A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: OCTOBER 24th

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CSA DELIVERY WEEK 21

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.

End of CSA Season…Mark Your Calendars

A reminder that our program runs through week #25, which is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.


A quick note on dirt…

You know us, we love to wash your veggies so they’re squeaky clean when they get to you.  BUT, sometimes dirty is better.  Why?  Take these sweet potatoes, for example.  They are freshly dug, not “cured” for storage.  This means that the skins are thin and the washing cycle will cut up the skin and make them look pretty rough.  The dirt provides a protective coating during transport to you.  When you get them home, wash them off gently under running water and they’ll look beautiful like the potato on the left in the photo below.
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THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES:

Sugarloaf Chicory – This looks like a tall, pointy lettuce.  But it’s not lettuce, it’s a chicory.  The link here will take you to the radicchio page, and although it’s not radicchio, it’s a family relative and much of the info is the same.  The take-home here: This is an ever-so-slightly bitter green that works great as a salad cut thinly into ribbons and dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, fresh pressed garlic, salt & pepper to taste and cheese. A hard, nutty cheese (Parmesan works great) shaved on top balances out the bitterness.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.

Scallions – What do you think?  Did we plant one too many series of scallions this fall, or are you loving their fresh flavor added to all your dishes?  They’re going into my stir fry tonight!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Collards – Just like kale, collards are super versatile and super healthy. On a scale from 1 to 10, collards are off the charts in terms of nutrient content.  A cancer-fighting, immune-boosting powerhouse!  You can steam it, put it in soups, make a quiche, try one of the recipes below, freeze the leaves to use in smoothies in the winter….
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Sweet Potatoes – Dense, sweet, and full of flavor and nutrients.  Orange veggies are extremely healthy with their high levels of Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Super simple to prepare!  Wash them and stick them in the oven (350F) in a baking dish until soft.  Scoop out and top with a pat of butter (my choice) and salt & pepper to taste.  Drizzled with olive oil is good too.
Storage: Don’t wash until you’re ready to use them.  Keep them on your counter in a warm, dry spot. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Cilantro – You probably have your own favorite ways with cilantro.  I’m craving the sweet potato recipe below.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 3 days.

Japanese White Salad Turnips – They’re back!  Eat the tops too.  Don’t forget!
Storage: Store the greens and the roots separately in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within a week.

Baby Arugula – Baby, tender, delicious.  Wash gently and don’t dress heavily.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 3 days.

FRUIT SHARE MEMBERS:

Please remember just one bag per fruit share member.

  • 1 mixed bag of Jonagold & Gala Apples

RECIPES:

Shredded Collard Greens with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Collard Greens with Caramelized Onions 
Sweet Potatoes with Yogurt and Cilantro-Chile Sauce
Cilantro Chutney
Braised Salad Turnips
Mashed Turnips with Goat Cheese & Leeks
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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/

Join the CSA Member Group FB Page:   Please share your Recipes, Cooking Tips & other ideas for getting the most out of your CSA on our FACEBOOK CSA MEMBERS PAGE! 

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

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