THE BEET: Volume 13, Issue 8


In this week’s BEET:

  1. This week's share
  2. Letter from Ted
  3. Recipes
  4. Milk Not Jails, Live Order!

CSA Pickup Today 5-7:30pm

PS 56 at Gates and Downing (enter on Downing)



This Week's Share


  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Bok Choy, Purple Kale or Yukina Savoy
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Squashes
  • Sweet Yellow Onions
  • Sweet Corn or Snap Beans
  • Fruit shareholders will be getting Yonder Farm’s peaches (Tuesday) and blueberries (Thursday).
My oldest son, a young hired man, and I have begun building a small equipment barn – a shed, really - and my nephews have come to work with us. Their dad was raised on a dairy farm, but they’re suburban kids. They are twins, and they are headed off to college this fall where they will both study engineering. A small barn seemed like a good starter project. We poured the footings late last week, and will erect the posts and girts this week or next. If all goes according to plan, we’ll have the building completed before our open house next month, which would be great because putting our equipment and supplies inside would really improve the look of the place.
Here’s a list of other things we’d like to accomplish this week. Weed the fall beets and carrots; weed the pathways between the peppers, chiles, eggplants and squash beds; harvest the garlic and the early onions; finish trellising the grapes; mow the paths between the blueberries; mow down the old strawberry foliage and the weedy edges of all the fields; irrigate the crops grown on mulch; field-seed greens and French Breakfast and Watermelon radishes; and, of course, harvest, wash and deliver this week’s vegetables and cut flowers.
Have a great week, Ted


The annual Open House at Windflower Farm: Weekend of August 23-24

All CSA members are invited!



Having a BBQ?  A picnic?  These little appetizers will wow your guests every time.  I have been making these for years, and they are always the first empty plate!

PESTO WRAPS   (from The Raw Truth, by Jeremy A. Safron)

Serves 4-6

  • 3 large zucchini, peeled
  • pinch of sea salt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Presto Pesto

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 heaping tablespoon red miso
  • 2 tomatoes, cubed
  • chopped fresh basil for garnish

Using a vegetable peeler, or mandolin, cut thin, wide strips lengthwise down the zucchini.  Place zucchini strips in a bowl, cover with water, add the sea salt and lemon juice, and soak for 2 hours, or until they taste clean (not starchy).  Drain, rinse, and drain again.

To prepare pesto, place the walnuts, basil leaves, and garlic in a homogenizing juicer or food processor to create an oily paste.  Transfer the paste to a bowl and stir in the red miso (white miso would be all right to, if you happen to have it on hand).

To prepare each wrap, lay a zucchini strip flat on the workspace.  Drop a teaspoon of pesto in the center of the zucchini strip.  Press a small piece of tomato into the pesto.  Fold, or roll up the zucchini strip.  Secure the wrap/roll with a toothpick, or place it seam side down on a serving plate.  Serve garnished with the chopped basil.



Order chevre, kefir and Tonjes Dairy's farmer cheese and more ala carte to your CSA!

Milk not Jails has now published their a la cart order form online!  Place an order today for a special, one-time delivery of any of our dairy products to your CSA. In addition to your dairy share items, Milk Not Jails offers greek and flavored yogurts, kefir, cheese and more from the seven family farms we serve.

Deadline to place your order is August 4th at 8pm. We'll deliver your farm-fresh dairy to your CSA pick-up the week of August 11th. This year, we've added some Catskill creameries that make beautiful cheeses and ferments you cannot find anywhere else in NYC! And this month we're excited to have some new items from Tonjes Dairy, home to our amazing whole milk. We'll be adding more items throughout the season, so please let us know what your hungry for and we'll work with our dairy farmer network to find it!  Click here for more info.

Contact us at or (917) 719-6455 with any questions.


The Milk Not Jails Team