Share Notes 11-16-17

Share Notes 11-16-17

CSA Share Notes:

Here’s this week’s Vegetable line-up! This week the harvest is a bit lighter than recent weeks. In most years we still have eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes to give you this late into the season, but an early frost foiled those plans a bit. In another couple of weeks we should have several more of our fall plantings ready for harvest, and we’re looking forward to some great harvests after Thanksgiving.

  • Winter Squash—Everyone received one medium acorn squash. Acorns are usually prepared in savory cooking, but they might just make a fabulous pie. I’ve never tried!
  • Pumpkin—Every year we plant enough pumpkins to ensure our members receive one timed perfectly for the week before Thanksgiving, but all of the winter squash varieties struggled this year.  The Large shares will get to enjoy a Red Moon Farm pumpkin for their pie baking this year (if you’re up for the extra work of scratch baking!)
  • Sweet potatoes—Enough for your sweet potato casserole next week.
  • Radish—Easter Egg. This planting grew so huge! Enjoy these big, crisp, juicy radishes.
  • Kale—Everyone received another bunch of our kale. We’ve got a great recipe for rainbow kale salad that would be great with roasted sweet potatoes.
  • Pac Choi—a couple of our tender pac choi are the perfect addition to a Japanese noodle soup, a Chinese stir fry, or a thai curry.
  • Head Lettuce—We have some lovely varieties growing that are just beginning to be large enough to harvest. These are a bit petite this week, but in another couple of weeks they should be nice sized. You may have received Speckled Trout, Skyphos, or New Red Fire.
  • Hakurei Turnips—Hakurei Japanese turnips went to each small share. These salad turnips are tasty enough to eat like an apple, but it’s even better sliced with salt and lemon.
  • Purple Top Turnips—The large shares received Purple Top turnips, except for a few of you who received Scarlet Queen turnips. These bunches are a pound and a half in weight but a lot of that is the greens! Make sure you use up those healthy greens.

Veggie Storage tips:

Winter squash and sweet potatoes will prefer to stay at room temp. Everything else will keep longest stored in the fridge sealed up in a bag.   All root crops should be severed from their tops to keep the roots from getting rubbery.   Everything will need a gentle washing before cooking, but leave the dirt on until you’re ready to use them to prevent spoilage.

We’d love to hear stories and recipes of your culinary adventures this week. Send us a note or post a comment of how you’ve used your CSA share.

Your farmers,

Jess & Justin

Large Share

Large Share:  (top left to right) Purple Top turnip (and one Scarlet Queen turnip as an example), sweet potatoes, radish, pumpkin and acorn squash, and kale, (bottom row) pac choi, and lettuce

Small Share

Small share: (top left to right) Lettuce, acorn squash, kale, (next row) hakurei turnip, sweet potato, radish in the center, and pac choi