Image via Briermere Farm
Fruit share holders, we’ll be getting our first taste of CSA peaches this week.
Some in your bag may need to ripen a bit.
This is best done by either leaving out at room temperature or putting them in a paper bag (the ethylene gas given off by the ripening fruit becomes trapped in the bag, which speeds up the ripening process).
Welcome to week six of our CSA.
I’m impressed by how many recipes you guys are sending our way. Some ingenious uses for zucchini (can you say ice cream?), a non-jam way to cook up your currants and a quick no-fuss cheesy zucchini and onion flatbread. I’ll be using many of the recipes on the site this week in my personal challenge to use every last bit of my share before next Thursday.
Zucchini – 5-7 pieces
Yellow or White Carrots – 1 bunch
Cabbage – 1 head
Radicchio – 1 head
Red Batavian or Green Romaine Lettuce – 1 head
Green Kale – 1 bunch
Cippolini Onions – 1 bunch
Broccoli – 2-3 pieces
Note from our farm:
We have a great box for you this week- full of roots and leafy greens! The kohlrabi can be stored in the hydrator of the fridge for at least a month, so don’t be overwhelmed! Don’t forget to eat the tops of the beets! I know I keep repeating this over and over, but most people still throw them out when they’re the best greens in the world!
Romaine Lettuce – 1 head
Yellow Carrots – 1 bunch
Cippolini Onions – 1 bunch
Beets – 1 bunch
Kohlrabi – 3 pieces
Toscano Kale – 1 bunch
Dill or Parsley – 1 bunch
Black or Red Currants
Notes from our farm:
This is the week to enjoy Swiss Chard! We also have our first crop of carrots in the share this week, and they’re especially sweet this time of year.
Overall our crops are looking terrific! We’ve been busy cultivating (the farming term for weeding) with our new cultivating tractor – which has made the task much more efficient and fun!
There’s no lettuce in the box this week because the groundhog ate it! They ravaged most of the varieties we planted, but there should be more coming soon. In other sad news, the bok choi and white salad turnip beds were taken over by weeds, so we’ve turned them in. Small losses considering the size of the farm, but we wanted to keep you informed!
In the Box, Veggies
Swiss Chard; 2 bunches
Carrots; 1 bunch
Scallions; 1 bunch
Collard Greens; 1 bunch
Fennel; 3 pieces
Cilantro or Dill; 1 bunch
Special Products **for those who pre-purchased shares
Coffee: As individually ordered
Fruit: Raspberries and Blueberries
Notes from our farm:
The first beets of the season are making an appearance in the box this week! Be sure to use the beet tops as well as the roots- they’re some of the best tasting greens you’ll find. You can cook them up like any other green, either sauteed, or gently steamed.
The baby spinach is perfect for salads this time of year when the leaves are still very tender.
Kohlrabi is great raw, sliced very thinly and sprinkled with a little sea salt.
This is the last of the garlic scapes for the season. Use them wisely! GEOF recommends grilling them.
Red Boston Lettuce
**Please note that items on this list may change, per Golden Earthworm availability. Please be sure to check your boxes before you leave SCS and advise a volunteer if you feel you are missing something.
A note from Golden Earthworm:
Greens Galore! This is a traditional late spring box, full of delicious leafy greens.
The Swiss Chard is gorgeous- called Bright Lights because of its multi-color stems.
The Baby Bok Choy is delicious steamed up or used in a stir fry.
And don’t forget that the white Japanese Salad Turnips are a two-for-one veg because you can eat the leaves too! I love their spicy flavor when gently steamed and then sauteed with a little garlic, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.
And for all you Escarole lovers (or soon to be)…a big beautiful head of escarole to round things out. Escarole can be eaten raw in a salad, or cooked. It is a bitter green, so cooking will help take off the bitter edge if you don’t like the flavor. If eating raw, the inner (more yellow) leaves are less bitter and can even be a bit sweet!
Finally, the funny looking long green things in your box are a springtime specialty called garlic scapes!
Escarole | 1 head
Red or Green Romaine Lettuce | 1 head
Swiss Chard | 1 head
Green Boston Lettuce | 1 head
Baby Bok Choy | 1 bunch
Japanese Salad Turnips | 1 bunch (2-3 pcs)
Garlic Scapes | 1 bunch
photo via Dennis Yuen
Our fourth CSA season is finally upon us.
First pick up is Thursday, June 3!
Seems like just yesterday we were shivering in the cold with garlic scapes and bok choy and other lovelies from Golden Earthworm feeling like a very distant horizon [oh, wait, it was just yesterday].
As you can see, we’ve relaunched our website! Please visit often for the weekly share forecast, recipes, veggie storage info and cooking tips. The site is a constant work in progress, so be sure to check in so you can stay up to date with news from us and our partner farms and vendors. Extra extra special thanks to CSA member, Dennis Y., for his blood, sweat and patience while he got this thing up and running for us. He’s now fulfilled his volunteer hours through 2020.
In other exciting news, following the lead of our sister CSA’s, our newsletter is going digital for 2010. Hurray to no more wasted paper, pdf’s to download or waiting until Wednesday night to learn what veggies we’re getting.
In case you’re rusty about the details for Thursday’s pick-up:
1) Pick up is between 5:00 and 8:00 pm at SCS (43-31 39th Street, b/t 43rd Ave and Queens Blvd).
2) Bring a couple of bags to take your produce home in
3) Bring your calendars so you can sign up for your volunteer hours. Lisa, our volunteer coordinator will be there to answer all your questions.
4) In the Box:
French Breakfast Radishes
Red and Green Boston Lettuce
Baby Japanese Salad Turnips
Have fun. Looking forward to seeing you!
Hope you’re all enjoying the veggies and staying warm!
Hello and happy Thursday, winter shareholders!
Here’s your list of goodies for today.
Spinach OR kale