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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.

Special Products Shares Announced!

We have added a whole bunch of new special products for the 2014 season! I’m talking kombucha, fermented foods, wine, and eggs–plus, we’re bringing back the ever popular dairy, fish, beer, and herb shares.

In addition, Lewis Waite Farms has created share plans for all kinds of different products, including bread, organ meats, cheese, meat, and more. You can always order a la carte from Lewis Waite, but if you’d like them to do the work for you, sign up for a share plan.

All of the details and a link to the sign up form can be found on our new Special Products page. You may never need to go to the grocery store again!

Lewis Waite–New Products!

Lewis Waite has added some new offerings! There’s still time to order for the March 11th Delivery. You do not need to have a winter CSA share to order meat, eggs, cheese, yogurt, grains, legumes, lacto-fermented goodies, and now mushrooms. Just visit the Lewis Waite website and follow the instructions to open an account with the Sunnyside CSA.

Order deadlines:
Cheese & Dairy Products: March 4, Midnight
Everything Else: March 6th, Midnight
Continue reading Lewis Waite–New Products!

Expanding Food Options This Winter!

In our continuing effort to bring good food to Sunnyside all year round, there are more things you can order, even if you missed out on the Winter Vegetable Shares. You don’t have to be a CSA member to enjoy these new food options! Just sign-up, order and pick-up your food on our delivery dates! Check it out:

VILLAGE FISHMONGER FISH SHARES

Sign up for a simple, 5-delivery, Winter Fish Share. The deliveries will be the same as our winter vegetable delivery dates. You can also add extra seafood items such as scallops, oysters, and lobster to any or all of your deliveries!

You can choose a small share (1lb.) for $75 or a medium share (2 lbs.) for $150 with optional add-ons and a la carte items like shellfish. Low-mercury, allergy-sensitive, and Kosher options are available too for those with dietary needs.

Read more about the Fish Share of at Village Fishmonger. They deal with payment, so please note the following tips:

IMPORTANT, when you Sign Up, make sure to choose “CSA Location Members” under “payment plan,” which will give you the 5-week winter plan.

When you choose a payment option, it lists “weekly” or “bi-weekly” but ignore that—both choices are set for the same amount and both of them get you the 5-delivery plan. Just pick one.

If you miss the first pickup date, you can still join for the remaining four dates. And if you want the share but will be on vacation on one of those 5 dates, you can email them and they’ll credit you towards the next round of fish in the summer!

Read more…
Or Sign Up Now...

WINTER SUN & ACORN HILL A LA CARTE ITEMS

You can now order a la carte items from Winter Sun and pick them up on any (or all!) of our winter vegetable delivery dates. Choose from local meats, frozen veggies, maple syrup, applesauce, etc. Also available; goat cheese, goat fudge and goat soap. Read more and learn how to set up an account.

Read more…

LEWIS WAITE CSA EXTRAS

Winter deliveries of Lewis Waite items are on TUESDAYS. Chose from a huge variety of local goodies including, meat, eggs, beans, cheese, bread, and so much more! Please check the order deadlines on the Lewis Waite site. The variety of food available through here will keep your supermarket shopping at a minimum! If you’ve never done so, it’s easy- just follow these instructions.

Read more…
Or Place your orders now…

DELIVERY INFORMATION

LOCATION: Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th Street, Sunnyside)

Winter vegetable deliveries, including Fish Shares and Winter Sun deliveries:
DATES: December 19, January 9, January 30, February 20, March 13 (always Thursdays)
TIME: 5pm – 8pm

Lewis Waite deliveries:
DATES: December 17, January 7, February 4, March 11, April 8, May 13 (Tuesdays in the Winter)
TIME: 6pm – 8pm

Make sure to sign-up for our CSA Yahoo email group to receive important CSA news.

Enjoy!

It’s Turkey Time!

LWF turkeys
LWF holiday turkey

We are posting this week’s Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras newsletter so you can learn all about and ORDER your holiday turkey via Sunnyside CSA. As you may know, we work with Lewis Waite to provide you with fresh local products beyond veggies and LWF is proud to offer you locally raised, all natural turkeys again this year!

ORDER DEADLINES

Stonewood Farm
All Natural Turkeys
DEADLINE: Thursday, November 14th

Coldwater Creek Farm & Homestead Farm
Pastured Turkeys
DEADLINE: Monday, November 18th

First time ordering? Follow our ordering instructions.

In this Newsletter
-Thanksgiving Turkeys + FAQs
-How to Defrost Your Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Stonewood Farm: $4.39/lb
Stonewood Farm specializes in premium quality turkeys with superior flavor and juiciness that can only be grown in Vermont. They grow their turkeys naturally; no antibiotics or growth hormones. Plenty of fresh Vermont air, cool nights, good feed and tender loving care on their family farm make for a wonderfully juicy turkey. They raise their turkeys for your family without any artificial ingredients inside large, open-sided barns. They are processed on the farm in their USDA facility without any preservatives. Paul Stone was the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Vermont and now his son Peter is taking a leading role on the farm. Sample the flavor by ordering All Natural turkey parts before the big day!

