Flushing CSA (Week 2) Update!

We hope everyone enjoyed last week’s long-awaited greens. How fresh and delicious were they! More to come in the next few weeks!

IMPORTANT  РThe June 7th pick-up will be at the Quaker Meetinghouse,137-16 Northern Blvd. across from Flushing Town Hall  (where we had the Meet the Farmer event in March). Town Hall has their annual gala and cannot host us that evening. The rest of the pick-ups will be at Town Hall. Please note that parking is limited.

We ask all our members to please read your weekly newsletter because it contains important information. 
 
Thank you to last week’s volunteers –¬† Jillian, Grace, Nora and new member, Steven. You all rock!
 
Your volunteers this week are: Caroline, Maria, Judy, Won and Grace
Dairy/Egg/Meat Shares Рfor those of you who ordered dairy/egg/meat shares from  Goodale Farm, Рthey will begin tomorrow, June 7th. It will be a double-share as Goodale did not deliver last week. So you may want to bring an extra bag and also ice packs.
 
Fruit Shares
For those folks who ordered fruit shares it is 14 weeks of (tree) fruit and usually starts in July. GEF will let us know and we will let you know.
 
Volunteer Sign-up
 
A number of members did not get a Signup email to choose their date/time volunteer commitments. See below on how to signup. Any questions, email us or see Larry, core member/volunteer coordinator at the pickups.
 
We’re using¬†SignUp.com¬†(the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.
 
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
 
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/zzhAUsB
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on¬†SignUp.com.

See the below link for updated 2018 Volunteer Directions. Again, any questions, just see Larry or the week’s volunteer site coordinator.

 
Online Vendor РLewis Waite Farm 
Lewis Waite online ordering is back!
You all should have received an email from the online farm vendor Lewis Waite. They partner with many other regional farms and organic food vendors and best of all Рthey deliver bi-weekly to our pick-up site! So even if you did not participate in Goodale Farms (weekly) dairy, egg and (monthly) meat shares, you can order ala carte from Lewis Waite and have them bi-weekly or whenever you want  If you would like to order anything from them, please visit their ordering site. 
Lewis Waite dairy, meat and other product delivery will start June 14th and continue every two weeks. You order and pay them directly online via Paypal or send them a check. We do not handle payments to Lewis Waite. 
 
News from Golden Earthworm Farm

June U-Pick Strawberries Schedule
Our strawberry fields will be open for U-PIck this June!  There will also be farm tours and cooking classes, so it’s a great opportunity for members to come out to the farm. This page on our website contains all of the information: http://goldenearthworm.com/june-schedule-2018csa-members
Please note that we will include a Strawberry ‚ÄúPass‚ÄĚ inside all of the shares, just like we did last season. For share partners, they are both welcome to come to the farm, but due to limited berries, just one free quart per paid share.¬† If you have any additional questions regarding the U-Pick, please let me know.¬†¬†
 
Please join the farm’s CSA Member Facebook Page¬†(a closed, private group) so you can participate in the lively conversations and community online!¬† It‚Äôs a wonderful resource for veggies questions, recipe inspiration and member support. ¬†https://www.facebook.com/groups/660605760780758/
 
In The Shares….
The boxes will be getting fuller and heavier in another week or so as we move into the month of June, the start of our main growing season.  In the meantime, we are harvesting more greens for you this week, including our famous spinach, collards and bok choi!

Spinach – Baby¬†spinach grown to¬†perfection.¬†This is super tender, so it’s¬†wonderful for salads.¬† If you do choose to cook it, it will¬†wilt down in a few seconds.¬† Don’t overcook it! ¬†
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in salad. When to use: Within 3 days. 

Japanese Salad Turnips РThe salad turnips are a two-for-one veg, meaning that both the roots AND the green leaves are edible and delicious.  Cook the turnip greens just like spinach. 
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Separate the turnips from the greens when you store them. Uses: Cooked or raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week.

Boston (Butter) Lettuce¬†–¬†This variety is around for another week or so and then not again¬†until the fall.¬† It only grows well during the cooler¬†weeks of the season. ¬†
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week.

Bunched Red Kale Р A bonus week of this red variety and then we move on to new types through the season.  
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw, Baked (Chips) Cooked (Best in Soups), Steamed, Smoothies or Juiced. When to use: Within a week

Collards – The new “it” green, collards have¬†great¬†flavor and hold their texture well when cooked.¬† They are loved in Southern cuisine and can be substituted in most kale recipes.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

RECIPES

Lemony Collard Greens Pasta 
Shakshuka with Kale & Collard Greens РA one-dish meal!
Kale Slaw РEasy to adapt to any type of kale, even add bok choi!
Warm Balsamic Kale Salad

QUICK NO-RECIPE IDEAS
Kale Smoothie Рkale, banana, frozen berries and liquid of choice (coconut water, juice)
Collard wraps РAnd this, Asian Collard Wraps with Peanut Sauce

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