A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: AUGUST 30th

 

CSA DELIVERY WEEK 14

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 :

Thank you for all of the awesome feedback in our Mid-season CSA Survey! Farmer Matt and I spent part of the weekend reading through EVERY SINGLE COMMENT and we’ll be sending out an e-mail with our responses/answers to some of the most frequently asked questions later this week!  We really appreciate you taking the time to respond and we’re ready to make changes to our 2017 program based on your suggestions!  So thank you again…

Some of you asked why you receive “repeat” boxes during the summer.  Well, we can blame it on the plants!  Unlike lettuce or carrots where we harvest the whole plant, crops like zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers produce week after week (often for 4-6+ weeks) until they’re done. In other words, it’s like a running faucet.  We can’t turn it off for a week to give you a break….the plants keep on going!  Part of the CSA Membership experience is eating with the seasons, and sometimes that means that you eat the same things for multiple weeks when it’s in season.  You’re finding yourself in the same position as farmers have found themselves in for eons….cukes, zukes and tomatoes coming out of your ears, right?  I have 25 tomatoes staring back at me on the kitchen windowsill right now.  I can relate!  So, what can you do?  My first suggestion is to FREEZE.  Tomatoes can be frozen whole in a ziplock bag.  10 seconds, done.  Peppers freeze beautifully as well.  Zucchini can be shredded and frozen too.  (Just remember that frozen veg will need to be cooked when defrosted.  It will be perfect for soups, stews, sautes, etc. Just don’t expect the texture to be anything like it is before you freeze it….)  For some reason I’m keeping up with the cukes.  Probably because I like to snack on them while I’m sitting in front of the computer…like right now.  As a last resort, you can give some of your excess produce away! You could make your friends and neighbors very happy…

Red Beefsteak Tomatoes – Try salsa, sauce, tomato sandwiches, tomato salads (see recipe below), or just stick in a bag and freeze for the winter!
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/CookedWhen to use: Right away when deep red.

Mixed Saladette/Cocktail Tomatoes – These are new for us this year.  They are referred to as “saladette” tomatoes – much smaller than beefsteaks and just a touch larger than cherry tomatoes.  I’ve fallen for their delicate flavor and thin skins.  They’re also beautiful!  Yellows, oranges and reds….
Storage: On the counter until they are a deep red/yell0w/orange.  At that point, eat them right away or if you must, put them in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/CookedWhen to use: Right away when deep colors.

Watermelon – This is the final week of watermelons… we’ve had a great run of it, right?  The hot, dry summer (with lots of irrigation) has created the perfect growing conditions for these beauties….  enjoy their sweetness as you say goodbye to summer….
Storage: In the refrigerator. Uses: Raw.  When to use: Within the week.  

Lettuce – Red Batavian variety.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw.  When to use: Within 5 days.  

Freshly-dug New Potatoes – Varieties will change through the week….yellow or red. These are unwashed so that they will store longer at your home. Please try to eat them within a week.
Storage: In a cool, DARK place.  Uses: Cooked.  When to use: Within the week.

Green Bell Peppers – Try some stuffed peppers this week…or sliced raw for snacks or salads.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw/Cooked.  When to use: Within 5 days.  

Cucumbers 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw.  When to use: Within 5 days.  

Zucchini/Summer Squash 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked.  When to use: Within 5 days.  

RECIPES

Summer Tomato Salad with Tangled Herbs – Emilie of The Clever Carrot
Stuffed Green Peppers (with beef) – A Betty Crocker recipe link?  Yes, but it’s a good basic guide for this traditional recipe.
Vegetarian (Mexican style) Stuffed Green Peppers
New Potato Salad with Eggs & Mustard Seed

Bon appetit! xoMaggie

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HOORAY FOR FRUIT SHARES!
Please remember to only pickup a fruit share if you have already registered, paid, and it says “FRUIT” next to your name on the check-in sheet.

  • 1 mixed bag of Apples & Pears

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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 30th. 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/

OR…  Try GEOF’s new Community Facebook page! Share recipes, cooking tips, thoughts about your shares…find friends, build community! Post away!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/660605760780758/

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

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