A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: SEPTEMBER 13th

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CSA DELIVERY WEEK 16

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 :

We’re just about a month away from our annual CSA Harvest Festival!  Mark your calendars and fingers crossed for nice weather!  Stay tuned for more details coming soon…

This week’s box is a little bit of this and a little bit of that!  We’re winding down our zucchini, squash, tomato and pepper season, so you’ll see the quantities greatly reduced.  And now the cooler season crops are starting….the beets this week are beautiful!

Golden or 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/CookedWhen to use: Within 5 days.  

Saladette/Cocktail Tomatoes/Cherry Tomatoes – *Note that the green (red tinged) oblong variety is RIPE WHEN STILL GREEN!  It’s a variety called “Lucky Tiger” and it’s super sweet and ready to eat now!  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/CookedWhen to use: Right away when deep colors.

Acorn Squash – These are just starting to come in…the first of the winter squash!  So it’s just one piece per box this week.  You can prep this in many ways.  I like to cut in half lengthwise and then scoop out the seeds.  You can either put these halves in a steamer and cook until the flesh is tender, or rub with olive oil and set the halves face down in a baking dish.  Sometimes I pour a few tablespoons of water around them and bake in the oven at 350F until soft.  Scoop out the flesh and season with salt and a little butter (or olive oil) and enjoy!
Storage: Winter squash should be stored at room temperature – and dry. Keep in paper bags or baskets out of direct sunlight and they will up to a month. Uses: CookedWhen to use: Within a month

Romaine Lettuce – Red or Green Batavian variety. Crunchy and sweet!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: RawWhen 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.

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

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

RECIPES

Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges & Beet Greens
Acorn Squash – 10 ways to enjoy
Roasted Potatoes with Garlic, Lemon & Oregano

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.

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SAVE THE DATE!

Golden Earthworm Organic Farm’s Annual Harvest Festival will take place at the farm in Riverhead 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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