THE BEET: Volume 15, Issue 5


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

A Few Reminders:

  • Don't forget to bring your own bags to pick up tonight!  And if you have some extra ones floating around that you can donate- bring those too!  Your neighbors are grateful!
  • Going out of town on a Thursday?  If you can't make it to a pick up one night, for whatever reason, feel free to send someone in your place to pick up your share.  All your friend or relative  has to do is give your name at the sign-in-desk.  Be sure to tell them if you have any extra shares & to bring their own bags.
  • Sign up for your volunteer hours!  
  • Craving CSA Cheese, Bread, Meats and Dried Goods?  Place an order with LewisWaite to receive them with our next delivery!

 Upstate Summer Snacking: Pasta Salad & Hudson Cherries

Upstate Summer Snacking: Pasta Salad & Hudson Cherries

Recipe Ideas:

Ted didn't send along the list of what we're getting this week, but I'm guessing it will be more greens, summer squashes, radishes, and tasty radishes.  

Early summer is a great time to make PESTO!  You can use many different kinds of greens instead of Basil as your base.  This past week I made this Kale and Toasted Walnut Pesto from Epicurious, and it was delicious dressing for pasta salad.  It also freezes well, so you can make a lot now, and save some for easy weeknight dinners, or for a special night in the fall when you want to reminisce about this past summer.

Bon Appetit published this great guide for making pesto out of anything!  Experiment with other greens, like cilantro, parsley, arugula - even Broccoli and making pesto, and don't feel limited to the traditional Pine Nuts $$$$, or Walnuts.  Almonds, Macadamia, even Pistachio nuts are good too!  For those of us who are more visual, I found this great Pesto Flow Chart; below.

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:

Tymberly Canale :: Distribution Manager

1. What does your job entail? 

I meet the truck as it arrives and manage a team of volunteers to help unload the truck and set up the school cafeteria for our CSA. Then we break it all down and clean up at the end of the night. The job requires muscles and humor!

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

I am new to the Clinton Hill CSA and the core group this year but I founded the Sweet Pea CSA in Brooklyn Heights and was a core member of the Southside Williamsburg CSA, so when I moved to the neighborhood, the core group graciously welcomed me. When I worked with Just Food to help set up Sweet Pea CSA, the Clinton Hill CSA was the CSA I visited to see how to run one. It was very organized back in 2006 and still is!

3. Where did you grow up? 

I am from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and I went to undergrad in St. Louis and grad school in Roanoke, Virginia.

4. What do you do in your real life? 

I am a dance theater performer and adjunct university dance professor. Additionally, I do arts administration work for number of different places. I am also a Brooklyn Botanic Garden certified Master Composter and I oversee my local community garden’s compost bins. Additionally, I’m a single mom to an incredible fourteen year old girl whom I love wholeheartedly.

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

Getting vegetables every week directly from a farm makes my heart go pitter-patter. I love the surprise of it and the challenge to try and use all of it during the week before the stuff wilts. I am a total CSA nerd!

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

I love simply roasting broccoli in the oven with olive oil and garlic.

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

Well, I never cooked with bok choy before this season and was surprised by how much I loved it just steamed with nothing else on it. But okra. I don’t even know what to do with that slimy mess.

8. Something no one would guess about you? 

I love to read and am just at the tail end of "The Argonauts" by Maggie Nelson, which is the most brilliant and romantic thing I have read in a long time. I also love poetry and would like to start a regular poetry reading group for people to read a poem they love out loud and want to share with others.

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

Well, I had the hugest strawberry rhubarb lemonade smoothie today with stuff from my fruit share, so I would have to say I feel like I am that today.