Monday, May 25, 2009

Membership Confirmation

All KWT CSA members should have received an email this weekend confirming their membership shares. If you did not receive an email, please email kwtcsa (at) gmail (dot) com.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Preparing for abundant pickups or Tips on How to Freeze

In the May 6th Dining & Wine section, the New York Times published The Minimalist: Freeze That Thought by Mark Bittman. Having been a member of the CSA for two years, I can attest that there are some pickups where the quantity of one item is more than I can eat in a week. Freezing allows me to pull the use the extras when they are more appreciated.

Excerpt from the article:

TOMATOES AND TOMATO SAUCE

Tomato sauce is best frozen in zippered bags with the air squeezed out. If you have ripe tomatoes, core, quarter, and throw them in a bag; as they thaw the skins will slip off, a bonus. (The frozen chunks separate easily so you can just break off a couple for soups, stews, salsas, sauces and so on.) You can also freeze unused portions of canned tomatoes, preferably in their juice.

FRUIT

Easier than making jam: Freeze berries or stone-fruit halves spread out on trays, then bag or put into containers, so they don’t all freeze together in a block. Or cook down a bit and store in their juice. Or purée and freeze.

VEGETABLES

If you find yourself with too much corn, greens, carrots, peas or snow peas, broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, put them up. Blanch them for a minute before spreading them on a tray, the same way you freeze fruit. Tomatoes (as noted above) and bell peppers are the exception; they freeze well raw.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

KWT CSA 2009 season full

It is confirmed - the KWT CSA is full and will no longer be accepting members for the 2009 season. Please bookmark the KWT CSA blog for 2010 deadlines and sign-up (to be posted around February 2010). Future blog postings will also contain ongoing information about the 2009 season.

The interest in shares has been overwhelming this season. As an alternative, local farmers can be supported at the Cortelyou Farmers market (Sundays) which started for the season last week. While not the same as a CSA, it has received excellent reviews - and is also selling fish!