Posted by: csacrownheights | September 14, 2009

This weeks veggies 9/15

Partial
1 pound Norland red potatoes
2 eggplants
2-3 carrots
1 head red oak lettuce
1 kohlrabi
2 peppers
1 pound cherry tomatoes

Full
2 pounds Norland red potatoes
2 eggplants
2 Hakurei turnips
1 head green romaine
1 bunch carrots
1 bunch green onions
1 head red oak lettuce
2 pieces cucumber
1 head bok choy
1 bulb kohlrabi
2 peppers
2 beets
2 pounds cherry tomatoes

Greetings,

This week we have introduced peppers and carrots for all of the shares and cucumbers as well for the full shares. We hope to have enough cucumbers next week to include them for the partial shares. The purple and red peppers are of the sweet variety. The rain this past weekend was much needed and facilitated the carrot harvest. There is no watermelon to cut this week! We lost Fred in the watermelon patch somewhere, but he’s sure to turn up soon…

We hope you are enjoying the end of summer. The weather is absolutely glorious this time of year!

Happy Days,

Laurie

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Posted by: csacrownheights | September 8, 2009

This week’s veggies 9/8

Partial

  • 1 bunch Italian parsley
  • 2 pieces beets
  •  1 head bok choy
  •  1 head Boston lettuce
  • 1 piece summer garlic
  • 1/4 red watermelon
  • 1 lb. cherry tomatoes

 Full

  • 1 bunch Italian parsley
  • 2 lbs. fingerling potatoes
  • 2 eggplants
  • iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 lb. beans
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 heads red shang hai choy
  • 1 head green romaine
  • 1 lb. squash
  • 1 bulb red kohlrabi
  • 1/2 red watermelon
  • 1lb. beef slicing tomatoes
  • 2lbs. cherry tomatoes

Greetings from Fred & Karen:
      
We have one planting of large Crimson Sweet Red Watermelons ready for harvest now.  I have tried to limit myself to sampling or eating it only once each day, but unfortunately have not been able to hold myself back. 
 
It is simply one of the best things of the summer for me, (I suppose it is not the worse thing in the world to have such an affliction).  It makes the coming cooler weather and shorter day lengths acceptable, but just barely.  I figured it’d be best to include a portion in everyone’s CSA share as soon as possible before I personally ate more than my half of the field.  Because some of them are quite large, you’ll have to cut sections for every CSA member this week to divide up the shares properly.
 
Be well,
 
Fred & Karen
 
PS.  On your distribution list, you’ll note that the partials will get a quarter section of the large watermelons as compared to the full shares getting a half.  That is what we expect to harvest, so unless it comes out differently, please plan on bringing another large knife to the distribution site to facilitate dividing up the shares of melon.

Posted by: csacrownheights | August 31, 2009

This week’s veggies 9/1

Full Share

  • 1 bu. basil
  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 3 pcs beets
  • 2 eggplants
  • 3 heads baby bok choy
  • 1/2 lb Chinese long bean
  • 1 bu. arrugula
  • 1 pc summer garlic
  • 1 bu. U-choy
  • 1 yellow watermelon
  • 2 lbs summer squash
  • 2 lbs slicing beef tomatoes
  • 2 lbs cherry tomatoes

Partial Share

  • 3 pcs Hakurei turnips
  • 2 eggplants
  • fresh snap beans
  • 1 bu. arrugula
  • 1 bulb Kohlrabi
  • 1 lb slicing beef tomatoes
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes

Message from Farmer Fred:

Greetings:
 
Tomorrow Tuesday, September 1st, is your CSA week #  13 delivery.   Attached is the list of the planned harvest of items for your boxes.
 
One customer commented how delighted she was that we grow our vegetables organically, and that we didn’t use any sprays.  I quickly pointed out that growing organically doesn’t necessarily mean that we never spray pesticides.  There are many times that I do not spray anything on our crops.  As a certified organic vegetable grower, I do have the option to use many types of organically approved materials for pest control when necessary. 
 
On those occasions that I have to spray something for a particular pest problem, be that disease or insect, I have choices of biological, botanical or other environmentally friendly pesticides to apply.  
 
As with all fruits and vegetables grown organically or conventionally, it is recommended to always wash your veggies before eating them.
 