Coldwater Creek Farm and Homestead Farm Turkeys: $6.39/lb
Both Farms allow the turkeys free-range to enjoy life in the pastures. Movable fencing allows them to bring their turkeys into areas that have a high insect or weed population. Many people enjoy the gregarious personalities of our turkeys. As with our other poultry, the turkeys receive antibiotic-free and hormone-free feed containing no animal byproducts. They thrive in their natural environment producing a turkey that they have been told “is the best we’ve ever had.” They will be processed by Garden of Spices Farm in Easton, NY. We are never sure of the quantities or weights until they arrive (they guess 13-26 lbs), so please give us an indication of your desired size when you order. We have a limited supply, so get your order in early.

FAQs

How much do I need? We recommend 1 lb. per person for the meal, but don’t forget to plan for turkey sandwiches, turkey tetrazzini, and turkey soup (usually 4-5 lbs)! Larger birds have a higher meat to bone ratio, so you may need slightly more per person for small birds than larger ones.

When will it come to Sunnyside CSA? It will be there on Thursday, November 21st

What other local products can I get? Our entire list of family farm and artisan products is available to help keep your holiday meal locally sourced. Putney Mountain Sparkling Ciders, lots of local cheeses, cranberry sauce, grains and beans for side dishes, bread, etc. After you’ve added your turkey to the shopping cart, you can keep shopping, or check out and return at a later date to EDIT your existing Turkey order. Be sure to pay attention to the DELIVERY DATE of your order.

How do I order? Login to Lewis Waite Farm. If you do not have a profile, read our login instructions.

Make sure you get an email confirmation of your order! If you didn’t get one, we didn’t get your order either!
Questions? Call: 518-692-3120 or Send an email

How to Defrost Your Turkey

The USDA has specific instructions, read up!

“The Big Thaw”
Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during “the big thaw.” While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. However, as soon as it begins to thaw, any bacteria that may have been present before freezing can begin to grow again.

A package of frozen meat or poultry left thawing on the counter more than 2 hours is not at a safe temperature. Even though the center of the package may still be frozen, the outer layer of the food is in the “Danger Zone” between 40 and 140 °F — at a temperature where foodborne bacteria multiply rapidly.

There are two safe ways to thaw food: in the refrigerator and in cold water – we do not recommend Microwaves.

Safe Methods for Thawing
Frozen turkeys should not be left on the back porch, in the car trunk, in the basement, or any place else where temperatures cannot be constantly monitored. There is a danger that the outside will warm to above 40 while the interior is still frozen.

Refrigerator Thawing
When thawing a turkey in the refrigerator:
Plan ahead: allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds in a refrigerator set at 40 °F or below.
Place the turkey in a container to prevent the juices from dripping on other foods.

Refrigerator Thawing Times
Whole turkey:

4 to 12 pounds — 1 to 3 days
12 to 16 pounds — 3 to 4 days
16 to 20 pounds — 4 to 5 days
20 to 24 pounds —5 to 6 days

A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days before cooking. Foods thawed in the refrigerator can be refrozen without cooking but there may be some loss of quality.

Cold Water Thawing
Allow about 30 minutes per pound.

First be sure the turkey is in a leak-proof plastic bag to prevent cross-contamination and to prevent the turkey from absorbing water, resulting in a watery product.

Submerge the wrapped turkey in cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. Cook the turkey immediately after it is thawed.

Cold Water Thawing Times

4 to 12 pounds — 2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds — 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds — 8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds — 10 to 12 hours

A turkey thawed by the cold water method should be cooked immediately. After cooking, meat from the turkey can be refrozen.

Questions? Call: 518-692-3120 or Send an email

In the Box: Autumn, Week #19

Red Salad Kale! Image via GEOF.
Red Salad Kale! Image via GEOF.

Golden Earthworm Veggie Share*
Baby Salad Red Kale – 1  bunch
Napa Cabbage – 1 large head
Boston Lettuce – 2 heads (green or red)
Tomatoes – 2 lb bag of mixed variety
Arugula -OR- Spinach – 1 bag
Long Red Peppers – 4 pieces
*Contents of the share may fluctuate over the week.

Fruit Share
1 bag mixed Apple varieties

Herb Share
TBD…

Milk Not Jails
Dairy share pick-up

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras
LWF pick-up

Village Fishmonger
**FIRST DELIVERY** Fish share pick-up

VEGGIE STORAGE TIPS
In a bag in the fridge: Kale, Cabbage, Lettuce, Arugula, Spinach, Peppers
On the counter: Tomatoes

A few friendly reminders & updates: 

Golden Earthworm’s Harvest Festival ~ Sunday, October 20th ~ 11am-3pm
This year’s Harvest Festival includes hayride tours, walking tours, kids activities, a giant haystack game, music from the talented Barbara Garriel, and cooking demos!! Please take a moment to fill out this sign-up form. We’ll do our best to provide transportation to and from the farm. FREE for CSA members! Read more about the festival…

Fish Shares
Fresh seafood, delivered weekly with your CSA bounty via Brooklyn-based Village Fishmonger! ORDER DEADLINE is 10/14 for delivery on 10/17. Low-mercury options are available. Sign-up today! Questions, Contact Us!

