A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: AUGUST 1st


CSA DELIVERY WEEK 9 

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:

Potatoes are here!  We grow about a dozen different types of potatoes, all full of flavor and freshly dug for you.  This week we have our first early season variety called Red Norland.  It has red skin and white flesh.  Don’t peel them!  We wash them here at the farm, so they just need another quick wash and they’re ready to cook!  They cook quickly since they are so fresh and full of moisture.  Enjoy and let us know what you think!

THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES…


Red Potatoes
– This early season  variety is called Red Norland.  Freshly dug from the fields, these are super flavorful and full of moisture!  So they cook in less than half the time… Store them in the dark in a paper bag.  Use them right away!

Storage: In an cool, DARK place.  Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Sweet Corn – This is what eating with the seasons is all about!  We have a total of four successive plantings of sweet corn.  ‘Tis the season, or so they say.  Corn can’t be harvested any other time of the year — just in the heat of the summer!  It sounds like everyone is enjoying the bounty, but if it’s getting to be too much or you just want to save some for later, you’re in luck!  Freezing corn is pretty simple.  Here’s a good tutorial.  Thank goodness for bloggers!

Storage: Don’t store it — eat it tonight!  If you need to store it, keep it in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. OR FREEZE IT!  See above. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 2 days.

Swiss chard – The star summer green is back in this second planting. I agree with some other members who have been discussing this over on the CSA Facebook group…steaming is a great way to enjoy it!  Steam until tender, and season simply with olive oil (or butter) and salt & pepper.  I’m also going to include the French recipe below with pine nuts and raisins which is super delicious.

Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Parsley – I’ve been making parsley pesto.  Also so easy to add to all kinds of soups and salads.  Want to save it for later to brighten up your soups this winter?  Wash and freeze the whole bunch in a ziplock.

Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Cabbage – Win-win!  Cabbage loves growing in the summer heat and I love eating it in the summer heat!  Is a big batch of slaw in your future too?

Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Zucchini – This is the last of the planting.  Just one piece per share…

Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Scallions – Green onions are great in salads or on the grill!

Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw, Cooked. When to use: Within a week    

FRUIT SHARE
Due to the rainy weather this past week, the fruit farmer has decided that the blueberries are too mushy to distribute.  So he is starting with the peaches & nectarines a week early.  Please remember just one bag per fruit share member.    
RECIPES

Swiss Chard & Potatoes

Grannie’s French Swiss Chard

Parsley, Walnut Pesto

Spicy Coleslaw with Tahini Dijon Dressing

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

The fruit shares from Briermere Farm continue:

  • 1 bag of Peaches/Nectarines (for fruit share members ONLY)         

Fruit Share Pick-up Instructions:

The fruit shares are packed in bulk in plastic crates.  If you have paid for the fruit share add-on, it will say “FRUIT” next to your name on the check-in list.  The farm will send only the exact number of fruit shares for those who have this add-on.  There are no extras.  Fruit Share members 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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ADDITIONAL 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.  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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