Week 15

in the box…

Green Peppers
Heirloom tomatoes
Pie Pumpkin
Egg Plant
Hot Peppers (yellow, and jalapeno)






Eggplant is one of those things that you either love or hate.
I like it in Coconut milk, asian style curries, and of course eggplant parmesian.

we’ve been on a real sandwhich kick here at the farm.
so how about trying

Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches
Ingredients –
4 teaspoons Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped, Fresh Basil
Salt, to taste
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
2 small Eggplants

1/2 cup Cream Cheese, Low-Fat Whipped, or Goat Cheese
4 pieces Focaccia or other good quality bread, sliced in half, lengthwise
2/3 cup Spinach, washed and dried
4 slices Tomato
just throw that eggplant in some hot olive oil and garlic put in on some good bread with some cheese and tomatoes. yeah. easy.

Broccoli, you’ve been getting hit hard with broccoli. we actually had to pair down your Broccoli serving this week because of the heat we have been getting it all came on at once. we harvested roughly 800 lbs of broccoli this week. so that meant you all would be getting roughly almost 5 lbs of broccoli. which for a broccoli lover would be fine. BUT we thought variety is more important, and we have so much more to give than a box of broccoli, like the 1500 lbs of tomatoes we pulled out this week. Between the broc, and the tomatoes we ended up going to the food shelf with just around 1000 lbs of produce this week thanks to the Harvest for the Hungry program which many of you donated to. And the Black Forest Restaurant held a fund raising for. All good stuff.
In many respects this really illustrates the give and take of this farming thing. I mean, it would have been great to have some of this glut of Broccoli in the spring right? But I hope you all are starting to notice that these are the types of boxes we aim for every week and hope to keep dishing out as the weather and other carastrophic events dictate. We’re good farmers I promise.

So, I found this illustrated guide to cooking pumpkin.
take a look. It’s not too hard, but they didn’t mention that this pumpkin is just as good roasted like any other winter squash.
you can also find recipes for soups, breads, cheesecakes etc.
The world is your oyster. or pumpkin as it may be.

Here are some storage tips.
Store your pumpkin at room temp. They prefer, 50-60 and dry, but your pantry or kitchen table is fine.

Store your basil in a vase of water on the counter as well. refrigerating at normal refrigeration temps will destroy the basil.

Same goes for tomatoes, only don’t put them in a vase. refrigerating the tomatoes will make them mealy. From a botanical point it actually will explode the cell structure in the tomato making them soft and mushy.
If you have more than you can use. Cut them up and freeze them for later in sauces.


Everything else in this box, will handle some refrigeration. The peppers will store either way alright. They prefer the warmer part of your fridge though.

Another reminder… Harvest Pary not this weekend but the next (26th). we’ll expect you around 3pm and this is the agenda.

Bring a dish to pass.(potluck)
Jack O lantern picking.
Farm raised Lamb kabobs and burgers, local beer from Dallas WI (viking)
maybe some music, not sure yet. you know how musicians are
Lots of stars if you stick around for dark and the sky is clear.
anyone is welcome to camp out.
Walk around the farm, see the critters (pigs, goats, sheep)
Possibly a showing of a short film called FRESH about local farming.
Give us an RSVP if you can. email or comment on the blog, or call us
715.237.2998 if your old fashioned heh.

We are all looking forward to meeting as many of you as we can. We genuinely appreciate your support of local farms and local food. Come see the impact you have made by voting with your FORK!

Also, if anyone has any pictures they would like to share for us to post on the blog or just for fun. Please send them our way. We would like to make a visual link between our community of eaters and the farmers. turniprock@gmail.com

alright ya’ll im getting off this computer, the sun is shinning.


1 Comment »

  1. Anderson Family from Eau Claire said

    Our family is planning on coming. We just heard about it today, so sorry for the late notice. Three adults and two children.

    Thanks for the invite.

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