Flushing CSA (Week 20)!

When I think of autumn I conjure yellows and reds and browns, brisk air, and squash everywhere. Well this week’s share has red lettuce and yellow squash, but the heat of late means you need to eat that squash ASAP before it turns brown and bad. (FYI, cut & peeled, raw or cooked, squash does freeze well.)

Golden Earthworm HARVEST FESTIVAL  

Sunday, October 15th from 11am -3pm

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!  Details were sent to you in the farm’s September newsletter or click on the above link for the information.

2017-2018 Winter Share

We have received the Winter Share information from Golden Earthworm and are sharing some of the details with you. The same information will be in the agreement form (see attached). We will also send out the application in a separate email, post on our facebook page, website, upcoming newsletters and will have hard copies available at our pickups starting tomorrow. We will be able to sign you up at our pickups as well – payment by cash, check or credit card. Our winter share pickups are indoors in the town hall basement next to the loading dock. Hours are from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – shorter in the winter.

The Winter Season CSA consists of Certified Organic root vegetables and hearty winter greens. There will be four deliveries, approximately every month from December through March. We also offer add-on Non-Organic Apple and Cider shares from Briermere Farm.  Our FAIR & SIMPLE PRICING – $28 per box!

ORGANIC VEGETABLE WINTER SHARE – $112 – Bigger boxes this year!
Each box will contain 15+ lbs of the following crops grown on our farm and sourced from other local, organic family farms. (Actual crops depend on availability): Potatoes, Watermelon Radish, Purple Top Turnips, Parsnips, Rutabaga, Carrots, Beets, Leeks, Winter Squash and Cabbage.  If we have a warm December, the first box may include greens from the fields.  Exact contents to be determined.
4 deliveries @ $28 per box = $112

4 pounds of apples per delivery.
4 deliveries @ $7.25 = $29

4 deliveries @ $5.75 = $23


Delivery 1 – December 14

Delivery 2 – January 11
Delivery 3 – February 8
Delivery 4 – March 8


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

A big shout out to Larry Leung and Jillian Abbott for filling in as early site and late site supervisors, respectively. If you are able to give more than your minimum 4 hours, please do! We still have a lot of shifts needing coverage for October and November.

We need site supervisors for the early and later shift tomorrow evening if anyone is able to fill in please let us know.

This week’s volunteers are:   ​​

Shift 1 (4:45-6:30 PM)

Site Supervisor – Donna Beaman, Caroline Lane

Shift 2 (6:30-8:15 PM)

Site Supervisor – Donna Beaman, Nora Gamer and Judy Stagnitta

School has started! We are still looking for some high school volunteers for the fall 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 & meat 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.

Meat shares this week for those who get them.

Fruit shares:

Fruit shares will continue for those that get them. One bag of apples/pears per share.

We will have replacement bags of fruit for the members who received damaged/bruised fruit and requested it.

Lewis Waite delivery this week

No on site vendor this week. 

We now have Queens Hot Sauce for sale! This hot sauce is 100% sourced with local peppers from various locations in Queens, including John Bowne High School. The CSA is selling it for $6  a bottle. Cash preferred.

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!

Composting update

Queens Botanical Garden Public Food Scrap Drop-Off Pilot Program: We were informed that the program is on the the verge of launching their on-site public food scrap drop off at QBG (open all garden hours). The http://queensbotanical.org/ is located at 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.

The QBG Public Food Scrap Drop-Off needs you! If you’re a compost champion based near Flushing, we’re recruiting participants for the upcoming launch of our new public food scrap drop off at Queens Botanical Garden! Simply fill out this Google Form and stay tuned for an email or phone call once we’re ready to launch our pilot group. Thank you, and happy composting!

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.

This week in the shares:

Broccoli – I get asked about broccoli all season long.  When are we getting broccoli?  Now, NOW is the season!  I’ll be steaming this up with a touch of butter and salt.  The kids love broccoli like it’s candy.  I don’t argue.  Serve it up every night while you can!

Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Romanesco Broccoli/Cauliflower – It’s not a broccoli, but it’s not a cauliflower either.  It’s actually a flower bud that looks like it came from outer space!  Its pattern is a natural representation of the Fibonacci or golden spiral, a logarithmic spiral where every quarter turn is farther from the origin by a factor of phi, the golden ratio.  Cool dinner party conversation starter, right?  It can be steamed, roasted or eaten raw!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Japanese Salad Turnips – A member favorite back again this week. I like to roast these up when the weather turns cooler… Don’t forget to eat the greens.  Store the tops and roots separately to keep them fresh.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5days.

Long Green Peppers – Field clean-out!  We harvested every single pepper that was left in the field, so this is the very end of the peppers for the season.  Throw them in a ziplock in your freezer if you can’t eat them now.  They’ll be perfect to add flavor to stir-fries in the winter.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week or freeze! 

Toscano Kale – This is a great kale variety for soups.  A pot of Tuscan White Bean & Kale soup is on the menu this week!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Scallions – Scallion pancakes are also on the menu this week!  These green onions are the last planting of the season.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Red Batavian Lettuce – These are so beautiful and flavorful.  Batavian is one of my favorite lettuce varieties.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the front of the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within a week.

Butternut Squash – EAT THIS RIGHT AWAY!  We’re having some issues with squash storage this season, so don’t keep this on your counter.  Eat it tonight!
Storage: In the fridge. Uses: Cooked When to use: Now!

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 Jonagold & Cortland Apples and Bosc Pears
(for fruit share members ONLY)

Many ways with Romanesco Broccoli Brit + Co
Tuscan White Bean & Kale Soup
Scallion Pancakes
Roasted Salad Turnips & Greens with Orange & Olives 

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