Week 14; September 22, 2011

What’s in the box?

full and single share got the same things, just smaller or less in the single shares

delicata squash (yellow with green stripes)

red onions

garlic

carrots

green tomatoes

cucumbers

broccoli OR cauliflower

green peppers

green beans

butternut squash (curvy light golden color)

Notes on the box….

This REALLY is going to be the last week for cukes, tomatoes, peppers, and green beans.  We scrounged all we could from the field for the final send off of the season.  See ya next year summer crops!

The green tomatoes can be kept on your counter or window sill to ripen up.  Believe it or not, almost all of the tomatoes you buy in the store have been picked green.  Or you can have an adventure with them and try cooking with them green.  They make great pickles, chutney, and of course, fried green tomatoes!

Remember to remove the tops from your carrots before storing them to ensure that they will stay crisp!  Store in the fridge.

Broccoli and cauliflower should be stored in the fridge as well. Cukes green beans, green peppers in the fridge.  Everything else can be stored in a cool dry place.  Don’t store onions, garlic, tomatoes, or winter squash in the fridge.

The Delicata Squash can be cut in half lengthwise, remove seeds, and roast in the oven .  They have a soft skin that can be eaten.

Butternut Squash can be peeled with a good vegetable peeler or knife then cubed and roasted or used in stirfry or a nice variation on hash or used for baking.  Most canned pumpkin that you can buy in the store is actually butternut squash.  There’s a lot of food in one of those things!  They are a very versatile and well loved squash.  All winter squash will hold for a LONG time.  Months.  So don’t feel pressure to get to it right away, but we will be giving lots of winter squash for the rest of the season, so you may experience a back-up.  They are festive and make for nice seasonal decoration, too.

Recipes…

Our member, Catherine passed these gems along to us (THANKS!)

Carrot Raisin Salad from Martha Stewart

Couscous Salad with Roasted Carrots, Cauliflower and Chickpeas also Martha Stewart

Baked Falafel with Creamy Cucumber Dipping Sauce

 

I think Delicata Squash would work great in this recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

 

Spaghetti with green tomato bacon sauce.

 

A whole lot of Butternut squash recipes from Martha Stewart.

On the farm…

We had a great time at the Harvest Party!  Thanks so much to all the folks and families that made it out.  We know it’s quite a drive, but we love meeting you and we love that you get to see where your food has been coming from!  We also LOVE getting to taste all the great food at the potluck and getting recipes from you!  Also a big thanks to Meg who is a member who came out to work with us on Tuesday.  Meg’s help let us finish up early on Monday!

The colors are starting to change, we are pulling the remains of summer crops out of the fields.  We’ve been working frantically to get the crops that can be damaged by cold temps out and stored away.  One of those crops that you will be seeing in the coming weeks is SWEET POTATOES!  In last season’s survey, we had several members request these.  We had tried growing them in the past at the farm that Josh used to manage, but had never had any luck getting a good crop.  This year, we decided to have a go at it again and planted a couple of beds.  We dug them this week and had a pretty decent harvest!  We will definitely be growing them again next season, and we will grow MORE so that we can give them to you more than once during the season.  Yay!

Check out these great pictures of our wonderful members!  Feel free to pass yours along.  We love getting them!

1 Comment »

  1. Holly said

    We were so sorry to miss the Harvest Party… we had hoped to make it out! Glad it was fun! Loved the butternut squash this week, Joe put it in soup with onion, garlic, green beans and carrots from the box into a delicious soup served over rice. Delicious!

    Holly, Joe, and Alex

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