Week 9 @ Flushing CSA!

Hello CSA members,

This week is a first for Golden Earthworm farm and the CSA – sweet organic corn!

NOTE: At the end of last week’s pick-up the CSA was left with 10 boxes not picked up. The site supervisor, volunteers and students waited past 8:00 pm for any last minute members to show up. While one member informed us that they would not be picking up and graciously donated their share, we were still left with 9 boxes. We would have liked to donate them, but were given no advance warning. Please – if you plan to go on vacation or will not come to the pick-up, please let us know.

We want to thank our volunteers last week for a job well done! We had a combination of returning and new members volunteering and they were great! A special thank you to Caroline and Shirley!

This week’s volunteers are Veronica, Tonya, Judy H. and Maria. The HS volunteers are Angelica and AnahiThe site supervisors are John and Larry.  

Egg shares this week. NOTE: BRING YOUR EMPTY EGG CARTONS TO THE PICK-UP AS LEWIS WAITE FARMS NEEDS THEM BACK. Please note that if you (or your representative) do not pick up your eggs, they will be donated to the HS volunteers. We cannot save your eggs.

Lewis Waite extras will be delivered this week. You can go online and order now for August 11, or any future week this season. Once you order, please pay online, as we don’t handle checks or cash. 

This week in the shares:  Sweet Corn, Walla Walla Onions , “Lovelock” Red Leaf Lettuce , Parsley , ScallionsSwiss Chard , Zucchini , Red Long Onions

If you are volunteering this week, it is absolutely essential that you read the volunteer directions below. The directions are slightly different than last year, so even seasoned members need to read!

2016 Volunteer Directions

Even if you are not volunteering this week, it is a good idea to become familiar with them so you understand exactly what’s going on.

From your farm:

I’m going to spoil the surprise and tell you right away how excited I am for the sweet corn in this week’s share!  Organic, GMO-free sweet corn is nearly impossible to find in stores and it’s super tough to grow organically, but we did it!  This is the first year we’ve been able to successfully harvest it in quantities for our CSA and there are a few more plantings to come.  You might find a little visiting earworm in the top of your corn ear.  Just cut it off and the rest of the ear should be perfect! Please be sure not to overcook it – see cooking instructions below. 

Walla Walla Onions – These are wonderful mild onions perfect in salads or you could make a quick onion marmalade. (My favorite- see recipe below!)
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days.

Sweet Corn – Just the best!  Here’s how to prepare it… Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.  Then shuck the corn (instructions here) by removing the outside leaves and the silks around the ear.  Discard these parts.  Once the water comes to a boil, place the corn ears in the water (either whole or break the ears into 2) and turn off the stove.  Cover the pot with a top and let the corn sit in the hot water for 3-4 minutes.  That’s it!  Remove with tongs and transfer to a plate.  My kids insist on lathering the corn with butter, but it tastes so amazing that I just eat it plain.  Enjoy!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Right away!

“Lovelock” Red Leaf Lettuce – Are you as obsessed with lettuce as I am?  After a winter of blah varieties in the supermarket, I just can’t get enough of the gorgeous leaf textures, colors and flavors of the lettuces we grow. This is my new favorite – a red leaf variety that we’re growing for the first time this year.  The heads are big and full and it’s sweet!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within 5 days.

Parsley I love the summery flavor of parsley in my salads.  It’s also great juiced or in pesto.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within 5 days.

Scallions – Slice in salads or grill!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days.

Swiss Chard – I’m finding lots of creative ways to enjoy this summer loving green.  If you have any winning recipes, please do share!  info@goldenearthworm.com
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days.

Zucchini  – It’s almost the end of this planting, so enjoy one more…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked When to use: Within 5 days. 

Red Long Onions – One of our favorite varieties of onions we grow. Enjoy cold in salads, or saute and add to your cooked meats, fish, or chicken.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days.

Recipes

Balsamic Onion Marmalade
Swiss Chard with Onions
Parsley Lemon Pesto

Bon appetit! xoMaggie
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