Flushing CSA (Week 7)!

There’s an old joke about zucchini – people who grow it end up with so much they resort to steathly sneaking it onto neighbor’s doorsteps and running away… we hope you aren’t at that point! Check our social media as well as the farm’s for usage ideas. And don’t worry, those are cucumbers this week.

We want to thank our volunteers and site supervisors last week for a job well done! A special shoutout to Nathan, Alexis nephew, and Kate for filling in at the last minute. 

Also a huge thank you to our member Vanessa for the awesome tour of the farm at Queens Botanical Garden. While

This week’s volunteers are:

Shift 1 (4:45-6:30 PM)
Larry Leung, Jiamei Huang, Nora Gamer
Shift 2 (6:30-8:15 PM)
Judy Chang, Martha Ma
We need volunteers to help fill in extra slots  – we have a a number of volunteer slots open right now due to cancellations or members who have not signed up for their volunteer commitment. If you can help out, please go onto http://signup.com/go/GWaXij  email, call or speak to Larry or Dionne, our volunteer coordinators.

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. The new bags are half-price –  only $5!  

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.

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 Events

Check out our (or Just Food’s) Facebook for some cool upcoming JF events.

This week in the shares: 

Green Cabbage – This is a fresh eating green cabbage, which means that it is full of flavor and moisture!  Cabbage can be enjoyed in so many ways – in slaws, stuffed and baked, in soups, salads…Try one of our great recipes this week.
StorageIn an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Green AND Red Batavian Lettuce – This wonderful variety of lettuce grows pretty well in the heat of the summer.  It is sturdy and crunchy like Romaine, but it has a slightly softer leaf texture.  It’s my favorite lettuce variety of all!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw. When to use: Within a week.

Basil – This may be the last week of basil for the season.  If you don’t want to use it fresh this week, puree it with olive oil and pop it in a jar in the freezer for use later in the year.  
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw or cooked.When to use: Within 3 days.

Carrots – You’ve been waiting for them patiently and here they are!  Wonderful, freshly dug carrots.  I know, they are sweeter than candy… Remove the roots from the tops before you store them in your fridge.  I don’t eat the tops, but some people do…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked.When to use: Within a week.

Cucumber – This is the first week of harvests off our cucumber plants. They taste like summer to me…juicy, crunchy and sweet!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw. When to use: Within a week.

Cipollini Onions – These gourmet onions are also known as “Little Italians”.  They are known to be super sweet – delicious caramelized or roasted in dishes where their sweetness shines!   
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked.When to use: Within a week.

RecipesEasy Roasted Cipollini Onions
Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Tahini Dressing
Braised Cabbage with Carraway
Grilled Cabbage with Spicy Lime Sauce

What a difference a month makes!  Gone are the days of CSA boxes filled with greens…  The summer harvests are now in full swing with carrots, cucumbers, beautiful gourmet onions, basil and more!  Sweet corn will be coming in the shares in the next few weeks, potatoes by the end of the month, and tomatoes will debut in mid-August.  We hope you are enjoying the full experience of eating with the seasons!  In a world where everything is available to us in an instant, it’s a welcome change to pause and enjoy the unfolding of the season’s harvests.  Anticipation is good, and a reminder that patience is rewarded. 

Enjoy this week’s beautiful bounty!   xo Maggie
Tons more recipes, cooking tips and photos from fellow CSA members on our 

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