CSA pick-up #17

It’s week #17, and your CSA share includes the following:

1 bunch of turnips
1 bunch of carrots
1 daikon radish
1 bunch of Red Russian kale
1 bunch of broccoli raab
1 head of Napa cabbage -OR- 1 head of bok choi
1 head of lettuce
1/2 lb bag of braising mix
1/2 lb bag of pears (this week’s on-the-farm half share members only)

Roots and greens, greens and roots…autumn must be a-comin’!  The braising mix this week contains mizuna, tot soi, Red Russian kale, and red mustard. The lettuces on offer this week are Red Sails, red romaine, and green romaine.

We survived the first frost of the season.  I’m not sure exactly how cold it got on Saturday morning (or how long it stayed there), but there was no doubt about it:  The leftover water for the chickens was partially frozen, and the hayfields were white and frosty when I got up.  Luckily, we knew it was coming and zipped into action after the Friday harvest, covering vulnerable greens and beans with remay.  A little insulation goes a long way.  Some crops, like kale, carrots, and parsnips, can take a frost and will be all the sweeter once harvested due to the freeze.

Hope some of you out there had a chance to hit the Common Ground Fair up in Unity this past weekend.  This is the 32nd year of the fair, and we ventured up on Sunday in spite of a grim weather forecast.  Happily. the heavy rains never came, just off and on drizzle.  The crowds were sparse, and we managed to see and do more than we ever have at the fair.  As an added bonus, we met up with some old friends and fellow apprentices from our Connecticut days and had a chance to catch up and swap stories.  Lydia had fun, too, especially in the kid’s area, the show animal barns, and while watching the incredible drumming ladies of Inanna.

Recipes!  We want your recipes!  Got an old family favorite that became even better this season with the farm’s fresh veggies?  Did you discover a new way to cook familiar veggies, or did you perhaps stumble upon a revolutionary new way to cook something unfamiliar (Desperation can breed creativity:  “What the hell do I do with this kohlrabi?!  Eureka!”)  One goal of mine for this winter is to jazz up the farm’s website, and we’d really like to keep our collection of recipes growing.  For some veggies, we currently have only a single recipe listed; for others, alas, we have nothing at all.  We’d love to hear from our members and find out what you’re doing with all those veggies!  Send us an e-mail, or better yet, post any and all recipes right here on the blog.  In the off season, I’ll copy them all over onto the Recipes! page for safekeeping.  Thanks in advance!

Finally, let’s hear it for the rain!  Ironic, eh, after the endless moisture of June/July?  We’ve needed it, though…the fields have been downright dusty, and the greens during last week’s harvests were looking wilted before they were even cut!  So, we’re grateful for some wet weather as we gear up for October and the final few weeks of the season.

Again, we need leaves for fall mulching!  They’re starting to drift down now, so if you don’t need them, we’d love to have them!

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2 Responses to CSA pick-up #17

  1. Steve Hart says:

    Just wanted to pass on that on my last pick-up I made for the first time Potato Leek soup. Many of the ingredients I used came from my share. I added sausage that really made it a meal. So thanks to you all because being a new member this season has gotten me to try new foods and different recipes. The soup came out great if I do say so myself…and my wife loved it too!

    Steve H

  2. John says:

    Good for you, Steve! Glad the veggies are inspiring you.

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