A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: SEPTEMBER 6th

 

CSA DELIVERY WEEK 15

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 :

Every Monday afternoon, Leah (one of our superstar farm employees) sends me a text message when she’s finished making me a CSA box to photograph for the week.  It’s usually ready by about 4pm, so I hike over the barn, open the box and figure out how to fit everything into my favorite flat-bottomed basket.  This week when I opened the box I had to laugh…because staring right back at me was an enormous bunch of swiss chard!  I know what you’re thinking….HELP!  I immediately called my dear husband, your farmer Matt, to asked him why on earth there is swiss chard in the box again this week!  I mean, come on!  I just finished telling people that we’re aiming to reduce the swiss chard appearances in the shares next year.  He’s making me look bad!  He assured me that after this week we’ll be moving on to other fall greens… Should we believe him?  I’m sharing a ton of new swiss chard recipes this week — see below.  Hey, our family eats from the box every week right along with you.  The kids needs something new to try, so I think I’m going for the frittata.  How about you?  Share your recipes on our new Facebook Members Page! 
 

Red Beefsteak Tomatoes – The plants are still producing, but we’ve noticed that they are definitely slowing down.  They must feel the chill in the air…
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.

Saladette/Cocktail Tomatoes/Cherry Tomatoes – We’re rotating through the small tomatoes so that everyone will receive either cherry tomatoes or cocktail size tomatoes over the next few weeks.  These little tomatoes take A LONG TIME to harvest by hand, so we need to space out their harvest when we have time in our schedule.  Thanks for your patience!
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/Cooked  When to use: Right away when deep colors.

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

Swiss Chard – Tons of recipes to keep it exciting below….
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use:Within 5 days.  

Red & Yellow Storage Onions – These will hold up well if you store them properly.  Perfect for everything!  Cooked or sliced in salads.
Storage: In a cool, dry place. Not in plastic – store in paper bags if you must. They need air flow! Uses: Cooked/Raw  When to use: Within a month. 

Red Beets – DO NOT DISCARD THE TOPS!  They are best part!  The beet tops (or beet greens) are a vegetable all on their own.  They can be cooked like spinach, chard or any other green.  Just rip off the stems and store the tops and the bottoms separately.  They’ll last longer that way.  How to cook the beet roots?  The easiest way is to boil them until tender – then slip off the skins once they’ve cooled down and you’re ready to use them any which way.
Storage: Store the tops and the beet roots separately in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked  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

Swiss Chard, Onion & Cheese Frittata
Curried Zucchini & Swiss Chard – Emilie of the Clever Carrot
Roasted Sausage, Swiss Chard & Cannellini Beans 
Moroccan Red Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard
Garlic Beet Greens
Roasted Beets with Thyme

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 Peaches & Nectarines

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SAVE THE DATE!

Golden Earthworm Organic Farm’s Annual Harvest Festival will take place at the farm in Riverbed on Sunday, October 16th from 11 to 3.  It’s open to all CSA members and their guests!  Farm tours, Q&A with your farmers, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, live music.  It’s a really lovely day of farm fun and an opportunity for you to see where we grow your food and connect with other members. Stay tuned for more details coming soon…
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Lewis Waite Farm

Delivery is September 13th. 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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