Watermelons for Flushing CSA (Week 12)!

Hello CSA members, csa

A lot of variety again – plus new red potatoes!

A special sweet treat this week – watermelon!

We want to thank our volunteers last week for a job well done! Again we had our great site supervisors and new and returning members volunteering – good job all! We especially want to thank Helen for filling in.

This week’s volunteers are Luz, Nicholas, and Lucy. The HS volunteers are Angelica and Anahi. The site supervisors are Taehoon and Larry.  

Fruit shares started last week for those that get them. It will be 1 mixed bag of apples and peaches.

There are no eggs nor Lewis Waite extras his week. NOTE: BRING YOUR EMPTY EGG CARTONS TO THE PICK-UP AS LEWIS WAITE FARMS NEEDS THEM BACK. 

There will be flower and herb shares for those who get them.

There is no table vendor this week.  

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! We are working on making the directions a little easier to follow, so please bear with us, it is a work in progress!

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.

What’s in the share:

WatermelonFresh, “New” RedPotatoes , Tomatoes , Spring Salad Mix (instead of cabbage pictured)  , Sweet Bell Peppers , Zucchini 

Farm news and what’s in the shares

from Maggie of Golden Earthworm Farm

We have another super hot, dry week on tap.  Farmer Matt and the crew are spending a considerable amount of time irrigating the fields to keep our crops alive. We’re also in a push to get all of the fall crops seeded and transplanted.  It’s a busy time, as always!  We hope you’re all enjoying the shares…this week’s bounty includes a sweet treat!

WatermelonWe’re so excited that these are ready for this week’s share!
Storage: In the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within the week. 

Fresh, “New” Red Potatoes  –These are freshly dug, beautiful new potatoes. You’ll notice that they cook much more quickly than potatoes you find in the store because they have a higher water content.  If you boil them, check their tenderness with a knife every few minutes to avoid over-cooking.  We noticed that some parts of the field had potatoes with some cosmetic skin blemishes (rough scab spots).  These can be removed by peeling in those spots.  But most of them look gorgeous, so no need to peel!
Storage: In a cool, DARK place.  Do not store in plastic bags.  Store in paper bags or loose. Uses: Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days.  These won’t store well – use them right away!

TomatoesTomatoes galore!  We’re hitting the peak of the crop this week!
Storage: On the counter until they are a deep red.  At that point, eat them right away or if you must, put them in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked  When to use: Right away when deep red.

Spring Salad Mix – This is Farmer’s Matt’s custom mix of 7 lettuce varieties.  Just like the baby arugula, these leaves are tender and are best dressed with a light vinaigrette.
Storage: In the bag it comes in.  Uses: Best Raw  When to use: Right away! Within 3 days

Sweet Bell Peppers The first of the pepper harvest!  I love these in a stir-fry.  Or you can just slice them up on a veggie platter!  Juicy and refreshing on a hot day.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked When to use: Within 5 days

Zucchini – The new planting is in!  I’ve been throwing these in everything…including chicken soup.  Delish!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked When to use: Within 5 days

FRUIT SHARE – 1 mixed bag of Apples & Peaches

Recipes

Fresh No-Cook Tomato Sauce
New Potato Recipe Ideas from the Guardian

Green Pepper & Tomato Salad

Bon appetit! xoMaggie
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