** THIS IS A REGISTRATION FORM -- Through it you may subscribe to the CSK's menu of offerings this season.You may also simply peruse the menu & learn more about the CSK.
If you have questions or would like more information, please visit culturalengine.strikingly.com...or contact us at WestPhillyCSK@gmail.com
Our goods & services are grounded in the gift economy. We offer the CSK because it a joy for us to do so -- and because we carry a sense of knowing that this kind of healing is both essential, and sadly, often in short supply in the world. Yet, because things cost money in same said world, we offer our goods & services on a sliding-scale donation basis. We also remain fueled by gratitude.
sliding scale :: $4 - $10 -- per approx. 8 oz# of servings :: 12 - 24
*ALLI-ZINGER PASTE* (v)A pungent condiment, Alli-Zinger is a puree of fresh garlic, ginger, turmeric, with olive oil & sea salt. Drawing its name from the Allium plant genus that offers the world garlic, and the Zingiberaceae plant family that offers the world ginger & turmeric, this powerful combination of immune-supporters adds brightness to anything with which it is paired. Best kept raw for maximum immune support, but delicious always.
sliding scale :: $7 - $14 -- approx. 8 oz# of servings :: 8 - 12
*CHILI BLACK BEAN SAUCE* (v)Another potent condiment, Chili Black Bean Sauce is a FIERY blend of red chili peppers, salted black beans, & sunflower oil. It's amazing in noodle soups, so pairs well with bone broth, and is perfect if you desire a HOT umami flavor.
sliding scale :: $4 - $9 -- approx. 8 oz# of servings :: dozens
*SUNFLOWER CRUMBLE'* (v)Made from organic toasted sunflower seeds, herbs, spices, & sea salt, this crumbly topping adds seriously savory notes anywhere you'd look to sprinkle or grate cheese. It is designed to be the cheese when you need it to be, and to supplement dairy cheese if you want to add more plant proteins & bright flavors to your dishes.
sliding scale :: $5 - $10 -- per approx. 8 oz serving# of servings :: dozens
*GOMASIO* (v)An ancient Japanese salty, savoury condiment that offers the tastes & vital nutrients of toasted sesame seeds, sea salt, and spirulina or sea vegetables.
Homemade mayonnaise is simply out of this world. Made with high quality eggs, sunflower oil, olive oil, mustard, garlic, vinegar, and spices, our mayo will add a smooth & delicious tang to pretty much anything you're eating.
sliding scale :: $4-9 -- per 8 oz
sliding scale :: $5 - $10 -- approx. 12 oz serving
*BONE BROTHS*Our bone broths come from the long-simmered bones of grass-fed locally-sourced animals (most commonly beef, lamb or chicken). These broths are rich, smooth, utterly delicious, and full of deep, deep nourishment for our bodies. They add depth & flavor to almost any savoury dish, can easily transform leftovers into delicious soup, and of course can also be enjoyed by the steaming cup-full to fortify your constitution.
sliding scale :: $5 - $10 -- approx. 32 oz# of servings :: 2 - 3
*CULTURED GHEE* (aka caramelized, clarified butter)When we receive donations of cream from local, pasture raised cows, we culture it by adding milk kefir grains, then we churn it into butter, simmer the butter until its milk solids caramelized, and finally we strain out the solids, leaving golden, delicious, shelf-stable ghee!! Ghee has been used for cooking, medicine, & ritual on the Indian subcontinent for millennia, and promises to add a sumptuous flavor to any dish. We like it best as a cooking oil, spread on toast, and drizzled over just about anything. Availability varies.
sliding scale :: $6 - $14 -- per 8 oz# of servings :: many!
*FERMENTS* (v)From our faemily sauerkraut & kimchi, to other lacto-fermented pickles, to ogi (a fermented millet porridge that pairs beautifully with all of the above), the CSK's ferments are great ways to get more nutrient dense, bioavailable foods into your body.
sliding scale :: $5 - $13 -- per quart # of servings :: 4 - 8 *HOUSE SPICE* (v)An opening, aromatic, fresh blend of organic spices/seeds that includes coriander, fennel, chili flakes, caraway, dill, pink himalayan sea salt, & thyme.
sliding scale :: $3 - $7 -- per approx. 2 oz serving# of servings :: dozens
*FRESH HERB SALTS* (v)A transcendent variation on sea salt, our herb salts bring forth an ancient method of herb preservation. Harvested at their peak from our neighborhood gardens, fresh herbs are pulverized with sea salt into a shelf stable vehicle that heightens flavors, adds electrolytes to your drinking water, and brings the magic of herbs to your life often in ways not before considered.
