In the Box–June 22 (veggies and more!)

Greens, greens, glorious greeeeennnss! Check out what’s in the box this week–and if you’re looking for more info or recipes, Golden Earthworm has some tasty looking ideas here. Everything on this week’s list is best stored in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.


The veggie pickup for Thursday, June 22nd will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.

We also have Beer, Soap, Fish, Kombucha… AND Lewis Waite a la carte orders this week!


Napa Cabbage – A mild-tasting Chinese cabbage, high in vitamins A & C, potassium and calcium. Great raw–commonly used as kimchi. When to use: Within 5 days.


Green Kohlrabi – Another member of the cabbage family, but this one needs to be peeled. When to use: Within a week.


Cilantro – You know what to do with this one. 🙂 It also freezes well if you can’t use it all right away. When to use: Within 3 days.


Spinach – This is the next planing, so it’s extremely tender and best eaten raw in a salad. When to use: Within 3 days.


Bok Choi or Japanese Salad Turnips – Depending on the box, you’ll receive one or the other of these. The turnips don’t need to be peeled, and both can be eaten raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.


Green Romain Lettuce – This lettuce loves hot weather, and it’s nice and crunchy in a salad. When to use: Within a week.


Toscano or Red Kale – Try this one as kale chips, thrown in a cold smoothie or added to a soup. When to use: Within a week.


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


If you find that your greens have gone “limp,” a tell-tale sign of dehydration, try soaking them in a bowl of cold water for a bit to help them perk back up.


For more tips, recipe ideas, and info on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog. http://goldenearthworm.com/farmblog

What a day!

We would like to thank everybody for their patience today! We didn’t get veggies into the hands of the people until after 6:30, but so many of you came together and almost every single share was taken home! More people came out today between 6:30 and 8 than the last two weeks, can you believe it?! Over 60 of us were hanging out on the sidewalk waiting for the truck, getting to know our neighbors. There were restaurant suggestions and recipe swaps happening and we even saw a few numbers exchanged! We really put the community in our CSA today, and I am so proud to live here in Sunnyside!


Don’t forget next week we have a Lewis Waite Delivery, and it is the start of special products! If you ordered a fish, beer, kombucha or soap share, don’t forget to pick it up!

Truck Delay. Pickup Starts at 6pm!

The short message: Distribution will start at 6 today instead of 5. Sorry about that.


The long message: The Golden Earthworm truck broke down about an hour and a half from Queens and had to be towed. The farm loaded the veggies to another truck and is on it’s way but will not get to Sunnyside until 6.


We will unload the truck as quickly as we can and get you on your way. We regret the inconvenience to you, especially to those who pick up at 5.

In The Box–June 15

Who’s ready for more greens?? Check out what’s in the box this week–and if you’re looking for more info or recipes, Golden Earthworm has some tasty looking ideas here. Everything on this week’s list is best stored in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.


The veggie pickup for Thursday, June 15th will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.


Escarole – It looks like lettuce, but it’s not! Escarole a very nutrient-dense vegetable, and can be eaten raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.


Garlic Scapes – This is the top of the garlic plant–remove the head and use the rest as you would garlic. It gives a slightly milder flavor. When to use: Within a week.


Parsley – Don’t write this off as just a garnish–it’s also great in soups, salads and juices! When to use: Within 3 days.


Baby Arugula – This is the next planing, so it’s extremely tender and best eaten raw in a salad. When to use: Within 3 days.


Red Romaine Lettuce – Romain loves the hot weather, and holds up great with heavier toppings. When to use: Within a week.


Toscano Kale – Try this one as kale chips, thrown in a cold smoothie or added to a soup. When to use: Within a week.


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


If you find that your greens have gone “limp,” a tell-tale sign of dehydration, try soaking them in a bowl of cold water for a bit to help them perk back up.


For more tips, recipe ideas, and info on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog. http://goldenearthworm.com/farmblog

Strawberry Picking June 17

Take a ride with us to visit Golden Earthworm Organic Farm and pick all the sweet strawberries you want (first pint is free!).

Strawberry season is underway, and Golden Earthworm Farm is offering u-pick strawberries to CSA members only. You’re welcome to drive out to the farm on your own, but to make it even easier, we’ve chartered a bus!

When: Saturday, June 17th
Bus Pick up: 8:30am at Sunnyside Community Services
Bus Return: 5:30/6:00pm
Suggested Donation: $5 per person / $10 per family (kids free)

All veggie share members get a free quart of strawberries. Want more than a pint? Pick as much as you’d like for only $4.50/pint.

Sign up for a spot on the chartered bus here. (Spots are limited–sign up soon!)


Want to be more social? Sunnyside CSA is on Facebook and Twitter too!

In The Box–June 8, 2017

Happy second week of veggies! Below is a quick list of what’s in your box this week. If you’d like more info, or a few recipe ideas, check out this week’s email.


The veggie pickup for Thursday, June 7th will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm. Here’s what you’ll be getting:


Baby Spinach – Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 3 days.


Green Kale – Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.


Red Radishes – Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.


Red Boston LettuceStorage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week


Green Boston Lettuce – Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week.


Collards – Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within a week.


