In the Box–July 14, 2016

Veggie and Lewis Waite pickup for Thursday, July 14 will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.

Here’s what you’ll be getting in your box:

Batavian Lettuce
Carrots
Scallions
Parsley
Zucchini
Cucumber
Cipollini Onions

Please note that any boxes not picked up by 8pm will be donated to SCS and items are subject to change.

PROGRAM NOTE: The fruit farmer at Briermere Farms has notified us that the start date of the Fruit Share will be the week of August 8th and run for 15 consecutive weeks. Please mark your calendars accordingly!

For more tips, recipe ideas, and more information on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog.

In the Box–July 7, 2016

Veggie pickup for Thursday, June 30th will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.

Here’s what you’ll be getting in your box:

Beets Swiss Chard
Carrots
Basil
Scallions
Purple Kohlrabi
Radicchio
Zucchini/Summer Squash

Please note that any boxes not picked up by 8pm will be donated to SCS and items are subject to change.


Spice Tree Organics will be at pickup on Thursday, too! Check out their 14 varieties of organic spices, blended right here in Queens!

  • NYC Halal Cart Chicken
  • Middle Eastern Shawerma
  • Beiruti Zaatar
  • Lebanese Seven Spice
  • Damascus Kofta
  • Cairo Falafel
  • Mecca Rice & Meat
  • Athenian Gyro
  • Tandoori Masala
  • Garam Masala
  • Chai Confection
  • Mexico City Barbacoa
  • Southwest Taco & Fajita
  • Istanbuli Kofta

Spice Tree Organics was started by two health-conscious NYC moms with a passion for global cuisine. Our range of blends span the Middle East, India, Mexico, Greece and Turkey, and have been tried, tested, and perfected in our kitchens. We source the best quality certified organic spices, and hand grind them and blend them in small batches so they remain at the peak of freshness. Our blends make it easy for you to recreate your favorite restaurant and street-food dishes at home with quality ingredients you feel good about.


PROGRAM NOTE: The fruit farmer at Briermere Farms has notified us that the start date of the Fruit Share will be the week of August 8th and run for 15 consecutive weeks. Please mark your calendars accordingly!

For more tips, recipe ideas, and more information on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog.

In the Box–June 30, 2016

The Lewis Waite and veggie pickup for Thursday, June 30th will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.

Here’s what you’ll be getting:

Radicchio
Sugarloaf Chicory
Red Romaine Lettuce
Green Romaine Lettuce
Fennel
Swiss Chard
Zucchini and/or
Summer Squash

Please note that any boxes not picked up by 8pm will be donated to SCS and items are subject to change.

In general, greens should be stored in an airtight plastic bag or container. They “go bad” when they dehydrate, so never put them straight in your fridge. If you find that they have gone “limp”, a tell-tale sigh of dehydration, you can try soaking them in a bowl of cold water for a period of time. Often they will perk right back up again!

For more tips, recipe ideas, and more information on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog.

In the Box–June 23, 2016

The pickup for today, June 23th will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm. The Bridge and Tunnel Brewery will be there for a tasting. If you are interested in a beer share, put your name on the form at their table, or email special_products@sunnysidecsa.com for more info!

Here’s what you’ll be getting:

Kohlrabi
Parsley
Green Romaine Lettuce
White Salad Turnips
Escarole

Please note that any boxes not picked up by 8pm will be donated to SCS.

For storage tips, recipe ideas, and more information on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog.

From the farm: “Just a heads up…the Romaine Lettuce & Escarole look very similar this week. A quick bite of the stems will tell you what’s what in a flash. Bitter? Escarole. Sweet? Romaine. You can also see more white inner stems on the escarole when you cut it up.”

In the Box–June 16, 2016

Our esteemed web mistress, Annie Frisbee, has stepped down from managing the site. We would like to thank her for years of incredible and devoted service to the CSA and the Sunnyside community.

The pickup for tomorrow, June 16th, from 5pm-8pm will be at Sunnyside Community Services. Please note that any boxes not picked up by 8pm will be donated to SCS.

Here’s what you’ll be getting:

Green Curly Kale
Spinach
Cilantro
Garlic Scapes
Green Boston Lettuce
Red Boston Lettuce
Baby Arugula

Next week they will start harvesting kohlrabi and possibly fennel and cabbages!

For storage tips, recipe ideas, and more information on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog.

