A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: AUGUST 2nd

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CSA DELIVERY WEEK 10

Your shares will be available for pickup 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 sturdy bags to carry your produce home.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX / NOTES FROM THE FARM :

Happy August!  We’re harvesting our second planting of corn this week and the first of the tomatoes.  As with many crops, the tomatoes start out slow with just a few per member share, but we’ll be in the thick of tomato season before you know it, so get ready! 

Tomatoes – The first red beefsteaks of the season!  We’re enjoying these sliced up and drizzled with olive oil and a bit of salt.
Storage: On the counter until they are a deep red.  At that point, eat them right away or if you must, put them in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Right away when deep red.

Red Long Onions – Our onions are doing great this year!  If you want to save them to use later, just be sure to leave the stems attached and store somewhere cool and dry OR in the fridge.  They need airflow or they will rot. Don’t expect them to last too long, but a few weeks is reasonable.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.

Cabbage – I’ve been waiting all summer for cabbage to make my favorite coleslaw!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.

Green Beans – A wonderful summer treat!  Please note that these need to be refrigerated right away — you can store them in the bag they come in.  Also be sure to wash them before cooking. These are super fresh and should be steamed gently for just a few minutes until fork tender.  DO NOT OVERCOOK THEM or they will turn green-gray and taste mushy.  Watch them carefully and check them every minute or two in the steamer.  I love them steamed with butter (or olive oil) and a bit of salt, but there are lots of wonderful green bean recipes to try.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.

Sweet Corn – A half dozen for everyone!  Remember to eat these right away.  The sugar changes into starches the longer you wait, so cook these up for dinner tonight! Here’s how to prepare it… Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.  Then shuck the corn (instructions here) by removing the outside leaves and the silks around the ear.  Discard these parts.  Once the water comes to a boil, place the corn ears in the water (either whole or break the ears into 2) and turn off the stove.  Cover the pot with a top and let the corn sit in the hot water for 3-4 minutes.  That’s it!  Remove with tongs and transfer to a plate.  My kids insist on lathering the corn with butter, but it tastes so amazing that I just eat it plain.  Enjoy!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Right away!

Scallions – I think we may have planted a few too many of these.  🙂  This is the last of them… Slice in salads or grill!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.

Zucchini – We thought we had finished harvesting these last week, but there were a few more out in the field…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked When to use: Within 5 days.  

RECIPES

Green Beans braised with Tomatoes and Basil
Coleslaw with Yogurt Dressing
Roasted Red Onions
Sauteed Cabbage
Broiled Tomatoes

Bon appetit! xoMaggie

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PROGRAM NOTE: The fruit farmer at Briermere Farms has notified us that the start date of the Fruit Share will be the week of August 8th and run for 15 consecutive weeks.  Please mark your calendars accordingly!  We’ll be sending out more reminders as we get closer to the start date.

SAVE THE DATE!  Golden Earthworm Organic Farm’s Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, October 16th from 11 to 3.  Put it on your calendars!  It’s a lovely day with farm tours, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and more!

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Lewis Waite Farm

Delivery is August 2nd. 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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