Fourth and final winter share pick-up March 9

Lots of root veggies again! Read Maggie’s Q & A section regarding the farm’s winter share.

We won’t have Elisabeth’s tortes or Doaa’s spices for sale but come to our annual Meet the Farmer event next Sunday, March 19th when all our vendors and farmers will be there! You should have received an email but the information is below. See attached flyer with the details. Please help spread the word; this is a public no obligation event, and a great intro to CSA for people who aren’t already members.

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.

We hope to see you in June!

Meet the Farmer event – Sunday, March 19

Come meet the farmers from our regional farm, Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, as well as the farmers from Goodale Farm, our meat, dairy amd egg supplier. Also present will be Lewis Waite, our online food purveyor vendor who provides all sorts of organic food items, and representatives from S&V Jams, Whitestone Honey, Spice Tree Organics and other add-ons we supply.This will be an opportunity to meet with and talk to friends, neighbors, and people in our farm to table community. There will be environmental speakers and raffles featuring healthy vegetable themed prizes. ​​

This gathering will take place at the historic Quaker Meetinghouse, located at 137-16 Northern Boulevard, across the street from Flushing Town Hall where we pick up our produce. Map here.

If you are available to volunteer at this event please contact us. This will count towards volunteer hours.

If you know anyone who would like to have a vendor table, have them contact us.

 Flushing CSA Membership Agreement 2017 Season

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 Flushing CSA Meat Dairy Egg Season Agreement 2017

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 Flyer-MeetFarmer-2017.pdf

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: Dawn, Tony, Cynthia, Dionne and Alexis

We will have our usual assortment of goodies for sale.

And please, follow us on Instagram! @FlushingCSA and hashtag your shares and recipe creations #FlushingCSA

Also this weekend will be the annual Just Food conference. Tickets are still available through Just Food Conference 2017

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.

Golden Turnips – These are actually heirloom Chinese radishes!  They are super beautiful and can be eaten raw or cooked.

Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked. When to use:Within 3 weeks.

Parsley OR Cilantro – Add a fresh flavor to soups, salads and super healthy in your juices!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked. When to use:Within 1 week.

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.

Beets  (Red, Chioggia or Golden) – 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.

Scarlet & 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.

Rutabaga Wonderful roasted or mashed.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Recipes

Indian Spiced Turnip Stew
Roasted Turnips with Herbs
Quinoa & Beet Veggie Burger
Greek Beet Salad

News from the Farm

Hey folks!  The seasons are colliding this week as we pack up the very last of our storage root veggies for the winter shares and tend to the tiny baby plants just starting their life in the greenhouse.  We hope you’ve enjoyed the roots this winter.  We’re going to close out the winter share by answering some questions that have been asked over the past few months.  We hope it’s helpful to hear a little more about what goes on behind the scenes here at the farm…  (Scroll down to read.)  Hope to see you all in June!  -Love, Farmer Matt, Maggie & the crew

Q&A WITH YOUR FARMER

CSA Member: What’s up with all the root veggies?  Why am I not getting greens in my winter share? 

Farmer Matt & Maggie: We “advertise” our Winter CSA as a roots-only share.  We harvest the roots through November & December and store them in our coolers to distribute throughout the winter.  This is how farmers (and pretty much everyone) used to eat in the “old days”.  The broccoli, kale, collards, etc. that you receive are bonuses.  If the weather cooperates and we have a mild winter, we are able to harvest these for the winter shares.  As you know, the first 2 winter shares had fresh greens in them – remember all that amazing broccoli?!  Then everything froze in January and we were back to all roots.  This week we are including some herbs to brighten things up!

CSA Member: What about potatoes and sweet potatoes? 

Farmer Matt & Maggie: We lost a good portion of our potato crop to leaf hoppers (destructive insects) in 2016.  Many farms in the Northeast faced similar losses. The ones we did harvest were distributed to our regular season CSA members.  The sweet potato crop faced similar insect damage and we did not have a large yield to distribute through the winter.  If you would like to share your thoughts and feedback with us, we would love to hear from you!  Thank you as always for your membership!

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