CSA 2010 - Week #18

What's in the Box - September 28, 29 & 30

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!

Green Romaine Lettuce -OR- Bok Choi -  1 head/bunch
Red Tomatoes - 4-6 pieces
Plum Tomatoes - 6 pieces
Sweet Dumpling Squash - 1 piece
Buttercup Squash - 1 piece 
Leeks - 2 pieces
Spinach - .7 lbs!
Parsley - 1 bunch
Colored Peppers - 1-2 pieces 

Queens Herb Share - rosemary & thyme

FRUIT SHARE from Briermere Farm

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

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

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


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

Finally, leeks!  I wait all year for the first leeks so I can make potato & leek soup, braised leeks, leek custards, and fall soups...  You can use leeks just like onions in most recipes - however, you'll notice that they're much more tender, mild and sweet!  Just be sure to wash them well.  Here's a video to show you how:

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: 

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

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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


Braised Leeks with Lemon
Roasted Winter Squash Risotto

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