A NOTE ON STRAWBERRIES – We are just starting to harvest our beautiful, organic strawberries! They are extremely labor intensive to pick, so we don’t have enough time to harvest them for every single member in a given week. Instead, we will rotate through the groups so that everyone will receive them over the course of a few weeks. Please don’t worry – we keep careful track of who gets what so that everyone receives their fair, equal share at the end of the season. If you don’t receive strawberries this week, you will most likely receive them next week.

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In the Box–June 2, 2016

Our first pickup of the 2016 season is this Thursday, June 2nd, from 5pm-8pm at Sunnyside Community Services. Please note that any boxes not picked up by 8pm will be donated to SCS.

Here’s what you’ll be getting:

Baby Arugula
Spring Salad Mix
Red Kale
Green Boston Lettuce
Red Boston Lettuce
Bok Choi
And a bonus “Farmer’s Choice” item!

For storage tips, recipe ideas, and more information on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog.

2016 Season Starts Soon

Our first pickup will be Thursday, June 2nd.  A few shares still remain, but you better sign up fast!

From Golden Earthworm:

Hey folks!

This year’s rainy, cold spring has slowed down our plants.  Everthing is on schedule with our seeding and transplanting, but it’s just been SLOW GROWING!  So, we’ve decided to postpone the first delivery by one week so we’ll have a much fuller share to harvest for everyone.  The new starting week will be THE WEEK OF MAY 30th!  So please mark your calendars and inform your members accordingly.  We’ll run for the full 26 weeks, so we’ll work out the details of a post-Thanksgiving delivery (if necessary) at some point.

Thanks!  We’re really looking forward to the first harvest!

Maggie & Matt

April Lewis Waite Order Deadline–April 9th

Delivery is on Tuesday, April 12th
Please order by Friday April 8th, 9am.

Product Updates:
3 Corner Field Farm: Karen and Paul have shut down the cheese house for lambing season. They do this every April so they can be round the clock with the lambing ewes. Karen often sleeps out in the barn in a chair, just in case she is needed. We are sorry, there will be no sheep milk cheese or yogurt available this delivery, but there will still be lamb.
Berle Farm: Beatrice’s small herd is back in production, and we will have yogurt! Berle Farm Yogurts is a rich, European style thick and creamy cow’s milk yogurt with nothing added but 5 kinds of cultures.
Farmer Ground Flour: Greg has come up with a brand new WHOLE WHEAT All Purpose flour! We are so excited to give it a try – we hope to pick some up next Thursday, when we meet the delivery truck over in Saratoga, since that is the closest they come to us (just to give you a peek behind the scenes at the logistics).
GEM Buffalo: isn’t sure when they will have more ground buffalo, but we do hope to get more steaks and roasts within the next week or so.
Healthy Gourmet Kitchen: won’t be back at the markets until May 1st, so unless we can meet up in Saratoga sometime, we will have to wait for these sugar free fruit spreads. Meanwhile, we have plenty of Kale Pesto and low sodium salsas.
Kriemhild Dairy: apologies if we run out of your size container, but Bruce isn’t back in major production yet, so we can’t reorder. Hope to have the full complement available for May.
Laughing Stock Farm: Lincoln says the ducks are laying now, and the quails are usually to follow shortly. We will make those available as soon as we have them.
Lewis Waite Farm: we are beginning to run low on Pork and Beef again, and will not have more before the delivery, so shop early (and often).
Taking Root: Lelani is whipping up some more anti-inflammatory tea, immunity boost tea, and pain relief salve for you. Thanks for letting us know the pain relief salve really works well!
Teeny Tiny Spice: We will be getting in a fresh batch of these organic spice blends, check back if your favorite is out of stock right now. With lots of great flavor profiles to choose from, these blends take all the work out of seasoning for those quick on the go meals.
Wild for Salmon: We have had rave reviews of the new fish products, so we do plan to continue with them. Thanks for all the feedback, and we are glad to be helping you support family fisheries a little further abroad.

Lewis Waite Order Deadline

Order by Friday March 11 at 9am for pickup on Tuesday 3/5 from 5-8 at Sunnyside Community Services

News from LWF:

Wild for Salmon:
Recently we were contacted by a small family fishery in Alaska that both fishes and buys from other small family run fishing vessels. While outside our regular mission of buying from within the region, we have been asked for frozen fish on several occasions. Since sourcing from Wild for Salmon is still supporting small scale, sustainable, wild caught fishing, we are tempted to give it a go. Let us know your thoughts! We will make a test purchase and try it out this winter, but they tell us they start to run out in July, so if you like it, you need to let us know so we can stock up.

