A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

THE HAUL: OCTOBER 31st

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CSA DELIVERY WEEK 22

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.


WINTER CSA:

The sign-up for Hunters Point CSA members is online NOW!
We’re now accepting online applications for our CSA Winter Share.  Four monthly deliveries, December through March.  Sign up here…



NOTES FROM THE FARM:

What a storm we had on Sunday evening!  The rain and wind tossed around our produce in the fields, damaging some of the leaves and leaving things looking a little banged up.  We did our best to wash everything extra carefully today to remove as much soil as possible.  Please check some of the notes below regarding specific issues with items in the box.  Otherwise, we have a really lovely share again this week.  The radicchio is such a beautiful, rich purple color, and the savoy cabbage is such a treat.  More leeks for your fall soups and stews…. and kohlrabi!

THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES:

Radicchio – Just look at this beautiful vegetable!  The rich, purple leaves set against the white veins and stem.  It’s definitely one of the best looking veg we grow here.  Same as the Sugarloaf chicory last week… 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.

Leeks – I told the farmer to plant more leeks this season because honestly, onions don’t stand a chance in my kitchen when leeks are around.  Have you fallen for them too?
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Kohlrabi – This grows as a bulb just above the surface of the soil.  It has a great crunch and a nutty flavor that works well raw or cooked.  It’s super versatile.  Just peel and the rest is good to eat!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Savoy Cabbage – This cabbage is so pretty with frilly leaves which add great texture to dishes.  Great both raw in salads or cooked.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Red Kale – More of this wonderful variety of kale.  I haven’t pushed my stand-by kale recipe much, but if you’re still not a fan of kale, try this… Remove the stems (discard) and steam the kale leaves until tender.  This takes about 5 minutes.  Remove from the steamer and put the kale in a bowl.  Dress with olive oil, fresh crushed raw garlic and umeboshi vinegar to taste. (Buy the umeboshi or ume plum vinegar at Whole Foods or at your local health food store.  Use it sparingly, since it’s salty!)  Let me know what you think.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Cauliflower – The rain and wet weather has left some cosmetic brown decay spots on the tops of the cauliflower.  We didn’t have the heart to compost the whole planting, so we’re giving it out even though it doesn’t look perfect. You can easily cut it off, but eat it right away – tonight!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: NOW!

Parsley – This is a little known superfood! With high levels of Vitamin C and K, antioxidants and essential nutrients, it should be part of your regular diet!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

RECIPES:

Savoy Cabbage with Garlic & Ginger
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
5 Ways with Kohlrabi – from The Kitchn
Sauteed Kale with Kohlrabi
Oven-Braised Savoy Cabbage


FRUIT SHARE MEMBERS:

Please remember just one bag per fruit share member.

  • 1 mixed bag of Bosc Pears and Cameo & Mutsu Apples


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. 


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.


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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