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How to savor every bit of your CSA share

Not only do Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) provide you with local produce, meat, and dairy, but they also back local farmers through the growing season—by paying farms up front, the farmers can better plan their income.

Are you currently a CSA member, or thinking about becoming one? Here’s how to get the most out of your haul. Read more.

Want to learn more about Hawthorne Valley Farm’s CSA? Members get 20 weeks of fresh, biodynamic and organic produce and access to our artisan products. Pick up at the Farm or from several locations in New York City. Learn more.

The Farm Store offers a variety of dried pulses and grains in its bulk department. photo credit: lawrence braun

Pulses–the group name for beans, dried peas, lentils, and chickpeas–are making a come back in the diet of modern Americans. These crops have navigated between being considered a poor man’s crop during economic downturns and a niche crop for vegetarians, vegans, and hippies. Now, these protein-packed foods are getting recognition for both the human health benefits and the way they add nutrients back into their soil in a healthy way that also can generate profit for farmers.

Civil Eats reports on this growing trend in food and agriculture, and Modern Farmer features a new cookbook dedicated to plant-based proteins.


50 Reasons to use organic coconut oil

Oh coconut oil, where art thou? Why everywhere, of course! You’ve probably noticed that coconut oil is hard to miss lately – whether browsing the news, social media or your local grocer. But too much information can sometimes lead to confusion. So here’s what you need to know: healthy fats like coconut oil are essential to give your body energy and support cell growth. Organic coconut oil is a dynamic and versatile superfood with a truly impressive range of purposes. It’s an all-star for beauty, for cooking and for good health, and not many oils can say that. Here we walk you through the many benefits of this amazing, natural, plant-based product.

Inside this guide, you’ll find:

  • The skinny on coconut’s healthy fats
  • DIY beauty head-to-toe with coconut oil
  • Coconut oil foodie facts and recipes!


Click here to download a pdf of the complete guide (50 Uses for Coconut Oil PDF).


Supplement Your Life

When we’re sick, we go to the doctor’s office and, oftentimes, we take medicine to make us feel better. But what about every other day of the year—how do we treat our minds and bodies before illness strikes?

As we become more aware of what we’re putting in our bodies, and of health and wellness more generally, we are turning our attention to dietary supplements. Increasingly, we’re beginning to understand how supplements can support our long-term health—and help us look and feel our very best now … we’re talking supporting energy, mood and vitality. Hawthorne Valley Farm Store has a well-stocked Wellness aisle featuring a wide range of supplements for a variety of health needs.

In this eGuide:

  • Supplementing the modern diet
  • Customizing your supplement regimen
  • Special diets and supplements
  • Supplements for energy, sleep, stress and beauty


Click here to download the e-guide.