A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: SEPTEMBER 12TH

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CSA DELIVERY WEEK 15

*HELP NEEDED!*
WE ARE CURRENTLY SHORT ONE VOLUNTEER FOR TOMORROW’S PICKUP SHIFT (4:45PM – 7:15PM).  IF YOU CAN ASSIST, PLEASE CONTACT TILOMA.  FOR MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR TWO VOLUNTEER SHIFTS THIS SEASON, PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING OUT TOMORROW.

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:

The mighty leek, the first harvest of winter squash…the tastes of fall are here!  Please remember that the winter squash are for eating, not just for decoration!  I’ll always remember visiting a friend (and CSA member) around Halloween one year and seeing all of the winter squash we had distributed over the course of a few months sitting on her front porch.  She had no idea she could eat it. (Apparently she never read the newsletter!)  Please eat the acorn squash this week.  It’s not meant for storage and it won’t last long on the counter.  Enjoy!

SAVE THE DATE!
Bring your family and friends to visit the farm on Sunday, October 15th from 11am-3pm. You’ll have an opportunity to tour the fields, learn how we grow your food, watch cooking demonstration, enjoy kids’ activities and more!  More details to come…

JOIN THE CSA MEMBER GROUP!   Please share your Recipes, Cooking Tips & other ideas for getting the most out of your CSA on our FACEBOOK CSA MEMBERS PAGE!  (It’s a private group.)

 
THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES:

Acorn Squash –  As I mentioned above, these winter squash are for eating! You can keep them on your counter for about a week as decoration — no longer than that!  They are not the storage variety, so they will deteriorate in quality after a little while. Try the tutorial below for roasted acorn squash.  Don’t be afraid– they’re pretty easy to cut in half with a large, sharp knife once you remove the stem.  They are delicious roasted.  Try it!
Storage: On the counter. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week

Leeks – Leeks are related to onions, shallots and scallions. They look like large scallions and you can eat all of the white parts and use the green upper stem in stock.  How to prepare leeks — Step-by-step photo tutorial from David Lebovitz.  
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Cherry OR Red Tomatoes – The tomato season will be wrapping up in the next few weeks.  Until then, we’ll be rotating cherries and beefsteak tomatoes throughout the groups.
Storage: On the counter. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Now!

Romaine Lettuce –  This sturdy lettuce will hold its own with chopped veggies and a creamy dressing.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw. When to use: Within 5 days

Cilantro – So good in fresh salsa, soups, cilantro pesto…I’ve been waiting all summer for this second planting to come in.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 3 days.

Green Long Peppers – Wonderful in stir-fries.  They also freeze easily. Chop and store in a ziplock bag in your freezer.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week


FRUIT SHARE:

Please be sure to remove the fruit from the bag immediately when you get them home.  They should ripen sitting out on a platter or on a dry dish cloth.
Please remember just one bag per fruit share member.

  • 1 mixed bag of Gala Apples & Bartlett Pears (for fruit share members ONLY)

RECIPES:

Roasted Acorn Squash – with photo tutorial!
Braised Leeks with Parmesan
Cilantro Pesto
Simple Leek & Potato Soup

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FRUIT SHARE PICK UP INSTRUCTIONS:

If you have paid for the fruit share add-on, it will say “FRUIT” next to your name on the check-in list.  Fruit Share members may take one bag of fruit per paid fruit share.  If someone is picking up your share for you (a spouse, a 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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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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