A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: NOVEMBER 1st

 

CSA DELIVERY WEEK 23

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 :

This is week #23 out of 26 weeks in this season’s CSA program.  That means that we have 4 more weeks of veggies to go…  We weren’t quite sure what was going to be ready to harvest for this week’s shares, but it turns out A LOT!  I’m super excited for the chicories, radicchio and escarole, oh my!  And the cauliflower heads are slowly growing, so you’ll be getting them either this week or next.

Farmer Matt is busy getting our fields cover cropped for the winter ahead.  And speaking of winter, if you just can’t imagine life without your local, organic farm fresh goodies (and you LOVE root veg), well, then you’d better sign up for the CSA Winter Share!  (Note: 2017 CSA Applications will be up for renewal soon, stay tuned!)

Moving on to what’s in the shares this week…

Radicchio – Radicchio is a leaf chicory with a spicy and bitter taste that mellows when cooked.  Due to its bitterness, radicchio pairs best with sweet, salty and acidic ingredients like oranges, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar.  Try one of the delicious recipes below!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked When to use: Within a week.

Escarole – Escarole looks similar to lettuce, but is actually a slightly bitter green in the chicory family.  A variety of endive, escarole tastes similar to radicchio.  Just remember that the bitter flavors mellow when you cook it.  Try this week’s recipe for escarole & white bean soup.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked When to use: Within a week.

Cauliflower – These heads are so sweet!  The crop is slowly coming in over the next few weeks (the heads grow at different rates), so we’ll be giving them out in phases.  If you don’t receive a head this week, then you can expect it next week!  Roasted cauliflower is one of life’s great pleasures…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within a week.

Sweet Potatoes – One of the last weeks of sweet potatoes. These are so versatile..they make a great quick bread for breakfast!  See recipe below.
Storage: In a cool (NOT COLD), dark, dry spot.  Uses: Cooked When to use: Within 2 weeks.

Leeks – We grow these for the shares in several successive plantings because we love using them in the kitchen!  They make a wonderful base for soups, gratins or braised on their own.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within a week.

Bok Choi –  Both the stalk and the leaves can be eaten raw, or cooked. Whether they’re stir-fried, gently steamed or added to soup, Bok Choi is easy to prepare and a nutritious addition to meals. Separate the leaves from the stalks, as the thicker stalks take longer to cook. Rinse well and drain, then shred or cut across the leaves, and cut stalks into small slices along the diagonal, saute with a small amount of water or chicken stock.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within a week.

White Salad Turnips – Both the tops and the roots are delicious on these turnips!  Another great 2-for-1 veg.  You don’t need to peel the roots, just wash them well.  They are surprisingly juicy and delicious raw or cooked.  Your choice!  The tops saute up quickly as a side-dish or in a stir-fry.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Separate the roots from the green tops.  They’ll last longer that way. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.  

Red Kale –  A great variety for raw salads or cooked recipes.  Fine Cooking has an excellent photo tutorial and videoto teach you how to easily remove the stems.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw, Baked (Chips) Cooked (Best in Soups) or Juiced. When to use: Within 5 days.

RECIPES

Traditional Risotto with Radicchio – Food52
Roasted Radicchio 
Escarole Recipe Tips – The Vegetable Butcher
Escarole & White Bean Soup in Parmesan Broth
Sweet Potato Quick Bread
Stir-fried Bok Choi
Kale Salad with Apples & Cheddar
Escarole & Radicchio Salad

 

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, Red & Golden Delicious Apples

***Please note that the fruit share ends the week of November 14th.  There are 3 weeks of the fruit share left!***

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WINTER SHARES  

Registration is now open!  Deadline is November 7, 2016.  Please click on the link for more information and registration:
https://hunterspointcsa.com/2016/10/20/2016-2017-winter-share-registration/

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LEWIS WAITE FARM

Delivery is November 8th. 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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