Herbs will vary with the season. Feel free to request any you please.
sliding scale :: $2 - 5 -- per 4 ounces
Let us know if you want more than 4 ounces.
sliding scale :: $5 - $12 -- one gallon bag
*GLACIAL CHOCOLATE FANTASY* (v)This is a recipe that Acorn created that has become a comforting & delightful staple in our refrigerator. Simple and sublime, with opportunity to customize high notes, we melt cocoa powder into coconut oil, sweeten with maple, and then adorn with a varying palette of flavors & textures -- rose water with mint oil is a strong favorite to the one of us whose profile that matches exactly. Other flavors include mint, nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew ...), cashew & raisin, vanilla & sour cherry, orange blossom, and more. Feel free to make a request or let us surprise you.
sliding scale :: $6 - $12 -- per approx. 4 oz serving# of servings :: 2 - 4
To prepare dosas at home you will need a large, non-stick skillet, or a *beautifully seasoned* pan.
sliding scale :: $4 - $10 -- per 1 quart
*WHOLE WHEAT SOURDOUGH BREAD* (v)A generous loaf of crusty sourdough bread, made from a mixture of cultures harvested in our home and a starter gifted to us that has been journeying around Philly for over 30 years. Sourdough bread is pre-digested by the culture, and hence is easier for our bodies to assimilate & absorb. This bread usually comes sliced and frozen to ensure maximum freshness (simply toast to serve), though fresh bread is possible if requested with sufficient notice.
sliding scale :: $5 - 9 per loaf
*GLUTEN FREE SOURDOUGH BREAD* (v)A hearty and delicious loaf of sourdough bread, made with brown rice flour, corn flour, garbanzo flour, & a variety of seeds. This shockingly good vegan, gluten free bread surprises skeptics with its yumminess and delights those with gluten-free diets. This loaf usually comes sliced and frozen to ensure maximum freshness (simply toast to serve), though fresh bread is possible if requested with sufficient notice.
sliding scale :: $8-12 per loaf
Six large servings of soup make amazing breakfasts, lunches or dinners. Each one ready with minimal effort -- in under 15 minutes. Recipe pattern included.
sliding scale :: $17 - $30 # of servings :: 5 - 7
*RED BEANS* (v)A soft, savory, DELICIOUS New Orleans-style red beans. These plus rice equals a solid, vegan dinner.
sliding scale :: $6 - 13 per quart
*FUL MEDAMES* (v)A deep, savory fava bean stew. The national breakfast of Egypt, this vegan & gluten free meal has nourished civilizations for thousands of years. Classically served with bread, you may enjoy ful on its own or with your starch of choice. This is the dish we hear most often touted as the one that could help them most be vegan.
sliding scale :: $7 - 14 per quart
*RED LENTIL DAL* (v)A Pan-Indian (and pan-globe) favorite, this bright & nourishing dish is both light & filling. Serve this delicious vegan & gluten free fare on its own, over rice, or with a beloved bread.
*ENTRÉE OF THE DAY*We're always cooking up something at the CSK ... get a delicious taste of whatever hearty creations have emerged from the kitchen.
sliding scale :: $6 - 14 per quart (exact quantity varies)
*VEGETABLE OF THE DAY* We are blessed by frequent gifts of very special vegetables - those nourishing allies who are a little bruised or funny-shaped or even too perfectly ripe for a grocery store to sell. Enjoy the variety of lovingly prepared vegetables that journey through our kitchen.
sliding scale :: $5 - 11 -- quantity varies
*ROSE CEREAL* (v)An evolving & adaptable blend of seeds, superfoods, & dried fruit. Just add water (or milk of your choice) & maple or honey to sweeten as you like. Let sit overnight. Enjoy in the morning.
sliding scale :: $7 - 15# of servings :: 5 - 8
sliding scale :: $4 - 9 per 2 oz dropper bottle
*YELLOW DOCK TINCTURE*A medicine plant of north temperate meadows with long yellow roots, Yellow Dock is a potent antioxidant & digestive aid. It stimulates bile production, which eases the digestion of fats, and also stimulates toxin & waste elimination. Take a dropper-ful or three to boost your digestive & elimination systems. Tinctured in vodka.
*GINGER DANDELION ELIXIR*A sweet & warming elixir of ginger & dandelion root decoctions with honey & brandy. This elixir boasts the medicinal properties of ginger (anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, stimulant) and dandelion (strengthens the liver, spleen, & heart). Take a dropper-ful or three to settle the stomach, wake up the senses, & strengthen your system.
