Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 17 (A-Week) Share List and Farm News

A-week (cheese and meat)

Farm News: Still waiting for rain, which may arrive this week and thus cause a whole different set of problems from drought! We are harvesting lots of potatoes and other storage crops, to get them out of the field before the eventual bad weather hits. We are getting greenhouses ready for winter crops and will have our winter share signups up hopefully by next week. We will let you know! Everything for the rest of the season is done being seeded and planted out into the field. Whew!

We have a lot of fun events at the farm. Our new “Kiddie Korral” play area is free for all CSA members, so come on down! It includes hayrides and pony rides (weather permitting) 12-4 on weekends. October 24-25 is our annual Oktoberfest to benefit WUSB radio, the largest not-for-profit radio station on Long Island! We are hosting a Gleaning of the field on on Sunday October 24 from 10am-12pm. This is a free event (does not require RSVP) we host several synagogue groups who come out and harvest crops that are not saleable or have been left behind in the fields. Usually several hundred people come out, and about a thousand pounds of produce are donated to Island Cares Food Bank. More info as usual on our website

Share items for Sept 30, Oct 3 (best guess in advance):
Baby beets, 1 bu
Cherry tomatoes, 1 box
Braising greens
Sweet Peppers
Shishito peppers
Mixed colored string beans, 1 qt
Lettuce, 1 head
Garlic, 1 bulb

Fruit share:   WED:  mixed apples and other items. SAT: apples AND sekel pears. 

Flower share: zinnias, celosia, cosmos, etc.

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Cheese share:
·         Tres Bonne - Aged (3 mos) Goat's milk cheese from Vermont, slightly sweet and nutty with a sweet milk finish. This farmstead cheese is made at Boston Post Dairy - VT. Pairs with Sparkling wine or Chianti Riserva. American Cheese Society Award Winner.
·         Shelburne One Year Aged Cheddar - Made at Shelburne Farms in VT, this rich complex farmstead Cheddar has a slight creaminess and medium Cheddar bite. Made from the natural milk of pure bred Brown Swiss cows. American Cheese Society Award Winner. Pairs with Sauvignon Blanc wine.
·         Boucher Blue Cheese - Smooth and creamy with undertones of chestnuts, sweet hay and truffles this raw milk farmstead cheese aged 3-4 mos is made at Boucher Family Farm in VT and is modeled after the French Fourme d'Ambert. American Cheese Society Award Winner. Pairs with Port.

Meat share: whole Garden of Eve-raised chickens, beef, assorted cuts.

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market

Monday, September 14, 2015

Week 15 (A-Week) Share List and Farm News

Week 15 (A-Week, cheese share, no meat share)

FARM NEWS: Our Garlic Festival is this Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Of course admission is free for CSA members – as always! In addition to lots of vendors selling garlic foods, sauces, and crafts, we’ll be doing hayrides, talks on growing garlic, and more! We are still looking for entrants for the garlic eating contest, and Junior Garlic Iron chef, where kids in teams of 1-3 make a garlicky sauce out of ingredients that we give them! They win prizes and trophies! If you are interested, please email us! More info and festival schedule is here:

            Fall crops are coming in. Tomatoes are starting to wind down and sweet corn, sadly, is done. We are proud to be giving you another new winter squash – acorn! Roast it whole, or cut in  half and put a little butter and brown sugar inside each cup, when you roast in the oven. An easy and fast dinner. And we finally got some rain this past week! what a relief.

Share items for Sept 16, Sept 19 (best guess in advance):

Garlic, 1 bulb German White variety
Acorn squash, 1
Cherry or plum tomatoes, 1 pint OR 1 red slicing tomato
arugula, .25 lb loose
Trendy Shishito peppers – so good roasted whole! – 4-6
Hot peppers, 2
Broccoli rabe, 1 bu (for those of you new to the CSA, our broccoli rabe is mostly leaf – it has not yet developed large florets like you might have seen in store-bought broccoli rabe – but you cook it the same way, chop and sautee in oil with some garlic! Great on pasta)
Potatoes, 2 lb mixed types
Fennel, 2 bulbs

Fruit share: apples, 2 lbs, AND 1 other item (plums or grapes)

Flower share: cosmos, gomphrena, sunflowers, etc.

Egg share: ½ doz pastured eggs

Cheese share: one piece Thistle Hill Tarentaise, a certified organic, award-winning cheese from Vermont that has been featured in Martha Stewart Living ( AND  Champlain Valley Creamery Triple Cream button. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Week 14 (B-Week) Share List and Farm News

FARM NEWS: Welcome this week to all our new Fall Share members! We created the new “Fall Share” this year (it consists of the second half of the CSA season, Sept-Nov) to allow those who may have summer vacation schedules that conflict with CSA or other issues, to still participate in the fall. Overall, our CSA membership was down somewhat this year, despite a really strong vegetable growing season last year. Especially at our NYC locations, we feel we are now competing with so many “CSA-style” delivery services that offer door-to-door service, but lack a connection with any specific farm, and are usually NOT organic (even though they gloss over that fact by using the “local” and “sustainable” terms. “sustainable” is a completely unregulated term, and unfortunately is mostly used by “conventional” farms to gloss over the fact that they use the entire arsenal of toxic sprays). These services are still basically just middlemen, as is a supermarket, which pay the farmer very little for their goods, and make it difficult for farms to thrive in expensive, semi-suburban areas like ours on Long Island.

