A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: OCTOBER 10th

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CSA DELIVERY WEEK 19

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:

We’re so excited to see many of you this coming Sunday, October 15th at our CSA Harvest Festival!  For those of you who have not yet been out to see us (and the farm!) we highly recommend it.  The weather forecast looks beautiful and WARM!  Please be sure to bring a picnic and lawn chairs or a blanket.  There will be walking tours of the farm, a tractor demo at 1pm and ongoing cooking demos and kids’ activities.  Plan to arrive on the early side, around 11am if possible, to avoid traffic.  We look forward to seeing you there!  No RSVP needed.  Bring your friends!  – Maggie & Farmer Matt

HARVEST FESTIVAL – Sunday, October 15th from 11am-3pm
Bring your family and friends AND a picnic and 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 here on our website…

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:

Broccoli – I get asked about broccoli all season long.  When are we getting broccoli?  Now, NOW is the season!  I’ll be steaming this up with a touch of butter and salt.  The kids love broccoli like it’s candy.  I don’t argue.  Serve it up every night while you can!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Romanesco Broccoli/Cauliflower – It’s not a broccoli, but it’s not a cauliflower either.  It’s actually a flower bud that looks like it came from outer space!  Its pattern is a natural representation of the Fibonacci or golden spiral, a logarithmic spiral where every quarter turn is farther from the origin by a factor of phi, the golden ratio.  Cool dinner party conversation starter, right?  It can be steamed, roasted or eaten raw!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Japanese Salad Turnips – A member favorite back again this week. I like to roast these up when the weather turns cooler… Don’t forget to eat the greens.  Store the tops and roots separately to keep them fresh.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5days.

Long Green Peppers – Field clean-out!  We harvested every single pepper that was left in the field, so this is the very end of the peppers for the season.  Throw them in a ziplock in your freezer if you can’t eat them now.  They’ll be perfect to add flavor to stir-fries in the winter.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week or freeze!

Mustard Mix – These delicious peppery greens have been growing like CRAZY in this heat!  At this size, I like to wilt them, but they’re also fine for raw salads as long as you tear up the leaves into bite-size pieces!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 3 days.

Toscano Kale – This is a great kale variety for soups.  A pot of Tuscan White Bean & Kale soup is on the menu this week!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Scallions – Scallion pancakes are also on the menu this week!  These green onions are the last planting of the season.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Red Batavian Lettuce – These are so beautiful and flavorful.  Batavian is one of my favorite lettuce varieties.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the front of the refrigerator. Uses: Raw 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 Jonagold & Cortland Apples and Bosc Pears

(for fruit share members ONLY)


RECIPES:

Many ways with Romanesco Broccoli – Brit + Co
Tuscan White Bean & Kale Soup
Scallion Pancakes 
Roasted Salad Turnips & Greens with Orange & Olives

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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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