“It all started as a unique adventure to Alaska to spend the summer fishing for Sockeye Salmon. It turned into a life-long passion known as “Wild for Salmon” for husband and wife team Steve and Jenn Kurian. Each June the Kurians travel to Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to their 32′ fishing vessel the ‘Ava Jane’. They make their once/year catch in a single six week season, bringing their Sockeye Salmon back to their Pennsylvania base.”

Flour City Pasta:
We have finally found a NEW pasta maker! Flour City pasta is based in Macedon, NY, and we will be hooking up with them via the Troy City Farmer’s Market, where some of our member farms vend. All the pasta is dried, and made with organic flour. The flour is locally grown and ground whenever possible. It is all handmade and comes in a wide variety of flavors and shapes. We are starting out small with just a few kinds, and if you like it, we’ll get more. Happy to consider requests, just let us know!

Beth’s Farm Kitchen: will be setting aside more Apricot and Black Raspberry jam, along with Triple Fruit Marmalade.

Can-Am Farms: Shauna and Oliver are all sold out of chicken! We have a few birds left, but they will have to last until early summer when the new birds are ready.

Farmer Ground Flour: Greg will be milling us some fresh ground Organic Flour, Cornmeal, and Polenta. Did you know conventional flour is milled from fields sprayed with roundup to increase the yield and ease of harvest? Yikes! We are so glad to know where our flour comes from!

Four Legs Farm: Leanna raises pigs just like we do, and found herself with a bit too much on hand this winter. We were happy to help her out and offer some to you. Her Italian and Breakfast sausages are different recipes than ours, and she offers pork kebabs for stew. Give it a try!

GEM Buffalo: we are planning a run down to GEM to pick up some buffalo meat. We will have that unique American delicacy of Buffalo Hump Roast, along with ground and some quick cooking steaks. We won’t be posting some of the cuts until they arrive, so we can accurately post the sizes.

Healthy Gourmet Kitchen: restocked us with the delicious Kale Pesto that so many of you enjoyed.

Harry’s Honey House: Derek cam by to pick up the congealed honey and re-liquefy it in his special equipment. Not to worry, it will be back in time for the delivery!

Hawthorne Valley Farm: A re-stock on sauerkraut is overdue. We will also be getting some yogurt while we are there. Organic and biodynamic, we love Hawthorne Valley Farm products.

Kriemhild Dairy: is running low on butter, so we are out of some sizes. Sorry! Production starts ramping up again in spring.

Lewis Waite Farm: Bull Meat is back! Extra lean and packed with flavor, many of our market customers requested bull meat when we ran out last year. Bull meat is naturally higher in testosterone.
We quickly sold out of a lot of the pork we just got in, but feel free to ask us if you are looking for something special. We will have more pork chops for April!

Porter Ridge Farm: pork cutlets are in! Great for schnitzel or breaded cutlets like a veal Parmesan. They cook quickly, so be careful not to overcook, and pound them out for extra tenderness. We also have  our specialty sausages in unique flavors, and are offering a few on special this month.

Stonewood Farm: Peter let us know that he is out of ground white turkey breast. We are not sure yet if that is for the whole season or just this delivery.

Taking Root Farm: Lani is mixing up some more Immunity Boost tea for the early spring cold season. She has a wide variety of herbal teas available, along with healing salves and fire cider.

Tall Cat Coffee Roasters: has lowered their prices! Enjoy this gourmet coffee for a few dollars less! Betsy also let us know they are out of the Papua New Guinea beans and are introducing a new Congolese bean.

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2016 Signups Now Open

Signups are open!  Use our online form and sign up for our email list to get an alert and receive our newsletters.

Our offerings this year:

Golden Earthworm Vegetable Share

$570 for 26 weeks (includes a $22 administrative fee to cover CSA operating costs). From Golden Earthworm Organic Farm. The share consists of an average of 6-10 vegetables and will generally start small and get larger as the season progresses. Runs May 26th – November 17th.

Briermere Farms Fruit Share
$100 for 15 weeks (includes a $4 administrative fee to cover CSA operating costs).The share includes non-organic, minimally treated apples, peaches, and pears. 3-4lbs per week. July-October.
Backyard Bees Soap Share
$75 for 6 deliveries (includes a $3 administrative fee to cover CSA operating costs).Handcrafted in Sunnyside, Queens using local honey, beeswax, and other high quality ingredients. Plant-based oils with no animal fats; naturally scented with essential oils or fragrance free; eco-friendly. Bars are rustic slabs,approximately 3 1/2 x 4″, packaged with 100% recyclable materials. Two bars per month – one honey “sweet” bar and one specialty bar (total 12 bars/share), plus a monthly “sweet surprise”.

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