*JAPANESE KNOTWEED TINCTURE* (Fallopia japonica)A renowned & effective *Lyme disease remedy*. Ours is wildcrafted in Vermont, and tinctured in vodka. It is considered to be the most effective herbal way to lower, or even eliminate Lyme disease and its symptoms. It supports the innate immune function to react to the infection caused by the Lyme disease. It kills the spirochetes that are found in difficult-to-reach areas by enhancing the blood flow and also helps other drugs to be more effective. (Description above from :: http://everyhomeremedy.com/)Recommended dosing :: 1 dropperful, 5x per day.
sliding scale :: $3 - 9 per 2 oz dropper bottle
*MOTHERWORT TINCTURE* (Leonurus cardiaca) -- Tinctured in brandyFast relief for those with *menstrual cramps*. (A 5-10 drop dose, taken at the first twinge of pain and repeated every 10-15 minutes, or as needed, will do the trick for most folks with wombs.)Relieves *anxiety* & *pain* of all stripes. Relieves *heartache*, especially from childhood injuries. Whatever your pain -- lower back pain, gas pain, tooth pain, almost any pain -- motherwort can relieve it. Start with 10-20 drops, and repeat it every 15 minutes until you find relief. Stops *hot flashes*, relieves *rapid heartbeat*, soothes *frayed nerves*, and helps tears flow. (Protocols above from :: Herbal Adventures with Susun S Weed)
*ROSE HIP ELIXIR* -- Tinctured in brandyA candy-sweet & beautiful journey into the divine feminine magic of rose hips. Our double extraction is a mixture of rose hip tincture & a decoction of rose hips, stabilized with brandy & honey. One to three dropper-fuls offer a soaring floral note to your world.
sliding scale :: $4 - 9 - per pint (exact quantity varies)
*APPLE SPECIAL*The CSK processes a lot of apples. They're wholesomely grown and local. Sometimes we dry them into apple leather. Sometimes we toast the skin into a sweet crunchy snack we call Laces. Sometimes it's a simple & delicious apple sauce; and other times baked into an elemental cobbler. Wanna be on the apple ride with us?
sliding scale :: $4 - $9 -- quantity varies# of servings :: 6 - 8
*DRIED FRUIT SPECIAL* (v)Fancy yourself some dried flattened bananas, blueberry fruit leather, or dried sour cherries? How about pineapples or peaches? Enjoy the sweet & simple snack that is whatever fruit the CSK is currently dehydrating.
sliding scale :: $4 - $9 -- quantity varies
*MINT SPECIAL* (v)Our gardens are simply *bursting* with vibrant mint. Sometimes we dry it (for tea). Sometimes we decoct it to create a wholesome herbal remedy for digestive health. And sometimes we craft a savory mint-sunflower seed pesto! Want to join us for a holiday to the Mint Realm?
sliding scale :: $4 - 9 - quantity varies
For example, if you have subscribed to just house spice ($3-7), your initial donation will be $9-21. If you are subscribed to both house spice ($3-7) and ferments ($5-13), your initial donation will be $24-60.
At your first pick up, you receive one of each item you’ve subscribed to. You then receive one more of each item weekly, bi-weekly, or upon request (whichever you selected for each item). Once you’ve picked up three of an item, we’ll let you know it’s time to resubscribe (i.e. donate for three more of that item).
Please get in touch if this donation structure doesn't work for you, and we'll do our best to figure out how to support you in accessing awesome food in a way that fits with your money & food flows. We are open to bartering - feel free to make a proposal! While we cannot currently accept EBT directly, ask us about purchasing pantry staples for us with your food stamps, and then donating these in exchange for CSK subscription items.
In the end, you are responsible to take your food & medicine Home. Right now, there are three community pick-up points -- Studio 34 on weekdays; Meditation (2401 Pennsylvania Ave) on Monday evenings; and at our home (1220 S 51st St), almost any time. Our goal is to work together with you to establish food flows & pick-up days that work beautifully for your life and for the CSK.
We have lost our beloved Center City pick-up location. Perhaps you can help provide or direct us to another. The process of creating additional pick-up points includes suggesting receptive locations, and showing that at least three people will use it to pick up their items, and that the location is able to hold them in cold storage (for those items that need it) until they are picked up. Since there is already demand among our subscribers for a Center City pick up, we will gladly set up a pick up at your Center City home or workplace, even if you don't have additional friends who wish to pick up there. Making your home a pick up location is a great way to get CSK items delivered straight to your door!!
Depending on the situation (perishability of the food, fullness of the fridge, needs of the pick-up location, etc.), we may have to give away or otherwise use items that are not picked up at the arranged time & place.
<3 We provide delicious, nourishing, righteously-sourced food -- & share the wherewithal for anyone to make it at home.
<3 We share, celebrate & educate around regenerative food cultures & practices.
<3 The space serves as a hub to connect our intersecting communities -- as we explore the potential of living systems to self-organize, and add value to our interconnecting lives.
<3 We co-create a collaborative atmosphere & feel, each of us, empowered to make the space fit each of our needs & desires -- as we grow together a learning & playing environment that feels relevant to our lives.
<3 We co-create a space that is nourishing to our bodies, minds, and spirits.
<3 We co-create a growing vision of and toward a Faerie Ca’Fae & store-front in West Philly -- and practice working together toward common goals.
<3 We create opportunities for abundance & capital in many forms to flow amongst all involved.
<3 We gather in the financial abundance we need to sustain the CSK and to support our lives and work.