Be well,
 
Fred & Karen
 
PS.  As you may notice on the list, we just started our harvest of super sweet Watermelons.  We only had enough for the full shares and only enough of these smaller Yellow watermelons to give to you in Crown Heights.  For your information, we also had only a few red Watermelons, which we gave to the Dumbo full shares. ( We simply did a coin toss to see which group would get which color.)  They are both great, but since the Red variety is larger in size and since we had even fewer of these, the Dumbo Full CSA Group will have to slice each melon in half to set up their distribution for the full CSA members.
 
As we go through the harvest in this field, hopefully we will have enough to do another distribution to all the CSA members.  If we do and if the varieties permit, we may give you the larger Red Watermelon on the next occasion.  If so, who ever sets up the distribution then will need to bring a large knife to cut the watermelon, and perhaps a roll of saran wrap to facilitate the distribution.  I know this may present issues, but I for one, would rather have a half a watermelon of any variety than none at all.  If and when we get to that point, they should be tasty enough for those that love them not to mind the juice.  Hope you love them as much as we do!

Posted by: csacrownheights | August 24, 2009

This week’s veggies 8/25

Full Share

  • 1 bu. cilantro
  • 2 lb Norland red potatoes
  • 1 head green romaine
  • 2 eggplants
  • 3 Hakurei turnips
  • 1 bu Guy Lon Chinese broccoli
  • 1 lb fresh snap beans
  • 1 head red Boston
  • 2 blubs Kohlrabi
  • 2 lb summer squash
  • 2 lb slicing beef tomatoes
  • 2 lb cherry tomatoes

Partial Share

  • 1 bu cilantro
  • 1 lb Norland red potatoes
  • 1 head red oak lettuce
  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 head red Boston
  • 1 bu beets
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb summer squash

Message from Fred & Karen:

Greetings:
 
Tomorrow Tuesday, August  25th, is your CSA week #  12 delivery.   Attached is the list of the planned harvest of items for your boxes.
 
Almost all of the vegetables are growing rapidly with the warm temperatures.  With the warm temperatures, not just the veggies are having a field day.  Insects have been busy doing their family planning and thinking about as large a family as they can handle.  They use a simple formula, good and plenty food, (that would be your veggies) with good weather translates into making as many babies as they can.  So, it doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to figure what their appetites are like after all that fun in the sun, (for them and their expanding families). 
 
You may begin to see some holes here and there in some of the vegetables.  The important thing to remember here is that;  1) you’ll know that the veggies have been quality checked by our friends in the field, and 2) there is no extra charge for this service.  Just consider it another ‘extra/plus’ for being a member of our CSA.
 
Be well,
 
Fred & Karen

Posted by: csacrownheights | August 17, 2009

This Weeks Veggies 8/18

Full
1 bu. Genovese Basil
2 lbs Fingerling Potatoes
1 Head Red Oak Lettuce
1 Head Green Romaine
3 Asian Eggplants
1/2 lb Mesclun Greens
1 Head Green Boston
1 bu. Green Onions
1 Head Bok Choy
1 lb.Yellow Slicing Tomatoes
1 lb Cherry Tomatoes

Partial
1 bu. Genovese Basil
1lb Fingerling Potatoes
1 bu.Hakurei Turnips
1 Asian Eggplant
1 Hd Green Boston
1 bu. Summer Bulb Onions
1 lb Cherry Tomatoes

Greetings:
Tomorrow Tuesday, August 18th, is your CSA week # 11 delivery. Attached is the list of the planned harvest of items for your boxes.
With the summer heat on, our cherry tomatoes are on the run now getting ripe across the variety spectrum. Hopefully we can give different mixtures of these cherry varieties to the all the CSA groups as we go through the harvest. Our larger sized tomato varieties are coming soon, and if all goes well with those, we will do the same.
One of our main field concerns now is irrigation. With the hot dry weather, there is a greater likelihood as each day passes without rainfall, I find myself devoting greater amounts of my time in the fields to this important task. Although you might see me running around under the sprinklers, it is, and I stress this point, not necessarily to cool myself down, but to insure the proper operation of all the sprinkler nozzles.
It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Be well,

