A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: MAY 31st

WELCOME ALL TO THE 2016 SEASON OF OUR HUNTERS POINT CSA!

Our first share pickup is TODAY, (Tuesday, May 31st) at Alewife from 5pm – 7pm! Come for your share, and stay for Alewife’s trivia night. CSA members get 10% off drinks on Tuesday pickup days!

Please remember to bring:

  • Your one-time $8 cash fee (admin fee + CSA donation to Just Food)
  • Sturdy bags to bring your produce home

WHAT’S IN THE BOX:

Baby Arugula – This baby arugula is extremely tender. It has already been washed once, but we recommend washing it once more when you get home. Just be gentle and don’t let it soak in water for more than 30 seconds. Try a light vinaigrette (recipe below). The leaves are so tender that they will bruise very easily and a heavy dressing will overpower its delicate flavor.  Storage: In the bag it comes in. Uses: Best Raw When to use: Right away! Within 3 days

Spring Salad Mix – This is Farmer’s Matt’s custom mix of 7 lettuce varieties. Just like the baby arugula, these leaves are tender and are best dressed with a light vinaigrette. Storage: In the bag it comes in. Uses: Best Raw When to use: Right away! Within 3 days

Red Kale – This is my favorite kale variety because the leaves are tender and it works well cooked and raw in salads. The key to kale (and a few other cooking greens) is to REMOVE & DISCARD THE STEM! Fine Cooking has an excellent photo tutorial and video to teach you how to easily do this. Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw (Salad), Cooked or Juiced When to use: Within 5 days

Green Boston Lettuce – A early season favorite. This is also known as “butter” lettuce because the leaves are so soft. Again, don’t use a heavy dressing on this lettuce.  Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Best Raw When to use:Within 5 days.

Red Boston Lettuce -A pretty red-leafed variety.  Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Best Raw When to use:Within 5 days.

Bok Choi – We have just a few small heads of bok choi to harvest for each member. Unfortunately our first planting did not germinate well. We think this was due to the heavy rain a few days after seeding. We did have enough for a few small heads for each member, so a good way to use this amount is in a stir-fry with other veggies. I also like it chop thinly in salads. The whole thing can be eaten – leaf and stem. Just cut off the very base. Small brown spots on the stem are often only cosmetic and can be eaten.  Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked, Raw When to use: Within 5 days.

Bonus Item – Farmer’s Choice!

STORAGE NOTE:

The baby greens can be stored in the bags they come in. You should eat them first, before the head lettuce which will hold up in the fridge for a longer period of time. In general, greens should be stored in an airtight plastic bag or container. They “go bad” when they dehydrate, so never put them straight in your fridge. If you find that they have gone “limp”, a tell-tale sigh of dehydration, you can try soaking them in a bowl of cold water for a period of time. Often they will perk right back up again!

ADD ONS:
FRUIT SHARE – begin in July. Exact start date TBD.

LEWIS WAITE FARMS – Orders for first delivery are now open.  Deadline for orders TBA.

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MEMBERS ONLY U-PICK STRAWBERRIES

GEOF is opening up their fields to members only this year on the dates below. Tours will be on Saturdays at 2pm. If you are planning on coming with a bus, please contact the farm ahead of time!

  • Friday, June 10 from 10am-6pm
  • Saturday, June 11 from 9am-5pm
  • Friday, June 17 from 10am-6pm
  • Saturday, June 18 from 9am-5pm

Special CSA Member Price: $4.50/quart

U-Pick Guidelines
• U-Pick is open to current CSA Members and their guests ONLY.

• No groups over 6 unless everyone is part of the same immediate family or all current members.

• Please do not bring containers or bags to pick into. We will give you new quart containers for picking.

• NO SMOKING and NO PETS allowed on the farm property.

• Leave strollers and large bags in your car. They are not allowed in the field.
You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy relaxing on our lawn. Lawn chairs, blankets, etc. are all encouraged.

Drinks are available for sale in our farm shop, but no food.

Thank you!
Maggie Wood
Golden Earthworm Organic Farm
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Lewis Waite Farms: http://csalewiswaitefarm.com/register?csa=fc6f57e492f063c86abe88df66b02999

Do you have a favorite recipe using items from this week’s produce? If so, please share on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hunterspointcsa/

Speaking of recipes, GEOF’s website has tons of great ideas! http://goldenearthworm.com/cropswegrow/

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