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!


U-Pick Strawberries (final details)

UPDATE: Our bus is full! For those who are already signed up, please be ready to go at the Pathmark parking lot NO LATER than 8:50am.

As mentioned earlier, lots of folks are interested in sharing a bus ride to Golden Earthworm Organic Farm on June 10th for a day of Strawberry Picking! Now for  the final details… Please read and sign up for the trip!

Once a year Golden Earthworm Organic Farm opens up their beautiful organic strawberry fields for you and your family to enjoy a day of strawberry picking. SUNNYSIDE and ASTORIA CSAs will be traveling by bus to the farm, located in the North Fork of Long Island.


  • DATE: Sunday June 10th, 2012
  • TIME: Please be at the Pathmark parking lot for pick up NO later than 8:50am
  • We will be back in Astoria/Sunnyside by 5:30pm

***PICK UP: @ PATHMARK Parking LOT ***
Pathmark Long Island City
4202 Northern Blvd
LIC, NY 11101

If you are driving, visit the Golden Earthworm page for directions. Depending on traffic, the drive is a little over 2 hours.

PLEASE PACK A LUNCH! This trip is rain or shine please dress appropriately—the farm can be a little muddy in the Spring 🙂

Sorry, no animals are allowed on the bus or the farm.

Again, if you are definitely planning on attending the strawberry picking, please fill out the short form.

NOTE: Even if you already filled out the previous form expressing interest in attending the strawberry picking, we need you to fill out this new confirmation form. ***It is especially important to fill out the form if you plan on taking the bus!***


Bus for U-Pick Strawberries Sun. June 10th!

Photo via: Golden Earthworm Organic Farm

Because interest in attending the U-Pick Strawberries event at Golden Earthworm Farm on Sunday June 10th was high, we have arranged for a bus to transport members to and from the farm!  The cost to ride the bus is $5 per adult CSA member, $10 per adult non-member, and children ride free (note, this is in addition to the cost to pick the strawberries, which is $4/quart).  We will be sharing the bus with members from the Astoria CSA.  The pickup will be at 9:00 am at the Pathmark on Northern Blvd, and the estimated arrival time back into Queens is 5 pm.

If you are definitely planning on attending the strawberry picking, please fill out the short form.

NOTE: Even if you already filled out the previous form expressing interest in attending the strawberry picking, we need you to fill out this new confirmation form. ***It is especially important to fill out the form if you plan on taking the bus!***

CLICK HERE to fill out the form

We hope you enjoy picking (and eating!) all of those delicious strawberries!

Questions? Feel free to Contact Us!

*In the box

First share of the 2012 season!

Hi everyone! Welcome to week 1 of the 2012 CSA Season! Barring last-minute changes, here’s what will be in the box:

Strawberries – 1 quart
Rhubarb – 1 bunch
Arugula – 1 bag
Baby Bok Choi – 1 bunch
Red Kale – 1 bunch
Japanese Salad Turnips – 1 bunch

Notes on the share (recipes available at www.goldenearthworm/newsletters):

Strawberries: need no comment– just enjoy right away, or refrigerate immediately. They won’t last more than a day in the fridge anyway, so we recommend you eat them tonight for dessert! (If they make it until then!) Rhubarb is one of those things that you either love, or you don’t know what the heck to do with… When in doubt, just use the recipe on our website for the rhubarb cake. It’s simple, delicious, and with a nice scoop of ice cream it might just turn you into a rhubarb lover too! The arugula is extremely tender – unlike anything you’d find in a grocery store. Please wash very gently so you don’t damage the leaves, and dress with a drizzle of olive oil, wine vinegar and salt and pepper. It really doesn’t need more than that! I have a bok choi recipe which is quite simple and brings out the best qualities of this Asian green — its leaf texture and gentle flavor. The red kale is my favorite variety of kale– its leaves are tender enough to eat raw in a salad, but can also be gently steamed. Try my kale salad recipes! And finally, the Japanese salad turnips are a fun variety that you won’t find in stores and are best eaten raw. No need to peel them- just slice and sprinkle with a little sea salt as an appetizer, or slice in salads, or just eat them like an apple (as Galen does). The tops should be eaten too! I call this a good example of a “two-for-one veg”. You can eat the bottoms AND the tops! The greens can be washed and cooked like spinach, but the flavor is so much more complex and delicious. Saute with olive oil and garlic for a delicious side dish. Bon appetit!

Strawberry Picking Spectacular!

Photo via: Golden Earthworm Organic Farm

On Sunday, June 10th, CSA members can pick organic strawberries at $4 a quart at Golden Earthworm Organic Farm (our vegetable farm)! Depending on your interest, we are hoping to help arrange transportation to the farm, which is a couple of hours away on the East End of Long Island. Whether this is in the form of a bus or carpooling depends on the interest level, so if you are seriously interested in this fun event, please fill out our online survey now! Time is of essence!

Just so you know, Golden Earthworm Organic Farm is open on other weekends for strawberry picking as well. If you want to go on your own, you can check their site for a list of U-Pick dates.


Strawberry Muffins


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup lowfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped strawberries

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Grease a 12 muffin tin or line it with paper baking cups.

3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar and baking soda. Toss the strawberries with the flour mixture.

4. In another bowl, stir together eggs, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla until blended.

5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until the flour is just moistened. The batter will be lumpy.

6. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.

Yields 12 muffins.


Vinegared Strawberries with Creme Fraiche

recipe via the kitchn

1/3 cup good-quality aged balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 pints fresh, in-season, strawberries
8 ounces creme fraiche
fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced


1. Remove the stems and slice the strawberries lengthwise; small berries should be quartered, and larger berries can be cut in sixths or eighths.

2. In a bowl large enough to hold the berries, combine the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Add the strawberries and toss to coat. Cover and set aside to allow berries to macerate in the vinegar mixture at least 2 hours, re-tossing every half hour.

3. To serve, place a mound of berries on in a shallow bowl with a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkling of mint leaves.

serves 4

What the veg?


Eat right away or refrigerate to prevent decay. Fresh strawberries will only last 1 day in the fridge.