Flushing CSA (Week 25)!

Well folks, that’s it. 25 glorious vegetable filled weeks has come to an end. We hope you loved every bite if it and join again next year. We sincerely wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, and thank you all for your part in making Flushing CSA a success.
Last sign up for winter share is at this week’s 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.
 
If you want to serve Elisabeth’s tortes at your Thanksgiving table, she is taking pre-orders and you may pick them up tomorrow evening, November 16th. The fruit tortes are 8″ for $25 or 4″ for $6. Email Elisabeth @sweetwilliamstorteshoppe@gmail.com or txt/call (646)483-8046.
If you still want Goodale Farms meat, eggs, or dairy, please reach out them via their website Goodalefarms.com. They frequent area farmer’s markets and do home deliverys throughout Queens. We will resume meat, egg, and dairy shares next full season.
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!
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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 and Aurora Wong! If you are able to give more than your minimum 4 hours, please do!
 
This week’s volunteers are:   ​​
Shift 1 (4:45-6:30 PM)
Site Supervisor – Caroline Lane, Hyun Lee, Cynthia Calvo
 
Shift 2 (6:30-8:15 PM)
Site Supervisor – Mabel Law, Hyun Lee, Jill Abbott
 
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.
 
The farm confirmed final meat shares will be delivered this week.

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

Lewis Waite delivery this week for turkeys and other products.

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
 
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: 

Happy holiday box!  We try to harvest crops that we think you’d like to include on your Thanksgiving table next Thursday.  Everything will hold well in the fridge until next week as long as it’s stored properly.  See storage instructions for each item below.

Sweet Potatoes – 2.5 lbs of various sizes!  These are unwashed to maintain their freshness. Wash just before preparing.
Storage: In a cool (not cold), dry spot. DO NOT STORE IN THE FRIDGE!  Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 10 days.

Carrots – A huge 4 lb bag of our sweet early winter carrots!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 10 days.

Butternut Squash – A classic for the holiday table.  I love this as one of my mashed side dishes.  Simple and delicious!
Storage: On the counter. Uses: Cooked.. When to use: Within 10 days.

Leeks – The final harvest from this last planting. Just in time for the final share this season!  Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 10 days.

Watermelon Radish –  If you haven’t tried this radish before, you’ll be surprised when you cut through the skin!  These have become a staple on our fall and winter table.  Perfect sliced raw and sprinkled with sea salt as an appetizer or sliced thinly in salads. Equally delicious cooked, but note that the spectacular color fades when cooked.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 10 days.

Collards – Another favorite on our holiday table.  Here’s a great NPR story on the southern tradition of collards for Thanksgiving.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within a week.

Red Kale – Full of antioxidants!  This variety is good for all kale dishes – salads, quiche, soups and more!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Rutabaga – A cold weather favorite, I know that many of you wait all season for these.  Rutabagas are fabulous roasted or mashed like mashed potatoes.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked.. When to use: Within 5 days.

Parsley – To add fresh flavor to all of your holiday dishes.  A must ingredient for stuffing!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within a week.

FRUIT SHARE
Please remember just one bag per fruit share member.
1 mixed bag of Bosc Pears and Jonagold & Granny Smith Apples
(for fruit share members ONLY)

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