Flushing CSA (Week 16): First acorn squash of the season!

Hello CSA members,
Our produce is easing into the fall. We will be getting our first acorn squash of the season.

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

This week’s volunteers are Miranda, Alexis, Teresa and Michelle. The site supervisors are Jamie and Larry.  There will be 4 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 this 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.
No egg shares or Lewis Waite extras this week. We thank everyone for bringing back the empty egg cartons. Lewis Waite appreciates it. All members should start to receive Lewis Waite’s emails. If you are still not receiving them, please let us know. Once you order, please pay online, as we don’t handle checks or cash. 

There are flower/herb shares this week.

This week we welcome back Spice Tree Organic spices.

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

We are offering an intern position of Media Director to our members’ families, specifically for those in the 10th grade and beyond. It would be a minimum of 5 hours per week and they could do this at our pickups. The position entails maintenance of our Flushing CSA website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Let us know if your child or family member is interested.

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, even last week, 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:   

Golden or 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.  

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.

Acorn Squash – These are just starting to come in…the first of the winter squash!  So it’s just one piece per box this week.  You can prep this in many ways.  I like to cut in half lengthwise and then scoop out the seeds.  You can either put these halves in a steamer and cook until the flesh is tender, or rub with olive oil and set the halves face down in a baking dish.  Sometimes I pour a few tablespoons of water around them and bake in the oven at 350F until soft.  Scoop out the flesh and season with salt and a little butter (or olive oil) and enjoy!
Storage: Winter squash should be stored at room temperature – and dry. Keep in paper bags or baskets out of direct sunlight and they will up to a month. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within a month

Romaine Lettuce – Crunchy and sweet!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within 5 days.  

Freshly-dug New Potatoes – Varieties will change through the week….yellow or red. These are unwashed so that they will store longer at your home. Please try to eat them within a week.
Storage: In a cool, DARK place Uses: Cooked When to use: Within the week.

Zucchini/Summer Squash 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked When to use: Within 5 days.  

Long Peppers
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked When to use: Within 5 days.   

FRUIT SHARE – 1 bag of Damson Plums. FOR COOKING ONLY!  Recipes
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And more news from Maggie of Golden Earthworm Farm
We’re just about a month away from our annual CSA Harvest Festival!  Mark your calendars and fingers crossed for nice weather!  Stay tuned for more details coming soon…
This week’s box is a little bit of this and a little bit of that!  We’re winding down our zucchini, squash, tomato and pepper season, so you’ll see the quantities greatly reduced.  And now the cooler season crops are starting….the beets this week are beautiful! 

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