ASAP!

To sign up, download the Summer 2010 registration form, fill it out, and send it to Ted Kram (his address is on the form) with a check for the full amount made out to "Tuv Ha'Aretz."

What is Tuv Ha'Aretz?
Hazon is creates a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community. Hazon's programs focus on outdoor physical challenges (including bike rides and hikes) and food-related work.

Tuv Ha'Aretz means "good for the land" and "best of the land." Tuv Ha'Aretz, Hazon's CSA Program, enables the Jewish community to support local, sustainable agriculture. CSAs guarantee farmers a secure market and give members access to local, organic produce at competitive prices. CSAs also help preserve farmland and build community.

In addition to providing people with the opportunity to purchase and eat local, organic produce, Tuv Ha'Aretz helps protect land from development and urban sprawl by supporting the work of small farmers. Tuv Ha'Aretz's title reflects Hazon's commitment to sustainable farming and eating.

Tuv Ha'Aretz is also interested in creating vibrant Jewish communities and educational opportunities. Tuv Ha'Aretz offers a powerful and unique way to foster pluralism and inter-generational connections in the Jewish community. It is an innovative educational platform, which allows members to explore contemporary food issues from a Jewish perspective. The Jewish tradition has a long history of thinking about what is kosher (literally, "fit") for us to eat.

Download the Summer 2010 registration form and drop off in the synagogue office or mail to the registration coordinator listed on the form.

Download the information flyer, and pass it around your neighborhood.

More questions about how to sign up? Contact csa.tikvatisrael@gmail.com.

More questions about Tuv Ha'aretz? See the Hazon website for more information.