Flushing CSA (Week 3)!

Another week of delicious, crisp,  leafy greens and radishes too!, Please check the farm’s newsletter below to see what will come this Thursday .

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

This week’s volunteers are: Jeannie, JiaMei, Taehoon and Xiaomeng. The site supervisors are: Taehoon and Larry. 

Again some important information:

If someone is picking up your “box” on your behalf, we need to know in advance the name of the person picking up, and  the first/last name of the person they are picking up for. If you are sharing with someone, you need to let the volunteer at the sign-in table know who your share partner is – their first/last name. The volunteer will write your share partner’s name on a post-it and it will be on the box under the pick-up table.

We also ask that you email or call us with any concerns at the CSA’s phone number. Unless you need to reach us at the pick-up location at which time you may email or call one of the the core members – their phone numbers are in the Volunteer Directions. We ask that you do not call their personal phone numbers after pick-up hours.

If you are volunteering this week, it is absolutely essential that you read the volunteer directions below. The directions are different than last year, so even seasoned members need to read them.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.


Vendors

Goodale Farm

Members who have dairy and egg shares will get them this week as usual. While you had to order your share of dairy, eggs and/or meat, if you would like to order anything from Goodale Farm, send us an email and we will arrange it.

No on-site vendor this week. Next week Spice Tree Organics will return to sell their unique organic homemade spices. Elisabeth of Sweet William’s Tortes will return the beginning of July,. If you want to put in a pre-advance order, contact Elisabeth at sweetwilliamstorteshoppe@gmail.com

Online vendor Lewis Waite

You should receive an email later this week from Lewis Waite. If you would like to order anything from them (these are not shares, but rather individual purchases), please visit their site. The next delivery will be June 22nd. You order and pay them directly online via Paypal or send them a check. We do not handle payments to Lewis Waite. 

Fruit shares will start in July; It all comes down to what’s ready to be harvested at the perfect moment of ripeness. Be ready to be amazed!

You might also want to bring your checkbook, credit card or cash to buy an olive oil, almond butter, and sweet S & V jams. We will have them all season.  

Please be sure to sign-up for your volunteer hours if you haven’t already; you should have received an email from SignUp.com; Let us know ASAP if you have not. Please – it is important that you honor your volunteer commitment; it is part of the cost of CSA membership. As you know, we are an all-volunteer run organization and we need your to help run the season smoothly so you can enjoy your delicious organic produce and add-on items. If the hours are truly a burden, reach out to the Core Team – maybe you have another skill that could fulfill your commitment.

High School Student Volunteers

We are looking for High School Student volunteers who need to get credit and fulfill their community service requirements. The student must be 16 years of age or older. They will need to volunteer at our weekly pick-ups for the full season – June to November. Our site supervisor will sign their service credit forms every week and will provide a reference letter at the end of the season that the student can use when applying for a job or college. The high school term will soon be finished, so please let your family, friends and neighbors know about this opportunity.

Golden Earthworm Farm – Strawberry Picking & Farm Tours
 
Golden Earthworm has launched a new Member Portal on our website.  All important notices and program information can be found on this page.  In case members miss an e-mail or a social media post, everything will be archived here.  Please direct your members to this page so that they can easily find the information that may be looking for:  http://goldenearthworm.com/members/
 
We hope you had a chance to visit the farm for U-Pick Strawberries!  Contact the farm if you still wish to come during the month of June. Please check this page for full details and an explanation of the free U-Pick quart, etc: http://goldenearthworm.com/csa-portal-notices/2017/5/10/2017-u-pick-strawberry-schedule .
Your Core Team:
Caroline, Dionne, Emily, John, Judy and Larry

In the Shares: EscaroleGarlic ScapesParsleyBaby ArugulaRed Romaine Lettuce ,

From the Farm’s Newsletter:
Rain?  What rain?  This hot, dry weather has evaporated all of the moisture out of the soil and today we started irrigating (watering) our plants.  Crazy, I know.  Tasks on the farm in the summer go something like this….  Harvest. Transplant. Irrigate. Cultivate (weed). Seed. Stress Out! Repeat!!!  This week we have some fun new crops to share with you, including garlic scapes and escarole (looks like lettuce, but it’s NOT!).  Great recipes below…

Video/Pic of the Week
Washing our bunched greens in our stainless dunk tanks.  – video
Baby basil plants waiting to be transplanted out in the fields.  – pic

This week’s newsletter is short and sweet!  Hope you all have a great week!  xo Maggie

GOT TIPS? Please share your Recipes, Cooking Tips & other ideas for getting the most out of your CSA on our FACEBOOK CSA MEMBERS PAGE!  (It’s a private group.)

This week in the shares…


Escarole – It looks like lettuce, but it’s not!  To help you ID it in your box, it’s green with frilly leaves.  Escarole is a member of the chicory family, a slightly bitter green.  The inside leaves are light colored and have a more mild flavor, perfect for salads and eating raw.  You can enjoy escarole in a salad, gently cooked or in a soup.  It’s very versatile!  This is an extremely nutrient dense vegetable, high in folic acid, fiber, and vitamins A and K.
StorageIn an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw, Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Garlic Scapes – The scape is the top of the garlic plant– a delicacy you only get to savor for a few weeks each June, so enjoy! Remove the top head (the bulbous lighter part). The rest is edible. It has a distinct garlic flavor, but it is certainly milder than the cloves. You can cook with it as you would garlic, add it finely chopped into salads.  Better yet, throw it on the grill until tender!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Grilled/Cooked.When to use: Within a week.

Parsley – This herb is currently in rotation with our cilantro.  You’ll receive both herbs over the next few weeks as the different plantings are harvested.   Parsley is not just a garnish!  It is extremely healthy and great in soups, salads and juices! The parsley pesto recipe below is delicious.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 3 days.

Baby Arugula –  This is the next planting, so it is extremely tender.  Best eaten raw in a salad.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw. When to use:Within 3 days.

Red Romaine Lettuce – The Romaine lettuce loves the hot weather.  It’s crunchy and holds up well to heavier dressings and toppings.  Perfect for Caesar salads.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week.

Toscano Kale –  Yes, another kale variety!  This one is great for kale chips, soups, thrown in smoothies, anything and everything!
StorageIn an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw, Cooked. When to use: Within a week

Recipes

Parsley Pesto
Super Simple Escarole & Pine Nuts
Grilled Escarole & White Bean Salad
Roasted Garlic Scapes
Grilled Garlic Scapes – No recipe, just coat with oil and grill on both sides until tender.  Easy!

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