Sept 8th-wk #13 2020

CSA Share this week

  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Delicata Squash
  • Summer Squash
  • Bell Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Tomato (field-grown varieties)
  • Onion
  • Potato (Yukon Gold and/or Adirondak Red)
  • Eggplant (mix-globe and/or Japanese)
  • Jalapeno Pepper

Vegetable Directory

For more information about the above items, you can find storage and usage tips on the Vegetable Directory. There are also links to recipe search sites – type what ingredients you want to use and you will get some inspiration. This can be found from the menu on the website or the link above.

Quick Tips – A quick note on cooking greens. They wilt quickly and shrink considerably. Do your best not to overcook. Generally, when they turn bright green they are tender enough. Swiss Chard – Can be eaten raw or cooked or made into pesto. It can be used in place of spinach in recipes although it does have a stronger flavor similar to beet greens. Yes, you can eat the stems too! Stems can also be pickled, pureed into hummus, used in soups, and stews. Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale – Sent home unwashed as it will last longer this way. Please wash before eating. Can be eaten cooked or raw. Excellent lightly wilted. braised or massaged for a salad. Delicata Squash – This squash has edible skin. It does not need to be peeled prior to eating. Makes excellent boats for stuffing and roasting. Diced it is a great addition to soups and stews. You can also cut in half, scoop out seeds, slice in 1/2 moons, and roast with your favorite seasoning. We like to use garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder, and smoked paprika. Lettuce Mix – we do give your lettuce a rinse at the farm. Please wash again before eating. We try to keep any little weeds and bad leaves out of the lettuce mix, but sometimes they do slip through. Tomato – store at room temperature for the best flavor. They will continue to ripen so keep an eye on them. Ripeness is determined by firmness. Tomatoes ripen from the inside out. Can be refrigerated if necessary but allow them to come to room temp before eating for the best flavor. Super ripe tomatoes are great for cooking with to simmer with other veggies. Just roughly chop and add to the pan- no need to peel or remove seeds. Peppers of all kinds can be cleaned, seeded, diced, or chopped and frozen without blanching. Jalapeno – These make a great addition to cornbread!! Removing the seeds and white membranes removes some of the heat. Please wear gloves when dicing. (don’t touch your eyes!!) Eggplant – Yes, it is back. Did you miss it? Need idea please visit the vegetable directory. Easy soup idea– roast your veggies and puree. It can even be frozen like that. Do you like your soup creamy? Add cream cheese, heavy cream, or coconut cream when you are reheating and season with salt and pepper. The photos below after the delicata fries are greens and beans and how we make our weekly curry-served over rice. Add any veggies you have even greens can be chopped and added. It is a great way to use them up in one big dish.

Farm Update: We did get 1/4″ of rain over the past week. The pond is still low but a tiny bit higher than it was. Tomatoes are coming to an end this season and fall crops are on their way. It is possible that we may send home green tomatoes next week. We will have to harvest them and see what we have. We are beginning to clean out some beds and prepare them for our cover crop that will grow over the winter.

Coming soon…. green beans, butternut squash

All posts this season and past seasons can be found in the archives are searchable at the bottom of this page. Also, find info in the vegetable directory and on our Pinterest Boards. As always — if you have any questions –please feel free to ask – text or email too.

2020 Extension CSA & 2021 Season Some of you have started to ask about next season. We will begin accepting membership for 2021 in October. We offer a discount to those who pay in full by the final farm event of the season scheduled in October. Please watch for details coming in the next month.

Farm Events

We have our annual farm events scheduled. We will decide at a later date if they will go on depending on how the current distancing requirements evolve. These events are held outside for CSA members and their families.
SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday, June 27th – Celebrate the Season – CANCELLED
Saturday, July 18th – Glorious Garlic Harvest – 9-12 – SUCCESS!!!
Saturday, August 8th – Can You Dig It? #2 – Potato Harvest 10-2 – CANCELLED
Saturday, October 17th – Gratitude Gathering 1-6

Thank you for supporting our small farm!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Feel free to email or text. Our cell phone number is listed on your weekly email update.

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