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 sign 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. http://goldenearthworm.com/farmblog

In the Box–June 1, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Summer Season! We could not be more excited for fresh veggies!


The veggie pickup for Thursday, June 1st will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm. Here’s what you’ll be getting:


Mustard Greens Salad MixStorage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in salad. When to use: Within 5 days.


Red Boston LettuceStorage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week.


Green Boston LettuceStorage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week.


Bunched Red KaleStorage: 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


Baby ArugulaStorage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within 5 days.


Bok ChoiStorage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.


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. http://goldenearthworm.com/farmblog

Winter Share Signups Are HERE!

The Winter Share signups are here, but listen up- they’re very different than last year, so please read carefully!

We’re excited to announce several winter shares for this season, to keep you eating well during the cold months. Even better, our  different partners have joined forces to deliver their food on the same pickup dates with Lewis Waite a la carte orders, making your winter eating as convenient and simple as possible. You can sign up before November 15th via this link, which also has all the details. But briefly, here’s what we’ve got:

Golden Earthworm Root Vegetable Share– this is our core share, but please note- due to member feedback, this year’s share is about half the size and better spread out throughout the winter. If you want as many veggies as last year, order 2 shares!

Frozen Vegetable Share– this is the same much-loved frozen share from Winter Sun Farms (now called Bridge Shares) who freeze local produce in the summer for you to eat in the winter. Great taste, and a great way to eat local off-season.

Beer Share– Are you as excited by this as I am? Queens’ very own Bridge & Tunnel brewery will be offering growlers to keep your spirits up all winter! 2 different beers each delivery, selected form their rotating stock of brews. A beer connoisseur’s dream!

Fish Share– Our friends at Lewis Waite are working with various local fish purveyors to bring you local great frozen fish for those cold winter months! Check out the signup form for a list of fish!

 

Soap Share– Last, but certainly not least, is the continuation of our soap share, made right here in Sunnyside! These are truly great smelling soaps that also happen to make great Holiday gifts!

SIGN UP FOR A SHARE TODAY!

In the Box–October 13, 2016

Trip to the Farm

The annual CSA Fall Harvest Festival is this Sunday!!! Golden Earthworm will be hosting Walking Tours, Cooking Demos, Kids’ Activities, Local Food…and more!

Get all the details from the farm by clicking here!

ALL are welcome, but we are sharing a bus with our Astoria & LIC CSA partners, so PLEASE sign up because space is limited. The sign-up is primarily to gauge interest and help us organize- if you change your mind at the last minute and forgot to sign up, COME ANYWAY!

SIGN UP HERE!

Meet up is at 9am on Sunday, October 16 in the parking lot of the Food Bazaar supermarket on Northern Blvd. Check the sign up sheet for all the bus trip details!


Veggie Share

Pickup is today, October 13 at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.

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

Arugula – Baby arugula for everyone this week! The leaves are extremely tender, so please wash gently and dress lightly so the flavor can shine!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.
Uses: Raw
When to use: Within 5 days.

Fennel – Back again for our fall harvest, fennel has a distinct flavor that mellows and practically disappears when cooked. It’s my favorite secret ingredient in soup – including tonight’s white bean and vegetable soup that the family can’t of… Here’s how to prep fennel.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.
Uses: Raw or Cooked
When to use: Within a week.

Parsley – A must in soups, or try parsley pesto. My mom told me that you can pull off the leaves and place them directly in a ziplock bag in the freezer. This way, you can just pull out a handful of frozen leaves and throw them in your soups to brighten up flavors all winter. Genius!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.
Uses: Raw or Cooked
When to use: Within a week or FREEZE.

Onions – Bring them on! I’m using up onions like crazy in all my fall soups!
Storage: In a dry, dark and cool place.
Uses: Cooked
When to use: Within a month.

Butternut Squash – One more week, and probably the last of the squash for the season. These butternuts should keep pretty well on your counter, but I usually bake them up in batches and scrape the flesh into ziplock bags to store in the freezer. Pull them out for soups and purees all winter long.
Storage: Winter squash should be stored at room temperature – and dry. Keep in paper bags or baskets out of direct sunlight and they will up to a month.
Uses: Cooked
When to use: Within a month.

Sweet Potatoes – The kids can’t get enough of these! You may notice some cosmetic skin damage – see photo below. The flesh inside is perfect, so just peel it off!
Storage: In a dry, dark and cool (NOT COLD) place – 55F-65F.
Uses: Cooked
When to use: Within 2 weeks.

Green Kale – Try this type steamed and then seasoned with fresh crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil and umeboshi (ume plum) vinegar OR in place of the umeboshi, lemon juice & salt.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.
Uses: Raw or Cooked
When to use: Within a week.

Lettuce – Either Red Boston or Red Batavian variety this week.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.
Uses: Raw
When to use: Within 5 days.

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

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


Fruit Share

Mixed bag of Bosc Pears, Empire & Red Delicious Apples

FRUIT SHARES ARE SEPARATE FROM VEGETABLE SHARES AND ARE NOT INCLUDED. Unless it says “FRUIT” next to your name on the check-in sheet, you have not signed up or paid for the fruit, so please DO NOT TAKE FRUIT.

Learn more about the fruit share by clicking on this link: http://goldenearthworm.com/fruit-shares

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