Flushing CSA (Week 24)!

Can you believe we are down to the last two pickups of the season? It did go fast…
But what a wonderful bounty this week! A variety of root veggies plus a variety of greens makes for endless meal ideas.
 
A few items of note:
1) Tomorrow’s November 9 and last pick-up November 16  are indoors
2) Last sign up for winter share is at last pickup. The first 12 people to sign up receive a free almond butter! Application is attached, or find it on the CSA  facebook page or website.
3) The Lewis Waite Thanksgiving turkey order deadline is Friday morning, November 10 for delivery at the final pickup, November 16.For ordering information go to their website www.csalewiswaitefarm.com.
4) If you want to serve Elisabeth’s tortes at your Thanksgiving table, she is taking pre-orders and you may pick them up at last pickup, November 16th. The fruit tortes are 8″ for $25 or 4″ for $6. Email Elisabeth @sweetwilliamstorteshoppe@gmail.com or txt/call (646)483-8046.
4) Composting update. You can still do your composting at Queens Botanical Garden all year round (open all garden hours). The http://queensbotanical.org/ is located at 43-50 Main Street, Flushing. If you already registered, check your email for a quick 3 question quiz to get the bin combination.
If you haven’t registered, but would like to participate simply fill out this Google Form and stay tuned for an email or phone. Thank you, and happy composting!
Reminder: especially now, as it getting cold and dark earlier – if you can’t make it to pick up please contact us! We monitor the phone and email during pick-up. We are happy to try to work out an alternative for you, or you can just donate, but please let us know. Everyone is a volunteer and would like to get home.
We want to thank our volunteers and site supervisors last week for a job well done! 
A big shout out to Jill Abbott! If you are able to give more than your minimum 4 hours, please do! We still have a slot open for tomorrow, November 9.
 
This week’s volunteers are:   ​​
Shift 1 (4:45-6:30 PM)
Site Supervisor – Caroline Lane, Kate Feuer, 
 
Shift 2 (6:30-8:15 PM)
Site Supervisor – John Choe, Susanna Ciurleo, Raymond Gazzara
 
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.

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

Lewis Waite delivery this week and next week (for turkeys).

No on site vendor this week.

We have more 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
Edible Queens is hosting a Meet & Greet on Tuesday, Nov 14 at 6:30pm at Lockwood Jackson Heights. Meet the editorial staff and receive 15% off anything in the shop.
 
The Tofurky Company, along with charity My Dog is My Home, are hosting a 5k Tofurky Trot on Sunday, Nov 19 on Randall’s Island. This is a family, and pet, friendly event. Register via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-tofurky-trot-2017-benefiting-my-dog-is-my-home-tickets-38366661718)
 
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!
 
Social media
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: 

Fennel – I’ve been watching the feathery leaves on this fennel out in the field for the past two months.  Its bulb has finally grown big enough to harvest!  Here’s how to prepare fennel…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.

Carrots – Sweet, crunchy carrots.  This is a variety called Mokum.  We think it’s the best variety!  Remove the tops for best storage.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Rutabaga – A cold weather favorite, I know that many of you wait all season for these.  The rutabaga oven fries recipe below is a winner.  Also fabulous mashed like mashed potatoes.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked.. When to use: Within 5 days.

Cabbage – We have a few different types of cabbage to harvest this week, so your variety will change depending on your pick-up day.  I’m going to be making a hearty minestrone with cabbage this week as well as a cabbage, red onion and orange salad.  Both are great uses for this versatile and SUPER healthy veg!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Baby Red Kale – Perfect size for raw kale salads.  It’s extremely tender and you may want to snap off the lower stem so just the leaves are in your salad.  Farmer Matt is pickier than I am about eating the stems…  I promised him I would offer his suggestion!  🙂
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within 3 days. 

Swiss chard –  Wonderful in fall stews…try the recipe below for a Greek flavored dish!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within 3 days. 

White Potatoes –  These are THE BEST variety for mashed potatoes.  Light and creamy when whipped.
Storage: In a cool, dry, DARK place. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within 2 weeks.

FRUIT SHARE
Please remember just one bag per fruit share member.
1 mixed bag of mixed Fuji & Jonagold Apples
(for fruit share members ONLY)

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