Flushing CSA Week 15: Cherry Tomatoes!

Hello CSA members,
We will get tomatoes again but the farm has noticed that the growth is definitely slowing down so the plants must feel a chill in the air…  And Swiss chard…again… Our farmer Matt has assured the CSAs that this is it. We will get fall greens in the upcoming weeks. Matt’s family eats the same produce we do, so they want a change too…

We want to thank our volunteers and site supervisors last week for a job well done!  

This week’s volunteers are Morita, Edna or Veronica, Darlene and Dina. The site supervisors are Yen Yen and Larry.  There are no HS volunteers this week. 

A note to all: please remember to sign in! Occasionally a volunteer is distracted and forgets to insist, please try to remember yourself. We have had a couple of folks forget in recent weeks and it causes stress as we wind down and count more cards than boxes left over. Also if you notice anyone wander in off the street looking to buy vegetables, please direct them to the volunteer tables where we have flyers explaining what the CSA is, and how we work.

Some newsworthy information from your farm, Golden Earthworm :

Mid-season Survey. You have the opportunity to let your farm know how you feel about the program. Please take a moment to complete Golden Earthworm’s Mid-season CSA survey due next Friday, September 16.  It takes less than 5 minutes.
Golden Earthworm’s annual CSA Harvest Festival will take place at the farm on Sunday, October 16th from 11am-3pm.  They will have cooking demonstrations, live music, kids activities, walking tours…the usual farm fun! This is an invitation to all CSA members and their families. We encourage you to get to know your farm and meet your farmers – Maggie and Matt.  The farm is out in Riverhead but it is a fun day and their are other activities you can take advantage of out on the North Fork of Long Island. If anyone is willing to carpool, please let us know.
Winter Shares – Golden Earthworm will be offering a winter share again this year! There will be the vegetable share and optional fruit share : apples and apple cider from Brieremere Farms.  There will be some changes to the shares, including a small share size (we heard that the poundage of root vegetables was too much for many members)..  Please send us your feedback and suggestions for the winter share.  We’d love to hear your thoughts as they finalize the program for winter 2016-2017. The farm will try to have all details ready by the end of this month.
Egg shares this week. We thank everyone for bringing back the empty egg cartons. Lewis Waite appreciates it.  Please note that if you (or your representative) do not pick up on those days, the eggs will be donated to the volunteers. We cannot save your eggs.

Lewis Waite extras will be delivered this week. We heard from some members who said they are not receiving Lewis Waite’s emails. Please let us know if you are not receiving them as we are following up with them. Once you order, please pay online, as we don’t handle checks or cash. 

No flower/herb shares this week.

Sweet William’s Torte Shoppe will be back again this Thursday. Elisabeth will be bringing the pre-ordered tortes as well as some extras to sell.  

We have new flavors of S & V Jams for sale – Mango, Pineapple and Kiwi. 

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.

This week in the shares:   

Red Beefsteak Tomatoes – The plants are still producing, but we’ve noticed that they are definitely slowing down.  They must feel the chill in the air…

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/CookedWhen to use: Right away when deep red.

Saladette/Cocktail Tomatoes/Cherry Tomatoes – We’re rotating through the small tomatoes so that everyone will receive either cherry tomatoes or cocktail size tomatoes over the next few weeks.  These little tomatoes take A LONG TIME to harvest by hand, so we need to space out their harvest when we have time in our schedule.  Thanks for your patience!
Storage: On the counter until they are a deep red/yell0w/orange.  At that point, eat them right away or if you must, put them in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/CookedWhen to use: Right away when deep colors.

Lettuce – Red or Green Batavian variety. Crunchy and sweet!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: RawWhen to use: Within 5 days.  

Swiss Chard – Tons of recipes to keep it exciting below….
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: RawWhen to use: Within 5 days. 

Red & Yellow Storage Onions – These will hold up well if you store them properly.  Perfect for everything!  Cooked or sliced in salads.
Storage: In a cool, dry place. Not in plastic – store in paper bags if you must. They need air flow! Uses: Cooked/RawWhen to use: Within a month. 

Red Beets – DO NOT DISCARD THE TOPS!  They are best part!  The beet tops (or beet greens) are a vegetable all on their own.  They can be cooked like spinach, chard or any other green.  Just rip off the stems and store the tops and the bottoms separately.  They’ll last longer that way.  How to cook the beet roots?  The easiest way is to boil them until tender – then slip off the skins once they’ve cooled down and you’re ready to use them any which way.
Storage: Store the tops and the beet roots separately in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/CookedWhen to use: Within 5 days.  

Zucchini/Summer Squash 
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 Peaches & Nectarines Inline image 1

News from the farm by Maggie:
Every Monday afternoon, Leah (one of our superstar farm employees) sends me a text message when she’s finished making me a CSA box to photograph for the week.  It’s usually ready by about 4pm, so I hike over the barn, open the box and figure out how to fit everything into my favorite flat-bottomed basket.  This week when I opened the box I had to laugh…because staring right back at me was an enormous bunch of swiss chard!  I know what you’re thinking….HELP!  I immediately called my dear husband, your farmer Matt, to asked him why on earth there is swiss chard in the box again this week!  I mean, come on!  I just finished telling people that we’re aiming to reduce the swiss chard appearances in the shares next year.  He’s making me look bad!  He assured me that after this week we’ll be moving on to other fall greens… Should we believe him?  I’m sharing a ton of new swiss chard recipes this week — see below.  Hey, our family eats from the box every week right along with you.  The kids needs something new to try, so I think I’m going for the frittata.  How about you?  Share your recipes on our new Facebook Members Page! 

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