What’s in the Box – June 20, 2017

purple kohlrabi

Napa Cabbage, Purple Kohlrabi, Cilantro, Spinach, Bok Choi, Green Romaine Lettuce, Toscano OR Red Kale

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Farms in Queens?

Farms in Queens?
by Judy Trupin Forest Hills Tuv Ha’Aretz Co-chair
I’ve known for a long time about the Queens Farm museum, and although I’ve never visited, it is absolutely on my to-do list. But this past Sunday while dropping off my compost at the Farmers’ Market in Forest Hills, I found out about Queens’ newest farm –at the Queens Botanical Gardens. Who knew? In existence since 2013, the farm welcomes visitors to tour on Wednesday afternoons as well as volunteers to plant, week or compost on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. I’m planning to sign up to volunteer on a Wednesday in July. Anyone interested in going along? Please be in touch.

You can find out more on the Queens Botanical Gardens Website And I’ll write again after my visit!

Finding out about the QB farm, also had me wondering, what was the last privately owned farm in Queens? I found out that it was the Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows. Once a thriving, 200 acre farm, by the time it was sold to a developer in 2004, it had shrunk to 2 acres. Still, it’s pretty amazing it lasted that long. Many were sad to see it go, and there were some efforts to find the funds to preserve it. Unfortunately, the attempts were unsuccessful.

According to the New York Times, when the Kleins began their family farm in the 1890’s, there were 2,800 farms in Queens. That number had dwindled to 308 by 1950. And today? As far as I can tell, there are two: Queens Farm Museum and now, the Botanical Gardens. Let me know of others, if you hear of any!

–Judy Trupin

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What’s in the Box – June 13, 2017

.garlic scapes

In the box this week we have
Escarole, Garlic Scapes, Cilantro, Baby Arugula, Red Romaine
Lettuce and Green Kale

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First Share of the 2017 Season!

What’s in the Box – June 6, 2017


Baby Spinach,  Bok Choi, Red Boston Lettuce, Green Boston Lettuce,  Collards, Japanese Salad Turnips.

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Fourth (and final) Winter Share – March 7, 2017

What’s in the box this week

GE basket

Parsnips, Watermelon Radish OR Golden Turnips, Parsley OR Cilantro, Rainbow Carrots, Red Beets, Scarlet & Purple Top Turnips

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Third Winter Share – February 7, 2017

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  This very colorful share includes Carrots, Rainbow Carrots, Chioggia Beets, Golden Beets, Red Beets, Purple Top Turnips.

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Second Winter Share – January 10, 2017

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Carrots, Beets, Broccoli, Watermelon Radish, Rutabaga, Butternut Squash, Cabbage.

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First Winter Share – December 13, 2016

First Winter Share
Carrots, Broccoli, Toscano Kale, Collards, Cabbage, Japanese Hakurei Turnips and Golden Turnips. Fruit share is a bag of apples. For more information about the share, recipes and storage tips, visit the farm website

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November 22, 2016 (double share A week)

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THIS WEEK’S SHARE Toscano Kale Carrots Sweet Potatoes Rutabaga Broccoli Cabbage MAKE-UP SHARE Leeks Radicchio Green Kale Salad Turnips White Potatoes Carrots

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The Thanksgiving-worthy Vegetable “Roast Beast” Will Make Everyone Happy! by Joe Yonan

Joe Yonan is the Food and Dining editor of The Washington Post and the author of “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook.” He writes the Food section’s Weeknight Vegetarian column. If you’re a vegetarian guest at someone … Continue reading

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