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June 15 update from our farmer

Posted 6/16/2020 5:15pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Hi from Downtown Harvest CSA!


The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be on WednesdayJune 17th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St.

Thank you all for making last week’s pickup a success. Thank you for wearing masks and for helping us comply with the regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services which can be viewed here: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

Face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Please inform anybody picking up for you about our rules and procedures.

A volunteer will check you in. Members enter through one door, follow a one-way U-shaped path and exit through another door. If you purchased eggs, a volunteer places your eggs on a table when you enter. Both types are pre-bagged this year and will be in different areas of the garage. Members pick up Full shares or Medium shares from the appropriate areas and leave through the exit door of the garage.

There will be a volunteer "sign-up"; sheet at the pickup site that you can use to pick your date(s) and time(s) to volunteer or to let us know what other type of volunteering you are interested in doing.  There are other ways to volunteer instead of (or in addition to) volunteering at the pickup site. We need help with publicity on social media and in other ways, people with website building and other technical skills, and people to do other behind the scenes work. We are a 100% volunteer group, all the help is welcome.

Our farmer needs help at the farm this week picking peas. If you are interested, click on this link: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39344

We also need people to join our Core Group and help us become a better group by adding your ideas and skills to the current Core Group.
Since everything is pre-bagged this year, setting up is faster and easier. While the official start time is 5:30pm, we will usually be able to open by 5:15.

All food donated to the food pantry as well as food that was not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:

 

Hello everyone,


Pass the peas, please! The pea season has begun.
 
Having been raised on canned vegetables, the first time I tasted fresh peas was a revelation. Who knew how sweet and delicious they were; bearing no resemblance to the gray balls of mush to which I was accustomed. Much like the tomatoes the season for these delicacies is far too short. They do not tolerate hot weather, and since spring only seems to last a few weeks anymore, they will be with us for 3 or 4 weeks. We have English or shell peas, snow and sugar snap, which both have edible pods. This week we will have mostly shell peas and as availability permits, we will rotate through the various varieties so that everyone will receive some of each type.

We also have spinach for you this week, which detests the heat almost as much as the peas. We expect to have spinach in the shares for the next 2 or 3 weeks. Unlike the peas however the spinach will make reprise appearance in the fall. The zucchini and summer squash have begun to produce but are not yet in full swing. We think we may have enough for everyone to enjoy a few this round; if not we will make sure that all groups receive some over the next 2 weeks. After that they will be abundant for much of the season.

For our root vegetable this week we are featuring Hakurei salad turnips. These sweet, ping-pong ball sized wonders are meant to be eaten raw in salads but can also be cooked. They come with mild tasting tops which are quite palatable and nutritious- cut into ribbons and mixed in salad or braised. We also have garlic scapes for you this week- these are the flower tops of the garlic plant and can be grilled, pickled or chopped finely and sautéed. You may also find a recipe for pesto on the internet.

The full share for this week will be: Lettuce, peas, spinach, garlic scapes, either kale, tatsoi or arugula, summer squash, salad turnips and escarole

Enjoy! Be well,

Farmer John

July 7 update from our farmerJuly 7th, 2020

Hi from Downtown Harvest CSA! The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, July 8th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by member

June 30 update from our farmerJune 30th, 2020

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, July 1st from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St.  All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up

June 23 update from our farmerJune 30th, 2020

Hi from Downtown Harvest CSA! The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be on Wednesday, June 24th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St.  All food that is not picked up

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