Flushing CSA (Week 13)!

We have officially turned over into the “second half” of the CSA season. Its not just symbolic either – surely you have noticed the contents of our boxes has shifted from leafier to rounder snd denser. One if the great things about eating seasonally is seeing the difference in the types of crops that ripen as the months wax on.
If you don’t follow us on social media, please do. But more importantly, if you are on social media and posting about your share, please help some hashtag campaigns we support: #ShareYourShare and #JustDelivered are a Just food initiative to spread the word about CSAs in NYC. And #MyFlushing is a grassroots effort to highlight the awesomeness, vibrancy, and diversity of Flushing.
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.
If you are able to give more than your minimum 4 hours, please do! We still have a lot of shifts needing coverage as we approach autumn.
 

This week’s volunteers are:

Shift 1 (4:45-6:30 PM)
Larry Leung – Site Supervisor, Judith Fisch and Maria Landi 
 
 
Shift 2 (6:30-8:15 PM)
Elizabeth Gorman – Site Supervisor, Aryana and Joel Anderson
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. 

We will have replacement bags of fruit for the members who did not receive theirs last week due to the missing crate.

This week’s vendor: Spice Tree Organic Spices

You can place an order tonight and Doaa will bring it tomorrow. One spice pack is $8, 2 for $15 and 3 or more packs are $7 each. To see all the spice blends go to the websiteSpicetreeorganics.com/spicesIf you would like to order in advance, please email Doaa at doaa@spicetreeorganics.com

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!

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Upcoming Events

Check out our (or Just Food’s) Facebook for more cool upcoming JF events or any local events.
And please, let us know if you have a food related local event coming up you’d like us to mention!
This week in the shares:
Orange Watermelon – Quite possibly the very best watermelon in the world. I might be biased…

 Storage: In the refrigerator!  Uses: Raw. When to use: Now!

Red Tomatoes – The beefsteak tomatoes are here!  These plants were seeded way back in May and it took all this time for them to grow and produce fruit.  Enjoy! 
Storage: On the counter. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Now!

Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – These little guys are perfect to pop in your mouth or throw in your favorite salad, Yum! 
Storage: On the counter. Uses: Raw When to use: Now!

Zucchini – We’re now harvesting from our last zucchini planting. Enjoy them while they last.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Peppers – These are green frying peppers.  They are not hot!  I love using them in stir-fries, but they are also great cut up and dipped in hummus, in salads, stuffed…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week

Swiss Chard – The summer green is back!  Have you been craving dark greens as much as I have?  I still love it best gently steamed and served with olive oil and salt.  But the garlicky recipe from the NY Times below is great too. 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within3 days.

Cabbage – One more week of cabbage this summer.  They will store well in your fridge if you wrap them well.  And if you’re like me and you already have a head hiding in the back of your fridge, put it in soup!  It’s a great way to use it up and it’s super delicious!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week or longer if stored properly.

Red Batavian Lettuce – Thanks to the farmers for giving us lots of lettuce all summer long.  It’s hard to grow lettuce in this heat because it tends to bolt, which means that the center of the head shoots up and starts to go to seed…  Timing the harvest is essential and not always easy.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw. When to use: Within a week

FRUIT SHARE

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)

Recipes
Garlicky Swiss Chard
Cabbage & Cilantro Soup 
Stir-Fry Peppers & OnionsTons more recipes, cooking tips and photos from fellow CSA members on our 
FACEBOOK CSA MEMBERS PAGE! 

And from the farm…

It’s round two for watermelons this week!  These are an orange variety called “New Orchid” and I think I’m in love…  We have cabbage again this week, chard is back and we’re welcoming the first harvests of our red beefsteak tomatoes and peppers!

Last Friday’s crazy rain and flooding was a surprise, but so far it looks like our crops weathered the storm pretty well.  Farmer Matt had just seeded a round of carrots and beets the day before, so we’re still not sure if they survived the flooding and will germinate.  If not, we’ll have to re-seed them again.  The same thing happened last August, which is why some of our root vegetable crops were delayed.  Otherwise, all is well here on the farm. It looks like a beautiful week of weather coming up!

SAVE THE DATE!
Bring your family and friends to visit the farm on Sunday, October 15th from 11am-4pm. You’ll have an opportunity to tour the fields, learn how we grow your food, watch cooking demonstration, enjoy kids’ activities and more!  More details to come…

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