A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: OCTOBER 11th

 

CSA DELIVERY WEEK 20

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 have a fantastic share this week!  When the weather turns chilly, the kitchen calls me in…

Arugula – Baby arugula for everyone this week!  The leaves are extremely tender, so please wash gently and dress lightly so the flavor can shine!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within 5 days.  

Fennel – Back again for our fall harvest, fennel has a distinct flavor that mellows and practically disappears when cooked.  It’s my favorite secret ingredient in soup – including tonight’s white bean and vegetable soup that the family can’t get enough of…  Here’s how to prep fennel.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked When to use: Within a week.

Parsley – A must in soups, or try parsley pesto.  My mom told me that you can pull off the leaves and place them directly in a ziplock bag in the freezer.  This way, you can just pull out a handful of frozen leaves and throw them in your soups to brighten up flavors all winter.  Genius!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked When to use: Within a week or FREEZE.

Onions – Bring them on!  I’m using up onions like crazy in all my fall soups!
Storage: In a dry, dark and cool place. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within a month.

Butternut Squash – One more week, and probably the last of the squash for the season.  These butternuts should keep pretty well on your counter, but I usually bake them up in batches and scrape the flesh into ziplock bags to store in the freezer.  Pull them out for soups and purees all winter long.
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: Cooked  When to use: Within a month.

Sweet Potatoes – The kids can’t get enough of these!  You may notice some cosmetic skin damage – see photo below.  The flesh inside is perfect, so just peel it off!
Storage: In a dry, dark and cool (NOT COLD) place – 55F-65F. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within 2 weeks.

Green Kale – Try this type steamed and then seasoned with fresh crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil and umeboshi (ume plum) vinegar OR in place of the umeboshi, lemon juice & salt.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked When to use: Within a week.

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

Roasted Fennel with Parmesan
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Baked Sweet Potato Falafels with cumin & 
Thyme roasted Sweet Potatoes

Another Parsley Pesto


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.

  • Mixed bag of Bosc Pears, Empire & Red Delicious Apples

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Please note this cosmetic skin damage that you may find on your sweet potatoes.  Nothing bums out your farmers more than damage to crops that we work so hard to grow.  Luckily (and we’re always looking for that silver lining), the damage seems to be just on the surface of the skin, and as you can see, the inside is perfect!

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WINTER SHARES  – WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!  

Please let us know if you would like to participate (or not) by October 15th.  ***Please note that our vegetable share box is significantly smaller this year (with a lower price reflected).  Feedback from winter share members in years past indicated that the poundage was way too much to consume and that it was a negative aspect of the problem.  We got the message and we’ve lightened it up!  Please make sure that your members know this.***  Anyone who would like more quantity should order multiple shares.

Winter Organic Vegetable Share – 10 lb box (nearly 1/2 the size as previous years) x 4 deliveries = $80
Winter Apple Share – 4 lb bag x 4 deliveries = $26
Winter Cider Share – 1/2 gallon jug x 4 deliveries = $18

Winter Share Delivery Dates (Tuesday or Thursday depending on your site.  We have linked up with the deliveries from Lewis Waite Farms on Tuesdays.)
Delivery 1 – December 13 & 15
Delivery 2 – January 10 & 12
Delivery 3 – February 7 & 9
Delivery 4 – March 7 & 9

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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 October 11th. 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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