CSA 2010 - Week #12

What's in the Box - August 17, 18 & 19

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!

Arugula - 1 bag
Green Bell Peppers - 2 pieces
Cherry Tomatoes*  - 1/2 pint
Red Tomatoes* - 5 pounds! 
Colored Bell Pepper - 1 piece 
Cantaloupe Melon -OR- Cucumbers - 1 piece/3 pieces
Fennel - 2 pieces 

FRUIT SHARE from Briermere Farm

If you have any questions about the fruit, please contact Briermere Farm directly at

FRUIT SHARE for Long Island  - Wednesday
1 bag Peaches - Just 1 bag this week!

FRUIT SHARE for Queens 
1 bag Peaches 
1 container berries (blueberries -OR- raspberries) 

Leave peaches at room temperature, or put them in a paper bag.  This does help - the ethylene gas given off by the ripening fruit is trapped in the bag and speeds up the process. Berries should be kept in the fridge. 

Notes on the Box...

We're swimming in tomatoes now! What a difference from last year! I think this weather calls for some salsa, don't you? If you can't eat all your tomatoes right away, you can can them, or even easier- freeze them! I just chop them up and freeze them in ziplock bags.  No pre-cooking necessary! As long as you're cooking them (in a soup, sauce, etc.) when you take them out they keep perfectly like this.  Same goes for the peppers- just remove the stem and seeds, chop, and freeze in plastic ziplocks. 

*A Note on Tomatoes...
The tomatoes have been sprayed with copper as a preventative for late blight fungus.  This spray is certified for use in organic production, but must be washed off before eating.  Also be sure to ripen red tomatoes completely on the counter before eating!  They should be a deep red and slightly soft to the touch. Cherry tomatoes are picked ripe and ready to eat.

Save the Date!

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! Stay tuned for more info...

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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  All other inquiries should be directed to our general CSA mailbox at


Fennel with Olive Oil & Parmesan
Fresh Tomato Sauce
Richard's (CSA Member) Summer Salsa

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