Wallace Shawn Member Diary – Week of June 23rd

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We are Maria, Quentin, and Hawkins (the cat). This is the first summer we’ve signed up for a CSA and we couldn’t love it more! The two of us pick up full berry and vegetable shares (orchard share to come!!).

This week we got four quarts of strawberries, four stalks garlic, two stalks of red onion, three stalks of white onion, a cute plastic bag of flor de calabaza, one bunch mizuna and one of Swiss chard, two pounds of snap peas (one from Greig Farm and one from Miromex) and a pound of mixed salad greens. We ran through most of it this week save for some leftover onions and garlic. And we’ve been able to lug everything back to our home in Ridgewood in three canvas tote bags.

Though we’ve planning to make strawberry preserves the way Maria’s grandmother likes to, this time we ate through all 4 quarts by Wednesday afternoon! Last week, we somehow managed to restrain ourselves enough to save a quart for a batch of strawberry biscuits… but not this time around.

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For breakfast, we often make scrambled eggs served on tortillas with some scraps of green veggies. This week we used cilantro and sugar snap peas. Both of us bring lunch to work during weekdays and we’ve been happily throwing the mixed salad greens on our turkey sandwiches for extra crunch. Yum! Continue reading

Marcel Forrest Member Diary – Week of June 16

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Marcel Forrest – We have a half share of veggies and eggs that feeds me (Jason) and my boyfriend (Marcel). I was so excited as this is my first year as a member of the CSA and my first share of veggies! I came to distribution not sure what to expect and was delighted by the variety.

This week’s haul
● 1/2 lb lettuce
● 1/2 lb baby bok choy
● 1/2 lb english peas
● 1/2 pound garlic scrapes (yea!)
● 1 bunch swiss chard
● 1 bunch cilantro
● 1 bunch garlic (4 pieces)

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One bag is enough to carry everything home.

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June 23 – B week – week 8 of 30

MimoMex Vegetable Share
1lb sweet peas
1bag flor de calabaza (squash blossoms) (use them in a frittata, a soup, quesadillas, or stuffed with cheese, battered and fried)
2 white onions
3 green onions
4 garlic bulbs
1 bunch mizuna
1 bunch sweet chard
1 lb salad mix

Greig Farm Berry Share
4 quarts strawberries

Yellow Bell Egg Share
1 dozen
Yellow Bell Chicken Share
1 pack chicken thighs
1pk split shell chicken breast
Northwind Farm Meat Share
1pack chorizo
1porterhouse steak

1 pack chicken thighs

1 split chicken breast

small beef shank

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Southside CSA distribution June 16th

MimoMex Veggie Share:
1/2 pound salad mix
1/2 pound bok choy
1/2 pound sweet peas
1 bunch Swiss chard
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch of 4 pieces of garlic
1/2 pound of garlic scapes

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Greig Farm Berry Share:
4 Qts of Strawberries
1 lb Sweet Peas

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Northwind Farm Meat Share:
Sweet Italian Sauasage
Shell Chicken
Pork Chops
Hot Italian Sausage
Steak

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Yellow Bell Egg Share

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Yellow Bell Chicken Share:

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Sebastian Member Diary – Week of May 19

sebastian 2Hello, Hellooooo!….
I split a share with 2 other families last year and it worked out so well that we decided to do it again this year! We realized that this way we each get a bounty of goodies every 3 weeks, and not the weekly/ bi-weekly necessity. Each of our families have 3-4 hearty mouths to feed and individually all have a love of cooking. Splitting our CSA was a way to support local farms, but still be able to manage the amount of produce we committed to. Our share consists of fruit, berries, veggies and egg.
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I’ve gotten in the habit of combining the Monday pick up with an outdoor activity for my 3y/o Evan. The park across from The Woods is a perfect place to hangout, have a picnic dinner or run around for an hour or so, before we pick up our produce.
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Since I find myself juggling quite a bit during the week (freelancing, an energetic toddler, school, a dog, a hard working husband and toddler classes & activities), I make an effort to spend one day cooking a multitude of things in anticipation of the busy week ahead. Though I do tend to cook most of our meals, I have learned many ways to cut cut corners and save time.

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Sugar Ladies Member Diary for the Week of Oct 14th

Full Fridge pic by Beth ArnoldThe shared: Pears, Butternut squash, Acorn squash, Carrots, Parsnips, Parsley, and Greens Galore (Kale, lettuce, arugula, and other green things I don’t know the proper name for).

The sharers: We are three sweet female roommates (i.e., sugar ladies).

granola crisp pic by Beth ArnoldThere are two approaches to cooking.  The first is scientific, i.e., following a recipe. The other is improvisational, i.e., “winging it.” This week, we did a little of both. Continue reading

Coffee & Donuts Member Diary Week #23 (Sept 30)

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Every Monday night, the three of us look forward to a kitchen full of locally grown vegetables from MimoMex farm. It was important to us to not only eat healthier, but to get involved in our community and support our local farms. It is always a surprise to see what we will be taking home that evening, looking forward to creating dishes using fresh and seasonal produce. To help store our vegetables, we store most items in the fruit and vegetable drawers in our refrigerator, using plastic onion and tomato savers and GreenBags that help preserve the freshness and prolong the life of our herbs and leafy greens.

With this week’s September 30th CSA share from MimoMex farm, Alison, Shaina, and Kate, aka Coffee & Donuts (more on our share name later…) used this week’s items to highlight the basket’s Mexican flavors, using the corn, cilantro, red onion, and radishes to create chicken corn enchiladas with homemade green sauce! A green enchilada sauce is hard to come by in supermarkets, so we decided to make our own! To make this super easy medium spiced green enchilada sauce, we used this week’s cilantro and red onion, and previous week’s garlic, green bell peppers, jalapenos, and one habanero pepper. We found a good base recipe online, and tweaked it to make it slightly spicier.

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Anastasia Member Diary Week #12

pic by allegra palmer This is my sharemate and I’s inaugural year with the Southside CSA and the Bridge share is the highlight of our Mondays. One us is from a ranch on the West Coast and the other is related to the head of Slowfood USA so we were thrilled to find such an awesome option in NYC.  Despite the heat wave last week, we had our oven roaring and put together some fantastic dishes including walnut zucchini bread, a salad with roasted leeks and potatoes and roasted kale and beet quinoa.

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151 Kent Member Diary Week #13

Basil Our share feeds three in our household: one chef who works at Parish Hall, one expert baker and me, a girl whose cooking skills plateau at stir-fry. We typically plan dinner once a week, where we use the majority of our produce share (half-berry, half-orchard, full veggie). The amount of produce we get in a week is sometimes more than we can manage to eat. Making one meal large enough for leftovers is a convenient way to use it up. This week we received a plethora of blessed veggies: corn, onions, kale, leeks, squash, beets, carrots, and basil along with a bucket of blueberries. We store the veggies in the refrigerator and the basil in a glass of water.

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