Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Week 4 (B-Week) Share List and Farm News

Farm news: Happy pre-4th of July week! We hope you can celebrate with your CSA veggies this week, some good ones for grilling – zucchini, garlic scapes, and beets, lettuce and cukes for your salad. Cookbooks started getting handed out last week, if you have not gotten yours yet, please ask for it (if you are a new member).

Garlic Scapes in the share this week – a perennial favorite – and challenge for the new people – chop them up like scallions and add to the pan for your saute’e.

Fennel – we know – love it or hate it – but I was a hater and now am a lover. So there is hope for you haters! Quarter it lengthwise and roast it in a covered cast iron pan with onions, it will caramelize and be delicious, no licorice flavor. Also you can grate it and cover w shaved parmesan and save yourself $15 at a restaurant. If this has not convinced you, put it in the “SWAP BOX” and grab something else that’s in there, hopefully (Coordinators – please remember to set up Swap boxes!)

On the farm, we continue planting, weeding, harvesting, trying to keep up with Mother Nature.

Share items for July 1, July 4:
Mixed zucchini (green, yellow), 2 lbs
Cucumbers, 2 pieces
Beets, white or red (cook white the same as red, they are great grilled), 1 bu
Scallions, 1 bu
Lettuce, 2 heads!
Garlic scapes, 5
Fennel, 1 lg or 2 medium (depending on locations)
Basil, 3 pieces

Fruit share: 1 qt NYS cherries and 1 Qt organic NJ blueberries picked up straight from the farm

Flower share: 1 bunch mixed flowers, snapdragons, bachelor buttons, Teddy Bear sunflowers

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht

Monday, June 22, 2015

Week 3 Share List and Farm News

Thanks everybody for your patience with orientation! Glad to have some new faces and many returning members back with us. See below for the share list and farm news for Week 3 (an A-week).

FARM NEWS: We are excited that even in a year with a long, cold winter and long, cold spring,  we still have early cucumbers, zucchini, and peas to give you. To plant these crops so that they will be ready for some of our first CSA harvests, we watch the weather carefully in the early spring, get into the fields to get the soil ready at the very first moment possible, pre-grow transplants in our heated greenhouse, cover them with row cover (like a bedsheet) that blows away during every spring storm, water them, weed them, and watch over them like little babies. Our farm is really focused on making sure our CSA customers get a nice quantity AND variety of produce, all season long, and we hope you enjoy this week!

Share items for June 24, 27:
head lettuce, 1 head
mixed types of zucchini/summer squash, 2 lb
basil, 1 OR 2 pieces
scallions, 1 bu
Radishes, 1 bu
Garlic scapes Рa perennial favorite! Great chopped, saut̩ed, with a zucchini and a little soy sauce! Or make a pesto
Cucumbers 1 or 2
May Include:
Snow OR Snap Peas 

Fruit share: 2 quarts strawberries

Egg Share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Flower share: 1 bunch lavender

CHEESE SHARE: Goodale Farms cheeses, one of our neighbors in Aquebogue New York

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Week 2 Farm News and Share List

News and Share List for Week 2 (first pickup for biweekly B-week)

Farm news: We finally got some rain on Monday – you may or may not know that this April and May were among the driest, ever, on record on Long Island. We definitely feel that climate change has come, whether it’s extra-cold winters, dry springs, fall storms, etc., farmers are definitely noticing (and struggling through) more and more “extreme weather”.  That is just another one of the reasons why we so much appreciate your CSA support!

This week will see the first of our “summer crops” coming in – zucchini! Most likely it will be only one piece this week – not enough for most recipes, we know – but as returning members know, this will not be the case for long. Future weeks will bring pounds of zucchini, until you are likely to have more than enough. We love it though – saute’ed with herbs and butter, in soups, even baked whole or in a zucchini bread.
This weekend is likely to be the last weekend for our own on-farm U-pick strawberries, if you’d like to partake come on down! We include one free pint of U-pick for any CSA member. Also we hope you enjoy the herbs in this week’s share. Generally when we include herbs, it will be a small bunch. If you don’t have a recipe that calls for herbs this week that you are making, we recommend putting it in a small plastic bag in your freezer for later use. All herbs freeze very well – to use, just chop them up while still frozen (while crispy with ice!) and use same as fresh.

