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In the Box: Summer, Week #16

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Sweet potatoes! Image via GEOF

Golden Earthworm Veggie Share*
Celery Root – 2 pieces
Baby Bok Choi – 1 bunch
Scallions or Leeks – 1 bunch
Arugula – 1/2 lb. bag
Eggplant – 2 pieces
Long Red Peppers – 3 pieces
Cherry Tomatoes – 1 pint
Sweet Potatoes – 1.75 lbs.
*Contents of the share may fluctuate over the week.

Fruit Share
1 bag mixed Bartlett Pears & Gala Apples

Herb Share
Dill – 1 bunch
Oregano – 1 bunch

Milk Not Jails
Dairy share pick up

Events with Sunnyside CSA

Let’s Go METS!
Next Thursday, September 26th, is Farm-to-Table Night with the METS at Citi Field. Join other CSAs in Promenade Reserved seats for only $15 per ticket! Game starts at 7:10pm. The METS are excited about bringing CSA communities together for a night of fun and to raise awareness about the “eating local” movement. We realize this is a pickup night, but those who are interested can make alternative arrangements to pick up before the game. To purchase tickets, or if you have questions, Contact Us!

Calling all aspiring Iron Chefs! Sunnyside CSA has been invited to compete in the city-wide Just Food CSA Smackdown! We’re looking for 2-person teams to compete in our own round of the Smackdown on the weekend of Sept. 28/29 or Oct. 5/6. We’ll provide a share box, some basic ingredients, and you provide the magic. The winners will advance to a semi-final round in late Oct. and then to a city-wide final round in November. If you would love to put your cooking chops and culinary knowledge to the test, Contact Us ASAP!

Golden Earthworm’s Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 20th ~ 11am-3pm
This year’s Harvest Festival promises to be a delicious and fun outing! Please take a moment to fill out this sign-up form. And we’ll do our best to provide transportation to and from the farm. Read more about the festival…

A few friendly reminders & updates:

In a bag in the fridge: Celery Root, Baby Bok Choi, Scallions, Arugula, Peppers
On the counter: Sweet Potatoes
FRUIT: Ripen pears on the counter, then refrigerate.

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras
Order your next Lewis Waite products for delivery on Thursday, September 26thNote the NEW ORDER DEADLINES. Please be sensitive to the busy farmers and order on time. Late orders may not be filled. Place your order now!

Continuing our update from last week, here are a few notes on this week’s share…

Sweet Potatoes! – These are different from the sweet potatoes you are familiar with. They are freshly harvested from the soil the day before you receive them and are not yet cured. The skins are very delicate and they should not be refrigerated. The typical post-harvest process of heating the potatoes for 7-10 days hardens the skins and prepares them for storage. We will cure future harvests, but we wanted to give this special first harvest right away. We are giving out a variety of sizes right now because we are digging the crop daily. Some are large, some are babies, but all taste great. In general these sweet potatoes will cook faster than older ones, so you’ll have to adjust your cooking times accordingly.

Red Long Peppers – It has been quite a wait for these to turn from green to red, but here they are! Our first red sweet peppers in many, many years. Peppers suffer from cold injury at the temperatures of a normal household refrigerator, but they will stay in ok shape for a few days. 45-60F is best, but should be in a plastic or wax bag so they don’t dehydrate. Hopefully you cannot resist eating them right away and won’t have to worry about storing them.

Baby Bok Choi – Our lovely greens are beginning to return now, and we have a good sized bunch of baby bok choi for everyone. This is true baby bok choi with a light green stem. The whole thing is edible!

Baby Arugula – This is beautiful arugula. We have washed some of it, depending on the picking conditions, but we recommend that you re-wash at home before you eat it. It has a short shelf life due to its delicate leaves, so be sure to handle gently and eat it as soon as possible.

Celery Root – A fascinating vegetable that many of you may not be familiar with. Strange looking, great smelling and excellent if prepared correctly. We have included recipes to assist you in succeeding with this oddball but super vegetable!

The tomatoes are not finished quite yet! We are taking a little hiatus due to the very slow ripening occurring with the colder weather. We do expect to harvest more tomatoes in small quantities over the next few weeks. The weather will decide this, as tropical warm season crops dislike cold weather and growth rates decline.

Here’s to a wonderful upcoming fall harvest for all! – Farmer Matt

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.


If you have questions or concerns about your share, please do not hesitate to contact the farm. That is one of the benefits of knowing where your food comes from!

Simple Celery Root Soup
Martha Stewart’s Celery Root Primer
Stir Fried Bok Choi with Ginger and Garlic

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