Sunday, June 28, 2009

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Having received more strawberries and rhubarb than I could eat, I remembered seeing a recipe for a pie that was highly recommended by Catherine, KWT CSA member, via the Google group. Following her advice, I shortened the prep time by using a store bought crust. In addition, I threw in a few raspberries. Absolutely delicious.

To see the complete recipe, follow the URL; the recipe below eliminates the instructions for the crust.

Lattice-Topped Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Bon App├ętit | April 1997

  • 3 1/2 cups 1/2-inch-thick slices trimmed rhubarb (1 1/2 pounds untrimmed)
  • 1 16-ounce container strawberries, hulled, halved (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water (glaze)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Toss gently to blend.

Spoon filling into crust. Create lattice by placing dough strips in opposite direction atop filling. Brush glaze over crust. transfer pie to baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake pie until golden and filling thickens, about 1 hour 25 minutes. Transfer pie to rack and cool completely.

Friday, June 26, 2009

CSA share items June 27

    • 1 lb spinach ($5)
    • 1 bu kale ($3)
    • 1 pint snow peas ($4)
    • 5 garlic scapes ($1.50)
    • .5 lb mesclun ($4.50)
    • .3 lb baby bok choi braising mix ($3)
    • 3 small zucchini ($2)
    TOTAL: $23

    Fruit share: 2 Qt strawberries
    Egg share: as usual, 1/2 dozen of our pastured eggs!
    Flower share: bouquet of sunflowers or lavender.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    Rain or Shine

    Despite the rain, members at last Saturday's pickup were in good spirits. The tent kept volunteers dry, the temperature was mild, and, as always, there was a variety of fruits and vegetables to be had.

    Volunteer Core Members Gina Dunclan and Magdalena Alagna greeted members at the gate.

    Friday, June 19, 2009

    Successful start of the Season

    Last Saturday, June 13th was the first KWT CSA pickup (Full & A shares). The event, photographed by Ellen Honigstock, was a great success. Next pickup (Full & B) is tomorrow, Saturday, June 20th, at 10:30 am. Pick location: Community Garden on E. 4th St between Caton Ave and Fort Hamilton Parkway.

    Gina Duclayan with Chris Kaplan-Walbrecht, farmer from Garden of Eve Farm.
    Photos by Ellen Honigstock, KWT CSA member.

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    CSA Share items June 20

    • 1 bu asparagus ($3.50)
    • 3 garlic scapes ($1) - don't know what these are? Cook like a cross between garlic and scallions - check our forum for recipes!
    • 1 pint sugar snap peas ($4)
    • .3 lb mesclun ($3)
    • .3 lb pea shoots ($3)
    • 1 bunch sweet salad turnips – good raw or cooked ($2)
    • 1 bunch kale ($3)
    TOTAL: $19.50

    Fruit share: 2 quarts strawberries, 2 stalks rhubarb
    Egg share: as usual, 1/2 dozen of our pastured eggs!
    Flower share: bouquet of sunflowers or lavender.

    Monday, June 15, 2009

    What to do with Sweet Peas

    Recently this question was posed on the KWT CSA google group regarding the sweet pea shoots that were part of the pickup last Saturday. Some of the discussion answers:

    Our neighbors put them in risotto along with the asparagus. I also came across this link [pea shoot ideas] :

    We're doing this [Pea Shoot Risotto]:

    I thought of a recipe that sound delicious (though I haven't tried it yet): Its a salad using the pea shots, some of the strawberries (sliced) and some crumbled blue cheese. A bit of olive oil and lemon for dressing.

    Thanks to Nicole, Catherine, Viril, and Jennah for their question/suggestions.

    Sunday, June 14, 2009

    Volunteer Sign-ups

    The KWT CSA depends on volunteers to smoothly run and manage distributions. Many members signed up at the first distribution this past Saturday; there will be opportunity to sign up for shifts next week as well. Open shifts can be found on the calendar to the right of the blog. In case you missed it, Gina's message from last week to the Google Group is copied below.
    My name is Gina Duclayan and I'm the volunteer coordinator for the CSA volunteer core group. This means it's my duty to sign people up for their CSA volunteer shifts. Each member of the CSA must sign up to work one shift. This work includes tasks such as setting up tables and tent, unloading the farmer's truck, labeling vegetables and fruits, checking in CSA members, and other duties. It's makes for a fun morning, and you get to meet a lot of neighbors and fellow CSA members.

    This Saturday, June 13, will be the first CSA distribution (an "A" week for those of you with 1/2 shares)! I will be present at the first two distributions to sign people up for their shifts, as well as to accept your $10 administrative fee. This money does not go to the farmer, but goes directly towards our administrative costs of running the CSA, such as compensating the Community Garden, buying new equipment and supplies, paying for special demonstrations, etc...

    I wanted to alert you to some upcoming distributions for which I think there will be challenges getting volunteers. If you're able to work one of these dates, I beseech you to step up. It will really help all of us out.

    There is a distribution in July 4th ("B" week) this year. If you know you will be in town that weekend, I would be enormously grateful if you could volunteer to work a shift that day.

    On Labor Day weekend, there is a distribution on September 5 ("A" week). If you know you will be in town that weekend, your help would be welcomed.

    There is also a distribution on September 19th ("A" week), which is Rosh Hashana. If you are able to work that distribution, I'd appreciate it.

    Distributions in August in general can be hard to staff with volunteers. So, if you are aware of your August schedule, I'd love it if you could sign up for a shift on a weekend you'll be in town.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about volunteer shifts.

    I look forward to seeing all of you in the coming weeks!

    --Gina, volunteer CSA core group member

    Monday, June 1, 2009

    Google Group: pickup swap rules, hints, and etiquette

    KWT CSA members can communicate with other members using the KWT CSA google group. All members should have received either an invite or posting from the group in the past few days. If you have not, please use the link above to join the group.

    In order for swaps to be successful to all parties, members need to be aware that the number of shares delivered each week are set by the farmer and cannot be modified. The number of shares picked up need to remain stable from week to week; the most successful swaps will be those that are for identical share types. For example, an A week person who gets veggies and fruit can only swap with a B week person who gets veggies and fruit. "Uneven" swaps are okay, as long as the member who bought more understands that for that week, s/he will receive only those items that the other person purchased.

    If members agree to a permanent full-season A and B swap, it should be reported to us at kwtcsa (at) gmail (dot) com. The caveat above is true also for those wishing to switch for the entire season. The swap will be most successful if exchanged with someone who has identical shares. Because delivery shares are set, the farmer is unable to change member selections at this point.

    One-off swaps need not be communicated to the core group--just give one another's names at pickup. While this may sound confusing, once underway it should work smoothly. Please email kwtcsa (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any questions.