FARM BLOG

CSA 2010 - Week #19

What's in the Box - October 5, 6 & 7

Click on a crop below for recipes and storage information.

VEGETABLE SHARE Check back daily for an updated list - it will change during the week!

Bok Choi - OR- Cabbage -  1 head/bunch
Baby Arugula - 1/4 lb. bag
Butternut Squash - 1 piece
Spaghetti Squash -OR- Buttercup Squash - 1 piece 
Carrots - 1 bunch
Green Beans  - 1/2 lb bag
Toscano Kale - 1 bunch
Baby Salad Turnips - 1 bunch
Cilantro - 1 bunch 

FRUIT SHARE from Briermere Farm

If you have any questions about the fruit, please contact Briermere Farm directly at briermere@aol.com

FRUIT SHARE for Long Island  
1 bag mixed Gala & Empire Apples & Bosc Pears*

FRUIT SHARE for Queens 
1 bag mixed Gala & Empire Apples & Bosc Pears*

FRUIT STORAGE INFORMATION

Important Note about Bosc pears!!!!  Bosc pears are ripe when they turn an even brown color. They are still firm when ripe!  Refrigerate immediately when ripe. If left to soften, they will be rotten when you cut them open, so be careful!

Be sure to remove fruit from plastic bags immediately when you get them home.  They can ripen out on the counter or in a paper bag.  Store ripe fruit in the fridge.  

Notes on the share

We have a nice big share this week! There's a terrific crop of carrots coming in- quite possibly the best crop we've had in years.  And green beans too! If you had any idea what an effort it is to pick green beans, you'd savor every little bite. Many CSA farms don't even grow beans because it is so time consuming to pick them, so count yourselves lucky! Be sure not to overcook them.  Just lightly steam until al dente.

I think I'll leave this part of the newsletter in from last week for those who may have missed it...
Those winter squash are not just for decoration!  I visited the home of a CSA member a few years back and noticed that all the winter squash we had given out that fall was sitting on her front porch as decoration. While they're beautiful on display, they can (and must!) be eaten too! Don't be afraid, check out these videos for some tips on preparing your winter squash:

http://www.chow.com/food-news/55381/how-to-prepare-a-winter-squash/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbecyb7TgDE&feature=related 

CSA Harvest Festival 

We've set a date for our annual CSA Harvest Festival for Sunday, October 17thRain date will be the following Sunday. This year's activities will include hay rides, live music and entertainment, cooking demos, a local artisan market and more!  Find a full schedule of events and more info here.

A Call for Volunteers! How about putting a little "Community" into your "Community Supported Agriculture" experience and help us out at our Harvest Festival!  We're looking for some good folks to help us greeting members, directing traffic, serving up mulled cider...and I'm sure some other things too!  If you can put in 2 hours for us, that would be great!  We have 2 time slots open, 11am-1pm and 1pm-3pm.  Please e-mail our volunteer coordinator, Joy, at joymor@optonline.net

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Explore our Website

We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our farm and the wonderful things you can do with your weekly share. You may find our PRODUCE STORAGE TIPS page useful in figuring out how to maximize the life of your veggies, and our RECIPE section to search for ways to cook up your box! And maybe you need help identifying a particular mystery vegetable? Try our CROP GUIDE.  

If you would like to place a special order, or if there is a problem with your box, please contact Holly at holly@goldenearthworm.com  All other inquiries should be directed to our general CSA mailbox at info@goldenearthworm.com.

THIS WEEK'S RECIPE SUGGESTIONS

Green Beans braised with Tomatoes & Basil
Butternut Squash with Shallots and Sage

More recipes for all the week's produce can be found here on our RECIPES page.