A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: JUNE 7th

CSA Delivery Week 2  

Your shares will be available to be picked up 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 if you forgot last week
  • Sturdy bags to carry your produce home

WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
Green Curly Kale – This is a great variety for soups or for making Kale Chips.  (Recipe below) The key to enjoying kale 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: Baked (Chips) Cooked (Best in Soups) or Juiced  When to use: Within 5 days

Spinach  Farmer Matt grows the most delicious spinach you’ll ever eat! I saute this gently in a pan (until just wilted) and top with butter and salt & pepper.  Simple preparation lets the flavor shine through.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Wilted gently or Raw in a salad. When to use: Right away! Within 3 days

Cilantro – It’s one of those “love it or hate it” greens.  I happen to love it!  Here’s an idea…  Use the leaves in salads or in salsa or guacamole.  The stems are delicious thrown into a pot of black beans for flavor.  And when in doubt, make cilantro pesto which is super delicious!  (Recipe below)
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Best Raw  When to use: Right away! Within 2-3 days

Garlic Scapes – This is the top of the garlic plant and it’s a rare delicacy only harvested during a short window in June.  We remove this part of the plant to encourage the garlic bulbs to thicken up.  You eat the whole scape, but remove the flower bud (the small bulge on the thin end). They can be used in place of garlic in recipes, but they’re also delicious cooked in usual ways – like grilled until tender, roasted in the oven until tender, or thrown into the food processor and made into pesto!  You could combine the scapes with the cilantro and make cilantro & garlic scape pesto.  You’re only getting 2 scapes, because there is only 1 scape per plant!  We don’t grow very much garlic these days because organic garlic seed is hard to find and extremely expensive. Enjoy!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.   Uses: Raw, Grilled, Roasted  When to use: Within 1 week

Green Boston Lettuce – Boston lettuce, again?   This particular variety grows so well in the early season (and not again all year) that we aim to harvest it for you twice in June.  Enjoy the texture of the buttery leaves now, because hot weather lettuce is crunchy, not soft.  Part of the CSA experience is savoring the bounty as it’s in season, so enjoy this now before it’s gone until next June…
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.

Baby Arugula – One more week of this beautiful, tender green. 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

A NOTE ON STRAWBERRIES – We are just starting to harvest our beautiful, organic strawberries!  They are extremely labor intensive to pick, so we don’t have enough time to harvest them for every single member in a given week.  Instead, we will rotate through the groups so that everyone will receive them over the course of a few weeks.  Please don’t worry – we keep careful track of who gets what so that everyone receives their fair, equal share at the end of the season.  If you don’t receive strawberries this week, you will most likely receive them next week.

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!

Recipes

Foolproof Kale Chips – From OhSheGlows Blog
White Bean & Kale Soup – A family favorite
Cilantro Pesto – Wonderful on crackers, sandwiches & more
Garlic Scape Recipe Ideas – The Crisper Whisperer

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STRAWBERRY PICKING UPDATE
FROM MAGGIE AT GEOF

Hey folks!

We have limited berries for picking starting this Friday & Saturday and hopefully next Friday & Saturday. Matt and I walked the field this afternoon and decided to require reservations for picking so that we don’t get overrun.  Only members may register.  Please do not share this link on social media.  You will need the links below to reserve a picking time.

I just sent this to our Long Island members, and spots are filling up fast.  I’ll send out another e-mail next week with a link to register for the following Friday & Saturday.

RESERVATION DETAILS
– Reservations must be made for a 2-hour window.
– There is a maximum of 6 tickets per CSA shareholder reservation. (Members are allowed to bring guests, but no more than 6 in the group, total.)
– Children need tickets too!  You must have one ticket for everyone showing up at the farm. (Ok, infants who can’t walk don’t count!)
– There will be a limit of 1 quart per ticket.
– Reservations are free, but each picked quart is $4.50 payable in CASH ONLY at the farm.
– 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.

RESERVE TICKETS FOR JUNE 10& JUNE 11
CLICK HERE TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR Friday, June 10th or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-10-csa-member-u-pick-strawberry-day-tickets-25889766990
CLICK HERE TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR Saturday, June 11th or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-11-csa-member-u-pick-strawberry-day-tickets-25912327469

Thank you!
Maggie Wood
Golden Earthworm Organic Farm

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Lewis Waite Farm

Delivery is tomorrow, June 6th! Future deliveries will be made every other Tuesday to Alewife.  LWF strongly encourages orders to be placed by the Thursday (midnight) before the following delivery date.  

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras program strives to connect small farms and producers to consumers within our region. We offer a single platform for you to gain access to a wide variety of farm fresh, all natural, artisanal, and organic products. Between our Extras service and your CSA share, you can eliminate (at least greatly reduce!) the weekly trip to the grocery store.
We partner with small, family run operations. If you have questions, we can ask the person who grew or made your food. Our producers take great pride in their products, and we take pride in offering them to you. Orders are placed via our online platform. You pay as you go, and order only what you want. Free delivery to your CSA!
Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras can offer you pasture raised meat and poultry (10 kinds of meat), fresh eggs and bread, grass fed butter, yogurt and ice cream, artisan cheese from sheep, goat or cows’ milk, including aged raw milk cheeses. We offer many pantry staples, too, all local and naturally made: granola, fresh stone-ground organic flour, dried organic beans and grains, natural jams and chutneys, natural sweeteners, locally roasted organic coffee, sugar free apple sauces, and more. You can see a complete list on our website, www.csalewiswaitefarm.com.

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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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