WEEK 6: 7/18/2019
Hello Everyone, So, Solanaceae is the name of the family of plants that includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes as well as tomatillos and their cousins. You might infer from the “sol” in their name that they are sun and hence heat lovers, which is true (although the etymology is unclear). Also known as the Nightshades, they are mostly New World species so it’s interesting that these plants play such a big role in European and world cuisine since they have only been known for a few hundred years. This family also plays a central role in the middle part of the CSA season which is the reason for the unsolicited botany lesson. We begin this week with eggplant, for next week there will be peppers and after that the potatoes and tomatoes will make their appearance. I know how much many of you are waiting for those tomatoes! Patience! Soon!
The peas have succumbed to the heat and the beans are just beginning, so some will receive them this week and others for the week after. We still have some nice cauliflower and broccoli to distribute and some beautiful beets. The red onions will likely be an heirloom red torpedo type.
The share for this week will be: lettuce, summer squash, cukes, either cauliflower or broccoli, kale, eggplant, beets, red onions, possibly beans and choice of an herb (cilantro, dill or parsley). Tomatillos as an “extra”
Premium shares will also receive a choice of arugula or chard and kohlrabi.
Enjoy! Farmer John
Check out our video - Great Kills CSA Visits The Farm
Volunteer Work Schedule
Circle brook farm visits
Farm Visit- June 29th and 30th - 10:00 AM to 4 PM Saturday 6/29 will be the main day for CSA members with Sunday 6/30-11 AM to 4 PM as a rain date and for anyone who cannot make it on Saturday. This will be a potluck picnic, please bring a vegetarian dish to share with others. Grills will be available for anything you wish to bring to cook. There will be tours of the fields at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Volunteers are welcome to help with set up and parking. A state park- Kittatinny Valley is nearby with wonderful trails and camp sites available. This year we are also asking for volunteers to help pick peas for an hour or two prior to the start of the farm visit on Saturday and Sunday.
Volunteer days- I know there are many people who would like to come out to lend a hand and I certainly can use the help. On Sundays during the delivery season we will have volunteer days. These will be to help with harvesting labor intensive crops like peas, beans, garlic and onions. For these volunteer days members should notify me directly by e-mail of their intention to attend. Please send me an e-mail during the week prior to the event and not weeks or months ahead. email@example.com
If using navigation please use street address- 141 Brighton Rd. Andover NJ 07821 Using Circle Brook Farm will take you to the wrong place.
Volunteer days- Sundays - Meet at 141 Brighton Rd., Andover, NJ
Saturday June 29th and Sunday, June 30th @ 9 am -Help with pea picking.
Sunday, July 7th @ 9 am – pea picking
Sunday, July 14th @ 9 am - Help with the garlic harvest.
Sunday, July 20th @ 9 am - Help with bean picking.
Sunday, August 5th@ 9 am - Help with onion harvest
Bringing fresh organic produce to urban residents straight from the farmer
WHO ARE WE
The Great Kills CSA (GKCSA) is an all-volunteer community run organization that partners with Farmer John Krueger from Circle Brook Farm in Andover, NJ to provide organic produce to the Staten Island residents who pay for a produce share. The GKCSA host site, Christ Lutheran Church, offers a location for the GKCSA community to distribute the produce they receive from Circle Brook Farm. Distributions are every Thursday evening between 530pm and 730pm between June and November for a total of 24 weeks. The GKCSA is committed to providing fresh, organic produce to the Staten Island Community at a reasonable cost, to encourage healthy living, and to support both local farmers and the health of our planet.
HOW TO JOIN
*****REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN *****
If you are interested in joining and have questions, email us at: GKCSA2019@gmail.com
When applying for membership you must PRINT, FILL OUT and SIGN a GKCSA Member Application.
Make your Check/Money Order payable to: Circle Brook Farm
Mail your Application and Check/Money Order to: Jacqueline Perine, 29 Adlai Circle, SI, NY, 10312
DO NOT SEND CASH!
2019 Vegetable Share
Know your farmer, know your food.
Farmer John is happy to announce two different share options this year! The organic, locally-grown vegetable share cost for the 2019 GKCSA 24-week season is as follows:
BASIC SHARE – a smaller share, approximately ¾ of the size of last year’s share. The basic share will contain on average 8 to 9 items and will include more common produce such as lettuce, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, potatoes cucumbers etc. There will be smaller quantities of some items, for example 2 or 3 instead of 4 of crops such as peppers, eggplant, squash and cucumbers, or lower weights of beans. COST: $600
PREMIUM SHARE – this is the essentially the same as the share that has been offered during previous years. A share will on average contain 12-13 items. There will be more variety and in some cases larger quantities of products such as peas and beans in the premium share. There will be more greens in the premium, for example perhaps 2 bunches of spinach instead of one and a greens item during mid-summer when these are scarce. There may be a few items that are only provided in the premium share. While herbs will be included in the basic share they will be provided more consistently in the premium share. COST: $700
New this year- we will accept members after the start of the season. The cost will be prorated.
Our first pickup for this season was Thursday - June 13, 2019!
Discounts: As always, Farmer John is offering an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of $25 off each share if paid in full by March 1st. Great Kills CSA is waving the Administrative Fee this year to keep costs down.
2019 Fruit Share
Fruit shares are payable before the first fruit delivery of the season. Fruit shares are delivered between July and September, for 15 weeks, offering 6-7 pounds of 2 types of fruit weekly. COST: $240
There is NO EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for fruit shares.
NOTE: Fruit shares CANNOT be purchased without having purchased a vegetable share.
2019 Egg Share
Egg shares are payable must be paid before the start of the 24 week season. The cost per share is for one dozen eggs. You may purchase an unlimited number of organic, free range eggs before the start of the season. COST: $120
There is NO EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for egg shares.
NOTE: Egg shares CANNOT be purchased without having purchased a vegetable share.
2019 Fall Extension
FALL EXTENSION: TBD
Fall Extension is an opportunity for GKCSA members to stock up on hearty vegetables after the 24-week share has ended. These vegetables could be stored for 1-2 months. FALL EXTENSION shares total 40 lbs. of produce per share. The cost of the FALL EXTENSION will be decided upon by the farmer at the end of the season.
2019 Great Kills CSA Member Schedule
All volunteers must meet at Christ Lutheran Church, 121 Cleveland Ave, Staten Island, NY 10308 by 4:45pm. Site is open until 7:30pm.
Contact Roy, the GKCSA VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR @ GKCSA2019@gmail.com or (718) 887-1854 to make changes to your mandatory work schedule. If you have an emergency and cannot work on your assigned evening, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.