PHCSA Newsletter: Week 13

Prospect Heights CSA Newsletter

Week 13 – September 3, 2014

In this issue:

  • Pickup #13 information
  • Back at PS9 this week
  • Calling for Volunteers
  • Future Pick Up News
  • The Weekly Challenge — Using It All
  • News from Ted

Important Dates:

September 11
Pickup #14

This Week’s Pickup: Week A

Thursday September 4, 2014
PS 9 Cafeteria
80 Underhill Ave
enter on St Marks next to the playground
We expect:
vegetables | fruit | eggs | dairy shares

Pick up site is back at PS 9 this week  

Please bring your own bags for collection

Except for one week in September (see below), all the rest of the year’s pick ups will be from the PS 9 cafeteria.  Thanks to all who have facilitated this very successful partnership.  And please please please remember to bring your own bags for your veggies – we just do not have extras to give you.

Calling for Volunteers

Additional Help Needed at Distribution Site Tomorrow – Early Shift

Our regular site coordinator needs additional hands on deck tomorrow, September 4, at PS9 starting at 3:30 to help unload the trucks and set up the site.  Anyone who can help out please contact the core group.

Consider Joining Core Group

Not a meeting person?  No problem, the core group meets infrequently, but shares the administrative and programmatic work that makes our CSA successful.  We can always use new eyes, ears and hands and there are lots of different ways to help out.  Try it, you might like it and the more hands we have to carry the load, the easier it is to go forward.  Contact Joanna.

Future Pick Up News

Alternate site for September 25 pick up

Public schools are closed for Rosh Hashanah on September 25 this year, so we have made alternative arrangements for this single pick up.  We will be picking up in the driveway of 535 Dean Street (between 6th Avenue and Carlton), but then we will return to PS9 for the rest of the season.

Season extended by one week

As a result of the truck breakdown earlier in the summer, Ted has agreed to extend our season to include a week 23 pickup on November 13.

Weekly Challenge – How to Use it All…

Eggplant – Try roasting the eggplant on top of the stove (think peppers), then peel and mash it with some garlic, salt, lots of lemon juice and a little pomegranate molasses for a delicious version of babaganoush.
Fresh tomato/herb pasta sauce – Goes with every type of pasta.  Chop assorted herbs, you want about 3 Tablespoons of mixed flavors.  Peel 3 large tomatoes, slice in half crosswise and pull out the seeds and watery part.  Coarsely chop the meaty part of the tomatoes and place in a large bowl.  Cook the pasta, and while it cooks, heat 1/4 Cup olive oil until it is almost smoking.  Carefully pour the oil on top of the tomatoes — it will sizzle.  Stir, add herbs and cooked pasta, and enjoy.

News from Ted

This week’s share:

  • Cilantro
  • chiles 
  • onions 
  • peppers 
  • tomatoes (sounds like salsa!) 
  • lettuce 
  • a choice of choy or ‘Yukina Savoy’
  • sweet corn 
  • red potatoes 
  • carrots 
  • Fruit: watermelons

Next week: more of the same and peaches for sure.

All work and no play makes for a dull boy indeed. When my teenage son asked if he could fly out to California to meet some guys he’s been playing online games with, the first thing I said was, “no chance in h@!!” And then I asked if I could go with him.

Two days in Ventura, California are probably not worth the two days getting to and from California – days spent racing around airports and many hours folded into tiny airplane seats, but I didn’t know that before hand. Once I established that my kid’s friends were not middle-aged pedophiles or ax murderers (was it wrong to be worried about this?), I headed off to tour both the region’s agriculture and its wild places.

Friday. I toured the Oxnard plains, a perfectly level landscape between the Pacific and the coastal mountains on which farmers have planted tens of thousands of acres of cabbages, lettuces, herbs, tomatoes, peppers and berries of all kinds. Almost every acre is covered in plastic. There were perhaps a thousand acres of tunnel-grown raspberries. If you see raspberries in the grocery store under the Driscoll brand this time of year, there is a good chance they came from Oxnard. I was impressed with the scale and productivity of the region, but distressed at the quantity of pesticides used to produce their bounty. Spray tractors, pesticide holding facilities and men and women in white suits and gas masks were commonplace.

After touring farms (which is what farmers do on vacation), I headed up to the spectacular Los Padres National Forest to do some hiking. Only in California can you go from a beautiful sandy ocean beach, through a huge agricultural region and into a vast mountain wilderness within an hour and a half.

Saturday. I attended the Ventura Farmers’ Market where there were avocados, oranges, table grapes and berries of all kinds, along with many vegetables, but certainly not more than you’d see at Union Square this time of year. One organic farm was there – Tutti Frutti – but they said I couldn’t visit because the drought had rendered the farm “more brown than green.” So, after having breakfast tamales, which were nearly as good as our Candelaria’s, I headed back to the Los Padres (via the incredible Mariposa Highway) for another day of hiking in the mountains. California is a bit much by the standards of this Northeasterner. I felt a little like a hobbit too long away from the shire. I napped on 6-inches of needles on the top of 7,500-foot Reyes Peak under a stand of pines I couldn’t name, and awoke refreshed, ready to pick up my son and go home.