Flushing CSA (Week 6)!

Hello CSA members,
Zucchini in June! What a treat, often we have had to wait to mid or late July for those. And the blueberries – how great were those? Please remember too, most vegetables are entirely edible – the greens from turnips, kohlrabi, beets, and carrots are all edible. Kale and collard stems are great additions to homemade broth/stock, the green stalks on fennel don’t cook up soft but do add nice crunch chopped into salads, etc.

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

This week’s volunteers are:

Shift 1 (4:45-6:30 PM)
Larry Leung, Alexis Lubin, Nathan (Alexis’ nephew) 
 
Shift 2 (6:30-8:15 PM)
Jay House, Kate Feuer, Nora Gamer

We are still looking for some high school volunteers if you know any teens with a service commitment to fill.

They’re here! Our new CSA tote bags will be available for sale tomorrow. They’re only $10! 

NOTE: If you’re not planning to buy a bag, please bring a bag with you to take your veggies (and other products) home.

Dairy & egg shares:

To those with milk (goat or cow) or egg shares: please bring your [rinsed] milk jars back, as well as your empty egg cartons, so Goodale can re-use them.

Fruit shares:

Fruit shares will start July 20th.

This week’s vendor: Sweet William’s Tortes

Our returning CSA member Elisabeth will have freshly baked plum and peach tortes tomorrow (farm fresh from S.Carolina..they are delicious! You may place an order today at: sweetwilliamstorteshoppe@gmail.com. Due to overwhelming demand, she will be accepting advance orders. The tortes are 8 inch $25 and 4 inch $6. Tortes usually sell out within the first hour of CSA pickup. Place your orders…don’t miss out!!

Notes to all:

Please remember to sign in! Occasionally a volunteer is distracted and forgets to insist, please try to remember yourself. Signing also reminds everyone exactly what you get which streamlines the process.

And please let us know if you can’t pick up your share. We will do our best to work out a plan for an alternate pick up time for you, but even if you definitely are forfeiting, please just drop a line (email, text, phone call, Facebook message, etc). We cannot hold/save your share for you if we do not hear from you by 7:59 – and yes we do check email and answer the phone all throughout pick-up hours.

Also if you notice anyone wander in off the street looking to buy vegetables, please direct them to the shift coordinator or to the volunteer table where we have flyers explaining what the CSA is, and how we work.

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!

Upcoming THIS WEEKEND:

This Saturday July 8th, our members have been invited to an exclusive tour of the farm at Queens Botanical Garden. We know many members simply cannot make it out to Golden Earthworm, so this is a great opportunity to see a working farm right here in Flushing. We will have a sign-up sheet available. This tour (which incl. Garden addmission) is FREE but you must sign up.

This week in the shares: 

Beets – We seeded these beets directly into the soil in April and they’re finally ready to harvest for you this week!  Don’t forget to separate the green tops from the roots and eat them both!  Boil the beet roots until tender with the skins on.  Once cooked, the skins slip off easily and you can slice up the beets and drizzle with olive oil, vinegar, fresh herbs and salt & pepper for a simple salad.  Beets pair well with citrus, toasted walnuts and soft cheeses (like goat cheese).  The beet greens can be gently sautéed with butter or olive oil and simply seasoned with salt & pepper.

Storage: Beets and greens separately in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw, Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.

Mustard Greens Salad Mix – Back by popular demand!  See?  You ask for it and your farmer listens!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a a salad. When to use: Within 5 days.

Green or Purple Kohlrabi – Quite possibly the most versatile vegetable we grow.  Slaw, sliced in salads, sprinkled with salt, eaten like an apple, braised, roasted, grilled, in soups….am I leaving anything out?  Just remember that it needs to be peeled!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw, Cooked.  When to use: Within a week.

Green Kale – It’s the healthiest vegetable on the planet, which is why we grow lots of it.  Food is medicine, and this is the best medicine you can eat.  So eat up!  Smoothies, kale chips, steamed and served over pasta with chickpeas…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw, Cooked.  When to use: Within a week.

Basil – Unless you have a killer basil recipe that you just can’t wait to make, I recommend whipping up an amazing batch of pesto and enjoying this delicious basil in all of its glory!  Nothing says summer to me like pasta (or zoodles) and pesto…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 3 days.

Zucchini Yellow & Green! – I’ve been slicing and grilling these delicious zukes all week long…  I’m guessing that a lot of you are going to make zoodles and pesto!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw, Cooked. When to use: Within a week

Scallions – I’ve been enjoying these grilled and sliced in my summer salads.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Fennel – One final week of the fennel…last week’s newsletter had a great caramelized fennel recipe.  This simple roasted fennel with parmesan is also a hit and it eliminates the “licorice” flavor when cooked…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

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