Week 17, September 30, 2010

Only 2 weeks left!  Please fill out the survey to let us know what you think!  Also there are directions to the farm for the harvest party at the end of this week’s blog entry.

What’s in the box?

Delicata Winter Squash (yellow with green stripes)

Acorn Squash (dark green and acorn shaped)


bell peppers

sweet red peppers

red onions

China Rose Radishes


collards (flat, round leaves) OR Lacinato kale (dark green textured leaves)

Liberty Apples from White Pine Orchard

Some notes on the box….

We really would like to be putting a lot more Winter Squash in the boxes, but our crop was very poor this season as explained in past blog entries.  We tried to make up for it by putting in some Apples. White Pine Orchard in River Falls is a very beautiful place.  Please check it out if you are in the area.  If you can’t make it to the harvest party this weekend, this is a great day trip that’s a little closer to the twin cities.  There’s no corn maze or pumpkin patch, but there’s also no chemicals.  And there are lots of beautiful apples!  Keith, the owner, has been growing apples with organic practices for over 40 years.  This variety is much more tart than those honey crisp that everyone is so crazy about, but we really love it.  It’s got an amazing crunch and nice appley flavor.  We hope you love it, too! Winter squash should be kept out of the fridge.  On the counter is fine.  To cook it we cut it in half, take out the seeds, place cut side down in a lightly oiled baking dish and bake at 350 till a fork pokes easily into the squash.  Serve with butter!  The radishes are a new variety for us.  They look kinda funny, but are quite tasty.   We were thinking that a salad with diced radishes, apples, and carrots would be very yummy.  Another reminder, to make radishes and carrots last longer, take the tops off.  We’ve heard that radish tops are excellent in scrambled eggs.  Give it a shot!  The broccoli for many of you will be the smaller side shoots.  These grow from the plant after the main head has been removed.  Store it in a plastic bag in the fridge and use it as you would regular broccoli.   The collards and kale are super tasty because of the cooler weather.  Chop them up and sautee them with a lot of garlic in oil or butter.  Yum yum yum!


Sorry about just putting links to recipes this week…..

Spicy Carrot Lentil Soup

Radish Apple Onion Salad w. Dill Dressing

Still have those turnips?  Now you have apples, too.  You should really try this.  You could use your collards or kale for additional braising greens.

Here is a link to cookthink where you can type in any ingredient and get a nice handful of good recipes.  It’s pretty handy if you are at a less than inspired to get into the kitchen.

Our trip to White Pine Orchard….

Keith Kozub of White Pine Orchard, River Falls, WI

Abbie checking out the Liberty Trees.

Back at the farm…..And then Wednesday two of the sows had piglets!  Betty had 7 and Lilac had 15!  Come see them at the….

Harvest Party this Saturday October 2.  We will have a potluck dinner, pumpkin hunting, hay ride/ farm tour, and a bonfire at night.  Camping is welcome (though it will be chilly).

Directions to the farm….

The favorite and most beautiful drive option:  Take Hwy 36 East out of the Twin Cities through Stillwater.  Take the lift bridge across the St. Croix and follow Hwy 64 East for close to 70 miles.  At County Hwy SS, turn Left (north).  Stay on SS for 2 miles.  Turn Right on 83rd Street and follow for about 2 more miles.  At County Highway AA, turn Right.  Turnip Rock Farm will be about a half mile down the road on your left.  8628 County Highway AA, New Auburn, WI.

If you want to avoid Stillwater traffic, you can take I-94 East to Highway 25 North (Menomonie, WI exit) to 64 East and follow the rest of the directions above.  Either way the trip takes around 2 hours (more if traffic is backed up in Stillwater).  The colors are changing and both Hwy 64 and I-94 are beautiful drives right now.  We hope to see you at the farm!  Please call or email if you have any questions.

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