Flushing CSA (Week 10)!

Last week we forgot to mention corn was coming – we hope everyone was pleasantly surprised. And hopefully you are ready for more! 
We want to thank our volunteers and site supervisors last week for a job well done! And thank you and welcome to our new volunteer intern – Christina Chan.

This week’s volunteers are:

Shift 1 (4:45-6:30 PM)
Larry Leung, Alexis Lubin  
Shift 2 (6:30-8:15 PM)
Judy Chang, Jessica Colon
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 & meat shares:

To those who are getting a meat share, they will be delivered tomorrow.

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 continue for those that get them. One bag of peaches/nectarines per share.

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 Events

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

This week in the shares: 

Red Potatoes – This early season  variety is called Red Norland.  Freshly dug from the fields, these are super flavorful and full of moisture!  So they cook in less than half the time… Store them in the dark in a paper bag.  Use them right away!
Storage: In an cool, DARK place.  Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Sweet Corn – This is what eating with the seasons is all about!  We have a total of four successive plantings of sweet corn.  ‘Tis the season, or so they say.  Corn can’t be harvested any other time of the year — just in the heat of the summer!  It sounds like everyone is enjoying the bounty, but if it’s getting to be too much or you just want to save some for later, you’re in luck!  Freezing corn is pretty simple.  Here’s a good tutorial.  Thank goodness for bloggers!
Storage: Don’t store it — eat it tonight!  If you need to store it, keep it in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. OR FREEZE IT!  See above. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 2 days.

Swiss chard – The star summer green is back in this second planting. I agree with some other members who have been discussing this over on the CSA Facebook group…steaming is a great way to enjoy it!  Steam until tender, and season simply with olive oil (or butter) and salt & pepper.  I’m also going to include the French recipe below with pine nuts and raisins which is super delicious.
StorageIn an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use:Within 5 days.

Parsley – I’ve been making parsley pesto.  Also so easy to add to all kinds of soups and salads.  Want to save it for later to brighten up your soups this winter?  Wash and freeze the whole bunch in a ziplock.
StorageIn an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Cabbage – Win-win!  Cabbage loves growing in the summer heat and I love eating it in the summer heat!  Is a big batch of slaw in your future too?
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Zucchini – This is the last of the planting.  Just one piece per share…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use:Within a week.

Scallions – Green onions are great in salads or on the grill!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw, Cooked. When to use: Within a week

Due to the rainy weather this past week, the fruit farmer has decided that the blueberries are too mushy to distribute.  So he is starting with the peaches & nectarines a week early.  Please remember just one bag per fruit share member.
1 bag of Peaches/Nectarines (for fruit share members ONLY)

And from the farm

Potatoes are here!  We grow about a dozen different types of potatoes, all full of flavor and freshly dug for you.  This week we have our first early season variety called Red Norland.  It has red skin and white flesh.  Don’t peel them!  We wash them here at the farm, so they just need another quick wash and they’re ready to cook!  They cook quickly since they are so fresh and full of moisture.  Enjoy and let us know what you think!  

JOIN THE CSA MEMBER GROUP!   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.)

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