A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: JULY 18th


CSA DELIVERY WEEK 7 

Your shares will be available for pickup on Tuesday 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.
NOTES FROM THE FARM:

This is the first week of the CSA Fruit Shares!  FRUIT SHARES ARE SEPARATE FROM VEGETABLE SHARES AND ARE NOT INCLUDED.  Unless it says “FRUIT” next to your name on the check-in sheet, you have not signed up or paid for the fruit, so please DO NOT TAKE FRUIT.  (See below regarding fruit share pick-up protocol if you paid for a fruit share add-on this season.)  It’s going to be a hot week, which our summer crops love!  This week we’re excited to harvest some beautiful Rainbow Swiss Chard, Walla Walla onions, the second planting of cabbage and some other delicious summer delights!

In other farm news, the resident raccoons have been helping themselves to the sweet corn in the fields.  GAME OVER.  We immediately put up an electric fence to keep them out!  We’re irrigating daily, cultivating our crops to keep the weeds out, and between CSA harvesting, we’re finding time to continue seeding our successive plantings in the greenhouse and maintaining and tying our tomatoes!  Stay tuned for a full farm update (with pictures) coming out later this week.

A quick note regarding the blueberries…  As you know, we had planned on including two weeks of organic blueberries inside the CSA Vegetable Shares this season. Unfortunately, the berry farm had a surprisingly early end to their season and are unable to provide us with the second week of berries for you.  We were very unhappy about this ourselves, as we had been working out the details with them since last winter.  Nevertheless, we are going to include an extra week of our own organic watermelons inside the Vegetable Shares a little later this summer as a replacement.   We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.  Please note that the blueberries arriving at the sites this week are part of the Non-Organic Fruit Share, not organic berries as part of the Vegetable Shares.   Please do not take any blueberries from the crates if you are not a paid Fruit Share Member.

Thank you so much!  We can’t wait for the melons coming in just a few more weeks…

Until then, enjoy this week’s sunshine and summer flavors…  xo Maggie

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THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES…

Walla Walla Onions – Another week, another fresh gourmet onion!  These Walla Wallas are the state vegetable of Washington, where they hail from.  They are juicy, sweet onions, perfect for grilling, caramelizing or eating freshly sliced and diced in salads.  Discard the tops or use them for making stock…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Beets – Beautiful, sweet beets for grating raw in salads or boiling and slicing.  They can be easily grilled too!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Swiss Chard – This is one of the few leaf greens that loves the heat of the summer.  It’s best cooked in all recipes – it’s really not meant to be eaten raw or used raw in recipes.  Its stalks are edible, but tend to take a little longer to cook.  In most recipes, we recommend giving the stems a head start cooking and then adding the leaves a few minutes later. Try Grannie’s Chard recipe below if you are a chard newbie, or if you think you don’t like it.  It’s divine and even my kids gobble it up!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Green Cabbage – This is a fresh eating green cabbage, which means that it is full of flavor and moisture!  Cabbage can be enjoyed in so many ways – in slaws, stuffed and baked, in soups, salads…Try one of our great recipes this week.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Red Batavian Lettuce – This wonderful variety of lettuce grows pretty well in the heat of the summer.  It is sturdy and crunchy like Romaine, but it has a slightly softer leaf texture.  It’s my favorite lettuce variety of all!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw. When to use: Within a week.

Parsley – We love growing (and eating) parsley in the summer.  It’s a nutritional powerhouse and adds such fresh flavor to all sorts of dishes!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Cucumber – They are starting to come in nicely!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw. When to use: Within a week.

Summer Squash or Zucchini  – Still no word on the mystery with our zucchini and summer squash.  We did hear from many of you who are experiencing the same issues for the first time this season.  We’ll let you know what we can find out…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw, Cooked. When to use: Within a week

RECIPES

Grannie’s French Swiss Chard
Simple Swiss Chard & Potatoes
Roasted Walla Walla Onions with Pine Nut Butter
Simple Grilled Walla Walla Onions
Caramelized Walla Walla Onions
Raw Grated Beet & Parsley Salad

Tons more recipes, cooking tips and photos from fellow CSA members on our
FACEBOOK CSA MEMBERS PAGE!

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FRUIT SHARE:

As promised, the fruit shares from Briermere Farm begin this week!

FRUIT SHARE Pick-up Instructions
• Starting this week you will notice plastic crates at your site.  Unlike the vegetable shares which are pre-packed per share in cardboard boxes, the fruit shares are packed in bulk in the crates.

• If you have paid for the fruit share, it will say “FRUIT” next to your name on the check-in list.  We only send the exact number of fruit shares for those who have  “FRUIT” listed next to their name on the sheet.  For example, if only 13 people have a fruit share at your site, we send 13 portions of fruit.  There are no extras.

• Fruit Share members ONLY may take one bag of fruit per paid fruit share.

IF SOMEONE IS PICKING UP YOUR SHARE FOR YOU (A SPOUSE, FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND), YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR INFORMING THEM OF THE PROPER PICK-UP PROCEDURE FOR THE FRUIT SHARE.  IF YOU ARE NOT A FRUIT SHARE MEMBER, PLEASE REMIND THEM NOT TO TAKE THE FRUIT.

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ADD ONS:

LEWIS WAITE FARMS 
– Orders for delivery are now open.  Link can be found below.

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SWAP BOX:

GEOF provides us with extra vegetables to seed our swap box every week.  If there’s something in your share that you don’t wish to have, you can trade it for something inside our swap box.  If you don’t like your swap options, then you can simply donate your unwanted item to the swap box, or take that item home with you.  Please note swaps are to only occur with items inside the swap box and your own share.  Only items in their full quantity may be swapped.  For example, if the CSA share includes 5 carrots, and you decide to swap your carrots, you MUST swap all 5 carrots.  Please be considerate of other members and try to limit your swap to one item per week.

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Lewis Waite Farms: http://csalewiswaitefarm.com/register?csa=fc6f57e492f063c86abe88df66b02999

Looking for / Want to share – a recipe using items from this week’s produce? If so, please check out our Hunters Point CSA FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/hunterspointcsa/
Or the GEOF’s members recipe share FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/660605760780758/

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

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