Third winter share pick-up: February 16

Last month’s winter share was pretty varied – this month’s is a variation on a theme!
We will have our vendors on hand – Elisabeth of Sweet Williams Torte Shoppe and Doaa of Spice Tree Organics spices.  Elisabeth will have apple, plum and pear 4″ tortes that can be pre-ordered – please contact Elisabeth atsweetwilliamstorteshoppe@gmail.com or txt/call (646)483-8046.
2017 Season Sign-up
We’re delighted to be able to offer our winter share members an early sign-up for the 2017 full season! In addition to the Golden Earthworm share, we will also have early signup with a brand new vendor Goodale Farm for a share of eggs, dairy products and/or meat. Both contracts are attached and we will have copies at tomorrow’s pick-up. At the pick-up you may pay in cash or by check or credit card.
If you’re interested, Just Food posted this great deal:The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone By Deborah Madison is on sale as an ebook for $1.99 on Amazon for Kindle and on Google. 
Reminder: Pick-ups are in the rear basement loading dock of Town Hall in the winter, and hours are 5:30 to 7:30.
This month’s volunteers are: Caroline, Dorelle, Deslyn, John and Joyce
 
We will have our usual assortment of goodies for sale. 
 
And please, follow us on Instagram! @FlushingCSA and hastag your shares and recipe creations #FlushingCSA
What’s in the share?

Carrots –  Sweet and juicy.  This variety grows well in the cold fall and stores well as long as you keep the moisture in.  (See storage tips above.)  You do not need to peel these.  Just scrub the skin with a vegetable brush.  If you’re used to always peeling your carrots, you may find this unusual, but the skin contains nutrients that you don’t want to lose!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Juiced, Raw or Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Rainbow Carrots –  A beautiful rainbow of colors…and sweet too!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Juiced, Raw or Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Chioggia Beets – Also known as “candy cane” beets because of their color when sliced. 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Juiced, Raw or Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Golden Beets – Beautiful deep yellow/orange color.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Juiced, Raw or Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Red Beets – I love how these brighten up winter dishes! 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Juiced, Raw or Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Purple Top Turnips These are delicious roasted or in soups. 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Seeds are being ordered, greenhouses are being cleaned out.  It must be February because winter “break” is over and we’re getting ready to start planting for the upcoming season!  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy more of these delicious winter storage root veggies.  We have 2 different types of carrots and 3 different types of beets!  See you next month!  – Love, Farmer Matt, Maggie & the crew

A note on storage — Your root veggies will hold up for a full month AS LONG AS YOU STORE THEM PROPERLY.  Eat your greens (collards, kale and broccoli) first, within the first week.  They should be stored in an airtight plastic bag in the fridge.  The root vegetables should be stored separately from the greens, but they can be stored together, also in airtight bags in the fridge.  What do I mean by airtight?  Ziplocks are good, as are regular plastic bags that are closed/sealed well at the top.  The idea is to lock in the moisture so that the veggies stay fresh and don’t turn soft and limp.  Some members prefer glass containers to plastic bags – which is fine too, but just make sure that the lid seals properly.  Happy storing and eating!

RECIPES
 
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