All posts by Emily Smith

In the Box–July 13

Did you love that fresh basil smell from last weeks’ box? Well, we’ve got more of it–plus some vegetables firsts for the season. As usual, the veggies for this week are best stored in an airtight plastic bag in the refrigerator.

If you’d like another place to find recipes for your weekly share, Golden Earthworm has a great Facebook page you can join. 


The veggie pickup for Thursday, July 13th will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.


Green Cabbage – This cabbage is great as a slaw, but can also be used stuffed, baked, in soups or salads. Use within 5 days.


Green & Red Batavian Lettuce – A nice summer lettuce, this variety is similar to Romaine, but a slightly softer texture. Use within a week.


Basil – This may be the last week for basil. If you feel like you have an overload, it can be frozen if you puree it with olive oil. Use within 3 days.


Carrots – So many uses and so tasty! It’s best to remove the tops before storing them in your fridge. Use within a week.


Cucumber – Another first week for this veggie, and a perfect summer addition to salads. Use within a week.


Cipollini Onions – These special onions, known as Little Italians, are super sweet and delicious caramelized. 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 the Box–July 6

Happy veggie share day! Lots of variety this week, but not to fret, there’s also still a good amount of lettuce for you salad-lovers. Don’t forget to check out more info, and recipe ideas, from the farm. All the veggies for this week are best stored in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator, but beets should be stored separately from the greens.


The veggie pickup for Thursday, July 5th will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm. It’s also pickup for Lewis Waite Farm orders.


Beets – Separate the green tops from the roots and eat them both! Beets pair well with citrus, walnuts and soft cheeses. The tops can be sautéed with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Use within 5 days.


Mustard Greens Salad Mix – This one’s back by popular demand, and we’re definitely excited to have more. Use within 5 days.


Green or Purple Kohlrabi – A very versatile veggie–but don’t forget to peel it first. Try it as a slaw, sliced in salads, eaten whole, braised, roasted, grilled… Use within a week.


Green Kale – Could this leafy green be any more healthy? Probably not. If you’re not sure how else to eat it, try one of the recipe links. Use within a week..


Basil – Who’s ready for a fresh batch of pesto? Use within 3 days.


Zucchini – This week you’ll see yellow and green varieties–they’ll make great zoodles for your pesto. Use within a week.


Scallion – Try these grilled and sliced into a salad. Fun fact: you can put the bottoms in a glass of water and they’ll regrow the green tops. Use within a week.


Fennel – This is your last week to enjoy fennel–and if you haven’t already tried it, the caramelized fennel recipe from last week is amazing. 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.

Get Groceries With Your CSA Shares

Did you know you could be shopping local farms at the same time you pick up your weekly CSA shares? Plus, Lewis Waite Farms provides free delivery to all Sunnyside CSA members.

Meat, eggs and yogurt are some of the most popular items, but there’s plenty beyond that. There’s also cheese, breads, pastas, drinks, other pantry and dairy items–even frozen pizzas! On top of free delivery, prices can beat farmer’s markets and organic grocery stores.

Orders come twice a month, and you can order as late as Monday for Thursday pick-up that same week. (Although they do try to accommodate late orders, items are not guaranteed. Plus the sooner you order, the more options you have.) You can pay online or when you pick up.

The next order is scheduled to deliver July 6th, so you still have time to order!

To learn more about Lewis Waite Farm and how to order, click here.

To register for an account, visit their site. There’s also a page of FAQs if you’re interested.

If you have any specific questions, or need help with registering, you can always contact us at special_products@sunnysidecsa.com.

In the Box–June 29

Look at all the veggies (and blueberries!) Check out what’s in the box this week–and for tasty recipe ideas, click here. All the veggies for this week are best stored in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Blueberries should just be stored in the fridge.


The veggie pickup for Thursday, June 29nd will be at Sunnyside Community Services from 5-8pm.


Scallions – These green onions are mellow enough to slice in a salad, be grilled whole or tossed in a recipe. When to use: Within 5 days.


Fennel – The bulb and stems are the main parts to eat. Try one of the recipes in the link above! When to use: Within a week.


Collards – One of the most nutrient-dense veggies on the planet. A recent favorite is using them like lettuce wraps. When to use: Within a week.


Radicchio – This is a leaf chicory, with a bitter and spicy taste when raw (try it with a creamy, sharp cheese). If you’d like it more mellow, eat it cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.


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


Zucchini – Is there anything this veggie can’t do? Breads, noodles, raw, cooked… When to use: Within a week.


Blueberries – This sweet treat comes from Little Buck Farms. Store in a container in the fridge (not in a plastic bag). 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 info on this week’s produce, check out the Golden Earthworm blog. http://goldenearthworm.com/farmblog

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

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