THE BEET: Volume 15, Issue 4


Pick up today: 5pm - 7:30pm at PS 56 on the corner of Gates and Downing

In This Week's BEET:

  1. This week's share
  2. Recipe Ideas
  3. Get to know your CSA Core!
  4. Cool treats in the Neighborhood!

This Week's Share:

  • Lettuces
  • Dinosaur Kale
  • Radishes
  • Purple Kohlrabi
  • Arugula
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Summer Squash
  • Potted Herbs
  • Strawberries & Rhubarb

Recipe Ideas

Those of you that are new to the CSA may not have used Kohlrabi before- I hope you're excited to get to know this incredibly versatile, hearty spring vegetable.  To me, it's like a cousin of Jicama- which is king of like a turnip mixed with an apple.  Kohlrabi is part of the brassica family, and can be eaten both raw and cooked.  

When peeled and sliced they make great vessels for any kind of dip.  Or you can also turn them into french fries and then dip them.  :)

Kohlrabi works well in most coleslaw recipes, like this one with shredded carrots.  Or you can replace the green papaya with Kohlrabi to make this tasty Thai Salad, Tom Sum.

Here's a few great Salads you should be making with all our greens right now:

Strawberry, Spinach, Quinoa and Goat Cheese Salad.  You can youse any kind of greens in this- they're all delicious.  And I prefer Pecans to Almonds- Walnuts would be nice too.

And for the Kale lovers out there- have you tried this Kale and Pecorino Salad?  It's got that crunchy, salty, and a little sweet thing going on, that really fills you up.

Get to know your CSA Core!

Part of being involved in the CSA is getting to know your neighbors and community.  Each week we're going to put the spotlight on one of our core members so you can get to know us better.

This week's core member:

Roxanne Earley :: Outreach Coordinator

1. What does Your job entail? 

I work with other members of the core to conduct pre-season outreach to our membership, and during the season I coordinate CSA members to help plan special events like our Halloween Potluck. I also conduct our annual survey to help us make sure we improve the CHCSA every year. 

2. How long have you been part of the CSA? Of the core? 

This is my second year on the core.

3. Where did you grow up? 

I am originally from a small town on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. 

4. What do you do in your real life? 

I work as the Director of Land Use and Planning for a New York City Council member. 

5. What's your favorite part of belonging to the CHCSA? 

I love learning about new veggies, and playing an important role in local food systems. I greatly value being a part of something that is more sustainable for the planet, my region, and my community as well as helping me have a healthier diet!

6. What's a veggie you love? How do you cook it? 

I can't get enough of our tomatoes and spinach. I love potatoes too. 

7. Veggie you're not crazy about? How do you use it? 

I've never been a huge fan of turnips, but I've been learning about new ways to serve them in soups, mashed, and roasted with other root veggies and herbs. Butter always helps. 

8. Something no one would guess about you?

I will try to pickle anything once. 

9. If you were a fruit or a vegetable, what would you be? 

Probably a radish. Rosy on the outside, but deep down a little sassy and spicy

In The Neighborhood

Summer is in full stride, and one of the best things about summer is ICE CREAM!  Our neighborhood grocer/ eatery, Mekelburgs, has collaborated with Ample Hills to make Babka Ice cream!  Check it out!

Have you been to The Good Batch yet?  On Fulton at the corner of Saint James, this bakery has a full menu of Ice Cream Sandwiches, and other cool treats for a hot day.