Flushing CSA (Week 6) Update!

We hope everyone enjoyed the abundance of veggies last week! Lots more zucchini and cucumbers to come! This week will bring us carrots, parsley and possibly culinary spearmint. Please remember too, most vegetables are entirely edible – the greens from turnips, kohlrabi, beets, and carrots are all edible. The green stalks on fennel don’t cook up soft but do add nice crunch chopped into salads, etc.   


Note: We will again hold this week’s pickup in town hall’s basement due to the excessive heat forecast and chance of thunderstorms. We want our members, volunteers and veggies to stay cool and dry.


Our Volunteers

Thank you to last week’s volunteers Caroline, Grace and Judy H. and our new intern Kin.This week’s volunteers are: Grace, John and Judy H.

No Lewis Waite delivery this week.No word on fruit shares yet.


And now……What’s In The Share (note items are subject to substitution) – also check the Golden Earthworm Farm website

Cipollini Onions
Wonderful, Italian sweet onions with a name that means “little” onion! Treat them as a star veg (not just an ingredient in another dish) and they will shine! Braising them is simple and it brings out the best of their flavor. See this week’s recipe! Store these in the fridge, since they harvested fresh and are not dried or cured.
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within 7 days.

Green Cabbage
Cabbage saves the day! Summer slaws are on my menu every night of the week!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 7 days.

Parsley
We have been loving parsley pesto spread on summer sandwiches and thinned out with a little olive oil on all things grilled! Also great in juices or salads…
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within 7 days.

Cucumbers
Here they come! Get ready for lots of cukes in the coming weeks! Once the plants produce, they don’t stop for a while. Nature knows when we need these cooling foods and now is the time!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week.

Carrots
Our FAMOUS, sweet carrots are here just briefly (this week only!) for their summer appearance. You won’t see them again until the fall….enjoy!
Storage: In their container in the refrigerator. Remove the roots from the greens before storing. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Zucchini
Just in time for your summer grilling! Slice lengthwise, toss with olive oil and salt & pepper and grill until tender – flipping half-way.
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Culinary Spearmint – **ITEM IN ROTATION** (see below for details)
This is an heirloom Italian, “true” sweet mint – perfect for all culinary uses. It has an aromatic perfume that accents, but doesn’t overpower dishes. Try it in salads, cooked dishes, or make your own mint tea or Mint Julep!
Storage: In a cup of clean water, “bouquet-style” on the counter or in the fridge Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

**What’s an ITEM IN ROTATION?** This is a crop that grows quickly, but must be harvested continually over a period of time. We can only harvest for a day (or two) at a time each week, so you may receive it at some point over the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for it when it’s your group’s turn!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Separate the roots from the greens before storage. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

FARMHOUSE FAVORITE RECIPES

Cipollini Onions Braised in Red Wine
Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw
Zucchini Bread
Easy Vegan SlawNot just for vegans, this is delish!
And…from your farmers at Golden Earthworm – Matt, Maggie, Kelly & Crew
Everything that slows us down and forces patience,everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.[Farming] is an instrument of grace.”― May Sarton

This week’s harvest bring us the best of what grows in this HOT summer weather!  Nature delivers us juicy veggies to replenish our bodies, like cabbage, sweet onions, cukes an zukes!

Have a great week, friends!
XO Maggie for Farmer Matt, Kelly & the Crew

Flushing CSA(646) 801-4021
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FlushingCSA@gmail.com

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