In the Box–August 11, 2016

Veggie, Fruit and Lewis Waite pickup for Thursday, August 11 will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.

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

Fresh, “New” Red Potatoes – These are freshly dug, beautiful new potatoes. You’ll notice that they cook much more quickly than potatoes you find in the store because they have a higher water content. If you boil them, check their tenderness with a knife every few minutes to avoid over-cooking. We noticed that some parts of the field had potatoes with some cosmetic skin blemishes (rough scab spots). These can be removed by peeling in those spots. But most of them look gorgeous, so no need to peel!
Storage: In a cool, DARK place. Do not store in plastic bags. Store in paper bags or loose. Uses: CookedWhen to use: Within 5 days. These won’t store well – use them right away!

Tomatoes – The red beefsteaks are coming in nicely!
Storage: On the counter until they are a deep red. At that point, eat them right away or if you must, put them in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/CookedWhen to use: Right away when deep red.

Red Long Onions – More of these beauties…great in salsa! If you want to save them to use later, just be sure to leave the stems attached and store somewhere cool and dry OR in the fridge. They need airflow or they will rot. Don’t expect them to last too long, but a few weeks is reasonable.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/CookedWhen to use: Within 5 days.

Green Beans – Please note that these need to be refrigerated right away — you can store them in the bag they come in. Also be sure to wash them before cooking. These are super fresh and should be steamed gently for just a few minutes until fork tender. DO NOT OVERCOOK THEM or they will turn green-gray and taste mushy. Watch them carefully and check them every minute or two in the steamer. I love them steamed with butter (or olive oil) and a bit of salt, but there are lots of wonderful green bean recipes to try.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: CookedWhen to use: Within 5 days.

Arugula – You’ll notice some cosmetic holes on the leaves from beetle damage when it was young – it looks a bit like Swiss Cheese! We considered not including it in this week’s share, but decided it would be a waste to turn it in since it tastes just fine! Ugly veg is still yummy veg, right?!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Best RawWhen to use: Right away! Within 3 days.

Swiss Chard – The “summer green”…enjoy it now because the cooler weather greens will be back next month. Try this week’s recipe with tomatoes in a quick saute. Delish!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.

Zucchini or Summer Squash – We thought we had finished harvesting these last week, but there were a few more out in the field…consider this a bonus item.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked 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

1 bag of mixed Apples, Peaches & Donut Peaches

PROGRAM NOTE: The fruit farmer at Briermere Farms has notified us that the start date of the Fruit Share starts THIS WEEK, and will run for 15 consecutive weeks. Please mark your calendars accordingly! The following is a schedule of what you can expect:

August through mid-September : Peaches
September through November : Apples & Pears

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

In the Box–August 4, 2016

Veggie and Lewis Waite pickup for Thursday, August 4 will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm. Spice Tree Organics will also have a table this week.

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

Tomatoes
Red Long Onions
Cabbage
Green Beans
Sweet Corn
Scallions
Zucchini

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.

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

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


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.

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.

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