Flushing CSA Enters Week 19!

Hello CSA members,
 
The beets were a nice surprise veggie! The cool weather veggies are here to stay therefore kale and lettuce are back. Time for a nice salad or two.
 
We want to thank our volunteers and site supervisors last week for a job well done! This week’s volunteers are: Deslyn, Kate, Mark and Alexis. The site supervisors are Eddie and Larry.  The HS student volunteers are: Andrea, Emily, Vanessa and Marco.

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.

Egg shares and Lewis Waite extras this week. We thank everyone for bringing back the empty egg cartons. Lewis Waite appreciates it. Once you order, please pay online, as we don’t handle checks or cash. 
 
IMG_20160320_135215This week we welcome back Sweet William Torte Shoppe. Last week, we had neglected to mention to order your tortes with Elisabeth. While Elisabeth will bring extras with her, if you email her immediately you might have time to get your order in – sweetwilliamstorteshoppe@gmail.com

We have the new flavors of S & V Jams for sale – Mango, Pineapple and Kiwi, as well as many other flavors of jam, real NYS maple syrup, fresh pressed olive oil, almond butter and Moroccan spices. 

Once again, 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.IMG_20160320_180244

SAVE THE DATE! Golden Earthworm’s annual CSA Harvest Festival will take place at the farm on Sunday, October 16th from 11am-3pm. The details will be sent in a separate email to all the CSA members so be sure to check your inboxes. 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    
The details of the winter share have been finalized! 
***Please note that the vegetable share box is significantly smaller this year (with a lower price reflected).  Feedback from winter share members in years past indicated that the poundage was way too much to consume and that it was a negative aspect of the program.  The farm got the message and they’ve lightened it up!  ***  Anyone who would like more quantity should order multiple shares.  

Winter Organic Vegetable Share – 10 lb. box (nearly 1/2 the size as previous years) x 4 deliveries = $80
Winter Apple Share – 4 lb. bag x 4 deliveries = $26
Winter Cider Share – 1/2 gallon jug x 4 deliveries = $18

Winter Share Delivery Dates (Thursdays)
Delivery 1 – December 15, 2016
Delivery 2 – January 12, 2017
Delivery 3 – February 9, 2017
Delivery 4 – March 9, 2017

The Winter Share 2016-2017 contract is attached. 

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.

Mushroom Farm Fun – Monday, October 10 –  members are invited to pick mushrooms at Amy’s mushroom farm in Walkill, NY. The farm is open to the public. It is approximately a two-hour drive. There are other attractions in Walkill: antique stores, wineries which people can go to after mushroom picking. 

The farm location is:

201 Lewis Lane
Wallkill, NY, 12589

There is a bus in Flushing that will take you to Woodbury Common Outlet. A shuttle with limited seats will pick-up members. Contact Aurora for more information:347-586-7921. Also let Aurora know if you are able to carpool.

This week in the shares: 

Fall is here and so are our cooler season crops!  I’m so excited to reunite with kale and leeks in the kitchen this week. And more winter squash for roasting in the oven…

Napa Cabbage One of the most beautiful veggies to grace the shares.  I love the texture of Napa leaves.  Try one of the delicious recipes below…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked When to use: Within 5 days. 

Butternut Squash – Perfectly paired with this week’s leeks for a delicious, silky smooth soup.  See recipe below.
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

Leeks  – Perfect for soups or braised! See recipe below. They can be sandy inside, so be sure to wash them properly! 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked When to use: Within 2 weeks.

Red Kale – Kale is back!  You’ll remember this red variety from earlier in the season.  The leaves are wonderfully tender, so it’s a perfect variety for raw kale salads…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked When to use: Within 5 days. 

Red Boston Lettuce – A sweet, soft-leaf variety.  Go lightly on the dressing so the flavor gets a chance to shine! 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within 5 days. 

Farmer’s Choice Vegetable – Your farmer’s pick of the week to be decided…

FRUIT SHARE – Mixed bag of Cortland Apples & Bartlett/Bosc Pears

 
Recipes

TUTORIAL: How to wash leeks
Braised Leeks with Parmesan
Leek & Butternut Squash Soup
Fall Kale Salad with Apples & Ceddar
Roasted Beets with Sauteed Beet Greens

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