So we are happy to welcome our 60 new Fall Share members! Please feel free to greet them at pick up, and if you notice new people, feel free to explain how the CSA works, as they’ll be picking up for the first time this week! 

Coming in to the home stretch of the farm season, we harvested tons and tons of winter squash last week, which is appearing in shares this week – spaghetti squash! A favorite of children and adults alike, you can roast it whole or even microwave it (stab a few times with a knife to let steam through the shell), then just scrape out the inside, add a little butter and salt and voila! The original veggie spaghetti.

Soon it will be time to plant garlic again soon for next year – don’t forget our upcoming LI Garlic Fest September 19 & 20! Lots of fun at the Garlic Eating Contest, and $100 cash prize!

YOM KIPPUR NOTE: If there are Jewish members who cannot pick up on the usual dates for religious observance, contact the farm directly and we’ll work out a make-up on a case-by case basis.

Share items for Sept 9, 12 (best guess in advance):
Cherry tomatoes, 1 box
String beans green or yellow
sweet peppers
spaghetti squash
salad turnips OR radishes, 1 bu

Possibly: (sending this list out earlier than usual)
Sweet corn
Hot peppers
Broccoli rabe
Fruit share: Plums AND peaches
Flower share: zinnias, goldenrod, sunflowers, celosia, etc.
Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Week 13 (A-Week) Share List and Farm News

Share items for Sept 2, 5 (best guess in advance):

Edamame (soybeans), 1 plant pick the pods off yourself – it’s not hard – then steam them with salt for a great snack that kids and adults love. The plants are mostly dead- this is the stage that they are meant to be harvested at.
Cherry and grape tomatoes, 1/2 pint
Onions, 2 (red and yellow torpedo type)    
sweet corn
mixed color Sweet peppers, 6
Swiss chard OR Purslane, 1 bu
Purple potatoes, 2 lb

Fruit share: 
Plums and Donut peaches

Flower share: 
zinnias, amaranth, sunflowers, celosia, etc.

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Cheese share: 
Sprout Creek Farm ( is a new addition to our Cheese Share program. They are a non-profit educational farm located in Poughkeepsie, Duchess County. I met them at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in October, and had a chance to enjoy their cheeses there – we hope you will too!

Toussaint (too-sanh):  A raw cows' milk cheese with a distinctive Alpine flavor and a smooth tight texture, it becomes complex and peppery with age. Aged 5-7 months. Place winner in International Cheese Contest 2008.

Kinkead: This semi firm cheese is savory and sharp with a hint of pungency. Dense and creamy, Kinkead is washed in the beginning for extra flavor, then aged to perfection in our ripening rooms. Raw cows' milk cheese, aged 6-8 months

 one whole Garden of Eve-grown organically-fed, pastured chicken, AND one lb ground Wagyu beef, AND one Long Island duck breast raised on the Peconic Bay a stone’s throw from Garden of Eve, AND one bag frozen broccoli /cauliflower/beans (a bonus extra). 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Week 12 (B-Week) Share List and Farm News

Farm News: Thanks to all those who came out to the farm this past weekend for our farm tour. As always, it was great to meet you! Some of you are like family at this point – you know who you are… we try not to take you for granted but it’s so great to just be able to be in touch with the same people year after year, to recognize you and know that we don’t have to worry about anything at the pick up site because you are going to take care of everything really well, like you always do! We hope all the other members appreciate the time and energy these “Core” CSA members put in. There are lots of causes out there, and we are perpetually amazed and humbled that you choose to give your time and energy to helping support our farm. It really puts the “Community” into Community Supported Agriculture.
            Hope some of you got to meet our great Farm Market Team, who masterfully turned the farm into the land of TomatoFest this past weekend.
            A note on the melons – many of you have enjoyed them, and a few have disappointingly gotten melons that might be rotten or even “empty” on the inside. I know this is so sad, when you open a beautiful melon only to not be able to eat it – it even happened to us, when we brought one of our melons to a friend’s house recently as a gift. But unfortunately, there is no way to know, from the outside, that this is the case. We do our best to grow and harvest the melons in order to maximize quality, but there is no way to avoid a few of you receiving an occasional bad melon. This even happens when you buy melons at a store or supermarket – I know it’s happened to me plenty. We apologize!
Share items for August 26 and 29 (best guess)
sweet corn 6-8 ears
Sweet peppers, multicolored
Bok choi, 1 head
Hot peppers
Potatoes, red gold variety, 1 quart or 2 lbs
Kale, 1 bu
Sweet salad turnips, 1 bu

Fruit:  1 Qt donut peaches AND one Garden-of-Eve-grown Melon

Flower share: sunflowers, gomphrena, celosia, etc.

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market