A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: JUNE 14th

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 have not yet paid
  • Sturdy bags to carry your produce home

WHAT’S IN THE BOX / NOTES FROM THE FARM:

We have some new greens this week in the shares… Next week we’ll start harvesting kohlrabi and possibly fennel and cabbages!  Click on an item below to see a photo and get cooking tips & recipes.
Swiss Chard –  This is a wonderful green that can be prepared in many ways.  I like to savor its flavor early in the season by steaming until tender and serving with some butter or olive oil and salt & pepper.  It’s also delicious sauteed with butter, pine nuts and raisins.  Kids love it that way!  See the recipe below.  Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. When to use: Cooked  Uses: Within 5 days 
Toscano Kale – When we have kale in the shares for a few weeks in a row, I recommend doing something easy – like baking up kale chips, adding a handful to your smoothie, or adding it to your soup. 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

Red Romaine Lettuce – I can’t get over the beauty of these Romaines!  If you came for a tour of the farm these past few Saturdays, you saw them growing in the field!  Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Best Raw When to use: Within 5 days.

Baby Bok Choi –  We harvested these in their true “baby” form.  Bok choi has not done well for us this spring.  Our first planting was largely lost to an unknown cause after excellent germination.  This second seeding had terrible weed competition under the row covers (which protect them from flea beetles).  So we’re cutting our losses and harvesting them now before they become lost under the sea of weeds.  More bok choi to come in the fall.  Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days.

“BONUS BUNCH” Cilantro – We planted a lot of cilantro this year.  Over planting is always a good idea in case a crop has issues.  But in this case, we’ve had a bumper crop!  So a little bunch for every share this week helps us use up what’s left in the field! Waste not, want not.  Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Best Raw  When to use: Right away! Within 2-3 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.

U-PICK STRAWBERRIES –  With a very small berry patch and a limited number of berries to pick, we could not open up U-Pick to the entire membership.  We thought that a first-come, first-served reservation system would be the most fair way to manage everyone, but I understand from the disappointed e-mails and phone calls that perhaps this was not the best approach.  Please understand that we’re trying our best here to make sure that everyone is treated fairly.  You will be happy to know that all members will receive berries in the veg shares at some point this month!  Thank you for your understanding.

STORAGE NOTE
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

Grannie’s French Swiss Chard – A kid favorite and a family favorite!
10 Ways with Bok Choi – from the kitchn blog
Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps – from our friend Emilie, CSA member and blogger over at The Clever Carrot

Bon appetit! xoMaggie

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STRAWBERRY PICKING!

These U-Pick spots fill up quickly, so please register if you are interested in picking strawberries at the farm.  This is the final week of U-Pick!

Again, please do not share these links on social media.  This is a private event for members only.

Friday, 6/17 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-17-csa-member-u-pick-strawberry-day-tickets-26037677394
Saturday, 6/18 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-18-csa-member-u-pick-strawberry-day-tickets-26037564055

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.

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Lewis Waite Farm

Delivery is next week, June 21st! 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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