Flushing CSA (Week 12)!

It’s a special CSA week: watermelon week!! Please be aware these are awesome organic watermelons, and as such they are a bit more delicate than your typical grocery store melon. The farm only sends out intact melons, but shuffling happens. Lets all make an effort to handle boxes with extra care this week. If you do end up with a cracked melon, visually inspect it and give it a sniff – most likely its perfectly fine to eat. (If its not ok, email the farm at info@goldenearthworm.com for a replacement.)

We want to thank our volunteers and site supervisors last week for a job well done! And thank you to our volunteer intern – Christina Chan.

This week’s volunteers are:

Shift 1 (4:45-6:30 PM)
Larry Leung – Site Supervisor, Anne Siegel  
Shift 2 (6:30-8:15 PM)
Jessica Colon – Site Supervisor, Dionne Rocke, Judy Chang
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 are always available for sale at pick-ups. The new bags are 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 continue for those that get them. One bag of peaches/apples per share. 

This week’s vendor: Spice Tree Organic Spices

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 are 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!​​​​

This Friday and Saturday will be the annual Flushing Night Out event. While the CSA is not directly involved, we do highly recommend this all-ages, fun, event featuring affordable food, live music, and tons of local vendors. More info at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-night-out-2017-tickets-36080201855

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

This week in the shares: 

Watermelons – Two for you!  They are seeded melons because we think the old-fashioned varieties just taste better.
Storage: In the refrigerator!  Uses: Raw. When to use: Now!

Yukon Potatoes – These are the waxy yellow variety that most of you know…but ours are outrageous since they are harvested the day before your delivery along with the rest of the crops.  Full of moisture and perfect for potato salads!
Storage: In an cool, DARK place.  Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Zucchini – We’re starting to harvest from our second planting of zucchini, so the quantities will steadily increase again over the next few weeks.  This is the season for zucchini!  If you’d like to store some of it away for later use, try freezing it!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Scallions – Try this week’s recipe for a fantastic scallion dressing!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within a week

Cabbage – This is your “salad green” this week.  The grilled cabbage salad recipe this week is amazing!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw. When to use: Within a week

Red Tomatoes – Subtly sweet with a slightly bitter and acidic taste. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Now!

Please note that you will receive one of the following “Items In Rotation”

ITEM IN ROTATATION – Green Beans – Our green beans are ready to harvest for all Wednesday members this week!  They are harvested while still pretty small and tender.  My favorite way to prepare them is to steam gently (until bright green – just a few minutes!) and serve with olive oil (or butter) and a sprinkle of sea salt.  Simple and delicious!   Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

ITEM IN ROTATION – Eggplant – Do we have a treat for you! We haven’t had eggplant in a few seasons but it is really thriving this year! Our eggplants are hearty and meaty. They act as a great vessel to soak up whatever you choose to cook them with. Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the front of the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days

Please be sure to remove the fruit from the bag immediately when you get them home.  They should ripen sitting out on a platter or on a dry dish cloth.
Please remember just one bag per fruit share member.
1 mixed bag of Peaches & Apples (for fruit share members ONLY)

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