The Dayton JCC will be hosting an exciting new program this summer, Shulchan Yarok, a Jewish CSA! Shuchan Yarok translates to “Green Table, and yarok can also be translated as “vegetables”. “:What’s a CSA?”, you may be wondering. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is a cooperative partnership between a farmer and a group of people who agree to pre-purchase a share of the farmers produce for an entire season. The CSA guarantees the farmer a secure market and gives members access to fresh, local sustainably grown produce at competitive prices, all while helping preserve farmland and build community. Members purchase a share, and then pick up their produce weekly at a local pick up site.

But what’s a Jewish CSA? Shulchan Yarok aims to build a community in Dayton where Jews from across the spectrum can gather around food sustainability and environmental issues. Shulchan Yarok will help put Jewish purchasing power behind local farms, and bring healthy, locally grown food into Jewish homes. A Jewish CSA also focuses on Tzedakah. Shulchan Yarok will be purchasing a share and donating it to the local food bank, and members will have the opportunity to donate extra produce as well.

Benefits of membership in Shulchan Yarok include: schmoozing at weekly pick-ups to meet other foodies and environmentalists in the Jewish community, nosh at special tastings and share recipes, enjoy delicious produce picked the same day as delivery, purchase kosher challah, use the fragrant herbs in your box for havdalah, chances to meet your farmer and visit the farm, weekly newsletter with notes from the farm, recipes and d’vrei Torah!

All produce will come from Grim Farms in Arcanum, Ohio. Produce will include lettuces, kale, chard, peas, onions, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, summer squash, garlic, leeks, potatoes, peppers, sweet corn and so much more! Members can purchase either a full share which will include 9-12 vegetables weekly or a half share which will include 4-6 vegetables weekly.

Shulchan Yarok will run for 16 weeks, starting June 2 through September 15. Pick up Thursdays from 4-6pm, CJCE. Full shares are $500 for the season, which is about $30 per week, and half shares are available for $295, about $18 per week. Deposit of $250 (full share) or $147.50 (half share) due by Friday, May 20, balance due Thursday, July 21. Alternative payment arrangements available if needed.

For questions or to become a member, please contact Juliet Glaser at 720-934-2695 or shulchanyarok@gmail.com.

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