Flushing CSA (Week 3) Update!

Another week of delicious, crisp, leafy greens, red radishes and garlic scapes – a real delicacy! Please check the farm’s newsletter below to see what will come on Thursday.

Tomorrow we will have our pickup at town hall as usual. We want to thank Caroline and the Meetinghouse for hosting us last week. 

We want to thank our volunteers last week for a job well done! It was a little more challenging since the location was moved but you all did a great job!

This week’s volunteers are:

1st shift: Cindy & Anne, site supervisor is Caroline

2nd Shift: Nora & Sue, site supervisor is Judy

Again some important information:

If someone is picking up your “box” on your behalf, we need to know in advance the name of the person picking up, and¬† the first/last name of the person they are picking up for. If you are sharing with someone, you need to let the volunteer at the sign-in table know who your share partner is – their first/last name. The volunteer will write your share partner’s name on a post-it and it will be on the box under the pick-up table.

If you are volunteering this week, it is absolutely essential that you read the volunteer directions below.¬†The directions are different than last year, so even seasoned members need to read them.Even if you are not volunteering this week, it is a good idea to become familiar with them so you understand exactly what’s going on.

Flushing’s World Fair (June 15-17, 2018)

We are celebrating the first year of the¬†Flushing Fantastic¬†district marketing campaign¬†with this¬†weekend’s¬†Flushing’s World Fair¬†June 15 – 17, 2018. You can register online for some of the events and also pick up a Passport to Flushing available at our sign-in table. Check out the information on Instagram below.

Take you dad out for an amazing Father’s Day meal and have an adventure in the most diverse and dynamic community in the United States!

Vendors

Goodale Farm

Members who have dairy and egg shares will get them this week as usual. While you had to order your share of dairy, eggs and/or meat, if you would like to order anything from Goodale Farm, send us an email and we will arrange it.

On-site Vendors

No on-site vendor this week. Elisabeth of Sweet William’s Tortes will return this season starting next week – June 21. If you want to put in a pre-advance order, contact Elisabeth at¬†sweetwilliamstorteshoppe@gmail.com

We do plan on having other vendors during the season.¬†Whitestone (Green Earth Urban Gardens) honey, Astor Apiaries will have “tables” to sell their products starting in July and will alternate every month. Tote bags, S & V Jams, and Queens Hot Sauce can be purchased at pick-up. We will have them all season.

Online vendor Lewis Waite

You should have received emails from the online vendor Lewis Waite. Lewis Waite. For those folks who ordered, delivery will be tomorrow. If you would like to order anything from them (these are not shares, but rather individual purchases), please visit their site. The next delivery will be June 21. You order and pay them directly online via Paypal or send them a check. We do not handle payments to Lewis Waite. 

Fruit shares will start in July; It all comes down to what’s ready to be¬†harvested at¬†the perfect moment of ripeness. Be ready to be amazed!

Please be sure to sign-up for your volunteer hours if you haven’t already; you should have received an email from¬†SignUp.com;¬†Let us know if you have not. Please¬†– it is important that you honor your volunteer¬†commitment; it is part of the cost of CSA membership. As you know, we are an all-volunteer run organization and we need you to help run the season smoothly so you can enjoy your delicious organic produce and add-on items. If the hours are truly a burden, reach out to the Core Team – maybe you have another skill that could fulfill your commitment.

High School Student Volunteers

We are looking for High School Student volunteers who need to get credit and fulfill their community service requirements. The student must be 16 years of age or older. They will need to volunteer at our weekly pick-ups for the full season – June to November. Our site supervisor will sign their service credit forms every week and will provide a reference letter at the end of the season that the student can use when applying for a job or college. The high school term will soon be finished, so please let your family, friends and neighbors know about this opportunity.

Golden Earthworm Farm –¬†Strawberry Picking & Farm Tours
 
We hope you had a chance to visit the farm for U-Pick Strawberries this past Saturday!  Contact the farm if you still wish to come during the month of June. Please check this page for full details and an explanation of the free U-Pick quart, etc:   http://goldenearthworm.com/june-schedule-2018csa-members
 
Golden Earthworm has launched a new Member Portal on our website.  All important notices and program information can be found on this page.  In case members miss an e-mail or a social media post, everything will be archived here.  Please direct your members to this page so that they can easily find the information that may be looking for:
 
Your Core Team:
Caroline, Dionne, Emily, John, Judy and Larry

In the Shares –¬†also check¬†http://goldenearthworm.com/csa-newsletters/

Arugula – We’re harvesting this planting of arugula at mid-leaf size, large enough to bunch.¬† I¬†find that the leaf structure at this stage holds up much better in salads and even slightly wilts¬†when combined with warm ingredients. ¬†
Storage: In airtight storage¬†in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in salad or cooked/wilted¬†When to use: Within 3 days.¬†¬†Red Radishes – Radishes are no longer just for salads!¬† They are delicious roasted, in soup, sliced thinly and drizzled with dressing, eaten raw with butter and salt, in a stir-fry and more…
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Separate the roots from the greens. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Mustard Mix – This second planting is close to perfection!¬† We heard how¬†much you love it! ¬†ūüôā¬†
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in salad. When to use: Within 5 days.  

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 airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week

Toscano Kale¬†– OR- Bunching Broccoli – ITEM IN ROTATION – You will receive one OR the other this week.¬† The Toscano Kale is also known as “dinosaur kale”, this variety has¬†sturdy leaves, making it¬†perfect for pasta dishes, soups and¬†stews and kale chips! ¬† The Bunching Broccoli is a new crop for us this year.¬† The stem is edible as are the leaves and florets.¬† It’s a cross between a regular style broccoli and broccoli raab!¬† We had it for dinner last night and it was a hit!
Storage: In airtight storage¬†in the refrigerator.¬†Uses: Kale –¬†Raw, Baked (Chips) Cooked (Best in Soups), Steamed, Smoothies or Juiced. Broccoli – Cooked/Steamed or¬†Saut√©ed.¬†When to use: Within a week.

Garlic Scapes – The scape is the top of the garlic plant– a delicacy you only get to savor for a few weeks each June, so enjoy! Remove the top head (the bulbous lighter part). The rest is edible. It has a distinct garlic flavor, but it is certainly milder than the cloves. You can cook with it as you would garlic, add it finely chopped into salads, or try it roasted or in pesto!
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

RECIPES

Roasted Radishes
Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon & Parmesan
Lentil & Arugula Salad
Garlic Scape Pesto
Roasted Garlic Scapes

QUICK NO-RECIPE IDEAS
Kale Chips

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