Flushing CSA Reaches Halfway Mark!

Hello CSA members,

Believe it or not, we have reached the half-way point in the season! The farm is doing their fall planting already but we’re still getting great summer variety! Looks like we get another delicious watermelon this week!

We want to thank our volunteers and site supervisors last week for a job well done! Again we had new members and returning volunteering and they were great!

This week’s volunteers are Jasmina, Veronica, Nathan and Olga. The HS volunteers are Angelica and Anahi. The site supervisors are Taehoon and Larry.  

Just a reminder: Everyone who gets an egg share will get them 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 on those days, the eggs will be donated to the HS volunteers. We cannot save your eggs.

Fruit Shares 1 mixed bag of Nectarines & Peaches

Lewis Waite extras will be delivered this week. You should have received an email last week and and early next week for delivery this Thursday. You can go online and order now for next week, or any future week this season. Once you order, please pay online, as we don’t handle checks or cash. 

There will be 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!

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. Please note we are in the process of revising the volunteer directions so they’re easier to follow. It is a work in progress, so please be patient.

In the shares this week: WatermelonSwiss Chard Lettuce – Green Batavian and Red Leaf, Cucumbers,Tomatoes , Zucchini/Summer Squash
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What’s in the share information from Maggie at Golden Earthworm Farm

This week marks the half-way point of our CSA growing season.  We hope you’ve been enjoying all of the delicious food we’ve grown for you so far.  The second half of the season brings more yummy produce, including the return of cooking greens, root veggies, and a wonderful array of cool-season delights like sweet potatoes and winter squash!
Watermelon Another planting is ready for harvest this week!  The color will be a surprise- some are yellow and some are red.  We’ll try to get the yellow ones in everyone’s share some time over the next couple weeks.  We do our best to be as fair as possible!  🙂

Storage: In the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within the week. 

Swiss Chard – Our late summer chard planting is coming in now.  If it’s been too hot to think about cooking chard, these cooler evenings should get you in the mood.  The Huffington Post article (link in the recipe section below) has some great recipe ideas.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.Uses: Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days. 

Lettuce Green Batavian and Red Leaf
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within 5 days. 

Cucumbers – This is our final cuke planting of the season. They’ll be gone by the time school starts…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within 5 days. 

TomatoesMore tomatoes this week!  Our plants are so healthy and they’re producing like crazy.  We’ll have tomatoes well into September if the weather cooperates.  If they’re too much for you to use in a given week, try preserving them!
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.

Zucchini/Summer Squash – 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. 

Recipes

Great Swiss Chard Recipes from The Huffington Post
How to Freeze Tomatoes
Other Ideas to Preserve Tomatoes

Bon appetit! xoMaggie
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