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras
Order your next Lewis Waite products for delivery on Thursday, October 24th. Note 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!

NEWS FROM THE FARM
I’m so excited about this week’s share! Little Farmer and I were discussing this over dinner last night and we’ve decided that the Baby Salad Kale in this week’s share is probably our favorite crop grown on our farm. (We were both chowing down on the kale salad with lemon, garlic and bread crumbs… recipe below.) DO NOT COOK THIS KALE! It is meant to be eaten raw in a salad. You can dress it up with your favorite house dressing, but I really cannot stress enough how fabulous our kale salad recipe is!

I must also note that this is the first time EVER that we’ve grown napa cabbage for the CSA. It’s a really lovely variety of cabbage with crisp-tender leaves. I’ve shared two great recipes below.
–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.

+ FIND RECIPES 
+ VEGETABLE INFO & STORAGE TIPS

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!

RECIPES FROM THE FARM
Kale Salad with Lemon, Garlic, Bread Crumbs and Parmesan
Roasted Cabbage Wedge Salad
Napa Cabbage Salad

Enjoy!

In the Box: Summer, Week #15

GEOF-leeks planting
Leeks planting. Image via GEOF

Golden Earthworm Veggie Share*
Nicola Potatoes – 1 quart
Butternut OR Acorn Squash OR Zucchini
Leeks – 1 bunch
Parsley – 1 bunch
Green Bell Peppers – 2 pieces
Long Red Peppers – 2 pieces
Tomatoes – Beefsteak, Plum or Cherry
*Contents of the share may fluctuate over the week.

Fruit Share
1 bag Pears
1 bag Gala Apples
Ripen pears on the counter, then refrigerate.

Herb Share
Rosemary – 1 bunch
Sage – 1 bunch

Milk Not Jails
Dairy share pick up

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras
If you ordered, pick up your LWF items

A few friendly reminders & updates:

STORAGE TIPS
In a bag in the fridge: Parsley, Leeks
In the fridge: Peppers
On the counter: Butternut Squash, Tomatoes
In a cool, dark place: Potatoes

Veggie Box Videos #1
We debuted a new video series featuring local chefs that give tips and demos on what to do with your CSA vegetables! Up first: Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, chef and owner of Manducatis Rustica in Long Island City! In just a few minutes she whips up three delicious dishes with a few veggies for your eating pleasure.

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras
Order your next Lewis Waite products for delivery on Thursday, September 26th. Note 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!

A CROP UPDATE FROM YOUR FARMERS
As we enter the second half of the CSA season, here’s a quick crop update… Be forewarned that this update details the loss of several summertime crops. Our fall crops are doing marvelously and you can see photos of the beautiful fields below…

Cherry Tomatoes – Typically we are able to give out a full portion of orange cherry tomatoes to each member for a few weeks. This year some unusual things have occurred in the cherry tomato patch. Back in June when we had all the rain the lower 1/4 of the field flooded for a short period of time. All the plants in this section died shortly afterwards. Over the next few weeks, the remaining plants began to develop a disease called bacterial speck. While the plants eventually rebounded and are in decent shape now, the yields have been minimal. We hope to include more cherry tomatoes in the shares soon, but we will have to see how long the warm weather holds out.

Eggplant – For 2 or 3 years our eggplants have been wiped out by Colorado potato beetles. This year we moved them to the farm in Jamesport where there is less potato beetle pressure in hopes of having a successful crop. After a couple of times handpicking and spraying the beetles we were successful at eliminating their colonies and now have a nice planting of eggplant. Since we’ve had such trouble in the past we were cautious about planting a full CSA-sized planting and this is why we have only have enough to give out to some groups each week or two. Everyone will eventually receive the same amount of eggplant. Now we are having some problems with verticillium wilt and perhaps another unidentified disease so occasionally an eggplant makes it into the box which is not up to snuff. Let contact the farm if you receive a bad eggplant and we will happily replace it.

Garlic – Our garlic did very well this year. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of it. There were shortages of Certified Organic garlic seed last fall and we only planted about 1/3 the amount we normally plant. We know you all love garlic and we’re doing everything we can to get our hands on as much seed as possible for next season.

More updates to come next week. In the meantime, check out the beautiful fall crops growing in our fields. Everything is looking great and we’re looking forward to a bountiful harvest over the next few months!

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.

+ FIND RECIPES
 + VEGETABLE INFO & STORAGE TIPS

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!

RECIPES FROM THE FARM
Simple Herbed Potato Salad
Stuffed Green Peppers

Save the Date:
Golden Earthworm’s Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 20th
This year’s Harvest Festival promises to be a delicious and fun outing! If enough people are interested, we’ll organize a bus trip, as we did last year! Stay tuned for more info. Save the date! October 20th ~ 11am-3pm