Fred & Karen

Posted by: csacrownheights | August 10, 2009

This weeks veggies 8/11/09

Full

1 bu. Italian Parsely
2 lbs Norland Red Potatoes
1 Green Iceberg Lettuce
1 Head Red Romaine
1 lb Beans
3 Harkurei Turnips
2 Asian Eggplants
1 Head Red Boston
3 Summer onions
1 Bulb Kohlrabi
1 lb.Yellow Slicing Tomatoes
1/2 lb Cherry Tomatoes

Partial

1 bu. Italian Parsely
1lb Norland Red Potatoes
1 bu. U-Choy
1 bu. Green Onions
1 Red Oak Lettuce
1/2 lb Cherry Tomatoes

Greetings:

Tomorrow Tuesday, August  11th, is your CSA week #  10 delivery.   Attached is the list of the planned harvest of items for your boxes.
Our cherry tomatoes are coming into color now.  We have several types of varieties ripening now, so depending how we pack the boxes, there may be Orange, Red or Yellow Cherry tomatoes in your box.  We also have some grape type small tomatoes coming into color too.  If we run out of regular cherry types, we may pack the grape type tomatoes.  These are just as tasty but have firmer skins so that rather than melting in your mouth, you have to actually bite down on them to enjoy them.  Most people enjoy both equally; we hope that as we go through the season, you’ll have the chance to taste all the varieties we grow.

With the consistent warm temperatures now, all the fields have begun to dry out to the point of requiring irrigation.  A relatively short time ago, (like 2 weeks at best), I looked forward to only sunshine, now I would welcome a passing thunderstorm with some rainfall.  What ever comes our way, we’ll take what we get.  Hot sun is really not that bad.

Be well,

Fred & Karen

Posted by: csacrownheights | August 3, 2009

This week’s veggies–8/4

Full share:

1 bu.Cilantro
1lb Yukon Gold Potatoes
1Green Boston Lettuce
1 bu. U-Choy
1 lb. Beans
1lb BabySquash
1 bu. Green Onions
1 bu. French Radish
1 Field cucumber
1 Head of Fennel
1 Bulb Kohlrabi
1 Rd Oak Lettuce

Partial Shares:

1 bu. Basil
1lb Yukon Gold Potatoes
1Green Iceberg Lettuce
1 lb. Beans
1lb BabySquash
1 Field cucumber
1 pc Summer Garlic

Greetings:

Tomorrow Tuesday, August  4th, is your CSA week # 9 delivery.   Attached is the list of the planned harvest of items for your boxes.Today’s temperature in the low 80’s felt like a real summer day.  Bright sun shine is just what all the crops need to continue their proper development to harvest stage now. Our cherry tomatoes are coming along and just beginning to turn color in the fields.  With my fingers crossed for similar weather in the coming week, you just might see some soon in your boxes.  (I’m hopeful).

Be well,

Fred & Karen

PS.   We’re on track for our Annual Tomato Festival Dinner this Sunday, August 9th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  We are featuring our (just in time ripening) tomatoes of course, some Naturally produced meats, Borghese wines will be available for tasting and purchase, as well as the best of our vegetables that are coming out of the fields now.  There are a few seats available for any last minute people wishing to join us for what promises to be an evening of great food.  Please call the farm office 631-734-7001 or stop in at the farm stand to make your reservation.

Posted by: csacrownheights | July 28, 2009

this weeks veggies 7/28/09

Full
2 heads red Shanghai Choy
1 bunch fresh Genovese basil
1 pound fingerling potatoes
1 red Boston lettuce
1 bunch Tatsoi greens
1 pound beans
1 head green iceberg
2 pieces red kohlrabi bulb with leaves
1 pound baby summer squash
2 pieces summer garlic
2 piece field harvested cucumber
Partial
1 bunch Ong Choy Chinese water spinach
1 pound fingerling potatoes
1 bunch Tatsoi greens
1 pound beans
1 pound baby summer squash
1 head Red oak lettuce

