Flushing CSA (Week 6) Update!

Hope you had a great 4th of July!
Zucchini in June! What a treat, often we have had to wait to mid or late July for those. And the blueberries – how great were those? Please remember too, most vegetables are entirely edible – the greens from turnips, kohlrabi, beets, and carrots are all edible. The first cucumbers of the season this week, as well as fennel –  the green stalks on fennel don’t cook up soft but do add nice crunch chopped into salads, etc.
We want to thank our volunteers and site supervisors. You all really rose to the occasion and kept your sense of humor during a very wet pickup. A shout out to Lucas for your cheerful and welcomed help!

This week’s volunteers are:   

1st shift: Melvin and Erin, Maria and Larry
2nd shift: Amy, Nancy and Dionne
Your on-site Vendor this week: 
Nick of Astor Apiaries – so more honey this week! If you’d like to visit the apiaries website click here Astor Apiaries
No Lewis Waite delivery this week.
No word on fruit shares yet.
We hope to have interns volunteering this week, courtesy of the Flushing Chamber of Commerce.
Your Core Team:
Caroline, Dionne, Emily, John, Judy and Larry

In the Shares… (please note, the contents are subject to change/substitution)

Fennel –  I happen to love the flavor of fennel, but if you don’t – don’t despair.  It mellows when cooked.  Try it braised – recipe below.  
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or CookedWhen to use:Within 5 days.  Zucchini – The very first picking of the season!  While I love zucchini all ways, I still prefer it simply prepared by steaming until tender and serving with butter and salt & pepper.  Also great grilled!
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: CookedWhen to use: Within 5 days.  

Cucumbers – Also the first harvest of this crop! Crispy, juicy and sweet!
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: RawWhen to use: Within 5 days.  

Red Kale – We are loving icy kale smoothies in this heat!  Kale, frozen fruit, orange juice or coconut water!  
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use:Within 5 days.  

Green Romaine Lettuce – Have you ever tried grilling lettuce?  This hearty Romaine is perfect for it.  Recipe below.  Also fabulous in a Caesar salad!  
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use:Within 5 days.  

Radicchio – This is an Italian leaf chicory that is packed full of vitamins and nutrients.  It has a bitter and spicy taste, which mellows when it’s grilled or roasted. I happen to love the bitter flavor in a salad paired with sharp parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and salt & pepper.  If you don’t love the bitterness, I would encourage you to try the recipe below and grill it!  The bitter flavor disappears and the dressing on top of the grilled wedges is delicious!
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use:Within 5 days.  

Red Beets – Cook up the greens like spinach.  The beet roots are great raw if you grate them finely.  Also delicious cooked (boiled or roasted) and sliced in salad.
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Store the roots and leaves separately. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use: Within 5 days.  

Fennel with Olive Oil and Parmesan
Braised Fennel
Great Caesar Salad
Balsamic-Grilled Radicchio with Shaved Pecorino
Radicchio Salad with Manchego Vinaigrette
Kale with Goat Cheese and Toasted Crumbs

Kale Smoothie
Sliced Cucumbers


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