June 17 (Wed), 20 (Sat)
Kale, 1 bu
Lettuce, 1 head
Snap peas OR Snow Peas! A treat. These are the ones you can eat whole, raw or cooked!
Mint, 2 pieces
Cilantro, .10 lb or 3 pieces
Mesclun, 1 bag or .3 lb
Radishes, 1 bu
Sweet Salad Turnips, 1 bu
Large Leeks, 2 – please note that these started to flower before we were able to get them out of the field (we overwintered them from last fall so we’d have them to give you in this share! They will have a hard core inside, just cut lengthwise and remove this, use the outer thin layers as you would normally use leeks)

Fruit: 2 pints Strawberries AND 2 stalks rhubarb

Eggs: ½ dozen pastured eggs from our flock

Flowers: 1 bouquet flowers (mixed cosmos OR lavender)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Week 1 Share List and Farm News

This is the first pickup for weekly and A-week members! Please see below for the share list and farm news.

From Garden of Eve Farm:

Welcome to a new CSA season!
We all survived a long, cold, snowy winter and are growing again! We are busy in the fields planting, weeding, and harvesting right now, with not enough hours in the day to get it all done.

For The next few weeks the share will include lots of different greens. This is a great time to turn to our CSA cookbook for ideas – if you are a returning member you got one last year, if you are new you will get it at your Second or Third distribution.

Although enthusiasm for your new CSA share is probably at its height right now, remember the veggies have just started growing, and actually these are some of the smallest shares you will get all season. Quantity definitely increases during July, August, and as returning members will tell you, fall months bring some of the largest bounty. So please do not judge the whole season on this week’s share alone! All we can do, is give you what is growing, seasonally, and that is cold-hardy greens that were planted before the last killing frosts, which were barely 4 weeks ago.

Remember that we’re writing these share lists days before the share is even finished being harvested, so they are tentative and nearly always change somewhat. Just because you saw something on a list in your email, does not mean you got SHORTED when you don’t see it in your box or at your pickup location. More likely, there was not enough to go around so we didn’t include it, or perhaps gave some to one site but substituted something equally appealing at other sites.

If something is genuinely forgotten from your share location, we always make it up to members, by bringing extra on their next pickup week. Mistakes do happen, because not only do we have to grow the vegetables, we also have to pick them, wash them, count them, pack them, and even drive the truck all over LI and into NYC. In a world of increasing specialization, doing all this ourselves is a great challenge and occasionally things fall through the cracks. However we hope this won’t happen often and each year we work to improve our systems!

We have a lot of great events planned for the summer season, including farm tours, strawberry picking for the next few weeks, farm yoga, Cooking classes at the farm that are free for CSA members at any location, and more. You can check it all out and register at http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/UpcomingEvents.htm

Thanks for supporting our farm!
Chris, Eve, and the Farm Crew

Wed June 10, 2015

Kale, 1 bu
Lettuce, 1 head
Pea shoots, 1 bag
TBD Mesclun Greens OR Arugula OR Spinach
Radishes, 1 bu
Sweet Salad Turnips, 1 bu

Fruit: 2 pints Strawberries AND 2 stalks rhubarb

Eggs: ½ dozen pastured eggs from our flock

Flowers: 1 bouquet sage flowers and cosmos

Cheese: This weeks’ cheese is high on quality, if not quantity. These are both goat cheeses, raised right here on the North Fork of Long Island near our farm. 1 package Catapano Chevre AND 1 wedge Catapano Farm Summer Cloud, an aged goat cheese. http://www.catapanodairyfarm.com/

Meat: one Garden of Eve-raised organic chicken, AND several mixed cuts of 100% grassfed Kobe Beef from our reltatives at Mint Creek Farm in upstate NY

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sign up for your Volunteer Shift!

Please see below for information about signing up for your volunteer shift. We particularly need volunteers for the first two weeks of pickups!

Volunteer Shift

Each KWT CSA member family is expected to work at least one volunteer shift. Only one member of your family or group is required to work, but additional adult members are welcome and you are welcome to sign up for more than one volunteer shift if you like. Extra help is always appreciated and many members find helping out at distribution to be a lot of fun!

Your volunteer shift does not have to be on a day when you are scheduled to pick up, but it may be.  Members with Wednesday pick-ups are asked to work at a Wednesday distribution.  Members with Saturday pick-ups can choose to work at either a Wednesday or Saturday distribution.

We use VolunteerSpot (an online sign up and reminder tool) to schedule our volunteer shifts. Please follow the directions below to view the CSA calendar and choose your volunteer shift(s) before the season starts on June 10, 2015.

Please note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.  If you have any questions about volunteering or about VolunteerSpot, please email Volunteer Coordinator Marilynn Doore (edwardsmum@gmail.comand she'll be happy to help you.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please let her know, and she can sign you up manually.

Sign up for 2015 KWTCSA - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1.    Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/1qsCoL
2.    Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3.    Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.  That’s it!