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NEWS FROM THE FARM
Ok, so this is the last week of Peppers! (I promise.) We’ve had a bumper crop of peppers this season and as is typical in CSA, you’ve received the bounty of the harvest over the past couple months. Luckily peppers are easy to roast and freeze for use in recipes over the winter! Check out the instructions under the Recipe section in this newsletter.The Cauliflower is a real treat this week! This crop is not especially easy to grow and we haven’t had it for several seasons, so enjoy! Bon appetit! – Maggie
CONNECT WITH YOUR FARM
Golden Earthworm welcomes you to explore their website to learn more about our farm and the wonderful things you can do with your weekly share.
Cauliflower and potato soup
In a heavy bottomed soup pot, saute a chopped onion and 1 clove of minced garlic in some olive oil. Add a head of cauliflower (roughly cut into 1″ chunks), 2-3 small potatoes and 1 carrot (all peeled and cut into 1/2″ chunks) and saute for a few minutes. Add water to just cover the veg, put a top on the pot and boil, then simmer until the potatoes, carrots and cauliflower are tender. Use an immersion blender to puree smooth and season to taste with salt and pepper.
This Halloween, we’re getting into the spirit with our very own bake sale during Thursday’s pickup. Grown-ups need treats too! Bring your little trick-or-treaters and treat yourselves to some homemade goodies. Thanks to all of our CSA volunteer bakers who made this effort possible. All sales ticket sales help support our subsidy program, so more local families can afford access to fresh, organic, local produce.
Bring your own protein/veggie to grill and a dish to share – we will provide non-alcoholic refreshments, chips and all the BBQ gear. The CSA will also cover all costs associated with using the Park for the BBQ. Feel free to bring adult beverages, but remember – NO GLASS, only non-glass containers!
Bring the whole family! This year we’re hoping to have something special just for the kids – we’ll have s’mores, dancing, and games! You can RSVP here. Please signup and let us know how many guests you will be bringing and what food item(s) you might bring. Non-members are also welcome too – the more the merrier!
Do we have any artists in the group? We are looking for a face painting volunteer to help us out with children’s face painting at the cookout. Email us asap at email@example.com.
We also need volunteers to help run the event, including setup, cleaning up, and the very important role of the Grill Master, tending to the grill! If you can help out, please sign up at VolunteerSpot. This will count towards your volunteer requirement!
Thanks to everyone who responded to our quest for qualifying subsidized share members, we are able to help 15 families eat well this year who would otherwise have no access to such fresh, organic produce. Those shares are subsidized through a combination of donations and fundraising efforts, all of which depend on you, the CSA membership, to succeed. Which brings us to our…
OPENING NIGHT RAFFLE!
To kick off our 2013 CSA season, we are raffling off a pair of tickets to this year’s 8th Annual Taste of L.I.C., held Tuesday, June 4th, 2013. That’s a $120 value! A fixture of cultural life in LIC, the event is a fundraiser for the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. It presents a smorgasbord of food and drink from over fifty Queens restaurants and vendors, including pub grub purveyors Alewife; throwback specialists The Astor Room; trendy M. Wells Dinette; traditional red sauce joint Testaccio Ristorante, gelato specialists Manducatis Rustica, Brooklyn Brewery, and many, many others.
The soiree on Tuesday takes place over lovely Gantry Plaza State Park—home to the landmark Long Island City sign—which sits right on the East River waterfront with stellar views into the city. All of the proceeds from this raffle go directly into our subsidized shares, so please support our subsidy program by purchasing tickets at tomorrow’s pickup! The winner’s name will be drawn immediately following the pickup and will be notified no later than Friday 5/31.
Ticket prices are $5 for 1, $10 for 3, or $20 for 10. Cash only, please!
Hi everyone! Welcome to week 1 of the 2012 CSA Season! Barring last-minute changes, here’s what will be in the box:
Strawberries – 1 quart
Rhubarb – 1 bunch
Arugula – 1 bag
Baby Bok Choi – 1 bunch
Red Kale – 1 bunch
Japanese Salad Turnips – 1 bunch
Notes on the share (recipes available at www.goldenearthworm/newsletters):
Strawberries: need no comment– just enjoy right away, or refrigerate immediately. They won’t last more than a day in the fridge anyway, so we recommend you eat them tonight for dessert! (If they make it until then!) Rhubarb is one of those things that you either love, or you don’t know what the heck to do with… When in doubt, just use the recipe on our website for the rhubarb cake. It’s simple, delicious, and with a nice scoop of ice cream it might just turn you into a rhubarb lover too! The arugula is extremely tender – unlike anything you’d find in a grocery store. Please wash very gently so you don’t damage the leaves, and dress with a drizzle of olive oil, wine vinegar and salt and pepper. It really doesn’t need more than that! I have a bok choi recipe which is quite simple and brings out the best qualities of this Asian green — its leaf texture and gentle flavor. The red kale is my favorite variety of kale– its leaves are tender enough to eat raw in a salad, but can also be gently steamed. Try my kale salad recipes! And finally, the Japanese salad turnips are a fun variety that you won’t find in stores and are best eaten raw. No need to peel them- just slice and sprinkle with a little sea salt as an appetizer, or slice in salads, or just eat them like an apple (as Galen does). The tops should be eaten too! I call this a good example of a “two-for-one veg”. You can eat the bottoms AND the tops! The greens can be washed and cooked like spinach, but the flavor is so much more complex and delicious. Saute with olive oil and garlic for a delicious side dish. Bon appetit!
Some words from Golden Earthworm Farm to start off the season:
Welcome to our 2012 CSA program! We are thrilled that you’re joining us as we celebrate our 16th year of organic farming on Long Island. With a mild winter and a very busy spring behind us, we are excited to harvest our first week’s crops, bringing you some delicious greens (both cooking and salad greens) and strawberries! If you’ve been a member in the past, the first week’s box must look very familiar by now! These are the crops that grow well in the late spring, so they are almost always guaranteed to make an appearance in the first box of the season. Coming up in the next few weeks you can expect to see some carrots, beets, fennel, spinach, and other delicious early-season crops!
Town Hall Meeting Please come to our annual town hall meeting where you can meet our farmers, chat with the core group, have your opinion heard and get more involved overall with the 2012 year. You’ll also hear the results of our year-end survey. This is our only meeting of the year, so please attend- it’s our one chance to discuss the CSA openly as a group. There are several open positions within the core group, so anyone and everyone interested in the CSA’s direction is encouraged to come. Another great reason for attending is…
2012 CSA Sign Ups All returning members in good standing are eligible for this early-bird sign up happening at the Town Hall Meeting. If you want to ensure a spot in next year’s veggie share, this is your chance. After this, our signups will be open to everyone, first-come / first-serve- so save the date! We will send another email soon with the contract and 2012 share details.
Town Hall Meeting & 2012 Sign Up:
Wed Jan 18, 7-8:30pm @ Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th St.)
Year-End Survey Let your voice be heard by filling out our survey, which is instrumental in knowing what directions you want this CSA to head in. Without your feedback, we can’t improve! If you’re a CSA member, please fill out this quick survey by Sunday, January 15th.
Although the new year has begun, we are still wrapping up the 2011 season and making plans with our farm for the 2012 season.
Please help us out by taking our annual season-end survey. The survey is open until Sunday January 15, but we would love to hear from you sooner.
We will announce the results at our annual town hall meeting on Wednesday January 18th.