Because of a delivery change by Kimball Brook Farm, milk orders must be placed by 9:00am tomorrow (Friday) for next Thursday’s deliver. For everything else the deadline is Monday, July 17th. Happy shopping!
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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!
All Natural Turkeys DEADLINE: Thursday, November 14th
Coldwater Creek Farm & Homestead Farm
Pastured Turkeys DEADLINE: Monday, November 18th
In this Newsletter
-Thanksgiving Turkeys + FAQs
-How to Defrost Your Turkey
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.
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.
“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.
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
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.