Flushing CSA (Winter Share): Pickup #2

Happy New Year! We hope you all weathered the recent frigid temps well and are enjoying this milder winter weather – we hope it holds out through Thursday.
Second winter share pick-up tomorrow – January 11th.
Our first winter share last month was the start of a great variety of winter produce and the second is no exception! Lots of color too!
Apple (1 bag) and Apple Cider (1 bottle) shares for those who get them.
There is also a Lewis Waite delivery tomorrow so be sure to remember to tell your volunteers to give you your order.
2018 Season Sign-up
We’re delighted to be able to offer our winter share members an early sign-up for the 2018 full season!  In addition to Golden Earthworm returning again is Goodale Farm for the share of eggs, dairy products and/or meat. The contracts will be available in the next few weeks and copies available at the February 8th pick-up. At the pick-up you may pay in cash, by check,  credit card or online via PayPal.
This month’s volunteers are:   ​​
Shift 1 (5:15-6:30 PM)
Erin Chan. Second volunteer NEEDED
Shift 2 (6:30-7:45 PM)
Judy Chang and Dionne Rocke
If all volunteer slots for February and March are full, we will able to use volunteers for our annual Meet the Farmer event on Sunday, March 11th. This will include a special documentary screening. Details to follow in the next few weeks.
And we will have our usual assortment of goodies for sale.
And please, follow us on Instagram! @FlushingCSA and hastag your shares and recipe creations #FlushingCSA
Roasted Root Vegetables
In the shares
Carrots –  Sweet and juicy.  This variety grows well in the cold fall and stores well as long as you keep the moisture in.  (See storage tips above.)  You do not need to peel these.  Just scrub the skin with a vegetable brush.  If you’re used to always peeling your carrots, you may find this unusual, but the skin contains nutrients that you don’t want to lose!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.
Green Cabbage  – This variety holds up well through the winter months.  Cabbage salads are a winter staple at our farmhouse table.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.Rutabaga – This root vegetable is particularly delicious made into “fries”.  It also makes a great mash.  Super nutritious and delicious alongside any main course!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Potatoes – The varieties are mixed on these potatoes.  Just remember this good rule of thumb…Rough skin?  Best for mashed or baked.  Smooth skin?  Best for roasting.  When in doubt, use them for whatever recipe you want.  They’ll do fine!
Storage: In an cool (not cold) DARK place. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Red Beets – I eat a lot of beets. Pickled, juiced, roasted, sliced in salads.  They bring wonderful color and flavor to our winter kitchen!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Sweet Potatoes – I wash the skin and stick these in a baking dish  in a 350F oven until soft.  The easiest veg to prepare EVER!
Storage: In a cool, but not cold spot. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 2 weeks.

Celery Root – Quite possibly the ugliest veg on earth.  Just peel off the skin with a sharp paring knife and you’ll be left with a white-fleshed veg that has the earthy flavor of celery with great texture for pureed soups or added chopped in soups or roasts.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Butternut Squash – Slice in half, scoop out the seeds and roast cut-side down on a baking sheet until the flesh is tender.  Then scoop out the flesh and puree with your choice of seasonings and butter or olive oil.
Storage: In a cool spot. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 2 weeks.

BRIERMERE FARM APPLE SHARE – Golden Delicious, Granny Smith & Cameo

A note on storage — Your root veggies will hold up for a full month AS LONG AS YOU STORE THEM PROPERLY.  Sweet potatoes don’t like to be cold, so a cool spot is best.  The other root vegetables should be stored separately from the cabbage, but they can be stored together, also in airtight bags in the fridge.  What do I mean by airtight?  Ziplocks are good, as are regular plastic bags that are closed/sealed well at the top.  The idea is to lock in the moisture so that the veggies stay fresh and don’t turn soft and limp.  Some members prefer glass containers to plastic bags – which is fine too, but just make sure that the lid seals properly.  The potatoes should be stored in a cool (not cold), DARK place.  Enjoy!  

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