Message from the farmers

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Greetings:
Last week just after I sent the your CSA note out, we received 2 inches of rainfall, either that evening or over the next day.  This is the amount that I measured in our rain gauge here at the farm.  Some areas of eastern Long Island received more and some less.  For the new CSA members/science buffs out there, you may know that is approximately equal to 54,000 gallons of water per acre.  And if you haven’t read any of the local papers lately or have been away on an Antarctic expedition, I’m simply saying that this isn’t the first time this season that we’ve had a lot of rainfall around these parts.
Some of our vegetables like the Bok Choys and Lettuces have done better than others with all the wet field conditions, hence the preponderance of these in your CSA box.  Some of our root vegetables like Carrots and Beets have not done as well.  While we have had some of these items at the farm stand and at the farmer’s markets, we haven’t had sufficient quantities from any of several plantings to be able to give everyone in our CSA a bunch thus far.
As a Certified Organic Vegetable grower, we are faced with even a greater challenge to produce disease free vegetables under these circumstances.  I am happy to have both the quality and quantity of vegetables thus far. Our goal has and will continue to be to provide as much diversity in high quality vegetables in your CSA boxes.  We will continue to give our best efforts to make your CSA experience with us the best anywhere.
Be well,
Fred & Karen
PS.  For those of you that haven’t had Ong Choy before, it is a mild tasting lettuce like leafy vegetable.  It pretty much takes on what ever dressing flavor or garlic/ginger flavoring it is sautéed or Stir-Fried with.  As with other leafy greens, like the darker green Tatsoi heads, everything from the bottom of the stems, to the tip of the leaves can be eaten cooked or raw in salads.
The Fingerlings are the first of the season and are wonderful tasting spuds.   Hope you enjoy them pan fried with onions or roasted with Olive oil and Rosemary.  They are simply great any way you can prepare them.
Posted by: csacrownheights | July 20, 2009

This weeks veggies 7/21

Full
1/2 lb.bu. Ong Choy Water Spinach
1 Bok Choy
1 bu Green Scallions
1 Red Romaine Lettuce
1 Green Romaine Lettuce
1 bu Arrugula
1/2 lb. Beans
1 bu U-Choy
Easter Egg Radishes
1lb BabySquash
1/2 lb. Kirby Cucumbers
1 Red Oak Lettuce

Partial
2 pcs. Baby Bok Choy
1 bu Green Scallions
1 bu Arrugula
1 bu U-Choy
Easter Egg Radishes
1lb BabySquash

Posted by: csacrownheights | July 13, 2009

This Week’s Vegetables 7/14/09

Full
4 BabyBokChoy
1bu Green Scallions
1 Boston Lettuce
1bu. Cilantro
1 bu U-Choy
1bu Red Mustard
1 Kohlrabi
1lb BabySquash
1/2 lb Tatsoi
1 Red Bibb Lettuce

Partial
1 Hd Napa
1bu Green Scallions
1bu. Cilantro
1 bu U-Choy
1 Kohlrabi
1lb BabySquash

Greetings:

Tomorrow Tuesday, July 14th is your CSA week # 6 pickup. Attached is a copy of the planned harvest of items for the members.

One of the items we have planned for you tomorrow is a bunch of Chinese Flowering Cabbage, U-Choy. While not completely new to your CSA boxes, I thought I’d give you a heads up on the preparation of it. Everything from the base of the stem, to the tip of the leaves including the flower blossom is eaten. It is a sweeter version of Baby Bok Choy and can be prepared numerous ways from steaming and Stir-Frying to having it raw in Salads. The most important point is it’s washing. Since we have had plenty of rainfall, there is a tendency for grit to be trapped in the base of the leaves along the stem. Simply soak it well and slosh it in a tub of water opening the leaves away from the stem to wash it properly. It is well worth the extra effort in preparation.

It is one of my favorite stir-fry items. A quick recipe; 1) Heat to boiling a small amount of oil, (1/4 cup) in a wok or skillet, with two slices of fresh ginger root. 2) As the ginger root is sizzling in the oil, (but not burning), throw in a couple of smashed cloves of fresh garlic followed shortly after with the prepared/cut up bunch of U-Choy. Toss until it just begins to wilt, add some dash of salt or soy sauce to taste, and remove from the Wok. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped Cilantro Chopped Scallions and drizzle, (1/2 tsp), of toasted Sesame Oil over the top. Your friends will think you studied years at culinary school when they taste this, (if there is anything left after you have your own taste).

Be well,

Fred & Karen

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